Let Argentina come to you

April 29, 2020
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Although we are unable to travel at the moment, it’s still possible to discover the joys of Latin America – from the comfort of your home!

Each week we are giving you inspiration from a different destination in Latin America, sharing movies, music, books and recipes to pique your interest, and this weeks destination is the intense and seductive land of Argentina.

From crackling glaciers to sun-scorched deserts, snow-capped mountains, emerald-green lakes and wildlife-rich wetlands, the spectacular variety of Argentina’s landscapes gives just a hint of the exhilarating variety of adventures that await in this wildly intoxicating country. Delve deeper into the wonders of Argentina with our favourite inspiring read, film, food and music below. 

Watch: El Hijo de la Novia (The Son of the Bride (2001)

This comedy drama was released at the peak of the economic crisis in Argentina, and no doubt brought a much-needed lighthearted release! It follows the story of Rafael, a restaurant owner from Buenos Aires, as he rediscovers what is important in life. A funny, witty drama directed by Juan José Campanella, the film received an Oscar Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

Read: Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges

Born in Buenos Aires, Jorge Luis Borges is reputed to be one of the most important writers of the 20th century. A short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, some of Borges’ most famous works include Ficciones (Fictions) and El Aleph (The Aleph), published in the 1940s. To read some of his most popular stories, among others, add ‘Labyrinths: A collection of short stories‘, to your reading list.

Tip: When visiting Buenos Aires you might notice a statue of Jorge Luis Borges outside the National Library of Argentina.

Taste: Alfajores

Alfajores are a traditional sweet found all over Latin America but are most famous in Argentina. They consist of two round biscuits joined together with delicious dulce de leche and are sometimes coated with powdered sugar, although recipes differ depending on where you find them. Some are even coated in chocolate!

Alfajores recipe
200g plain flour
300g corn flour
2 tsp baking powder
250g unsalted, softened butter
150g caster sugar
zest of 1 lemon
3 large egg yolks
1 tbsp cognac
1 tsp vanilla extract
450g jar dulce de leche
50g desiccated coconut

Put the flour, corn flour and baking powder in a bowl , add a pinch of salt. Using a food mixer or an electric whisk in another bowl beat the butter with the sugar and lemon zest until very pale. Add the egg yolks followed by the Cognac and vanilla extract. Beat in the dry ingredients until you have smooth dough. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and chill for a minimum of 1 hour. You can make the biscuit dough the day before and leave in the fridge.

Line two large baking trays with baking paper. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to the thickness of a pound coin then cut out 60 biscuits with a 5cm round or fluted cutter. Put the biscuits back in the fridge for 20 mins to firm up.

Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Bake the biscuits for 8 mins until just set. You want the biscuits to stay pale with a crumbly texture. Leave to cool completely before sandwiching two biscuits together with a spoonful of dulce de leche. Once all the biscuits are sandwiched together roll in desiccated coconut.

Listen: Argentine Tango Music

Carlos Gardel is arguably the most prominent figure in the history of tango. Listening to his baritone voice now might transport you to an era long passed, but his work is still revered the world over to this very day. There is even a popular saying in Argentina, which proves his long-lived popularity, ‘Gardel sings better every day.’

Drink: Argentine Wine

Some of Argentina’s wine is world-class; tintos (reds) and blancos (white) are excellent and would delight any wine connoisseur, but malbecs are perhaps the number one. Any visit to Argentina is not complete without a visit to a vineyard, and there are plenty. The major wine-producing regions are near Mendoza, San Juan, La Rioja and Salta.

Club Tapiz, a Bodega (winery) in Mendoza, Argentina

Inspired to visit Argentina one day? Simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch, or call our Travel Specialists on 0208 546 6222.

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