Far out from the hot cement city, across the flat campo and a little past the unusual landmark Cathedral of Lujan is Carlos Keen a small country town home to organic farm, restaurant, orphanage and slow food destination: Los Girasoles.
Los Girasoles is a part of Fundacion Camino Abierto. Reminiscent of sustainable cult communes, the occupants of this small farm live together, study art and music, operate an organic farm which supplies their on-site restaurant and homemade products which they sell. The beautiful compound gives visitors a little glimpse of country paradise. The restaurant is a popular weekend destination, and lodging is available for visitors who wish to spend the weekend, enjoying the farm, the property and the pool.
The on-site restaurant has to be the ultimate slow food destination. All food is prepared on site from what is raised on the farm by the residents who run the establishment. The menu changes seasonally.
I was lucky to go with a large group so we had the chance to see almost all of the menu offerings. We started with beautiful hors d’oeuvres of homemade breads, pickled beets, marinated tomatoes, fresh pesto and a chicken salad.
Carlos Keen is a fantastic escape and retreat from the city, and Los Girasoles is a perfect restaurant. Find more information here.