I've been pleasantly reminded many times in the past few weeks of that infamous day (June 18, 1997), when I was instantly transformed from a 23-year-old broke college graduate with no job, into a 23-year-old rich American King, presiding over the ancient hillside village of Pyrgos, in Santorini, with mountains of drachmas at my disposal!
And I guess it's kind of like that here, because the direct and delicious result of this wonderful exchange rate is that we can eat at really nice restaurants for next to nothing, so we do...a lot.
|The Pacu at our favorite restaurant - Jangada.|
|Is that a Dulce de Leche Quesadilla? So confusing, but sooooo good! Lucas let me blow-torch the sugar on top.|
|Ridiculously decadent - Mandi is shaking her head in disbelief.|
Mandi's co-worker Andre came to Bonus Aires this past week to attend some meetings with her - he lives in Sao Paulo. We had breakfast at his hotel a few mornings, and let me tell you, breakfast is completely over-the-top!
There were all different kinds of breads and muffins, served with jams, salted butter, dark chocolate spread (better than Nutella), dulce de leche spread (of course), fruit salad, whipped yogurt, a large shot glass filled with scrambled eggs with pancetta, whipped cream cheese with chives, delicious espresso, and little shots of nectarine juice, mint juice, and campari with orange juice. Well, I'll be Bonus Dias-ed!
|Andre is on the phone with a local vet to help us with the language barrier. He speaks four languages (of course). I can say ashtray in four languages.|
A few nights ago, we went to a great place called La Cabrera with some friends. La Cabrera is a famous parrilla, or Argentine steak house. It is estimated that the average Argentine consumes 150 pounds of beef a year. And I can see why.
|When you order the meat, the portion size is huge, and it comes with lots of little side items! This plate of food (supposedly for one person) costs US $13.|
|Are you kidding me?|
|French fries with lightly scrambled eggs, grilled onions, and cheese?|
Shut the f*%k up!
|To the left.|
|Check out the bathroom!|
|All this razzle dazzle - I had to look around to make sure I was in the men's bathroom!|
I can only imagine what the ladies room looked like!
|Parting shot - it's the fries with the eggs again. |
Whoever came up with this one is a bloody legend!