Monday, August 29, 2011

The taste of a memory

In 2009, two girlfriends and I bid farewell to our loved ones, travelled across the Pacific Ocean and set about discovering South America.  Of the amazing myriad of brilliant experiences we had, food remains some of the clearest memories.

Today a colleague returned from his own South American odyssey.  While his trip took him to different regions, I knew there was one thing he was bound to come across that he could bring back and remind me of the brilliant time I spent there - alfajores from Havanna.

Havanna (aside from being the capital of Cuba) is an Argentinian coffee house chain which makes the best alfajores, the national biscuit of Argentina.  Don't you love a country that has a national biscuit?  They are two sweet crumbly biscuits sandwiched together with dulche de leche a type of caramel and coated in dark chocolate, and they are divine!

He was good enough to bring back a box for the office along with mine, so everyone could try the deliciousness without having to get into my stash.  I don't actually have a picture of one because as soon as that foil packet is opened, they tend to disappear!  Now the hard decision arises, who will I share my 16 mini alfajores with?  Or will I just hide the box and eat them all?  Decisions, decisions.


  1. Eat them all ;)

    I am so impressed with Argentina having a national biscuit that I'm now even more determined to go there. Especially as the biscuit in question sounds so good!

  2. Hide, hoard, and scoff. NO QUESTION.

  3. I've never been to South America, but then, I'd never been informed they had national biscuits.

    That sounds like the kind of place I'd like to visit!

  4. SSG - deluxe is possibly the best word to describe these delights.

    Kari - Argentina is fantastic, I would definitely recommend a visit. And it isn't just the biscuits, the all the meat you can eat assado (sp?) which is like a traditional BBQ is amazing too.

    Hannah - I'm seriously considering that option, however I'm seeing one of my travelling companions today so I might relent and give her one.

    Megan - South America is a fantastic place to visit, I would highly recommend it to anyone.