One of my favorite things about travel is learning all about the places I visit and trying new foods and drinks while I’m there. I knew that I wanted to try local cuisine and wine while in Chile — I had heard so many good things from fellow travelers. During my recent visit to the capital city of Santiago, I decided to take part in a tour with the help of foodTRIP. I had so much fun trying a variety of food and so many wines! Are you thinking about making a trip to Chile in the near future? Keep reading to learn more about my experience exploring the food and wine of Chile with foodTRIP.
foodTRIP is a company run by Karla Lodis, José Miguel Domínguez, and Carlos Reyes. The three of them bring their own unique skills and experiences to the team in order to create the best tours for travelers. My friend and I were lucky to have spent the day with José, during our tour. He usually is more behind the scenes, but he serves as our guide. Jose was an amazing guide and has such a unique background. He was not only friendly and helpful – but so knowledgeable. Originally from Chile, José went to college in Switzerland. He has also lived and worked in Paris, Sydney, and Atlanta. It was a lot of fun hearing him talk about past travel experiences while he also educated us on the food and drinks of Chile.
There are so many great tours to choose from. We took part in the Santiago Gourmet Tour!
We started our journey off at the Mercado Providencia. It was nice to see what a traditional market looks like in Chile. I love spending time in markets when I travel. Each one really has its own unique feel. While here, we had the chance to try a traditional Chilean empanada. Fun Fact: While you can order many types of empanadas, the traditional version features meat along with 1 raisin, 1 olive, and half a hard-boiled egg inside! It was so delicious!
Next, our journey took us to a popular spot known as Bar Liguria. This is a favorite place for locals and tourists alike. I loved the unique decor here — it’s a fun place to visit! We got to enjoy the Chilean version of Sangria, known as Borgoña — we chose strawberry as our flavor, and it was tasty. We learned that sandwiches are a big thing in Chile! While here we tried the Italian Sandwich, which they actually name after the color of the ingredients! It has tomato, avocado, beef, and mayo — the same colors as the Italian flag! We also had a delicious avocado, olives, cheeses, and meats.
If you’re planning a trip to Santiago, I think you’ll really enjoy this fun spot!
For the final part of our tour, we headed to Barrica 94. This is a well-rated wine bar in the Bellavista neighborhood of Santiago. This is a nice, comfortable wine bar with beautiful decor. If you take a look online, you’ll see it’s highly rated — and there’s no question why! We were so excited to visit here because we got to sample a 6-course meal and wine pairing. It was perfect!
First, we enjoyed yummy salmon ceviche along with a pour of 2015 Kalfu Sumpai Sauvignon Blanc. It was a great way to start the meal. I really enjoy ceviche, so this was a nice treat.
Next, we enjoyed flavorful razor clams with parmesan cheese. This type of clam is mild and tender and it was absolutely perfect with the parmesan cheese! It was also paired with 2013 Ventisquero Grey Chardonnay. This was a delicious pairing because the buttery Chardonnay taste went really well with the creamy parmesan.
Our third course featured a beef tartar dish paired a 2014 Andes Plateau Red Blend. The tartare was topped with avocado as many dishes are in Chile (I LOVE THAT!). The wine was fresh and savory and went really well with this dish!
For the fourth dish, we enjoyed beef chorrillana. This dish featured sliced beef and potatoes served with a quail egg on it — yum! We enjoyed a 2014 Montes Alpha Carmenere. We learned that this is one of the true Chilean wines. The grapes were once produced in France, but a disease spread in the soil and the grapes, preventing proper grown. They are now grown in Chile.
Next, we enjoyed another empanada. It was great to try a second version of an empanada. I loved that this one had a dipping sauce with it — but overall, I think I enjoyed the more traditional market one! It was also paired with a 2011 Machali Cabernet Souvignon, which I really loved.
Finally, we enjoyed dessert, which was a cuchufli with lucuma Dulce de leche, which was a sweet tube-shaped flour based dessert that had the perfect amount of sweet flavor. We enjoyed a 2009 Calyptra Solvita Sauvignon Blanc.
If you love learning about food and wine, you’ll enjoy taking a tour with foodTRIP. They not only show you the best food and drinks that Chile has to offer, but they make learning fun — and they’re full of information! I highly recommend reaching out to foodTRIP to schedule a customized tour for your Santiago, Chile adventure.
We had such a fabulous time learning all about Chilean food and wine. Thank you, especially to José as well as our awesome guide-in-training, Claudia. She also had some really interesting stories to tell and was a lot of fun!
Are you ready to book your own tour with foodTRIP Chile? Here’s the info that you need!
Price Ranges: $80-$280 USD
Tour Options: They offer set tours and customize tours that can be enjoyed publicly or privately.
Disclaimer: foodTRIP invited me to take part in this tour. As always, all views are my own. The razor clams with parmesan cheese really were FABULOUS!