By guest blogger: Kelly Will (Freelance writer for the NY Daily News and NY Times)
What happens when you drop a New York City party girl into the wilds of Buenos Aires, Argentina? She falls in love with the food, of course! I'm secretly an eater, though far be it for me to out myself in such a public forum...oops! Not only am I drinking inexpensive, yet muy delicioso (very delicious) red and white wine at every opportunity, I'm devouring asado (steak), chorizo (sausage) and most importantly, dulce de leche.
I'd like to introduce you to my good friend, dulce de leche - she is a milky caramel, made with sugar, milk and fresh vanilla. It is one of the most addictive substances I have ever craved. I have eaten it with helado (ice cream) - which I believe is its best form, on cookies and rolled right into crepes. You might consider it the Argentinian form of peanut butter. A truly all-purpose snack that can be eaten right out of the jar with a spoon.
They say you can have anything you want in New York, but I know I won't be able to call up my local heladeria (ice cream shop) and have them send a bike messenger over to my apartment with a Styrofoam gallon of freshly made dulce de leche helado. Therefore, for a few lucky friends, I am bringing back the purest dulce to share, La Salamandra Dulce de Leche. You can even order it yourself.
I have ridden the requisite bike tour, shopped along the boardwalk, visited La Recoleta (cemetary) and sailed along the Rio de la Plata. With only three days left of my ten day excursion, I find myself in a panic to A) send postcards to family and friends and B) eat more dulce.
Here are a few links to all things un-dulce related in Buenos Aires and its surroundings - I recommend visiting from September through May. Their winter is our summer.
Bike Tours-Bike Tours of Buenos Aires
Rio de la Plata tours -Boat Tour of the Rio de la Plata
The Best Empanadas and Lunch -El San Juanino
Chic Dinner -Casa Cruz
Ice Cream, Coffee and Desserts -Freddo Heladeria
Dulce is calling - gotta run! xoxoKelly