Escaping with work

Sometimes my job is awesome.

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I got to spend the whole day outside in this gorgeous place and sneak a bit of these amazing olives and delicious cheese during a meeting. I know it’s my job but sometimes it feels too special to just be work! Even though the project is just an hour outside of Mendoza city, it can feel worlds away. To top it all off, the day was made even better by these kittens!

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But really. Have you ever seen anything cuter? The project’s caretaker has a little farm and it seems like every time we visit there’s a new baby animal to play with! My heart was broken because my extreme allergies meant I couldn’t cuddle one but it was still a magical experience.

What else can I tell you? We’ve been having some unreal sunsets lately.

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What did you all do for St. Patrick’s day? I went to a bar down the block that was surprisingly packed. Who knew Argentine’s loved green and beer (and sometimes green beer) so much? Seriously though, this was more filled up than anything we saw on Christmas or New Years! It was a really fun night and it felt so great sitting outside now that temperatures have cooled down a bit here in the southern hemisphere.

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Nothing crazy has been going on with my meals lately. A lot of repeats BUT I bought tofu! I had to order it from a health food store and it finally came. I’ll update you on the results tomorrow but hopefully tofu doesn’t vary too much from country to country!

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Hunting for quinoa

Lining up for the sprint at Rally de las Bodegas

Happy Sunday everyone!

This week has been pretty good to me. I’ve had a decent amount of energy and I’ve definitely been kept busy between my two job, starting this blog, and all the daily activities of life. On Thursday, Mateo and I went to the opening day of Rally de las Bodegas, or The Wineries Rally, which began with a sprint. We met the organizers through work and they told us about the race which we wouldn’t have known about otherwise. It was way cooler than expected. See, I am  New Yorker through and through and I never learned to drive because I never really had to. Suffice it to say, I’m not exactly a car connoisseur but even I was blown away by these cars! Some were from the twenties and I was immediately transported to Downton Abbey haha. Others were sleek sports cars but all of them were unique and fun to look at.

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Number two–my favorite

After the race we headed home and made an epic seven-layer bowl. I told you before, I can’t get enough of the Mexican flavors and I don’t see an end in sight. In fact I just found cilantro at the Central Market today so I think you’ll be seeing more of the same soon. Sorry in advance! But really how good does this look…

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From bottom to top: rice, black beans (simmered for four hours…I kid you not…with onion and chili pepper), cheese, spicy salsa, guacamole, plain fat-free yogurt (as satisfying as sour cream!), and homemade hot sauce. Mmmmm. This was a huge bowl and I devoured every bite of it. I slept well last night and I think I have this insane bowl of food to thank.

Today breakfast was eggs plus left over beans and guac but I decided to get more creative with lunch. This afternoon I whipped together a quick quinoa salad. Now, let me tell you about this quinoa that I finally got my hands on. In a land of potatoes and more potatoes, where rice isn’t even very popular, I never thought I would get to eat quinoa! I knew that a few health food stores sold it in Mendoza somewhere but I couldn’t  justify the price so I kept my blinders on and didn’t try to find it. Well, now that we’re making a bit more money I decided to treat myself to some. It was glorious. Once the quinoa was ready I mixed it with one large tomato, one avocado, half a can of garbanzo beans, a drizzle of olive oil, juice from half a lemon, salt, pepper, and a sprinkle of cilantro. It turned out wonderfully and was the perfect bright and healthy lunch! Worth every penny (and it wasn’t even that expensive after all).

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Today is going to be a lazy Sunday. Mateo and I had to work yesterday for more than 12 hours so I’m ready to relax the day away. Hope you can too!

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