Vegetarianism Takes Root in the Beef Capital

A few years have passed since my visit to Argentina. I had a great deal of fun sharing my talents with Buenos Aires’ lovely Hare Krishna devotees.

Here’s day #1 at Buenos Aires’ prestigious Instituto Argentino de Gastronomia., where we introduced the chefs there to some pretty exciting vegetarian dishes. We’re rolling gulab jamuns, by the way.

Instituto Argentino de Gastronomia:

I ‘did my bit’ by helping to introduce a good number of portenos to the glories of vegetarian cuisine. Below is day #2 at the Instituto, with some of the trainee chefs enjoying lunch after the class.

lunch with students, Instituto Argentino de Gastronomia:

Why am I telling you this now, you ask?

Since my visit to Argentina, as the following article from The Boston Globe explains, there have been some exciting developments. Two of the Hare Krishna eateries in BA – ‘Krishna Veggie Lunch’ in Palermo Viejo, and ‘La Reina Kunti’ in Abasto are part of some revolutionary developments,

cooking with Kurma, Buenos Aires:

Vegetarian menus root in Beefy Buenos Aires
By Nina Roberts of The Boston Globe, on 26 Mar 2007

“BUENOS AIRES – Although the term “cocina vegetariana,” or vegetarian cuisine, tends to draw blank stares or outright pity from Argentines on the streets of this city – considered by many the red meat capital of the world – vegetarians need not write Buenos Aires off as a travel destination.

Red meat is a staple of the Argentine diet – the average citizen eats about 150 pounds annually – and “parrillas,” traditional grilled meat restaurants, are found on almost every city block. But attitudes are changing, if slightly…”

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Posted by Kurma on 19/2/08; 5:46:57 AM

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