I really enjoyed travelling through Chile – also because of the Chilean food and drinks.
Here are some of my favourite dishes:
1) Ceviche (raw fish, occasianally mixed with other seafood): definitely one of my favourites, although some people (including Chileans) say that Peruvian Ceviche is better – I have yet to try and compare that.
2) Ice Cream: it really surprised me to find such amazing ice cream in Chile. My favourite stores are Mikafé in Hanga Roa, Easter Island, and Emporio la Rosa in Santiago. Favourite flavours: chocolate with toffee, dulce de leche, frambuesa menta, lúcuma and mango. Oh and not to forget that fantastic avocado (yes, avocado) ice cream at Vinilo in Valparaiso.
3) Empanadas: particularly those filled with fresh tuna and seafood (Easter Island).
4) Lomo a lo pobre: loin cut of beef on a mountain of french fries and fried onions topped with a fried egg.
5) Alfajores: two round cookies with a sweet filling, usually dulce de leche, covered in glaced sugar, chocolate or coco.
6) Completo Italiano: a hot dog with tomatoes, mashed avocado and mayonnaise.
7) Lomito Completo: Sandwich/ Burger with sliced cooked sirloin steak, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, tomato and loads of sauerkraut. Try this at Fuente Alemana in Santiago!
1) Jugos Naturales: freshly made fruit juices, e.g. pineapple!
2) Beer and Wine (try the Carmenere as you will hardly find it anywhere else in the world)!
3) Pisco Sour: Pisco is a clear brandy that is destilled from white muscat grapes. A Pisco Sour is a Cocktail with Pisco, sugar, lime, one eggwhite and crushed ice.
4) Terremoto (earthquake): young white wine, Pisco, sugar, pineapple ice cream…
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