As Jenna has gloriously showed us, food is one of the main cultural aspects of studying abroad. The food culture of Argentina is as different from Italy as it is from the US. Honestly, I think it might be one of the hardest things to get used to here.
While BC Dining does its best to be ever more sustainable and offer healthier options, Argentine fare is much more carnivorous and unabashedly hardy. The fact that the average Argentine remains much slimmer than the average American remains a source of constant mystery amongst my fellow abroad peers. The simple fact is, beef is a staple of the Argentine diet.
While it is easy (and delicious) enough to find your fair share of beef in savory, ubiquitous empanadas or greasy, cheap chorizo sandwiches (called “choripan”), the centerpiece of the Argentine meal is the “parrilla.”
Today’s Word: Parrilla (pa-rree-juh)
The parrilla is the star of any true Argentine feast as it refers to the enormous grill upon which a host of meat products reach their undeniably delicious state. I’m not talking about your average barbeque here. There are no measly hotdogs or shifty burgers from the frozen food aisle. The parrilla means business…
On the parrilla, delicious “asados”, or roasts, are cooked. While all types of meat are available, the focus here is really on the juicy, tender Argentine beef. Despite the fact that my diet otherwise mostly consists of peanut butter, and I am normally rather steak-averse, a good asado is like nothing else my taste buds have ever encountered.
At the beginning of my stay in Argentina, my life felt a little like an "Epic Meal Time" episode, only substitute the bacon for dulce de leche and the whiskey for Malbec. Although my jeans may be a little snug, I no longer despair missing out on the impending barbeque season in the states. Viva la parrilla!
School, major and year: A&S ‘14, Political Science
What makes the Gavel so BANGin’? Awesome people, great content.
You have 24 hours to give prospective students a tour of BC and convince them to enroll. How do you spend the day? Hockey game, tour of campus, meal at Hillside, read The Gavel
If you could go back in time and give yourself a pep talk the night before you moved into BC as a freshman, what is the most important piece of advice that you would give to your former self?No worries, it all works out.
What is your favorite study spot on campus? Out of sheer laziness, my room.
What is your go-to meal at Late Night? Haven’t had a meal plan in a tragically long time.
What is the #1 most played song on your iTunes? "Lonely Boy" by The Black Keys
What is the best Halloween costume that you have ever worn? Sarah Palin, Halloween 2008
If you could only eat at one restaurant for the rest of your life, which would you choose? Chili’s, although I’d probably die of high blood pressure within a matter of days.
If you could befriend the main characters from any TV show or movie, who would you choose and why? Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy from "30 Rock," because, duh.