One of the questions we get asked constantly is “why are you traveling to Argentina?, “Why are you making that your first stop?”
The journey to embark on this travel adventure in the pursuit of authentic food around the globe is driven in part by our curiosity and desire to learn about different parts of the world. As a result, our decision to start in South America and Argentina in particular is a combination of both curiosity and desire to learn about the region.
Having lived and traveled around the U.S. and Europe, we chose to start our adventure in the 8th largest country in the world and 2nd largest country after Brazil in South America.
We chose to start in a country that we both did not know and in a region that has fascinated the both of us. As a college student, Claire spent 6 months in Brazil studying at the Universidade Federal de Uberlandia in Minas Gerais, and at one point crossed the border into Argentina at Foz de Iguazú / Iguazu Falls. She remembers making a point to visit the country and more particularly Patagonia at some point in the future.
Traveling Through Food
Understanding the region through food is the foundation for our undertaking.
While Argentina is stereotypically known for its red meat, we know that there is much more diversity than red meat alone. We want to explore the different dishes that don’t share the same stage or get the same publicity as the red meat. We want to uncover “what else” is authentic in that region and of course, attempt to answer the question “what makes the meat so special.”
Our discovery will be driven by taking a slow approach in our travels. This means we will be in the region for about 6 months where we will live locally, integrate with the locals and take our time to observe and discover. We will share our experiences and adventures with you on this blog and via our newsletter.
The question of language has also come up several times. While we are not proficient in Spanish, part of this quest is about understanding the local culture and therefore the local language.
Claire has a basic understanding of Spanish which comes from her high school years. By tapping into the Latin roots of Portuguese – which Claire learned while studying in Brazil – and French, she is confident about knowing enough to get around.
Besides relying on Claire, Rosemary will be learning Spanish for the first time. Part of our time in South America will involve taking language classes. This journey will offer us the opportunity to learn new languages as we visit new countries and cultures.
Top Places To Visit
Other reasons for choosing Argentina is the proximity to places that have been on our top #10 list of places to visit. On Claire’s list, is hiking through the natural beauty of Patagonia. For Rosemary, it’s visiting the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru.
We also cannot miss visiting the Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost extreme point of the Americas. Not to mention, Cape Horn which brings back memories of expedition stories we learned about in our history classes in school.
Claire also remembers watching a popular French TV show called “Ushuaia” which showcased beautiful natural wonders from around the world and it left an indelible impression on her. More to come on these specific trips when you subscribe to our newsletter to follow our journey.
Overall, and from a more practical perspective, Argentina is a relatively safe country (an important consideration for two female travelers), it is also welcoming to entrepreneurs and more affordable than other cities we have previously lived in. And, as we start our travel adventure around the world, we want to step in a region that would be easy to navigate and where we can orient ourselves for success.
So let’s get ready to savor the adventure and prepare our palates for the incredible meats and foods from Argentina!
Rosemary is a writer and culinary explorer. Together with her partner, Claire, they created Authentic Food Quest to inspire people to travel deeper through authentic food. Through food, they believe, people can have more meaningful connections on their travels. Prior to creating Authentic Food Quest, Rosemary worked as a director of strategy in advertising for over 15 years. Take the quiz and find out your Food Traveler Profile.