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Argentina

If you're a meat lover, Buenos Aires will not disappoint. The traditional meal in Argentina is the asado, featuring various cuts of beef slow-cooked over an open-fire grill or parrilla (pronounced pah-ree-shah). The selection varies from chicken to ribs to filet to intestine and sweetbreads. Argentine beef is arguably the best in the world, and you'll be pleased with any cut that you buy at the store. Because of the traditional slow-cooking process, butchers don't trim their meat, and tend to leave a decent amount of fat on the cuts.

Grocery shopping in Buenos Aires is a familiar activity. There are the large all-inclusive stores (known as 'hipermercados') good for one-stop shopping. More localized are the 'supermercados', whi…