When we set off for four months of travel in South America we expected to see amazing cities, experience new cultures and learn a little bit of Spanish along the way. What we didn’t expect was that we’d meet so many wonderful people and make so many new friends.
During our stay in Mendoza we enjoyed some really great times (and some really really great food!) with some of our great new friends.
First, we had The Best Steak in the World at Don Mario’s with James and Briony. We ordered the Bife de Chorizo, a cut of steak that we thought would weigh about 400g. Still a big steak, but do-able. However, the steaks that we were presented with must have been WAY more than 400g.
These were the biggest steaks I’d ever seen… and we’d ordered one each! Oops! Andy and James managed to finish their steaks, but I could only finish about half of mine. Made for a delicious breakfast the next morning at the hostel!
The very next night we enjoyed a tapas-style dinner at our hostel with Ilona and Nils. Despite the insane heat (it was about 33C / 90F) we used the hostel kitchens to whip up several small dishes each and we shared them amongst the four of us.
Ilona is an amazing cook and she and Nils made a gorgeous Moroccan chicken dish and a traditional Dutch dish (called Hutspot) with potatoes, carrots and sausages. So delicious! I made spinach and walnut empanadas, sweet corn fritters with salsa and guacamole with homemade tortilla chips. We had a real feast!
In fact, we had such a nice time cooking with Ilona and Nils that we made delicious dinners together three nights in a row!
Aren’t we lucky?? Not only have we seen the sites, we’ve enjoyed good food and wine with good friends. Life doesn’t get much better than this! As the Dutch say, it was “gezellig”!