In my earlier post, I spoke of going to a restaurant for an ASADO, but today friends came to the home where we are staying. There is a separate building where the Parrilla is built.
Argentina has a reverance for beef that takes on a quasi-religious significance. I would invite you to Google:Understanding the ASADO: Barbecue the Argentinian Way. It is written by a blogger for Vagabond Magazine.>
The ASADO is more than a meal. Friends came greeting one another and me with hearty embraces. The meat may be the centerpiece of the meal but the camaraderie was the most important event.
A celebration of good times liberally doused with good wine!
Here is the Asador, preparing the grill, tending the coals and grilling the various meats and vegetables.
Here is a glimpse of the room and the grill —–
I Have to admit I was having such a good time, I neglected to photograph all the grilled meats.
Here is chicken and whole peppers and onions (smothered in ash)
A great mix of wonderful people —–
The final touch —-an Argentinian dessert!
Layers and layers of sheer delight!
Finally the meal ended -what began at 2pm, saw the clock turn 7:30pm, and in that time span, we talked, we laughed till the tears ran down my cheeks, we ate wonderful food and inhaled the fragrance of grilled meat, and for that short period of time, all was right with the world.
If you are ever invited to an ASADO, don’t turn it down.