Meraviglia: Organic, Vegetarian Merienda in Palermo Hollywood
The ‘organic movement’ has not caught on in Argentina as it has in the states. With fewer consumer options and a different commerce structure you won’t find an organic produce section in the grocery store. While grass fed beef and produce from small organic farms certainly exists and can be found in Buenos Aires, it is not a mainstream movement.
One neighborhood, Palermo Hollywood, however, does have a large variety of organic markets, and restaurants offering raw and vegetarian food. One such restaurant is Meraviglia, a bright and airy spot perfect for lunch, or merienda. Merienda is the Argentine equivalent of tea time.
Organic has become a blanket term to describe alternative farming practices and can have a variety of definitions. Meraviglia defined what organic means to them, and why they chose to embrace organic in their business:
- Organic is a way of preserving the health of ourselves and our families.
- Organic trusts in nature’s natural system of preservation, not the use of pesticides or fertilizers. This is a way we care for the environment, this beautiful planet where we live, and we are conscious of all the damage we cause.
- Organic agriculture respects nature and the cycles of each species, caring for the land and it’s resources.
- Organic is the enjoyment of pure nourishment that is flavorful and nutritious, although it may not be the prettiest.
- Organic supports the small and mid sized producers, that labor in the art of cultivating the land with love and empathy in all of their creations.
They had fresh juice on the menu, like a delicious carrot, orange and ginger juice:
In addition to the menu, Meraviglia also has several organic products available for purchase. I found this organic yerba mate:
The organic movement might not be huge in BA – but it is representing!
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