Tucuman - Tafi del Valle, Estancia Las Carreras

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  1. Gaucho
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    A very nice Estancia in Tafi, at 2300 meters above sea level. This is a fully working ranch/farm with its own cheese factory, also a nice boutique hotel operation. This is probably the best lodging in all of Tafi del Valle. Stayed here with the family for 3 nights and had a great time....

    http://www.estancialascarreras.com/
     
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    For those visiting Tafi del Valle, in town one of the classic eateries is El Rancho de Felix...

    http://www.ranchodefelix.com.ar/tafi-del-valle/

    Simple, to the point home cooking is the Leitmotiv here, leave your culinary critic hat at home, do some management of your expectations and enjoy the food. Wait staff can be a little spartan with smiles and you have to be patient if you dine during the busy hours (this place can get jammed packed)... but all in all, if you are in Tafi you should not leave without having visited this place.
     
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    What type of cheese do they make? How's the food?
     
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    They make 5 or 6 vareties... from ricotta to a Parmesano-Reggiano clone. The cheese is good, though not spectacular. Especially the hard cheese needs some work as I think they go overboard with the salt. The food is very good, not excellent but still very good - especially if you consider how hard it is to recruit proper talent to work up in such remote locations.

    When judging the overall performance of these places that are in the middle of nowhere (in Argentina we say "where God lost a sandal"), you do have to cut them some slack as its not like hiring for a venture in Buenos Aires or another large city.
     

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