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“Clericot”
Pronounced: Cla- re – co

In Buenos Aires, Argentina this is the white Sangria served along the Tigre River at the Restaurante  Gato Blanco, Restaurante of the White Cat, and yes there is a white cat that made it’s bed under my chair while we sat to eat lunch.  Clericot is not on the menu, but ordered by the locals to enjoy in the warm sun with great friends!   Gato Blanco has a grill large enough to feed a small army, and staff that are ready to serve.  A beautiful setting for our lunch on the Rio!

 Gato Blanco Restaurante =>

 

Lunch was a never-ending service of  traditional sausage, blood sausage, beef ribs, goat ribs and finally chicken.  And for those of us that like vegetables there was a serving of Lechuga (lettuce) and tomatoes.  A few of the boys considered french fries as vegetables but as for me I was happy to get some greens!  Our meal was paired perfectly with Elsa Cabernet Sauvignon and Elsa Chardonnay.

But as we ended our meal with Crepes dulce de leche I noticed some locals enjoying what we would call White Sangria.  I decided to make friends and was invited to share some of their Clerico!  Delicious!  I quickly ordered 2 pitchers for our table to enjoy.  The recipe for Clerico is quite simple:  Fill Bottom 1/3 of pitcher with Sliced Banana’s, Strawberries, Kiwis, honeydew Melon,  and Oranges.  Add 1/3 more of ice.  Pour Bottle of New Age White Wine and let Sit for 15 minutes to integrate flavors. Pour and Enjoy!  Don’t forget a toast and make sure you tap everyone’s glass! 

The Delta de la Plata is an amazing community of river bungalows that stretches across the islands and 5,000 waterways that make up an amazing 2100 km2 of Delta area.  It starts to split into several arms near the city of Diamoante, Province of Entre Rios and ends up flowing into the River de la Plata.  The main waterways that stretch through the Delta area are the Parana Guazu, Parana Mini, and Parana de las Palmas.   We toured the Tigre on the Sturla www.sturlaviajes.com.

Just 32 minutes from the heart of Buenos Aires there are approximately 3,000 residents living among the delta area.  Many of which just use their bungalow for holidays and weekends away from the city.  A quick escape also by others that choose to rent a home or just travel in for the day and enjoy the many restaurants.  The islands are also bustling with businesses that supply the cellulose paper and plywood industries.  

As we traveled among the waterways on our tour boat we were amazed at the beautiful trees, flowers and plants growing both in and out of the water.  It seemed so amazing after touring the tall concrete towers of Buenos Aires that the Delta flourished so much.  Our guide, Monica,  explained that this is where several of the wealthy inhabitants of Buenos Aires would come to spend their holidays and weekends, escaping the large city.  Only accessible by boat, all of their supplies are brought in through boat services. 

among the treasures of the Delta is the Museo Sarmiento.  In 1858, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento inspected the area while fulfilling his role as chief of the Department of Schools, the area was sparsely populated. Sarmiento fell in love with the delta and constructed the first of the typical wooden houses now seen throughout the delta, it is now encased in glass to protect it from the elements.  Sarmiento encouraging residents of Buenos Aires to purchase land and construct homes in the delta.    

 

 

Many aristocrats of Buenos Aires would even purchase entire islands.  And many constructed
 beautiful club houses on the riverfront to include sports and entertainment.  The Buenos Aires
Rowing Club, Club de Regatas La Marina, and Tigre Club – have entertainment and rowing competitions. 

A very unique part of the world I was lucky to visit.  I highly recommend visiting Argentina and not missing the Tigre of  the Delta de la Plata.

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