On our second last night of the trip, I had one of the most fun and delicious dinners! La Cholita is a restaurant very near to the hotel I was staying in (Design Suites Buenos Aires) in the Recoleta area of the city. I loved how it looked as soon as we walked in.

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Due to the large size of our group, we went upstairs and had the place to ourselves for a little while. La Cholita doesn’t take reservations, and it very quickly filled up.

I loved the relaxed vibe, especially the paper tablecloths on the tables and the crayons provided to help bring out the artist in you while you wait for your meal.

I started with a dish others on my tour had raved about, but I hadn’t tried yet. I split a Provoletta dish with one my travel mates (basically provolone cheese grilled in olive oil and oregano). Who doesn’t love a big blob of fried cheese?? I sure do (but wouldn’t recommend eating it every day, and was very happy I split it).

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Being back in Buenos Aires, I really wanted to have steak again. It truly is all about meat in this country, and I chose the Biefe de Lomo (tenderloin), as I hadn’t tried that cut of meat yet. It was grilled to perfection (Apunto – medium), and came with fries and the always present squash (or pumpkin as they call it). As usual, the portion size was huge and I wasn’t able to finish. But I really loved this meal!

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One of my regrets on this trip is not buying a Pinguino wine decanter when I had the chance in Buenos Aires. It’s a signature piece in many Argentina restaurant to pour table wine. I was worried if I bought one it would break in my tiny suitcase on the way home. Now that I am home, I wish I had taken that chance, as I think it would have become a prized possession of mine (and impossible to find here in North America).

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