My foodie faves of South America!

I (Mirko) was lucky enough to travel to South America on holiday earlier this year. South America was such an amazing place, and for anyone that hasn't been - I definitely recommend it! Here are a few food pics from my travels.

Stop One: Brazil

Brigadeiro - chocolate bon bons made of condensed milk

Rockmelon and Prosciutto Gelato from Vero Gelato
Mix of sweet and salty was interesting
Weekend street stall fruit.  THE BEST fruit that I have ever
had. Such sweet sweet strawberries.
Caipirinha - the standard drink of my Brazilian trip...
so good and so cheap!
On one of our days, we travelled to Leblon. Leblon is an affluent area of Rio De Janeiro with a number of different international cuisines at your disposal. After walking the streets, we happened to walk past Pipo, so decided to have a quick lunch.

Caju Amigo from Pipo in Leblon. What else is there to
do but drink whilst on holidays?!
Steak Tartare from Pipo in Leblon
Seabass Ceviche from Pipo in Leblon
Porkbelly sliders from Pipo in Leblon
Beef sliders from Pipo in Leblon

After lunch we walked down the street and came across Momo Gelato. A funky little place with some awesome gelato. We came here a few more times during our trip it was that good.

Dark Chocolate and Salted Caramel Gelato - Momo
Stop Two: Argentina

Argentina is synonymous for one thing - Steak. I have had some friends previously visit Argentina and raved about the price and quality of steak. Whilst I knew it would be good, I did have some reservations about how good it would be.  Let me say that my reservations were quashed right from the get go!

Whilst steak was a standout during our visit to Buenos Aires, I was pleasantly surprised at the overall standard of food in Argentina and its safe to say I did not have a bad meal during my entire visit.

Chorizo Steak from Iguazu
Coffee and Friends cafe Iguazu

Loved these packets of awesomeness - Alfajores
Dulce De Leche Crossaint
Dulce De Leche Donut
Burger Joint - Buenos Aires. Quality of burgers is great
given the standard of beef produced.
Freshly made (and filled) Cannoli done right in front of you
out on the street
Malbec for $10....a bottle!
A hidden bar behind a florist and wine shop - awesome
Steak, steak and more steak! A meal for 5 for $50!
Needed some healthy juice for all that Steak
Stop Three: Peru

Our final stop was Peru. Peru, and in particular Lima, is an amazing hub for food and has a number of world renowned restaurants to visit. If you are a foodie and lucky enough to go to South America, make Peru a must visit to try out the food fare.

Just had to share this awesomeness! Alpaca selfie at
Machu Picchu
Alpaca steak - don't worry, its not the one pictured above :)
Street vendor cakes - pineapple, orange and chocolate varieties
Coca tea to battle the altitude sickness - luckily, I didn't
have any
Pisco sours
After spending some time at the amazing Machu Picchu (seriously, if you get a chance - go!) we headed to Lima before heading to NYC. My friend did some research and found a Japanese/Peruvian fusion restaurant called Maido located in the affluent area of Miraflores.

Maido is one of the up and coming restaurants of South America and is definitely a must visit.
Shot 1: Peruvian/Asian fusion @ Maido in Miraflores, Lima
Deliciously fresh ceviche and fusion nigiri
One of the items that we all wanted to try whilst visiting Peru was a local delicacy, Cuy - also known as Guinea Pig. There are a number of specialist Cuy restaurants all over Peru with the standard way of the dish being presented roasted whole. We (or more so, I) wasn't game to try it this way, so was lucky enough to find it on the menu done in a confit style. The Cuy had a rich flavour and if no one had told me, I wouldn't have known what it was.

Shot 2: Peruvian/Asian fusion @ Maido in Miraflores, Lima.
Top right corner - Guinea Pig!
Shot 3: Peruvian/Asian fusion @ Maido in Miraflores, Lima
The following day, we went for a final meal before heading off to the Airport later that night. Being a bunch of foodies, Central Restaurant - Ranked #15 best restaurant in the world, was a place that we all wanted to try. Luckily, we were able to get a reservation to try this place out!

Everything here was delicious and overall, was decently priced. Here it's all about balance. Every dish here has the perfect balance of flavours and textures. I can see why they have achieved this international ranking.

Shot 1: Amazing Lunch @ Central Restaurant, Lima, Peru.
Ranked #15 best restaurant in the world
Shot 2: Amazing Lunch @ Central Restaurant, Lima, Peru.
Ranked #15 best restaurant in the world
Shot 3: Amazing Lunch @ Central Restaurant, Lima, Peru.
Ranked #15 best restaurant in the world
Shot 4: Amazing Lunch @ Central Restaurant, Lima, Peru.
Ranked #15 best restaurant in the world
And there you have it, my food journey of South America! Check out more pics of mine, and other OTCB members on our instagram account by using the hashtag #OTCBOntour. 

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