Ah, summertime. If you’re stuck in Buenos Aires it usually means sweating in places you never thought possible, praying the power doesn’t go out on the hottest day of the year, and taking at least six cold showers a day.
For those lucky enough to make their way across the River Plate to the bucolic Eden that is Uruguay, however, verano takes on a completely different connotation. Splashing through turquoise waves, complying with the tacit “All White Linen, All the Time” dress code, and eating seafood at every meal are just part of the glorious package. If you can filter out the annoying bits (Argentine dads that are 40+ but refuse to wear anything that isn’t a graphic t-shirt with jean shorts and Converse All-Stars, for example), you’ll soon come to the conclusion that la vida es mejor en el Este. Continue reading →
After more than a month of quasi-hibernation, I have resurfaced. I hope you missed me, because I missed you. A lot. So much that I ate my feelings and got a jump start on those extra holiday kilos. But I won’t put you on a guilt trip or anything.
Anyway – Where the balls have I been? The short answer is, I got a dog. I know, but have you ever had to take care of a 22kg semi-wild animal? Whoa. That will drain your energy resources. So this post has been a long time coming – Just wanted to drop a little line pre-Fiestas and the like.
I haven’t stopped my eating fest, of course. In fact, I have been on a roll. Some highlights – the Festival de la India at the Sheraton back in November:
Then I hopped across the River Plate to take refuge in Punta del Este: We also had an amazing, delicious, insane dinner at The Hidden Kitchen which nearly left me unconscious for days. Soon I am off to Mendoza for four days of drunken gluttony with my family, who haven’t been to Argentina for more than two years.
Wishing you all the best this holiday season (especially those that celebrate Festivus), lots of food comas and fat panzas for everyone!
Most of the time, the best discoveries you can make are the most unexpected. While strolling through the quaint cobblestone streets of Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay a few weeks back, my media naranja and I came upon a little gem that is so great I wish there were a BA counterpart we could visit more often. La Vinería de Colonia is owned by Martín Rosberg, brother of Andrés Rosberg (Co-Founder and President of the Argentine Association of Sommeliers) and real estate developer / wine-lover / all-around cool dude.
La Vinería de Colonia provides quality wines from all over the world as well as intimate tastings in a unique setting. Since the space is located within the UNESCO-protected casco histórico of Colonia, you can imagine the warmth and ambiance provided by the exposed brick, massive windows, and charming back patio that’s being overtaken by green.
Tastings are currently held on the weekends and space is available for up to 8 people. Be sure to check it out when you’re in Colonia and get ready for some incredible wines, delicious bites, and an overall memorable experience in such a charming spot. Martín is crazy knowledgeable – and they even sell my favorite grappa by the Bernardi family! Go forth and enjoy.
Welp, that was a short week. I’ve been going through photos from my trip to Punta and figured I’d give you a little teaser on what to expect over the weekend. This hot little piece of fish was served up beachside at La Huella in José Ignacio (aka posh hippie hideout heaven). Perhaps most notable is the suggestive – and delicious – roasted carrot that was served alongside. Simple delights that just can’t go wrong. I miss it already. Food porn it its purest form, my friends. Have a great weekend!
This year, 1 in 3 days are either holidays or weekends here in Argentina. Oh Cristina, you know how to pull at the voting strings of your electorate – give them insane amounts of time off! Oui. Next month there are three long weekends alone (I love April) – how do you plan to take advantage? Pack those bags and head east – Punta del Este in the off-season is a dream. Continue reading →