Ahh! Argentina! For our second stop on Food Trip, we visited a beautiful little Argentine restaurant about a mile from our house. Fiorito offered us classic Argentine dishes, giving us a glimpse into a passionate, hospitable culture.

The meal started with the cheesiest grilled cheese experience of anything you could imagine. Provoletta is made with provolone cheese literally cooked directly on a grill and then topped with chorizo, tomatoes, and herbs. It was a hot, creamy, crunchy treat. In between bites of cheesy yumminess, we enjoyed two different empanadas. There was one with (even more) cheese and corn and one made with carne a chuchillo (hanger steak). I love pastry, so I enjoyed these flaky, buttery, baked starters. Honestly, I could have made the whole meal out of empanadas, but this was only the beginning.

starting with starters: delicious provoletta

flaky empanadas were a favorite for sure

Between mid 19th and 20th centuries, 6.6 million immigrants came to live in Argentina from Europe, the Near and Middle East, Russia and Japan. This made Argentina second only to the U.S. for having the most immigrants at the time and contributed greatly the development of the cuisine. Empanadas and beef were brought by the Spaniards. The Italians contributed pasta, pizza, and one of the most well known Argentine dishes, Milanesa, which originates from Milan. Think chicken parmesan except a fine piece of beef under ham, tomato sauce, and (yes, of course) cheese.

churrasco de entraña - a skirt steak served with amazing fries and chimichurri sauce

The star of all Argentine food is absolutely steak. Whether it is baked into an empanada, breaded and fried for Milanesa, or just grilled and served with chimichurri, Argentines know their beef. So to eat like an Argentine, we had to throw veggies to the side for the night and enjoy juicy, tender steak; herby chimichurri; and some of the most delicious french fries I've ever eaten.

Our overall Argentine dinner experience left us feeling not just full of delicious food, but also filled with a feeling of home in spite of the fact that none of us had ever eaten Argentine food before. There was a warm, generous, and hospitable feel to the food itself.

our friend, adventurer, and spring breaker, Liz Jarvis, joined us for this "trip"

our friend, adventurer, and spring breaker, Liz Jarvis, joined us for this "trip"

the beginning

This map will not remain black and white for long! As restaurants representing countries are visited, we will color them in.

At the end of 2015, a new adventure was beginning. David Bley and I were planning a wedding and choosing a new city in which to live. After compiling a list and going through pros and cons, we decided to move to Miami, Florida. This was pretty gutsy because, even though David went to school in South Florida, we didn't know anyone that lived south of Boca. We were excited to move to Miami because of three things: 1) No more coats, 2) the beach, 3) the diversity of culture and ethnicity of Miamians.

We have been here about a year (if you don't count all the times we traveled away), and in that time, we have seen and learned so many beautiful things. We had heard Miami was international, but after living here for a year, now we really know that Miami is international. I had a thought a little while ago as we were driving (stuck in traffic on Biscayne), "Wow, there are so many different kinds of restaurants. I bet there is a restaurant here from every country south of here." And that is where the idea was born.

I decided then and there that we would be able to travel around Central and South America and the Caribbean without ever leaving Miami. So now we are beginning a journey of just that. I drew a map to help us keep track of all the menus we have visited, and I am excited to invite you along! There are so many ways to participate in our Food Trip. You could read this blog, come eat out with us, or make your own map and food travel in the city where you live.

Culture is passed on through food, and I fully believe that when we eat someone's cuisine, we are celebrating who they are and where they come from. We will be enjoying some tasty treats as part of this Food Trip and celebrating some wonderful people that come from some beautiful places. 

So yeah, we're kicking this journey off tonight! Check back to see which country we visited and what kind of food we enjoyed!