Treat yourself to a bit of high cuisine in the middle of the Austral Steppe

Treat yourself to a bit of high cuisine in the middle of the Austral Steppe
Argentinian Area

Traveling along the Binational Circuit "There are no borders between gauchos", you?ll find yourself in a part of the world undiscovered by fast-food chains. Here?s a much better slow-food option!

Here’s the secret for preparing a delicious gourmet snack anytime, anywhere!  We promise that your traveling partners will be pleased and amazed when you serve this great snack during your travels in the Binational Circuit "There are no borders between gauchos"
Traveling through this circuit includes long days on the road. Not too long ago, these days would have been spent on horseback, but your trip is likely to include wheels of some sort. In the days of gauchos and horse travel, meals were packed into saddle bags and eaten under a tree, beside a river, or maybe, at a remote puesto. 
Today, simple, on-the-go eating within the natural landscapes of Patagonia is maintained, in the tradition of an Argentine picoteo, or more commonly, the Tabla.  
Basically, a Tabla is the Argentine version of a picnic. Throughout the small towns and outposts of Patagonia, you can find small stores that have basic supplies.  In Argentina, the concept of basic supplies includes a rich array of fiambres (cold cuts), cheeses, fresh baked breads, crackers, jams, jellies, olives, pickles and some sorts of fresh fruits and vegetables. 
Here’s how it works; take a few minutes to stop at small markets you encounter.  Relax, enjoy the break and treat the visit as a sort of culinary treasure hunt.  Add a few items to your Tabla Supply Cooler as you go.  Then, when you’re ready for a great snack, take a break from your travels, open your treasure chest, and whip up an amazing Tabla.
You’ll need a wooden cutting board, a knife, and your creative culinary energy. In Argentina, the popular form of serving Tablas involves the same round wooden cutting boards used for serving Asado.  Incidentally, these make great souvenirs to take home. They come in a variety of sizes and can be found in almost any small town. You can also find great artisan knives in Argentina, ranging from simple sets for eating Asados, to elaborate bone-handled versions, popular with the gauchos.
Once you’ve elaborated your Tabla, the idea is to share with your entire group, enjoying the simple food family-style. Many use the ingredients to make their own sandwiches but, there are no rules! Tablas are a great answer for special preferences within the group; vegetarians and gluten-intolerant travelers can tailor their Tablas to their individual needs. And don’t forget to include a bottle of wine or some artisan beer. Both Chile and Argentina offer some great varietal wines and home-brews, which perfectly complement Tabla-style eating! Sorry drivers, you’d better stick to a warm cup of coffee or yerba mate with your snack. 

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