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Recs for Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Santiago, and Valparaiso?

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Recs for Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Santiago, and Valparaiso?

sappho1206 | Feb 15, 2010 05:54 PM

Hola fellow foodies! I am in the planning stages of a trip to South America for this April, and am already beginning to read up on where to eat. Destinations include: Buenos Aires (five days), Mendoza (probably three-four, depending on how many wineries I end up touring), Santiago (three days), and Valparaiso (one day). Things to know that might help you make recommendations:

I'm 23 years old, so hoping to find places with a fairly hip, young, though not necessarily trendy, vibe.

I'm interested in tasting authentic, regional food, so unless it's TRULY fabulous, no ethnic restaurants, please.

I'm a vegetarian (no meat, no seafood, yes dairy and eggs), so I don't need to know where the best steaks are served ;)

Wonderful cafes, charming coffee spots, and classy bars are also appreciated.

Budget is a non-issue, and I'd love to hear about everything from cheap eats to the most bank-breaking worthy destinations.

I'm a single female... I've dined in some pretty fancy places in Europe alone before and I don't mind the strange looks I've sometimes gotten, but if there's anywhere I truly need a heads-up about, let me know.

MANY THANKS IN ADVANCE!!!

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