Good Friends, Good Wine Weekend in Prince Edward County

Good Friends, Good Wine Weekend in Prince Edward County.

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North to Salta, Argentina

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S 24 W 065 The alarm rings at 3:45 a.m. to rouse us for our 4:30 ride to Aeroparque , the downtown Buenos Aires airport situated by the river. Almost a year later, these early hours…

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Spinning our Wheels in Buenos Aires.

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We have spent one week of spinning our wheels in the delightful city of Buenos Aires but admittedly we are feeling very frustrated with the process of booking flights and organizing the rest of our Argentinean…

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“It is cheaper to live extravagantly all your life than to be buried in Recoleta.”

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The day rises sunny and bright; a piercing blue sky that is complimented by those still-flowering, incredibly purple jacaranda trees. Rain showers occasionally harass the tourists but never long enough to dampen anyone’s spring spirits. We walk about…

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An UnPlanned Plan in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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An unplanned walking tour is planned for today, covering the areas heading north towards the Plaza San Martin across the Av. 9 de Julio, past the Falklands War Memorial, to the Torre de los Ingleses, into…

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Concerning Food and Drink in Argentina

Already we have been really impressed by the variety and quality of food and service being offered here in Buenos Aires. If these high levels and consistency remain the same elsewhere in Argentina, then they will receive the coveted reward for service and quality! All the restaurants we have been to, whether they are for lunch, late afternoon coffee, or dinner, have been a consistently happy, no-issue experience. White shirts, and black ties are the predominant uniform; occasionally we see a quilted vest or dark apron thrown in for good measure. All staff, whether they be front of house, wait or bussing staff, are neat, brushed, and scrubbed. You are always met with a friendly “hola” or in the better houses, “buenos dias”, “buenas tardes” or “buenas noches”. A table is found very quickly for you, there is never any harrumphing about lack of a reservation, and a basket of bread, a cordial (on the house) and a small “amuse guel” arrive immediately, and very shortly after that the bottle of water “con gas” is placed on the table. Even with a language difficulty, one is never made to feel the fool about ordering.

Service is quick and efficient and always impeccably timed. Courses come and go without you feeling rushed, the service has that subtle feeling of being there and yet being imperceptible. Clean table cloths and napkins (always cloth) are always present. Paper coasters are a small but vital part of your cocktail or water glass. Your food arrives and in many cases it is French service (which we never saw in France), the food arriving on serving dishes, and the waiter plating it at the table. Your meal finished, coffee and dessert are offered discreetly, unlike in France, where offence is taken if you do not partake (sorry François!!) in the after-meal sweet and caffeine being offered.

The bills arrive, and every time we are left breathless by them. With the level of service, the quality of food and the small niceties thrown in, we expect them to be huge. They never are. We have not eaten with this level of quality and service since we were in Asia.

Now all we have to do is find the right clothes to wear to dinner from our limited followsummer suitcases.

Eat well, my friends, in Argentina!

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Sunday: A Quiet Day in Buenos Aires

Sunday: A Quiet Day in Buenos Aires.

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