Category Archives: South America

[MENDOZA, ARGENTINA]: 5 Course Lunch Tasting by the Vineyards of Bodega Ruca Malen

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Dear Food Diary:
During our second day in Mendoza, our hotel concierge arranged a day of wine tasting and lunch for us. As we drove into the grounds of Bodega Ruca Malen, I thought to myself, this is what I had envisioned Mendoza’s wine road to be and more. Picture perfect day topped off by a spectacular 5 course lunch with wine pairing right by the vineyards. How did I get so lucky!

[MENDOZA, ARGENTINA]: Villa Mansa Wine Hotel and biking around the vineyards

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Dear Food Diary:
From NYC to Buenos Aires, I’ve always been a city girl, so when looking for a place to stay in Mendoza, I took the chance to be as far away from the city as possible. Close to the vineyards and the amazing mountain views. Villa Mansa Wine Hotel was offering an awesome discount right before our trip, woohooo! Right in the heart of Lujan the Cuyo (one of the three wine regions in Mendoza), our stay was everything I had wanted –  excellent food, personal service and great location.

Feliz 25 de Mayo para todos los Argentinos!

Dear Food Diary:
Today is a special day in which Argentineans celebrate the Day of the May Revolution (Argentina’s Independence from Spain in 1810).
To commemorate this year, I wanted to give little taste of my Argentina, the one I grew up in…

[ARGENTINA] PERITO MORENO GLACIER: Trekking. Whisky. Alfajor. Boat ride.

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Dear Food Diary:
We had a fun time and filled our tummies at Estancia 25 de Mayo the day before. Now what we so anxiously been waiting was finally happening. At the crack of dawn, we left from El Calafate to the Perito Moreno Glacier. Where we did trekking, drank some whisky with glacier ice, had chocolate alfajores and enjoyed our every minute with this spectacular natural wonder.

[EL CALAFATE, ARGENTINA] Estancia 25 de Mayo: Cattle. Sheep. Steak. Lamb.

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Dear Food Diary:
We landed in El Calafate from Buenos Aires on a sunny afternoon. Our goal was to see the Perito Moreno Glaciers, but due to time conflicts, our travel agent arranged for us to spend the rest of our day, plus dinner and a show at Estancia 25 de Mayo, the glaciers had to wait ’til dawn. When I read the itinerary, I wasn’t thrilled, it sounded all too “touristy”. And though in a way it was, the minute we arrived to the Estancia (Ranch) I was all smiles. The sky was glorious and the smell of fresh grass was enchanting. So gorgeous, fekt like I was in a dairy ad. As a city girl I’ve never had a late afternoon quite like this…