Slideshow SLIDESHOW: The 11 Best Things I Ate in Chile

[Photographs: Abby McCartney]

The chance to visit Chile—a long, narrow, and exquisitely beautiful country full of mountains, valleys, beaches, and amazingly warm people—was not one that I could pass up. And since I was visiting my sister, a temporary Chilean resident and a permanent Serious Eater, a lot of my trip was spent hunting down and sampling the best food the country has to offer.

Chile is not necessarily known for its cuisine, but even simple dishes can be mind-blowing when they are prepared with vegetables grown in nearby valleys and fish that was caught in the Pacific Ocean only hours before.

Here are 11 of the best things we ate (and drank) in Chile.

About the author: A native Texan, Abby McCartney now lives, works, and eats in New Orleans, where she teaches high school math by day and explores the city's rich food culture by night. She makes a mean chocolate chip pecan pie, loves avocado on everything, and is learning to like yogurt.

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