Dra. Flores: ¿Qué es eso?
Profa. Rivero: Es ceso… ¡Buen provecho!
If you’re familiar with the Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods®” and Chef Andrew Zimmerman then you might have an idea as to what’s coming. On the first Wednesday of the trip, by recommendation of Profesora Sylvia Rivero, the Study Tour took its talents to Parrilla La Estancia for some highly touted argentine asado. First, asado is the name of barbecue a la Argentina! On this night, we had our beef, and we ate it too!
For a whopping $20 per person we enjoyed each other’s company as we stretched our culinary limits. The asado completo that we ordered included short ribs, beef spare ribs, and strip steaks among other meat products (muwhahaha)! Also, neither our pescatarians nor vegetarians were sold short; the menu included a plethera of options, like: tortilla de patatas and a poached salmon to die for! For the rest of us carnivores, we dug into the typical, labeled above.
This was the first group dinner and, trust us, we made it a good one. It was at this grand restaurant where we tested our group chemistry and our humor too. Sayings and jokes that defined our group identity were created at that very table. For example: the last syllable in “chinchulin” forced us to smile when saying… Great for when we took photos; “Qué es eso… Es ceso!” to remind us of an exciting yet revolting experience; and, “Evidencia, evidencia” for – well, I guess you had to have been there in order to understand its context (see: slideshow photos of Dra. Flores). Further, it was on this night when we created the group’s hierarchy of elite eaters.
So, what else was included in this asado completo? Well, before we go into that, the hierarchy depends on two things: the level of “adventure” eaters were willing to achieve and then the amount ingested. Use a bilingual dictionary to translate the following.
**Note of Discretion**: If you -the reader- have a weak stomach, a faint heart, are a steadfast vegan, or if you do not understand our group’s collective humor, please do not continue to read; turn back now, while you still have a chance!
The C-Team made it to chinchulin, but didn’t dare to continue to the next level; the B-Team tried the chinchulin and regardless if they liked it or not they went as far as eating riñon; and the A-Team reached Andrew Zimmerman status with ceso. Noteworthy, not all of the challengers knew what it is that they were eating prior to taking their first chomp.
There were only a few that opted not to enter the challenge; they are the D-teamers and were relegated to shoe polishing, laundry washing, and backpack carrying for the A-teamers for the duration of the study tour. (*there is absolutely no truth to the previous statement.) Our vegetarians and pescatarians were exempt. Lastly, like the rowdy group we were, we barked “¡EVIDENCIA!”
and pounded the tables during each level of the first annual asado eating challengers! (**There’s no truth behind that statement either.)
In conclusion, the first annual Argentina Study Tour group is full of some excellent eaters, ready to step out of their boxes!