Posted by: gypsytales | December 27, 2009

Eating Street Food and Going Strong

eating empanadas on the street in Tafi del Valle

When Barry and I went to India a couple of years ago, the advice we received from the travel doctor when we went for our yellow fever injections  was, if you want to eat street food, make sure it is steaming.

With 9 months travel ahead of us I am relectant to go down with a bug from contaminated food so early in our trip.  But who can resist empanadas? 

Here we are in Tafi del Valle eating empanadas from a guy who made them on the side of the road.  If you remember, I wrote about them in one of our earlier posts when our first couchsurfers, Alejandro and Mariana made them for us a special treat. 

Empanadas are a pastry with a frilly edge, baked or fried and filled with beef or chicken.  They are delicious and are famous in Argentina.  They are found on almost every street corner and are very reasonably priced.  With a splash of lemon or lime they are a perfect snack at any time of the day.

In this case, this empanada “chef”, cooked in character too!  At night he wore a smart white shirt and black waistcoat with white gloves.  During the day he looked smashing, dressed all in white, standing under the shade of a white umbrella and his white gloves once again.  He never touched the money either, this was handled by his assistant who managed the finances.



  1. Hi Guys, I’m looking forward to the next installment. Miss you and love you.

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