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Study Abroad: What's the Food Like in Buenos Aires?

Jun 6, 2016 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2016_Tommy_Sullivan.jpgTommy Sullivan is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2016, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A broadcasting and Spanish major Western Kentucky University, he is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Tommy talks about everyone's favorite topic: food.

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To give everyone a better view of my day-to-day life, I decided to break down what I eat per meal on my typical day studying abroad.

Breakfast in Buenos Aires  

The most important meal of my day is also the simplest. I almost always eat toast with dulce de leche—which is a very Argentine topping, similar to caramel. Sometimes, I will substitute cream cheese or jam for dulce de leche. Other times, I will make some sort of combination with the three. If I’m not running late, which is rare, I will make coffee; however, I usually settle for water.

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Lunch in Buenos Aires 

On the days I’m at The Bubble, most of the office goes to a vegetarian buffet two blocks from the office. While vegetarian may not sound as amazing as it tastes, I love going there. Everything is fresh—the workers are constantly bringing out new trays of delicious and somewhat healthy noodles, salads and other options. Plus, it’s one of the cheapest places in the area. If it is someone’s birthday or last day at The Bubble, we go to a burger joint instead.

On the days I’m at school, I’ll go with some classmates to one of the family-owned grocery stores. If you wander through one of those long enough, you’re bound to run into a buffet full of half Chinese food and half Argentine food. Those buffets are also very cheap.

We go for pizza a lot, too. Pretty much all of the pizza here is deep dish, made of lots of bread and lots of cheese. My favorite is the fugazzeta, whose main topping is onion.

Snacking in Buenos Aires 

Since Argentines eat pretty late for US standards, they usually have a snack around 5:00pm. It’s like the tea time of some countries.

On my way home from school or The Bubble, I typically eat pick up empanadas before getting home. Empanadas are pastries stuffed with meat and cheese. The bakery by my house makes really good chicken empanadas, but the best empanadas in my opinion are made with spicy beef. Argentine cuisine is not very spicy as a whole, so I’m especially happy when I stumble upon some kick in my afternoon.

To get through my afternoons without falling asleep, I almost always turn to mate, a type of Argentine tea.

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Dinner in Buenos Aires 

For dinner, my host mom Adriana makes milanesa with salad a lot. Milanesa is breaded meat—she usually uses chicken—that can come with toppings, though we usually don’t top it with anything. It reminds me of the fried chicken from home, just thinner and with less grease. The salad is often just lettuce and tomato with oil and vinegar. It’s simple but delicious.

Another favorite of Adriana’s is cold rice and tuna served with tomato, mayo and lettuce. We also eat pasta, usually noodles or ravioli, and bread, which is not far off from what I enjoy at home.

When Adriana can’t make dinner, she puts my host brother Jorgito in charge of dinner. Those are some of my favorite days. He usually buys peppers from the grocery store and different sauces, creating different twists on his mom’s pasta, milanesa or rice.

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Thanks Tommy!

Tommy's journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Topics: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Food Abroad