A few posts back, we got into a little bit about the perfect ice-cream that we found up the street from our apartment.It's essentially: oreos, super creamy vanilla and dulce de leche (similar to caramel). Who knew? We've fallen in love with an ice cream that has 12-year-old written all over it. I really don't know what more to say other than the people in the shop have our order waiting when they see us coming down the street. We've become too predictable - it's time to move on.
UNMANAGEABLE EMPANADAS - The other day we were down in the San Telmo, an incredible old neighborhood that's all about tango, great restaurants, antique shops and a remarkable Sunday market. We were heading to a vegetarian place (go figure, a veg place in BA) for lunch, when these nerf-football size empanadas caught our attention. We put our plan on the back burner and grabbed two of them to eat on the curb. One was filled with piping hot tomato, basil and cheese; the other was loaded with onion and cheese. Speaking of which... Although they don't like a ton of flavor down here, they love their onions. The onion empanada must have had 2 onions in it. Anyhow, these huge empanadas are one of those travel finds that you'll always remember. And - if you're us - think about way too much.
CONVENIENCE - We've had the chance to visit with a lot of Americans who are down here for a variety of reasons. While everyone seems to absolutely love it, people clearly miss certain things from home. Elise has been in Buenos Aires since 2006. When we asked her if she was here for the long haul, she said: "no, I value convenience too much." That's a pretty common theme that emerges when we talk to people about likes/dislikes. Most of the frustrations we hear about center around things like the inability to easily transact cash. No one can ever make change and you're always accused of trying to pay with a bill that's too large. This is a city of 13 million people. Strange.
We’ll happily take the minor frustrations, though, because the upside of being in a place with some rough edges is really good for the soul. For instance, we have almost no idea of what is going on in the news. Also, still learning the language, we can more easily filter out the stuff that just doesn’t matter. So, although I almost went crazy because the grocery store had no lemons or lettuce, I don’t have to return home to hear about Miss California’s bikini top falling off.