Estancia's surrounded by vast land (drive-ways 20 mins long), small and charming stables set against the plains, beautiful horses off in the distance some with their leathers on, hundreds of year old mansions with ivy almost swallowing them whole. Gaucho's to be seen. Polo games to be watched. Asada's to partake in with lots of wine and even more grilled meat with all the sides of freshly grilled veggies. I could live here. All the boxes of gaucho chic living are ticked...
It has been a little bit harder to connect to the internet than expected. . . Mendoza is the vast wine country of Argentina, the most famous type of grape varietal grown in this region is Malbec. This grape is dark purple in color, so dark it always makes my tongue purple. It has characteristics of dark ripe fruit and is perfectly paired with grilled meats.
80's music does play everywhere, the people are kind, there has been few gaucho sightings (darn...) & no streets are ever marked so actually making it to the bodega (winery) is a feat. We were told we were quite adventurous renting a car, I believe that now. . . Most people hire a remise (car/driver). .
I am off for a full day of tasting. . . . (Hired a remise, phew) horse backing riding thru the vineyards & a traditional Asada lunch lasting hours.
Ciao tutti! I'm heading out to the chic neighborhood of Palermo today. Just thought I would leave you with this little bit of Evita inspirations in home-decor form. I am basically loving everything about this room and it is a lot similar to the grand Palacio Duhau!
The Palacio Duhau use to be an awe-inspiring home. Um, wishing I lived there!
Hello from Buenos Aires! I don't have much time to post, as I am a busy-bee when I am here. There is so much to do and I have a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out) with just about everything... But you do have to know that this is the most amazing city in the world and it's pretty hard to wipe this ear-to-ear grin off my face from the second I land to the moment I leave. (even if things aren't going my way, like yesterday for example... one of those days where everything, I mean everything goes sideways.) But today is a new day and my grin is still here.
I am sinking into the laid-back lifestyle and as a type-A person, I am usually frustrated by lateness but that is fading and I am going with the flow. Thank god, I wouldn't survive here if it didn't!
Happy Monday from Uruguay! I hope you had a lovely weekend. I am down in Punta del Este, (remember my previous post?) I definitely packed correctly, it is much easier packing for summer rather than winter, don't you agree? The weather is perfect for beach-bumming and long lunches during the super hot hours. I am getting use to the noon wake up, four o'clock lunches & dinners at mid-night into the wee hours of the morning.
I must admit, I am not one for sweet drinks but caipirinhas are the perfect drink to enjoy while lounging on the beach prior to a little siesta. Caipirinha's are technically a Brazilian beverage but definitely enjoyed throughout South America.
8 lime wedges
2 tspgranulated sugar
2 1/2 ozSagatiba Pura
Muddle the sugar into the lime wedges in an old-fashioned glass. Fill the glass with ice cubes. Pour the cachaca into the glass. Stir well.
I'll be blogging from South America for the next couple of weeks.. Soaking up the sun & heading to the wine country of Mendoza, Argentina. I can't wait to share what I discover. But I will apologize in advance for sporadic posts. Stay tuned!
Argentina, known for its Asada's, delicious meats, Malbec's from Mendoza, Mate (famous drink, out of a sterling silver cup), leather goods and those handsome El Gauchos. Call me crazy but. . maybe I might just move there...after all it is 2012, let's take a chance.
photos found here & here equestrian bangles by Deux Chevaux.