An overnight flight from Houston lands us in Buenos Aires, Argentina!. Marathon Tours and Travels collects all its passengers at the terminal and buses them approx. 1hours and 15 minutes to the Plaza Hotel (Marriott) at Plaza San Martin in the downtown. A quick check in and we are released on our own for lunch. It had a bit since our last meal so we immediately took the suggestion of one of the guides and went to NIza for lunch. I know, why are we going to an Italian place in Italian but come on, we were hungry. With our pasta we got to have a local beer called Quilmes – it was so good we had two big bottles.
Running in the park
After a nap the tour had an optional “fun run” from the hotel. It was HECTIC! It was a stop-start run for half a mile until we got to this park with a 5K or 10K loop. Hmm, yeah – we went 5K – it was about 85 degrees here so that was good enough for us.
Buenos Aires from the park
beautiful brown water
I had seen Cabana Las Linas in two books – one being 1000 Places to See before you Die – so it was the obvious choice for dinner on our own.
Cabana Las Lilas
This restaurant offers the famous parilla which is a barbecue style using wood or occasionally charcoal. The grill is hung above and the meat is lined up.
We took a taxi there but walked back. The place was upscale meaning pricey as advertised but it was great food. The appetizer plate had a potato pancake sort of thing, grilled pepper, baked eggplant, salmon, mozzarella balls and tomatoes.
appetizer at Las Lilas
We ordered a bottle of Argentinean Malbec, chirizo, and fried Provolone to start.
My main course was a tenderloin skewer and Curt had a T-bone. Yes, Argentinean Steak is great!
The restaurant was along the water and it werved as a great place to people watch. The night was capped off with 2 servings of $11 gelato!