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January 1, 2009

With a bang...

FigsProsciutto.jpgI would put New Year's Eve in Buenos Aires in the mildly interesting category. After dinner at the stroke of midnight, people surged out of the restaurant and the city exploded. Or at least that's what it sounded like. In the States we're used to contained fireworks, but here there were official and unofficial explosions everywhere.

On the other hand, on the walk back to the hotel, I was struck by how eerily deserted the streets were. Some people, but not as many as you might expect, were standing in the doorways to look at the fireworks and one father was playing with sparklers with his kids, but mostly very few folks were out and about. Maybe in an area with a lot of bars, it would have been different.

Here was our menu last night. Dinner included all the champagne, wine and agua sin gas you could drink, and entertainment -- a singer. You can see from the photo that there were two figs on my plate and a pound of prosciutto for the appetizer. Also, in reading the menu, note that in Argentina, entrees are appetizers.

I also had the lamb and the pear tart, which were poor choices I decided after I tasted my tablemates' food. Naturally there were no vegetables involved in the meal except some diced ones in one of the pastas. ... 

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Entrees

(options)

Parma Prosciutto with Watermelon [which turned out to be cantaloupe] or figs

Turkey with Tuna Sauce

Skallops, Prawns, Arugula and Mushrooms Salad

Salmon Carpaccio 

Main Course

(Options)

Home-Made Maltagliatti Pasta with Ragu

Home-Made Prawn Ravioli

Roasted Lamb with Fondant Potatoes

Tenderloin with Marsala Sauce, Cream Potatoes and Braised Onions

Home-Made Tagliolini Pasta with Vegetables

Desserts

(Options)

Crepes a la Creme

Chocolate Volcano with Vanilla Ice-cream

Cheese Cake

Warm Pear Tart with Ice-cream 

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 2:15 PM | | Comments (8)
        

Comments

What--you skipped the tenderloin???

Turkey with Tuna Sauce

There's a taste sensation I hope does not catch on. GACK.

RtSO, I'm imagining something like vitello tonnato, which is a classic combination.

Did you get to try the churrascarrias[sic?] Great barbecued meats on a vertical spit on your table and a glass of good table wine is hard to beat!

Oops, sorry! Wrong country. I forgot that churrascarias are indigenous to Brazil.

I guess my first picture was turkey roll and oil packed tuna, not drained real well.

I would have skipped the entire menu except all of the dessert choices. They all have my favorite food group. Cream.

Sounds as though the love affair with Buenos Aires has taken a turn. Time to come home.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.
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