15 reasons why we love Buenos Aires 2018: No.8 – the food!

As the countdown to the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Buenos Aires 2018 continues, we are highlighting 15 reasons to get excited ahead of the 3rd summer YOG…

Buenos Aires has long been famous for the quality of the steaks at its traditional parrillas (barbecue grill restaurants) and its wide array of delicious comida callejera (street food), but there are plenty of other culinary delights that athletes and visitors will be able to enjoy during the Youth Olympic Games this October…

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These popular pastry snacks are undoubtedly Argentina's most popular street food and can be found throughout Buenos Aires. Usually baked or fried, these delicious stuffed dough pockets come in a variety of flavours, from beef and chicken to corn and other vegetarian options.

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Buenos Aires takes its ice cream very seriously, with the city's thick and creamy helado rivalling the iconic gelato of Italy. In summer, long queues often form at the most popular heladerías (ice cream parlours), while locals will also call in orders for deliveries well into the night. Favourite flavours include dulce de leche, based on the sweet caramel sauce that Argentina is also famous for, and sambayón, which is made from sweet wine, sugar and egg yolks.

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These small, croissant-like pastries – made with butter and brushed with a sugar glaze – are sweeter than the French classic and particularly popular at breakfast time.

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These cheap and cheerful sausage sandwiches are a perfect snack to eat while exploring the city's sights. Combing chorizo sausage and bread, they are usually served with chimichurri – a green salsa made from oregano, parsley, garlic, chilli flakes and red wine vinegar.

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The asado or parrilla (barbecue) is Argentina's national dish and an important social event that brings together friends and families every week to enjoy delicious cuts of meat – such as beef, pork, ribs, sausages and blood sausages – grilled over an open flame.

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These crumbly shortbread-like biscuits, filled with dulce de leche and dipped in chocolate or coconut flakes, are a national obsession and a tasty sweet treat at any time of the day!