Breakfast at our boutique hotel, Esplendor Buenos Aires, was a quiet affair. Nothing that will knock your socks off, but a decent assortment of choices including yogurt (packaged, drinkable, and even fresh), medialunas (a sort of Argentinian croissant, but smaller and less buttery) both sweet and “savory”, fruits, scrambled eggs, sausages, various breads and lots of spread for those breads… and cereals. Fresh squeezed orange juice, coffee, tea… not bad considering it was included in the price of our stay.
The hotel itself was a gorgeous, modern affair on the inside, with lots of bold artwork everywhere- a huge mosaic-style piece of Eva Peron greets you on the right as you walk in (I meant to snap a picture, but forgot, darn it). There was also a huge similarly styled piece of Che Guevara- the shadow you’ve surely seen on t-shirts everywhere even here in the US. I really enjoyed our stay at this hotel, the spa-like showers in some of the rooms and the huge soaking tubs in our other rooms…
But you’re here for the food, so I’ll leave it at: I highly recommend this hotel; the concierge was overworked but super friendly, courteous and always loaded with suggestions for anything, very knowledgeable, and his English was pretty good.
“Savory” medialuna – I chose the not-sweet ones so I could spread dulce de leche on them, which is like caramel, but better. (When we were in Turkey, I ate chocolate spread on my croissant every morning. I’m a fatty! I don’t even eat sweet things normally here in NYC!) Scrambled eggs with pancetta, sausage, tomato slices, grass cheese, pate or ham… this was basically what I ate every morning, except maybe two plates. Haha, like I said, I’m a fatty.
You can just make out the bottom of the bottle of drinkable yogurt I had – strawberry flavored – to help aid my digestion. This is basically the same breakfast as above, except with plums, and there’s two types of meat and two types of cheese whose names I’ve forgotten. I do love the dulce de leche and really wanted to buy a jar to bring home, but I really don’t need to gain any more weight…
From my research prior to heading to Argentina (yes, I researched breakfast in Argentina before I went!), cafe [con leche] y medialunas con dulce de leche seemed to be the general local/typical breakfast. So I’m happy to say I partook in your authentic Argentinian breakfast while there, though I’ve no idea how the people are not hugely fat if that’s what they eat every morning! The coffee, also, sadly was not as good as it was in Spain. Decent, though, still better than the instant crap we drink here. (I only drink coffee on vacation. I’m too caffeine sensitive to drink it here, though vacation-buddies of mine beware, I can down 3 cups without blinking on vacation… usually because we wind up walking around so much after that the excess energy is burned off, though.)
Yummy!!! Stay tuned for more eating throughout Argentina!