Tilcara was the last place we stopped in Argentina before crossing the Bolivian border. We arrived late at night and left early the next morning, leaving little time to enjoy the dramatic mountainous landscapes and rich aboriginal culture. Feeling too lazy to take advantage of the kitchen in our hostel, we headed out in search of local restaurant offerings. Lola Mora was our third stop, luring us in with their Sopa De Mani, peanut soup.
After visiting so many small towns in Northern Argentina, it was a real treat to arrive in Salta, a metropolitan city with European flair. We spent two days there and couldn’t help but splurge and eat at both of the city’s two vegetarian restaurants. For casual meals and quick lunches, there’s Bios Diet, a vegetarian and macrobiotic restaurant with a pay by weight salad bar and daily lunch specials. For fancier meals, there’s Entre Indyas, which has a daily menu and offers Indian and Peruvian inspired dishes made with fresh, local produce.
After leaving Rio de Janeiro, we flew to Iguazu Falls, one of South America’s best known natural attractions. Since leaving Brazil, we’ve been traveling through a series of small towns in Northern Argentina as we make our way up to Bolivia. So far, we’ve stopped in San Ignacio Mini, Posadas, Colonia Carlos Pellegrini, Tafi de Valle and Cafayate. Some of these towns are very, very small. Some are even too small to support a supermarket, which makes finding decent vegan food a challenge. However, there’s nothing like a string of boring food days to make you appreciate interesting culinary finds like Vegemite, artisan chocolate bars, and wine flavoured ice cream.
We’ve are currently traveling through a string of small towns in Northern Argentina. For the first time, we are having a bit of trouble finding decent food (more on this later). While the food might be disappointing, the scenery and animals are beautiful. John has been taking lots of great photos. Here are a few of my favourites. To see more, check out his flickr.
Everytime I spot vegan-themed street art, I squeal with excitement. It makes me so happy, I can’t help it! I dare say it’s more of a thrill than finding money on the street. Here are some pictures of vegan graffiti I’ve come across in Buenos Aires.
Fainá and Fugazza are two popular items you’ll find on menus at almost every pizza shop in Buenos Aires. Traditionally, they’re made without cheese and are vegan friendly. Heck, Fainá is even gluten free. It’s not everyday that a local favourite just happens to be vegan. When I learn of such a dish, I can’t help but make a point of seeking it out.
Buenos Aires Verde is an organic vegetarian restaurant and one of few places where you’ll find raw food in the city. Conveniently located just a few blocks from our apartment in Palermo Hollywood, it was only a matter of time before we strolled over for a lunch date.
Pura Vida Juice Bar is among a small group of healthy, natural food spots that have popped up across Buenos Aires in the last few years. After reading about their smoothies, vegan sandwiches and muffins, we decided to put on our sneakers, grab a map, and make an adventure out of walking half way across the city to try them out.
bBlue is a natural deli and juice bar located in the heart of the Palermo Soho neighbourhood of Buenos Aires. We came across bBlue while exploring the area and were immediately drawn in. We didn’t know we were hungry or thirsty until we saw people through the window sipping on big, brightly coloured smoothies and enjoying plates with generous side salads.
Bodhi is a vegetarian buffet restaurant located in the Montserrat neighbourhood of Buenos Aires. They have a generous selection of Asian inspired dishes, as well as vegetarian versions of typical Argentinian fare. The best part: it’s an all-you-can-eat buffet and really, really cheap.