You are studying Spanish in Argentina; the CARNE (meat) capital of South America, where fresh pastas with meat balls, pizza with pepperoni, and steaks the size of soccer balls are readily available and affordable at every local restaurant, and the only downside to it all is that… you don’t eat meat! How are you going to be a Vegetarian in Argentina? Here are some tips and tricks to ease the effort:
Shop before you go to Argentina
Before you leave home, stock up on the non-perishable items that you are certain you cannot buy abroad in Buenos Aires. If there are herbs that you use to spice up your veggies or organic rice, flavour cubes, etc, buy them before you leave and use them abroad. This will make its a lot easier to still cook your favourite foods at home!
Cook at home in Buenos Aires
You still have the option to cook in your homestay, shared apartment, etc, when in Buenos Aires. You obviously will not be eating out every night here so take advantage of those nights that you are at home and cook some of your favourite veggie dishes or take a local dish and make it vegetarian.
Discover the local food markets
There are a few great food markets or areas in Buenos Aires, such as China Town (Barrio Chino) that has plenty of interesting foods, tofu, herbs, and hard to find products imported from other countries.
Practice your Spanish before you order
In a country as meat focused as Argentina, it can sometimes be difficult to explain to your waiter that you want a dish without any meat. Sometimes ‘no carne’ (no meat) is understood as no red meat, and you will be served chicken or fish. Make sure you utilize your teacher in your Spanish classes and learn enough vocabulary to explain that ‘no meat’ means ‘no meat’.
Sometimes being a vegetarian abroad can be frustrating when you are hungry and your options are limited. Remember that being patient and being kind will get you a lot further than snapping at your waiter and demanding your vegetarian dish! Be nice, be polite, and you will be surprised how helpful people are.
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