Had been a while since I had visited either country, close to 8 years, so first thing I knew I wanted some good Argentinian steak. I chose La Brigada, which has been around for a long time and survived influx of tourists as well as being frequented by locals. There is not an inch of wall that is not covered by sports memorabilia (read, soccer) but even found a small flags of NFL teams (I looked for and found both my hometown Atlanta Falcons and my team the Denver Broncos).
Although I was alone, there is no wine by the glass here so I picked a bottle of a local Syrah and started with a longaniza, which they described as Italian sausage:
Since I ate all of my steak I was tempted by the Budin Casero (homemade bread pudding):
To walk off the big/heavy lunch I decided to walk back to hotel down famous Calle Florida, where I ran into these Tango street performers, you can see in their faces how much they enjoy dancing Tango, performing...
The next day for lunch I decided to try a different place that had received a lot better reviews online than La Brigada, Parrilla La Cabrera. This place became so popular that they actually opened another one a block away to handle overflow... The decor was a bit nicer but be forewarned that even with the new place close by chances are you may have to wait. They have packed tables/chairs in every possible spot so it is very tight in there, but once in I did like the food better than La Brigada. (Pic below courtesy of TripAdvisor)
On to Sao Paulo, I used to spend a lot of time there but had not been back since the craft beer craze so wanted to try some of the new ones. First one, I wanted to try was Baden Baden Stout, as it had won the Gold Medal at the European Beer Star competition in Germany, voted best dry stout in the world. Even with those high expectations, it proved to be the best beer of the whole trip, will just have to see now if I can get state-side.