By Joanna MarracelliI pity the poor Argentine on vacation in North America or Europe. Oh, the shock and utter horror they must encounter when they are ready to prepare a nice little asado for the family and take that first look at the measly barbeque on offer. You know the one I’m talking about. The one that’s shaped like a ‘T’, topped off by a small, square grill, the sort you usually find down by the beach or park. With a surface area to hold about 3 hamburgers and 4 hot dogs (and that’s pushing it), it barely does the job for a family of four North Americans. Let alone four Argentines.
I can just imagine as the unsuspecting Argentine approaches with a look of utter bewilderment and wonders what on earth could this ‘T’ shaped object possibly be? Could one even cook on that paltry, inadequate square? Where the heck is the parilla? And then comes the dreadful realization that this is the ‘parilla’. How the heck are you supposed to fit 4 kilos of meat (one kilo for each person is the norm in Argentina) on that thing?