Donuts, cakes and…err… Hotdogs: A Quick Post – Patagonia, Chile
Really, there are just never enough posts about dessert! That’s not to say that we aren’t having desserts, they just aren’t always post-worthy. Now, though, here are a couple of very delicious treats from Patagonia.
Did you know that “donut” in Spanish is donut? Now you’re speaking my language! We hadn’t seen a real donut since leaving home, but in Patagonia we found them in a couple of places. I refused to walk by without giving them a try.
This one here wasn’t as light and fluffy as Top Pot or Dunkin, but still darn good! And anything it lacked was made up for with copious amounts of tasty chocolate.
I should have take the following picture moments earlier when three desserts sat on the plate. At least I got this one because moments later Aaron was eating the crumbs.
We shared these with the folks at our B&B in Puerto Varas. The cake everyone LOVED was the Dulce de Leche at the bottom left. Basically it was caramel layer cake and way better than we could have ever predicted. Even better than the chocolate. Yes, you heard it here….Better. Than. Chocolate! And if you’re curious, the other was an apple crumble thing – I think it would have been much better if we’d heated it first. Thank you, Dane’s!
The chocolate cakes haven’t been all bad, though. This delicious one followed up an incredibly tasty pizza in Coyhaique (both at Mamma Gaucha if you happen to be heading there someday). The ice cream really worked well at bringing out the flavor of the chocolate. (Like how I made it seem that I wouldn’t have eaten the ice cream otherwise? Yep, learning the talk while watching all that Food Network is paying off now, baby!)
Now for the BEST ice cream we have had in South America; maybe some of the best we have had anywhere! It could have come out of my own ice cream maker. Cream was certainly the #1 ingredient and Aaron said it best when he said, “Hey, this is chocolate! Not chocolate flavored.” Indeed.
We found il Maestrale when we got together with Anner’s old co-worker Charlie, who now lives in Santiago, and her boyfriend Jose. As we were finishing lunch, Anner spotted a woman walking by with an ice cream cone and Charlie’s beau, being an awesome host, said, “let’s go find it!” After casing the next couple of blocks… success was ours!
On a separate note, I know it’s not dessert, but I am intrigued by the presentation of hot dogs in Chile. They are treated like hamburgers back home – usually loaded up with toppings of all sorts and called a “Completo”. This one is plain, but don’t you just love how it comes on its own pedestal? Anywhere you go, this is how you will receive your hotdog. Fancy, eh? It’s probably the respect the hotdog always deserved.
That hot dog makes me ready for another donut…
Now I’m hungry.