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It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time!

Many an expat’s lament about living in Argentina is missing the things from home. One of the things at the top of that list for American expats has been peanut butter. Check any expat forum or blog and you’ll undoubtedly see someone complaining about the lack of peanut butter in Argentina.

Well, tell them to stop their bitching. Peanut butter is here in a big way.

While there was always a way to find peanut butter in Barrio Chino or at one of the dietetica’s it often left much to be desired. The brands in Barrio Chino typically had tons of sugar added and the others were often a weird pasty substance. Now, there’s two real options for you:

Dame Mani Peanut Butter ArgentinaDame Mani has long been one of the biggest brand of Argentine peanut butter, but only recently did they add an all natural option. The new “maní untable natural” has absolutely no added ingredients. It is now available in pretty much every supermarket. A 510g jar goes for about $28 pesos. Unfortunately they only have a creamy option, so chunky lovers are out of luck with this one, but…

Mil Mantecas Peanut Butter Buenos AiresOur much preferred choice is the handmade peanut butter from Mil Mantecas. Recently opened, this expat business handcrafts each batch – creamy or crunchy – from only the finest ingredients. Each jar is 340g of what I like to consider fine, craft peanut butter.

The crunchy we had was without a doubt the best I’ve ever eaten. I actually had to look at the ingredients again to confirm that it did not have any added sugar. The combination of sweet and extra crunchy was just perfect.

Mil Mantecas hand delivers each order and prices start at $25 pesos for classic and $30 pesos for crunchy plus delivery. Discounts are available for larger orders. It’s a bit more than the store bought brands but for the freshness and quality, it can’t be beat.

Now that you’ve got your peanut butter fix handled, it’s time to go back to bitching about other things like broken sidewalks and dog crap. 🙂



The New BK Stacker Quintuple Hits Buenos Aires

Were four meat patties with 1,000 calories, 68g of fat (30g of that saturated) and 1800mg of sodium not enough for you?

Or, were you upset that the you could only get three meat patties from your U.S. Burger King after they took the BK Stacker Quad off the menu?

Well, fear not, because BK Argentina has just added the BK Stacker Quintuple to their Buenos Aires’ restaurants menus.

Not fearing the same health-related backlash that BK experienced when they launched their quad stacker sandwich in the U.S. (they have had a quad stacker on the menu here for some time), they decided that people want more meat and cheese and four patties was just not cutting it.

This five meat patty monstrosity includes two buns, five slices of cheese, lots of bacon and Stacker sauce. They left off the lettuce, tomato and onion because as Denny Marie Post, Burger King’s chief concept officer, put it for their previous U.S. launch, “We’re satisfying the serious meat lovers by leaving off the produce and letting them decide exactly how much meat and cheese they can handle.” Also noticeably absent from the ads or BK’s Argentine website are any nutritional information. We’ll assume they left that off because they don’t want “serious meat lovers” to have to worry about all those details.

Is it any wonder that obesity in Argentina is becoming such a problem and restaurants have removed salt shakers from tables? Plus, in this land of great meat, who goes to Burger King anyhow? (I know, I know…they’re always full of people. I still have yet to figure out why.)


Buenos Aires Restaurant Delivery

New to Buenos Aires and don’t speak much/any Spanish?  Want to order delivery but feeling a bit afraid of having a phone conversation?  Well, Buenos Aires Delivery can help you with that.

The recently launched web site provides restaurant menus for over 80 Buenos Aires restaurants in 20 different neighborhoods, with additional restaurants being added each week.  In addition to providing updated menus in both Spanish and English, you can place your order online, thus assuaging your fears of having to make a call in your broken Spanish.

And, even if you speak Spanish perfectly, the site offers the opportunity to find some new places that deliver to your apartment and browse through their menus. They have some great maps clearly showing the delivery area of each restaurant.

This is a service that I desperately wish that I had when I first moved to Buenos Aires and didn’t speak a word of Spanish. I was limited to ordering from Romario because they were the only restaurant that had online ordering at the time. Luckily they were also good, but I’d recommend giving Buenos Aires Delivery a try today and you won’t be limited to ordering pizza and empanadas like I was!


Korean Barbecue in Buenos Aires – Who Knew?

Almost everyone knows about Buenos Aires’ Chinatown (check out Palitos for some of the best Chinese food in Buenos Aires), but do you know that Buenos Aires also has a Koreatown?

Smaller than its Chinatown counterpart, Koreatown is further off the beaten path and less well known.  From Wikipedia:

Buenos Aires’s ‘Barrio Coreano’ is in the neighborhood of Flores, specifically in the south of this neighborhood. The primary artery of the district is Carabobo Avenue, which houses various Korean businesses and organizations, including restaurants, beauty salons, a Korean school (Instituto Coreano Argentino) and churches, among others. In recent years, there has been a huge move from the Bajo Flores towards the Avellaneda Avenue, the reason being the increasing theft and insecurity around the slums close to Av. Castanares. What some might call these days, “The New Koreatown,” has been increasing in size at a faster rate while the shops in Av. Carabobo have been closing.  There are over 22,000 Koreans in Argentina, most of them in Buenos Aires, where the Asian population is around 2.5%.

Luckily, last Friday night, we were let in on the secret of Koreatown and Korean barbecue when we were invited by Kristin to take part in what she called “one of the best deals in Buenos Aires.”

No one seems to know the name of the restaurant, with the sign written only in Korean, at Av. Carabobo 1575, but once you climb the dingy stairs and pass through the security gate, you’re greeted with an authentic Korean barbecue experience. Immediately as you sit down, the food starts coming fast and furious.  These were probably the hardest working waiters I have ever seen in Buenos Aires and they didn’t stop moving the entire time we were there.

The all-you-can-eat smorgasbord includes kimchi (cabbage and tripe), oysters, seaweed, noodles, tofu, soup, a full cooked fish, egg with crab, and many other things I’d be hard pressed to name. Of course, it also includes a plate of raw beef, pork, shrimp and octopus that you grill on your table-top barbecue.  The food was spicy and flavorful, with the clear winner amongst all our friends being the spicy pork.

The cost of this meal? $60 pesos per person and $10 pesos for a liter of Quilmes. We left completely stuffed and satisfied, having had both seafood and spice – two rare treats in Buenos Aires.

After dinner, our group headed across the street to the “Chess Club” to reserve a private room for karaoke. Unfortunately, we were way too full and tired, so we headed home. But, don’t worry, we’ll definitely be back.