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Argentina the Beautiful: Food and frontier

It’s time to pause, reflect and explore this beautiful new land after being in survival mode for the past few weeks. I’m not sure where to begin because there have been so many exciting, new discoveries. One of the first things that we noticed about traveling through central Argentina was the gorgeous landscape. I’m talking long, unadulterated stretches at a time with nothing but fields, sunshine and hundreds of cows sprinkled throughout. 

Every once in a while you can spot a gaucho on horseback herding the cattle. My husband has captured some really breathtaking photos of scenery from his worksite, which I have included in this post. At least he is able to appreciate some beauty throughout his workday. Everything here is so fresh, like a new love. The grass seems greener and the Malbec tastes sweeter!❤️🇦🇷🌅

My husband comes home from work one day with some exciting news. A colleague told him about a restaurant that actually serves dinner before 8:00pm! This works so much better for us with a baby in tow. I’m so excited to take a small break from cooking and get out on the town. I’ve been practicing my restaurant ordering skills on my Spanish language app, so I’ve got this! 

We picked up my husband’s friend that night and proceeded to the restaurant. It looks modern and is centrally located so we can people watch as we eat. His coworker suggests to order the picada (meat and cheese plate) and it was scrumptious! It featured salami, prosciutto, pepperoni, olives and three different quesos. For the main meal, my husband orders ribeye and papas fritas. The baby and I decide on a prosciutto pizza. All was muy bien! His steak was very tender and the fries were hot and crispy.  Our pizza was topped with arugula, sun dried tomatoes and balsamic vinegar. It almost felt…..healthy.😀

Afterwards, we decided to treat ourselves with cafe con leche and a brownie Americana which were the perfect footnotes to our meal. I must add that the dining atmosphere had a very relaxed vibe. I felt like I could truly sit back and savor everything from start to finish. I get the sense that the restaurant culture here does not endorse rushing people in order to flip tables which is refreshing. Overall experience = 😍🥩🍕👌

I also want to give a shout out to Argentina’s abundance of artisan sausage and cheese shops. The ones I’ve frequented so far have a wide array of products to choose from in addition to carne and queso. You can also find local honey, plenty of jarred peppers, jams, olive oil, spices and other foodie goodies. 

The local vendors that I have met have been very friendly and eager to discuss their offerings. There’s no feeling like picking out your own exotic, personal wheel of Gouda goodness. Someone please pinch me now. 🥰 My only complaint is not having enough room in my suitcase to sneak all of these newfound culinary treasures back home with me!🧐🧀🧳✈️

Thanks for reading and please stay tuned for more foodie fun ✌️💜🍴

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Mood Ring Kitchen

I’m a self teaching home cook and aspiring foodie entrepreneur. I enjoy coming up with creative ways to prepare flavorful food such as snacks, desserts and everything in between. Cooking is a way for me to challenge myself and satisfy curiosities about different ingredients.

The hope is to produce something thoughtful, memorable or every once in a while maybe even wonderful. I enjoy following my “gut” and exploring new recipes that can be comforting, exciting and nourishing. Above all else, I enjoy exploring the emotions surrounding food and writing about those experiences. 😝👩‍🍳👩‍💻

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