Individual Blog # 3 - Week 1 (Tasting Argentina)
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The first meal I ate when I come to 2213 Uriarte was a meal from the pizza place across the street called, Morita.
Besides pizza, pasta & chicken, the drink of choice is obviously wine here in Argentina. Wine is EVERYWHERE! I don't know a thing about wine, but hopefully by the end of this trip I will know a thing or two about which one is good and which one isn't. I think wine might even be cheper than water in some places. I was stunned when I was offered wine on the flight to Buenos Aires free of charge. It was almost as if ordering a can of coke or something. So far all I've learned is that Argentina makes a certain type of wine called Malbec. It's a red wine and goes well with meat. As far as white wine is concerned, that might have to pop up on another blog.
Other than wine, the common drink of choice in most areas is café con leche. This drink requires at least 3 packets of real sugar or 2 packets of artificial sweetener. I don’t know how the locals can drink it without sweetening it up a little bit. I guess I just have a bigger sweet tooth than all of them. I’m still not over the whole small cup, big cup situation either.
Outside of our classroom at the Universidad Del Salvador is a little café that probably makes a decent amount of money everyday from the business that we Tech students give them. I order one drink and one drink only: a chocolate caliente (hot chocolate). The first time I ordered, I naturally had no idea there was a large and small size, due to the fact that I had spoken in Spanish for the first time to a local and ordered the drink with no difficulty at all. The lady hands me a cup the size of a golf ball and asks me for 1.60 pesos. Granted this isn’t much when you convert to U.S. dollars, but I was still shocked to see how small the cup was. Regardless of the size, I still ended up paying the money and enjoyed every drop of the hot chocolate in that cup. The next day someone else orders a grande chocolate caliente and of course the bigger cup is given. I almost yelled at the lady for not asking me if I wanted a grande the day before. The hot chocolate that day and every day since has been satisfying to say the least. =)
The drink of choice for me now is one that I’ve found in the café up the street called the Cappuccino Italiano. It has got to be the best tasting drink EVER. Well, I’m sure I’ll find something new soon enough but for the time being, for those who haven’t tried it, it’s off the chain!