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Carnivorous Adventures In Chile

The wonderful Corinna Booth joins us again to tell us about her fantastic foodie adventures through Chile!

We recently spent 3 weeks in Chile sampling the (mostly meaty) delights on offer there.

One of my favourite things I tried there was also one of the simplest. Whenever you eat out they always bring over bread and tomato salsa (pebre) once you’re seated. The salsa varies in spiciness and texture but is based on tomatoes, onions and herbs. Their bread is made with animal fat so bites like a scone but tastes saltier.

The dish we ate the most was Steak “a la pobre” which translates to “poor man’s” steak. It consists of potatoes (usually fries), fried onions, egg (scrambled or fried) and, of course, steak. There’s also a variation called churillano that comes with potato wedges and the meat fried in strips alongside the egg and onions. We had an unbelievably delicious version of this at El Internado in the port town of Valparaiso. Not the healthiest dish ever but boy, was it tasty!

In the Atacama Desert quinoa is a staple food that has been in fashion for thousands of years! We went to a lovely restaurant in San Pedro called Adobe, which had mud walls, a blazing fire and traditional live music. The food was just as good as the atmosphere. I had lamb kofta with quinoa and a “hummus” made from broad beans which was delicious and pretty (you can also see another of the steak a la pobre dishes in the background).

If you were looking for a quick bite of street food there were hotdog stands in most of the towns we visited, a warm steamed bun acting as the vessel for a frankfurter sausage with various toppings on offer. There’s no shortage of avocados in Chile and these featured in the “Italiano” style hotdog alongside chopped tomatoes and mayo. Good luck eating those without spillages!

There were also street vendors and bakeries selling empanadas, which is the Chilean version of a pasty. We always gulped them down faster than I could take a picture but the best ones we had were on Easter Island with a meaty filling and rich gravy. Seafood and cheese combos were also popular there and worked surprisingly well!

Of course being in Chile we were spoiled for choice when it came to red wines to pair with all this steak. The grape they are most proud of is Carménère, known to wine buffs as Chilean Merlot – not because it tastes like Merlot but because the leaves on the vine look very similar. So much so that vineyards in Chile were producing this grape and selling as Merlot, until it was identified as the rare Carménère vine by a Frenchman (of course), and now Chile produces the majority of Carménère wines available today. Chile is also on the ball with its craft beers and we got to sample many of these along the way, as well as a few Pisco sours for good measure. Cheers to Chile!

To find out more about Corinna and her Foodie Adventures, check out her profile here!

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