Eating an ARGENTINIAN PICADA + CHURROS at Manolo in Mar del Plata, Argentina

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In today's video we take you to Manolo, a restaurant chain that's a favourite with locals here in Mar del Plata. Manolo is best known for its stuffed churros - strips of fried dough filled with dulce de leche, vanilla, or chocolate - and they are delicious! However, before we get into the desserts, we're going to introduce you to the Argentinean "picada", a meal that's often considered a snack or an appetizer. A picada consists of lots of little dishes with finger food - similar to tapas in Spain. We ordered the classic picada at Manolo, which featured fried cheese, calamari, fries, marinara pizza, margarita pizza, mini sausages, beef empanadas, chicken empanadas, olives, stir-fry, and 1 litre of beer! It was a lot of food and even though the menu said this particular picada is meant for 3, I could see it feeding a few more friends. This is definitely a meal to try if you're going to be travelling in Argentina. Oh, and even though we were beyond stuffed, we still made room to try the 3 different churros, because hey, that's what you do at Manolo!
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Hey guys! We are Samuel and Audrey, a travel vlogging couple from Canada. In this travel channel we share our travel and food vlogs while touring the world.
We had the privilege of traveling around Argentina for nearly 3 months from January- April 2019 on a trip covering a large section of the country.
We kicked things off with several days in Buenos Aires where we were joined by Audrey's parents eating and sightseeing around some of our favourite neighbourhoods in the city. We then flew from Buenos Aires to Cordoba where we spent a couple of weeks in the Sierras of Cordoba visiting both La Cumbrecita and Villa General Belgrano with highlights including hiking and delicious German and Swiss cuisine.
From Cordoba, we then travelled a considerable distance on an overnight bus to Mar Del Plata just in time for a special food festival called Feria Masticar featuring the best of Argentine food and wine. We spent several days enjoying beaches and seafood before heading south to Patagonia to visit the province of Chubut.
While on the Atlantic side of Chubut we visited Puerto Madryn, Peninsula Valdes, Trelew, Gaiman and Dolavon. To summarize our time in this area, we had incredibly close encounters with wildlife including penguins, sea lions and guanacos while also experiencing Welsh culture in Argentina.
Our time in Patagonia continued as we headed from east to west trading more barren landscapes for thick forests, impressive mountains and magnificent lakes. We spent significant time in both Esquel and El Bolson with day trips to visit Trevelin, Parque Nacional Los Alerces, Cholila and Lago Puelo. Highlights included sailing, hiking, riding vintage trains and partaking in the national asado festival.
We finished visiting Patagonia with time spent in Villa La Angostura, San Martin De Los Andes and Bariloche where we enjoyed more stunning scenery and hiking. On our way back to Buenos Aires, we took the Tren Patagonia to Las Grutas before meeting up with Audrey's dad again.
To finish off our trip in Argentina, we spent more time in the capital and later Mendoza where we got to experience wine tourism to its fullest extent. Overall, we had an amazing time travelling around Argentina having only scratched the surface of this vast and diverse country.
Overall our Argentina travel series explores cities, small towns that are off-the-beaten-path, and scenic attractions with a strong emphasis on Argentina cuisine and local culture.
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