reminisce about Mendoza

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At Plaza Independencia with local drummer band

Mendoza (http://www.welcomeargentina.com/mendoza/index_i.html) actually reminded me of the old nabe (Lagro in Quezon City) in the Philippines it was a sleepy suburbia town but every just speaks Spanish.  I love the fact that they have converted garages into convinience stores where they sell Empanadas.  They are just DELICIOUS.  Mostly containing meat but some stores do offer vegetable fillings.  They are about I think about .50 cents a piece.  Debbie told me for a walk my first day since she's been here twice.  It is laid-back and unpretentitous.  We went to a local mercado to load-up the fridge.  Her GF, Juliet, is a great cook.  She a chicken dish with salad + our empanadas.  Argentinians liked this carbonated drink TO BE NAMED LATER.

Avenida de San Martín. Argentinian loves their Helado shops
  I was also introduce to the local herb drink maté - a tea concoction.  All of her family likes it but I guess, its an acquired taste.  The local Argentinian tv soap operas also have their characters drink maté during scenes.  Now, they have maté on a thermos container so you can take it 'To Go'.  They even have instant maté in a vending machine can you believe it?

Mendocians are crazy about fútbol (http://argentinastravel.com/activities/soccer/).  The local teams abour La Boca and River Plate.  Juliet's cousins are into the River team.  I wasn't able to buy a fútbol shirt but I got a shirt with local indigineous Huarpes designs.  The town is filled with Cuero Shops (leather), they are eveywhere.

Tons of ski rentals due to mountain resorts
  If I owned a ranch, I would have bought a saddle and gaucho gear. 

Since the ocean is far away from Mendoza, fish and seafood are expensive here.  This is a BEEF eating place like Germany.  The price of chicken was also expensive.  Both Deb & Juliet were not beef eaters so finding chicken is some establishment are hard to come by.

Funny story.  After our river rafting, our group was seating in the local Atoel restaurant for a late lunch.  Juliet told the waitess that she doesn't want beef.  So the waitress offered 'Ham & cheese OK for you?'.  Juliet again said NO MEAT what so ever.  She ended up with a cheese sandwich.  Photos coming soon....

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At Plaza Independencia with local …
At Plaza Independencia with local…
Avenida de San Martín.  Argentini…
Avenida de San Martín. Argentin…
Tons of ski rentals due to mountai…
Tons of ski rentals due to mounta…
Cousin Hernans car - a beat-up ca…
Cousin Hernan's car - a beat-up c…
Hot springs at Villavicencio Therm…
Hot springs at Villavicencio Ther…
Our last night with the Caberos fa…
Our last night with the Caberos f…
During our wine tour
During our wine tour
Mural at the wine tour
Mural at the wine tour
Our tour company for our mountain …
Our tour company for our mountain…
Heading to Uspallata.  Where the m…
Heading to Uspallata. Where the …
Puente del Inca.  Used to be a fam…
Puente del Inca. Used to be a fa…
Repelling a 3 story rock face - my…
Repelling a 3 story rock face - m…
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