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CHILE OFFERS A VARIED AND TOP-QUALITY CUISINE: FROM HAUTE CUISINE
TO REGIONAL RECIPES FROM A NUMBER OF COUNTRIES, AS WELL AS GREAT
SEAFOOD. THERE ARE ALSO A LOT OF FAST-FOOD EATERIES.

DINING OUT:
IN CHILE, VISITORS CAN ENJOY AN INEXPENSIVE MEAL IN ANY OF THE
SMALL RESTAURANTS THAT MEET ALL THE SANITARY REQUIREMENTS. A GOOD
WAY TO TELL IF A RESTAURANTE IS GOOD, IF YOU FIND LOCALS EATING
IN IT. PLACES FOR DINING ARE CLASSIFIED IN DIFFERENT CATEGORIES:
BARS, SELF-SERVICE, CAFES, TEA ROOMS, ETC.

TYPICAL CUISINE
ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR DISHES IS THE EMPANADA, A TURNOVER FILLED
WITH ONION, RAISINS, OLIVES AND MEAT WHICH CAN EITHER BE BAKED IN
AN OVEN OR FRIED. THERE ARE ALSO HUMITAS (CORN PUR WRAPPED IN A
CORN LEAF) AND THE DELICIOUS PASTEL DE CHOCLO (GRATED CORN,
GROUND BEEF, DICED ONION, CHICKEN, HARD-BOILED EGGS, RAISINS AND
OLIVES, BAKED IN AN OVEN).

MAIN COURSE
LUNCH IS THE MAIN MEAL OF THE DAY. THE MOST FILLING TYPICAL DISH
IS THE BIFE A LO POBRE (POOR MANS STEAK) (STEAK, TWO FRIED EGGS,
FRIED POTATOES AND ONIONS). OTHER POPULAR DISHES ARE: POROTOS
GRANADOS, BEEF OR CHICKEN STEW, CHARQUICEN, VALDIVIANO AND THE
ARROLLADO DE HUASO. IT IS RENOWNED FOR ITS FINE TYPICALLY CHILEAN
PASTRIES SUCH AS PICARONES, ALFAJORES, EMPOLVADOS, CALZONES ROTOS
AND CHILENITOS WITH BLANCMANGE.
RESTAURANTS SUCH AS STEAK HOUSE OFFER ALL KINDS OF DISHES FROM
GRILLED STEAKS & SAUSAGES TO ALL KINDS OF STEWS. MOST RESTAURANTS
IN CHILE ALSO OFFER HOMEMADE BREAD COOKED IN MUD OVENS.


SEAFOOD
YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND GREAT SEAFOOD IN SANTIAGO AND IN VILLAGES &
CITIES BY THE COAST. THE PAILA MARINA IS A POPULAR STEW MADE OF
SEAFOOD AND FISH. JUST AS POPULAR IS THE CONGER EEL STEW, THE
PESCADO A LO POBRE AND PARMESAN RAZOR CLAMS. THE WIDE VARIETY OF
SEAFOOD AVAILABLE IN CHILE MAKES IT POSSIBLE FOR IT TO OFFER SUCH
DELICIOUS DISHES SUCH AS OYSTERS, SCALLOPS, OCTOPUS, SQUID,
ABALONE, KING CRAB AND LOBSTER. CURANTO IS A TYPICAL DISH FROM
THE SOUTHERN ZONE (CHILO) WHICH FEATURES SEAFOOD, FISH, CHICKEN,
PORK, LAMB, BEEF AND POTATOES AND IS SERVED WITH CHAPALELE AND
MILCAO.

TYPICAL DRINKS
ONE OF THE MOST TYPICAL COCKTAILS IS THE PISCO SOUR: LEMON JUICE,
SUGAR AND ICE. ANOTHER TRADITIONAL DRINK IS APPLE AND GRAPE
CHICHA (MADE OF JUICE THAT IS FERMENTED AND LATER HEATED IN
COPPER PANS), DRUNK MAINLY DURING THE NATIONAL HOLIDAY
CELEBRATIONS.
CHILEAN WINES, MAINLY FROM THE NORTH, ARE FIRST-CLASS AND NOT
EXPENSIVE, ALTHOUGH MANY OF THEM ARE EXPORTED AND HAVE RECEIVED
AWARDS.
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