Good Eats: Dessert Edition

I have got me a mean sweet tooth, and I definitely indulge it a lot more often here than at home. There are just so many yummy things calling my name on a daily basis! Sometimes I just can’t help it 🙂

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Location: Belgrano

I got ice cream one day when my class got cancelled. This place near my school was suggested to me by a classmate, and it was SUPER good. In the middle of the day it was full of senior citizens… haha! This 2-scoop sundae cost me about $4 USD. Flavors: Chocotorta (ice cream with dulce de leche and cookie pieces) and Moka (for a country that drinks so much coffee, coffee ice cream is extremely rare here).

Food: ❶❷❸❹❺
Atmosphere/decor: ❶❷❸④⑤ 

Name: ZOG
Location: Palermo Soho

I tried out this place with Megan one day. Frozen yogurt is definitely not as popular as ice cream here. It was okay… not as great as the yogurt I had in Chile, or my beloved Yumilious in the States. They did have a lot of toppings, but as far as flavors go, my only options were passion fruit or plain/original. That seems to be pretty standard here though, so I’ll probably wait to get yogurt again until I get home.


Food: ❶❷❸④⑤
Atmosphere/decor: ❶❷❸④⑤ 

Name: Freddo
Location: everywhere

Freddo is EVERYWHERE. There are probably at least 40 of them just in Buenos Aires. I’ve been there a few times, and so far the flavors I’ve tried are: Dulce de leche, dulce de leche w/ brownie, dulce de leche w/ oreo, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry mousse, malbec & red fruits, & chocotorta. Some of the flavors have been better than others, but overall it is pretty darn good ice cream. I can’t give them a 5 though because they don’t have a coffee flavor… That is a serious crime in my eyes


Food: ❶❷❸❹⑤
Atmosphere/decor: ❶❷❸④⑤ 

Name: Persicco
Location: Palermo Soho, various locations

I got some ice cream from Persicco one day when my class got out early. Are you sensing a trend here? The flavors I got were coffee, banana split, lemon tart, and dulce de leche with brownie. This ice cream was super creamy and yummy, and I will most likely be visiting Persicco again.

Food: ❶❷❸❹❺
Atmosphere/decor: ❶❷❸④⑤ 

Chao for now!
Ryan

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Good Eats: Part I

I definitely go out to eat pretty often, so I thought I’d talk about a few of the places I’ve been, and what I thought of them. Here is a map for reference:

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Name: Dean & Denny’s
Location: Palermo Soho

I decided to pop into Dean & Denny’s one weekend afternoon for lunch. I really enjoyed its modern decor, their upstairs seating, and the terrace. The majority of restaurants in Argentina seem to be sit-down restaurants with your only other options being McDonald’s or empanadas -which get super boring after a while. I liked that it wasn’t a sit-down place, but it definitely counts as “fast food”. I ordered the chicken burger with fries, and although the burger was pretty small, it was still good. Downside-place was insanely packed on a Saturday, and it took a while for me to get my food. Nothing SUPER exciting, but still pretty good overall.

Food: ❶❷❸④⑤

Atmosphere/decor: ❶❷❸❹❺

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Graffiti

One of the things on my Buenos Aires Bucket List was a graffiti tour. There were many different options, but the tour I went on was a walking/bus tour around a few different neighborhoods all of which are close to where I live. It was really interesting to learn about the history of graffiti in Buenos Aires, as well as learn about all the different artists and their styles. Of course, I took a million pictures for your viewing pleasure-

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Look Mom! I’m a cool kid

Got my first pair of “Toms” last week! b4cce-imag0537

Toms are actually based on the Argentine alpargata design which is why the Toms logo looks like Argentina’s flag.

There are nice, more expensive brands here, but I opted for these which were SUPER cheap. Like, I’m talking $6 USD! We will have to see how well they hold together though…

Chao for Now!!
Ryan

Ice cream, Intercambio, & Orchestra

May 13th-16th This week I feel like I’ve had a good mix of work and play- not too boring & not too busy. It was good to do some fun things after the crazy midterms week I had. It also finally got cold!! Thankfully! I was SO BORED of wearing the same 6 shirts, and I finally got to break out my sweaters and scarves. Perfect amount of cold too. Just enough where I can bundle up, but not too cold where I’m still miserable with a million layers on.

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The most fantabulous sundae I’ve ever had that I ordered when my class got cancelled and I had an hour and a half to kill until my next class. Sabores: Moka y Chocotorta

On Wednesday after class I went to another Intercambio. This one was a lot more fun than the other one I went to because this time we played games! We played Sin Palabras (Pictionary), Tutti Frutti (similar to Scattegories), and a game that was basically Taboo (which was SO HARD in Spanish). I got to meet a lot more people too since they made us rotate tables and play with people we hadn’t met yet.

Thursdays I don’t have class till 4, so I decided to go the Jardin Japones (Japanese Gardens). They were really quiet and a nice getaway for the morning.
Ice cream, Intercambio, & Orchestra

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Movie, Market, & 1 Minuto

May 10th– In the afternoon, I went to the ISA office to watch a movie. They have started showing Spanish movies about every other week, and the one we watched was an Argentine film called Nueve Reinas (Nine Queens). The movie is about two con-artists that decide to cooperate in a scam, and in the end you find out that one of them was conning the other the whole time. I really enjoyed all the tricks they used, and it was good filling my brain with more castellano and lunfardo (Buenos Aires slang). It was fun to just sit on a couch in front of a TV with popcorn and snacks.

May 11th– Megan and I went to the Buenos Aires Market which is an all-natural/whole foods market that is held once a month in rotating neighborhoods. May’s market was in the Bosques de Palermo which is this huge park/ green space in the city. It’s pretty close to where we live, so we decided to go and I’m glad we did!

9c151-bosques For lunch I bought a smoothie, a vegan hot-dog (with a wheat bun of course), and this yummy dark chocolate, hazelnut cookie that was as big as my head. Success!
We wandered around the park for a little bit afterwards because it was such a pretty day.
May 12th- Some other students from ISA and I volunteered with an organization called 1 Minuto de Vos. We met them at the train station, and took the train about an hour outside of the city (Capital Federal) to San Miguel. We went to a not so pretty area and played with some kiddos. There is a woman who lives in this town that feeds people in the community who need meals weekly and opens up the building on the weekend for children to come and play. We had to roll with the punches and be flexible, but we were able to do some crafts, obstacle courses, and silly songs. I was worn out by the time I got home.

More to come 🙂
Ryan

Mataderos & Midterms

May 5th- After church, I boarded a bus and headed to meet Megan and her friend Shana in Mataderos. Mataderos is a neighborhood in Buenos Aires in the west end of the city, and for much of 0585d-img_0925its history this area was a meeting point between the city and the countryside. Matadero literally means slaughterhouse, many of which were located here making it a hub for rural commerce, and the main stop for gauchos inside the city limits. It took me about an hour to get there by bus, but I brought a little puzzle book with me, so that I wasn’t completely bored out of my mind.

The whole point of going this far was to attend the Feria de Mataderos (Mataderos Fair) which is held on Sundays. The fair showcases gaucho traditions, foods, crafts, and artisan goods. It was super crowded so it was kind of hard to do any actual shopping at the booths, but I still was able to enjoy some yummy food, ice cream, and Argentinian folk music.

May 6th-9th The following week was Midterms (or parciales), duh duh duhhhhh. I had four written midterms, an essay due, and a presentation all within these four days. Midterms for me meant a lot of studying in cafes seeing as I always get pretty distracted when I’m at home. Luckily, the majority of cafes here have WiFi, so that wasn’t a problem. Also, I’ve gotten into the habit of taking pictures of almost everything I order…

Nos vemos!

Ryan

DAME MANI

Finally got around to buying peanut butter, and it was a fantastic decision. Peanut butter is not very popular here, and actually costs more than Nutella #onlyinArgentina. I have rarely seen it in stores except in Barrio Chino (Chinatown) and some natural food stores. I was able to find some a couple blocks from my house at this random Armenian nutrition store. I wonder how long it will be until I have to buy some more… 🙂