I am a lucky chica.

I am staying at a gorgeous, relaxing resort.

I am trying some of the best wines in Argentina (more to come on that soon).

And I am eating some of the best food I have had in Argentina.

Of course I have had some memorable steak dinners in Buenos Aires.  And I was surprised by the number of vegetarian and fine-dining restaurant options in El Chalten.

From simple and cheap snacks to gourmet meals, here are my favorite food photos from Cafayate.

Cabras de Cafayate Goat Cheese

Cafayate has the best goat cheese.  This is my favorite brand, and every store and restaurant seems to have it.

I know this is not the most appetizing photo.  But trust me.

This cheese is incredible. 

So creamy and delicious. 

It’s only AR$20 (US$5) for this whole block of cheese!

You would not believe how much of this I have eaten.  I am certain there are chunks of it in my arteries.

Empanadas

Every traveler I met who has passed through Cafayate told me that I must have empanadas at La Casa de las Empanadas.

They were right! 

Great empanadas and a cheap meal.

Terruño

Several people in town told me that Terruño is the place to go for a great meal and a glass of the top wines of Cafayate.

I came for the wine but after meeting the owner Carlos, I came back for the food.

A Healthy Salad with Perfectly-Cooked Chilean Salmon

Added bonus:  goat cheese served with my wine!

(You really cannot eat enough goat cheese here.)

Carlos is the owner, chef, designer, and personality of Terruño.

Having years of experience working at top restaurants in Buenos Aires and other parts of the world, he has brought a higher level of service and gourmet cuisine to this small town

The Restaurant at Viñas de Cafayate Wine Resort

For some reason, I tend to think that restaurants inside resorts or nice hotels are going to be good but not great. Viñas de Cafayate Wine Resort has proven me wrong.

In addition to being convenient for me to wander over after some pool time, the food is tasty.

Instead of plain bread and butter, I was treated to small plates like this to start my meal.

The main dishes are creative and delicious with beautiful presentation.

I never left a crumb on the plate.

A good chocolate dessert is hard to find in Latin America.

One night my dinner consisted of this perfect chocolate volcano cake…

… with half a bottle of wine.

I almost forgot the huge breakfast buffet.

I was happy to find bowls of fresh peaches, blueberries, watermelon, bananas, and apples, fresh-squeezed juices, and homemade bread.

After filling myself up on the healthy stuff, I didn’t feel guilty about heading back to the buffet for small samples of the sweets.

The restaurant at Viñas de Cafayate Wine Resort is open to the public for lunch and dinner.  Even if you aren’t staying here, it is worth the trip from the center of town for a meal at their restaurant.  It is best to make reservations for dinner.

Cafayate is delicious!

Have you ever been surprised by the level of cuisine in a small, remote town?