In retrospect I could have just lived in Savannah. Not continued the trip , moved into a moss covered house and enjoyed Leopold’s ice cream every day. However it was a mere 24 hours I spent in this lovely city. Continue reading 24 hours in Savannah, GA
I already had the pleasure of spending time in Memphis about a decade ago and knew it was the kind of city I wanted to return to. However I was itching to get to Nashville. As a huge fan of country music I was excited to see all the places I had heard about.
My favorite thing to do when I get to a city is eat. And eat some more and just when you think I am done, keep eating.
This is why food tours are so good to me. It allows me to do this with no judgement. Continue reading Cebu City Street Food
In my efforts to push myself and see different parts of the places I visited I signed up for a press trip to Banaue and Sagada. Rice terraces and hanging coffins. Sounded tough but doable.
Maybe I’ll start doing the ones that just involve lying on beaches, Continue reading Hiking in Banaue
Manila is a crowed, busy city. It is dirty and energetic. It is poor and rich. It is old and it is brand spanking new. It is a contradiction with in itself. I enjoyed every minute I spent there.
There are so many things to do in this city. Here is a list of my favorite things I did. Continue reading Top 6 Things in Manila
2016 was really good to me but is ending on a sad note. This was the first year I really thought I might be able to become a digital nomad. A goal that until a two years ago I didn’t think was possible for me. Continue reading 2016: Year End Review
Argentina is famous for it’s meat and gauchos. You can have the most delicious pieces of meat you’ve ever eaten. Trust me, I have never had steak as good as I did in Argentina. When I was visiting I actually was not eating meat at home but knew I could not go to Argentina and not feast on the local cuisine. I was talking to a local and told them at home I was a vegetarian his reply was ” I would be too”. But you can not be one in Argentina.
Discover Argentina and its mysteries through the prism of gastronomy! Bon appétit!
The Kingdom of Cattle
If you have a brief stay in Argentina, you shouldn’t miss out on tasting Argentinean meat. The country is full of fields and cows, and the gaucho (the Argentinean cowboy) culture and landscapes of the Pampa contribute to the Argentinean national identity and give to Argentina this delicious meat which has made Argentinean gastronomy famous.
The most famous piece of meat is the bife de chorizo (rib steak), which is a long piece baked for one to two hours. The lomo (chunk of meat) is an enormous piece which is sure to satisfy the hungriest of appetites. Then, there are many little pieces that complete these two bigger pieces. The vacío, for example, is a high-quality greasy piece. The matambre is a roll stuffed with vegetables, which is perfect for accompanying the ribs. Finally, the chorizo (sausages), the achuras (offal) and the morcilla (black pudding) will be served as an appetizer.
The meat is cooked in a parilla, which is a traditional grill. A big fire is prepared and a bed of embers is created beneath the meat. The traditional asado is ideal for BBQ’s in the summer.
The Creole Cook
But, there is not just cow meat in the Argentinean cuisine. There are a lot of regional dishes with more typical Andean flavours. The locro, for example, is a dish with heavy stew with bacon, beans, pig’s intestine, pork trotter and corn. This dish comes from the northwest of Argentina and is served in a clay dish.
The Tamal is a speciality from Salta, the biggest city in the Argentinean Northwest. It is made from a paste with a mix of hardboiled egg, onions and raisins. Then, the dish is wrapped in a corn husk and served. It’s ready to eat, and it serves as a great appetizer!
The Argentinean wine
What can you drink with great Argentinean food? Argentinean wine, of course! The famous Malbec from Mendoza is a robust red wine which has made Argentina’s wine famous. It goes perfectly with the matambre and the lomo ! Moreover, the Cabernet Sauvignon from the Northwest region is also a high quality choice for the meat asado.
If you prefer white wine, the Torrontes from the Cafayate region is quite unique. It has tropical fruits notes and it looks like the Alsatian Gewurztraminer. It’s perfect to accompany all of the Andean dishes and to intensify the rustic flavours.
Let’s not forget this treat! One of my favorite snacks. It is a pastry dough filled with anything you want, meat, cheese, beans, veggies. Baked and served! While in Argentina I took a class on making them and then we feasted. Best class I ever took.
A popular dessert in a lot of South American countires, it goes great with some coffee. I may or may not have brought back a ton of boxes with me when I returned home.
It is two cookies made with cornstarch to give it its smooth texture and usually held together by dulce de leche it is a treat that will satisfy anyone.
This of course is only the beginning of Argentinean cusine. Want more info on Argentina and its food? Check out Argentina Excepcion!
My first introduction to Z Hostel Manila was not as a guest to the rooms but a guest to the roof top bar. I had been in Manila for two nights when the owner graciously hosted an unofficial opening night party for us bloggers. Continue reading 5 Reasons to stay at Z Hostel Manila
Everyone raves about LA but San Diego is where it’s at. Although they told me the weather is perfect and while I was there it was colder than NY on some days, I still really enjoyed the laid back surfer attitude of San Diego. There are so many other reasons to go to SD besides the weather. Here were some of my favorites. Continue reading Top 6 reasons to Visit San Diego
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Cyprus is getting something of a reputation for being the place to travel if fun, excitement and the hint of occasional danger are your idea of a perfect last minute holiday. The island has a wide array of leisure activities and also has some more ‘extreme’ activities for the more daring visitors to try out. Hire a guide to show you around Cyprus and let him or her take you to the best places for your chosen activity. Continue reading Cyprus: Last Minute Holiday Idea