>> Sunday, September 29, 2013
I just finished watching the final episode of Dexter. Part of me feels lost that the series is over, but the other is a bit upset at the ending itself. I won't ruin it for some who still have it waiting for them on their PVR. Those that have seen it, message me and we can chat!
Personally, all the talk of traveling to Argentina on the show has got me reminiscing about our travels down south last year during this exact time and I can see why they picked Buenos Aires as a final destination. The city and its architecture is stunning, reminding me of Europe, specifically Paris. Some memorable sites include the Teatro Colon, similar to the famous Paris opera house, both in construction and grandeur. Another would be the City Hall, not only magnificent itself but also surrounded by historical buildings making for a picturesque view. If you continue walking down to the other end of the street you'll see Casa Rosada, the famous location of where Evita and Juan Peron lived and where they addressed the masses.
Also remember to check out the different areas in Buenos Aires like Recoleta, location of the famous cemetery (Cemetario de la Recoleta) housing the graves of many great South Americans including Evita. Nearby are also many amazing restaurants serving Parrilla (argentinian bbq) where you can dine alfresco (outdoors) enjoying the view. Argentinians are meat lovers and you must dine at a Parrilla when you're there! You can get anything from beef, lamb, pork to offal meat for those that are more adventurous, I recommend trying sweetbreads.
All the tourist books point you to the La Boca neighborhood, but remember to be careful here because it is located in an area that isn't the safest. Stick to the touristy blocks and avoid going alone. When in the area, try to catch a football game of the famous La Boca football team. If they're alway, you can always tour the stadium, which is quite a sight.
Everywhere you go there will also be people doing the tango. If you have time, try to catch an evening tango show at El Viejo Almacen. They offer a dinner and show combo which is perfect for those looking to get a feel of this amazing dance as well as some delicious Argentinian cuisine.
Some must eats aside from the Parrillas, specifically at La Tranquera (featured on around the world in 80 plates). The portion sizes are nothing to joke about. I guarantee that you will not be leaving there hungry! Everywhere you turn you'll also see Havana stores that sell their famous spread dulce de leche. In Argentina this spread is the equivalent of peanut butter here in North America or Nutella in Europe. I highly recommend crepe filled dulce de leche or their dulce de leche cakes!
Another famous treat is the Alfajors, which are little chocolate covered lemon cakes filled with dulce de leche. They're a bit sweet, but perfect with a cafe. If you're looking for something a little less sugary, the Medialuna's are to die for. They're essentially mini croissants! Next to France these were some of the best croissants I've ever had, a bit sweeter and chewier, just as buttery with an amazing crust. They're perfect for the afternoon 'once' or afternoon tea around . I even tried to smuggle some back!
Since Argentinians eat rather late like many Europeans, due to the huge influence from the Spaniards. They usually enjoy a sweet snack at roughly daily with a cup of coffee or tea. It's a time to chat and take a break from work or other daily duties. Most people then reconvene for dinner around . Definitely take advantage of this 'once' (pronounced ON-ceh) time to enjoy foods that you were unable to fit in during breakfast or lunch.
Don't forget to grab a couple Empanadas on to go. Made with all types of fillings like lamb to beef, vegetarian to seafood, there is a combination out there for everyone. The easiest place to find them would be at food stalls around town or little shops along the side of the street. Restaurants often serve them as appetizers too, so don't be afraid to ask for them.
When dining out, remember to have a glass of their famous Malbec wine. It's a medium to full body wine with smooth tannins and a long finish. I really enjoyed the San Felipe Malbec. It was very reasonably priced and went perfectly with all the different types of grilled foods we had through the trip. The bottle is extremely unique as well, so it'll be easy to locate.
All in all, looking back I can see why Dexter would want to move to Argentina. The amazing food, architecture and wine makes it an alluring destination. If the shows creators didn't get the last season right at least they got Hannah's dream correct.