Expectations are a bitch! Take a minute and think through this with me... You watch an episode of Chef’s Table about a Peruvian Chef that travels the country finding rare and tasty ingredients, many of which aren’t found anywhere else in the world. All of your foodie friends ask you if you’re going to the place while in Lima. They’re named THE BEST restaurant in all of Latin America and the fifth best in the world. You make reservations two months in advance and invite people from literally around the world. You start telling other folks you’re traveling with and they start making reservations. [...]
It was easy to dismiss Córdoba, Argentina as boring and uneventful. Even easy to say the food sucked and was all the same. In many ways both of these statements are true. After the never ending parade of parties, museums, concerts, bars and tours of Buenos Aires it’s not a surprise that the second largest city of Argentina is a little sleepy. Being a college town, the bars and food are kept pretty simple and affordable. And as BsAs is the capital darling of the country they get all the good stuff and don’t leave much left for the rest of the very large [...]
A little bittersweet to be wrapping up another city, let alone a country I have been looking forward to visiting for years. But, this year is all about exploring and finding new adventures! A (somewhat) short wrap up of my thoughts on Argentina over the past two months. On to Chile and Peru this weekend!
Dining at Siete Fuegos last night was a beautiful experience for many reasons. Almost least of which was the food... A 90 minute drive from our home meant we had to be serious about it from the start. Our driver Fernando was the perfect person to share stories of the wineries, industry, people and landscape of Mendoza. He’s grown up here and has spent 20 years touring visitors around the area. The drive itself revealed the balance of the region. The dry and arid scrub brush next to the lush vineyards. The streets lined with 50 foot tall maple trees that seem to have [...]
After a few unsuccessful searches for a decent market in Buenos Aires, I made it a priority to seek one out in Córdoba early in the month. With two markets near the neighborhood I am staying in I chose a bit longer walk to the larger one. Along the 20 blocks or so my mind was filled with visions of fresh vegetables piled high, tiny restaurants bustling with guests and butchers hawking their goods as you walk past the case. Surrounding the building itself are carnicerías, verdulerías and misc. shops with all sorts of housewares and knick knacks. All similar for the most part. [...]