I just arrived home from a rainy but lovely, enchanting weekend in Colonia del Sacramento, a small river-side town in Uruguay, just a couple of hours by ferry from Buenos Aires.
Juan and I decided to take advantage of the long weekend in Argentina to explore a different city in a different country, and the best and nearest option to do that was to go across the Rio de la Plata and spend a tranquil weekend in a town with just 40 to 50 thousand inhabitants, with beautiful historical architecture and very polite and hospitable people.
We arrived in this beautiful town on Saturday afternoon, tired from waking up early and hungry for good food. We settled at Pasiva restaurant, which was situated along the main General Flores Avenue, and ordered the national Uruguayan dish Chivitos.
According to Wikipedia, Chivito is the name of a sandwich-style national dish in Uruguay, and consists primarily of a thin slice of filet mignon (churrasco beef), with mayonnaise, black or green olives, mozzarella, tomatoes, and commonly also bacon, fried or hard-boiled eggs and ham. It is served in a bun, often with a side of French fries. Other ingredients might be added into the sandwich such as red beets, peas, grilled or pan-fried red peppers, and slices of cucumber.
Chivito Complet0 (which came with beef, cheese, bacon, beef, lettuce, tomato & a fried egg).
It was really a complete meal, together with slim french fries and a national Uruguayan Pilsen beer, a great way to kick off our weekend in Colonia.
Other than showing you what Chivitos are, I really want to share some pictures of Colonia because it is so beautiful and has such a nostalgic charm that I fell completely in love with it. So much so that I contemplated for just a few minutes the idea of living in this romantic old world town. (This is the first time that I’m posting so many non-related food pictures, but it’s such a beautiful place that I have to share it with all of you – so bear with me!)
Walking around charming Colonia..
The main avenue Flores:
In the historical neighbourhood:
Having tea at Amada Cafe, one of the most beautiful cafes in the neighbourhood: