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Day 379: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Having only been in Argentina a week I can say with certainty that steak here is amazing. I’ve been eating steak sandwiches at lunch, steak at dinner. My life has been all about meat.

But when I arrived in Buenos Aires my hostel mates warned me that there is too much of a good thing. You can eat too much steak and if you aren’t careful something terrible happens.


Your poo turns grey.


Yes it’s disgusting but it had to be said. When you are so full of steak without many veggies your body sends you a message and it isn’t pretty.


You cannot live on steak alone.


Sure my steak sandwiches have slices of tomato and I’ll eat squash on the side of my steak dinner but that isn’t enough. I’ve started to feel a bit sluggish and slow. It’s great to be tough and say you are all about meat but sometimes it’s too much.


I crave green vegetables. I want fibre. I need vitamins.


people eating salad

So when some people from the hostel were heading to the market to overload on veggies and make a big salad I asked if I could get in on that.


I’ve never been so excited to have a salad.


And so we put together a giant salad with every vegetable found at the market. It wasn’t the prettiest salad but it did the job.

My body wondered what was going on, it vaguely remembered what vegetables were and welcomed them. It wants more, and I agree.

I’m still loving the meat life here but from now on I need to find balance.


83 Comments

  1. Adrienne @Shenventure on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

    Oh, I love meat too! But yes, eating too much without the veggies can do a nasty number on the body. it could have been worse ;). glad you’re getting your veggie servings back in =).
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    • Ayngelina on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

      I won’t give up steak while I am here but yes I definitely need to also make more salads.

  2. Camels & Chocolate on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

    I totally know how you feel! I felt the same when I was in Brazil. And back then I didn’t eat seafood either, so whenever steak wasn’t on the menu, it was all seafood, all the time. I basically ate red meat for every meal the entire time I was there!
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    • Ayngelina on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

      But at least Brazil has black beans, oh how I miss black beans.

      • Chance Miller on the May 9, 2011 remarked #

        You should find a local in Buenos Aires who can tell you were you can find black beans. I’d start in the “Meet Our Guides” section here: http://www.balocal.com

      • Katie on the May 9, 2011 remarked #

        You can find dried black beans here at the grocery store or at a dietética. It’s not a dish you’re likely to find at a restaurant, but you can certainly cook them yourself to get out of the meat rut.
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  3. megan on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

    Seems no matter what we do or where we go, travel does crazy things to our bodies!

    I was definitely craving salad after a couple of months in India – although the country is largely vegetarian I was just not game to try anything leafy!

    Thanks for the heads up on the effects of an all-meat diet :D

    • Ayngelina on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

      I have been pretty lucky, without getting into too much detail in an already graphic post, I eat yogurt every day and have not had a single problem since I started traveling my steak is heavy and not meant to eat everyday – but you have to whisper that around here as it’s considered blasphemy :)

  4. Sheryll on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

    ahh! I’m going to Argentina in a few months and I was afraid of this. I was debating going vegetarian again, and this post kind of confirmed it for me lol! It’s crazy how your body lets you know it’s time to eat some veggies.
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    • Ayngelina on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

      Oh no you cannot come to Argentina without trying the steak. I have met more than a few vegetarians that were on a ‘break’ while here. The meat is amazing, but if you have a chance to switch it up and eat a salad, do it!

  5. Alouise on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

    It can be really easy to indulge in travel. Glad to see you’re finding a good balance. That salad looks delicious.
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    • Ayngelina on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

      I have definitely indulged in steak, now it’s time to get back on track!

  6. Amer on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

    I know how that feels! I was in Malaysia recently and had to eat fried greasy food and really unhealthy sweet drinks everyday. My throat became dried and after 2 weeks all I crave was fruit and vegetables.

    • Ayngelina on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

      So surprised to hear that in Malaysia, I have only been to KL but remember a lot of veggies, I guess it’s different outside the capital.

      • Vi on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

        You just need to go to local market and you’ll find tones of veggies and fruits.
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        • Ayngelina on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

          Markets here are interesting, not like other cities where everyone congregates in one big market but rather a lot of smaller side markets, similar to Toronto.

  7. Katherina on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

    I understand the feeling of needing some veggies… I couldn’t take it in Uruguay and Buenos Aires – all I ate for a week was meat! Things is, I didn’t find a restaurant preparing nice salads so…. the one big solution is to do them by yourself :)
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    • Ayngelina on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

      You can find salads but they are tough, either in a fancy smancy new restaurant or a foreigner restaurant. But it means they are at least $10 so on a budget of $30 per day I am with you making them at home.

  8. robin on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

    That top shot looks yummy!
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  9. Ryan on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

    Dr. Oz says that it takes two weeks for steak to completely digest through your system….good luck!

    • Ayngelina on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

      I remembered that when I ate my first steak. I must be full of the stuff.

  10. Mark Wiens on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

    Haha, I enjoyed a great laugh with this article Ayngelina! I very well know that sluggish feeling of OD’ing on that Argentinian beef, and it’s almost impossible to resist. When I visited Santiago, I ate some of my favorite, just straight veggie salads!
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    • Ayngelina on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

      Its incredible what too much meat will do to you.

  11. Kris on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

    Love this post! As a vegetarian I struggled living in BA for a few, but there are some great meat free places when the time comes to just say no to another asado :D
    head to China Town if you haven’t been there already. Enjoy.

  12. Kris on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

    Love this post! As a vegetarian I struggled living in BA for a few months, but there are some great markets if you’re happy to cook a lot for yourself. Head to China Town if you haven’t been there already, the options for food with a greater balance of veggies is much better there. Enjoy :D.
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    • Ayngelina on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

      I am heading to Chinatown today :)

  13. Randy on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

    Our bodies really are amazing aren’t they. I had no idea Buenos Aires had a Chinatown, good to know for future travels.

    • Ayngelina on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

      EVERY city has a Chinatown and I am thankful for that as I need to buy some nam pla.

  14. adventureswithben on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

    How about a steak salad?

    • Ayngelina on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

      Dude that does not exist here. I asked at a steak place for steak on a salad and they were SO confused. So I finally ordered a lomito (steak sandwich) and a salad, took the steak off the bread and plunked it on the salad.

      By the way at steakhouses when they say salad they mean lettuce, tomato and onion. If you are lucky you may get a beet.

  15. Anders Westman on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

    Great site. Well done. I’ve lived in Bs.As. for the past 4 years. I’m in the State’s for the summer. The Argy food scene is deceptive; a lot of flash but little substance. I almost always head to Chinatown now (Todos Contentos for Kung Pau beef/chicken and steamed pork dumplings which are called “ravioles vapor”) or to a Peruvian place for great ceviche and seafood/garlic soup. BTW, this is THE food site; http://www.guiaoleo.com.ar/restaurantes/Primavera-Trujillana-2139

    • Ayngelina on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

      Agree that the food can be puzzling. I have had some great food but a lot of mediocre food. And where’s the cheese and why is it so expensive.

      I need to get to Chinatown, I love dumplings any recommendations?

      • Anders on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

        Here is your fix for dumplings: http://www.guiaoleo.com.ar/restaurantes/Todos-Contentos-146

        It’s my savior when I get really sick of the dull food in BsAs. Check out the Peruvian place I noted. It’s my fav resto en the city. Cheese? Good luck. Dairy products are now more expensive in Argentina than Europa. FYI, my cost of living has doubled in 4 years due to the insane inflation. Thank god wine is cheap!

        • Ayngelina on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

          I may just head there tomorrow…

          Any other recommendations?

          • Anders on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

            Many. I’ll pass some along. Nightlife/bars as well?

          • Ayngelina on the May 8, 2011 remarked #

            Pass on all your wisdom, I’m all ears!

  16. Anthony on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

    Oh Ayngelina. I love it when you talk about meaty poo’s! ha ha ha. Love the pictures in this post too! Looking forward to geting down to Argentina later this year. Thanks for the steaky inspiration :)
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    • Ayngelina on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

      Well I may still be here when you come…

  17. Sanny on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

    Just put down the slab of beef once you start getting meat sweats. Honestly, they’re AWFUL!

    • Ayngelina on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

      Oh I have taken it one step further, in Peru I had an intense meat lunch and afterwards basically had a meat coma – went home and slept for 3 hours!

  18. Erin on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

    Luckily Buenos Aires is probably the best place in South America for vegetarians (despite all the steak). We found some amazing restaurants that you should try out and give yourself a break from meat: http://www.neverendingvoyage.com/best-vegetarian-restaurants-in-buenos-aires/
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    • Ayngelina on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

      So true, big cities have options. I did meet up with Rease from Travelated and had an amazing spinach salad with goat cheese – although it did cost me $10 bucks but sometimes you need to splurge.

  19. Cathy Sweeney on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

    I get it. I’m a carnivore, but always try to balance with a salad or something green! If I haven’t had a salad in a while, I absolutely crave lettuce and all the trimmings.
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    • Ayngelina on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

      You know the thing is in Canada I probably eat steak once a year, I’m just not that into it but here it’s different.

  20. Wendy on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

    wow. i didn’t know that about the poop. :) I guess i didn’t eat enough steak!

    • Ayngelina on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

      I ate it every day for a few days, people warned me but it was too late!

  21. Roy | cruisesurfingz on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

    I can’t believe you talked about your poo…haha. You need to take a green drink :)
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    • Ayngelina on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

      Just when you think I’ve revealed all about myself I reach a new low. Next month my menstural cycle – eww.

  22. Jess on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

    thank you for making me famous! hope your travels are still amazing! – i’m keeping up with your blog x

    • Ayngelina on the May 8, 2011 remarked #

      Ahh thanks Jess, how was your re-entry into the States?

      • Jess on the May 10, 2011 remarked #

        really easy surprisingly – they were super nice – first time ever. loving the veggies and fruit though. keep up the good work love : )

  23. Sarah Wu on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

    Steak are always great when it’s sod delicious, but veggie helps us to keep everything health too.

    • Ayngelina on the May 8, 2011 remarked #

      I think steak once a week is a good compromise…or maybe twice.

  24. Rob W. on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

    I am a major meat-eater and I suppose I should eat more greens though I don’t. Whenever I do have them, my body freaks out.
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    • Ayngelina on the May 8, 2011 remarked #

      Broccoli does a body good.

  25. Jen Laceda on the May 7, 2011 remarked #

    As soon as I got back from BsAs, I asked to eat a big, hefty salad!!! So I totally know what you went through!!! LOL!
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    • Ayngelina on the May 8, 2011 remarked #

      I’m on a mission to find some balance here, I’m starting to have steak cravings which cannot be good.

  26. Jeanette on the May 8, 2011 remarked #

    I hear you Ayngelina, almost like detox! Salads always make me feel clean (and cleaned out) and refreshed!
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    • Ayngelina on the May 8, 2011 remarked #

      Jeanette I’ll be on your site today looking for a good veggie soup.

  27. Theodora on the May 8, 2011 remarked #

    I would never have thought you could eat too much steak, but you’ve just showed me the way.
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    • Ayngelina on the May 8, 2011 remarked #

      I know what’s next? Too much red wine??

  28. inka on the May 8, 2011 remarked #

    With me it is the other way around. I neglect the protein meat supplies, so I’ll have a steak soon.
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    • Ayngelina on the May 8, 2011 remarked #

      Sigh that used to be me, things have changed so much down here.

  29. Ceri on the May 8, 2011 remarked #

    Hehehe. Awww, at least your recognised that you needed some veggies. Way too many people don’t listen to their bodies – especially when they’ve been travelling. :P
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    • Ayngelina on the May 8, 2011 remarked #

      I ignored it for a year!

  30. The Travel Chica on the May 8, 2011 remarked #

    Guess what happens when you eat a lot of spinach to counteract the effects of the meat….
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  31. Renee on the May 8, 2011 remarked #

    Yes, they say everything in moderation, I guess there is a reason for it. GREY? Yikes! However, I think it’s perfectly understandable to treat yourself to at least a steak a day if you are in Argentina.
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  32. Dan on the May 8, 2011 remarked #

    Must mark that destination on my go-to list .. :) I love meat!
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  33. Jillian on the May 8, 2011 remarked #

    My father in law insisted we eat steak three times a day when we were in Buenos Aires. Fortunately he was over ruled, but when we got home after South America all I wanted were veggies and salad! :)
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  34. ciki on the May 8, 2011 remarked #

    That’s my favourite combo actually – red meats and salads. Hmmm.. which reminds me … time for LUNCH! Mwuahahaa
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  35. Lorna - the roamantics on the May 9, 2011 remarked #

    LOL ayngelina! that’s the struggle i had every time i visited the in-laws :) it’s just so damn good it’s impossible to stop until your body stops for you sometimes. it’s tough to find amazing vegetables (although it’s definitely become easier since i first started going there) but having a vegetarian (blasphamy!) bro-in-law helped. :) salad should do the trick! grey poo- bahahaha
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  36. Kyle on the May 9, 2011 remarked #

    OMG.

    That’s disgusting. And hilarious!

  37. Jeremy B on the May 9, 2011 remarked #

    That may have been just a bit too much information there! :) However, you point is well made – balance your red meat intake with veggies. It’s a good idea!
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    • Ayngelina on the May 10, 2011 remarked #

      I knew it was taking it to a new level of sharing when I posted it!

  38. Tran on the May 9, 2011 remarked #

    I hadn’t heard the grey feces thing but have heard that if you eat too much meat, you’ll start to smell like meat. I’m sure one is worse than the other. Glad you found your veggies!
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    • Ayngelina on the May 10, 2011 remarked #

      Smell like meat? Now that is gross.

  39. Grace on the May 9, 2011 remarked #

    It takes a special person to make a salad sexy! But I can definitely relate to craving for vegetables after an all meat streak. Like you I love meat especially pork- juicy fried or grilled pork!
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    • Ayngelina on the May 10, 2011 remarked #

      Pork wins every time over beef, well maybe not in Argentina but everywhere else.

  40. oliver on the May 11, 2011 remarked #

    tht pic is seriously mouth watering .. i love steak

  41. Cornelius Aesop on the May 12, 2011 remarked #

    Hmm I’ve never flung grey poo before.
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    • Ayngelina on the May 12, 2011 remarked #

      Yep I have seen a lot of colours but never grey…TMI I know.

  42. Adam on the May 13, 2011 remarked #

    wow i forgot how HUGE the vegetables in America are
    here in the UAE our veggies are like midgets compared to yours!!
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