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to Mendoza Wine Country

In Disappearing on February 22, 2011 at 3:14 pm

I love the idea of going back next time to do a cooking class paired with wine, sitting in the midst of a vegetable garden, maybe going for horseback riding, or hiking around the mountains, trying out more cafes and restaurants. Endless possibilities in this blossoming wine place, like someone said, “Mendoza is like Napa 30 years ago.” What a potential for foodies to gather and settle here.

Some of the highlights:

A cellar that holds concerts

Located along the borders of the Andes Mountain, in Valle de Uco, this sheer god-like winery may seem beautiful, but for me a bit sterile and cold. The biggest winery in Mendoza, the compound has its own chapel, art gallery, restaurant, hotel, movie room, a concert hall that holds oak barrels etc…you get the idea.

Salentein

www.killkasalentein.com

Surprising highlight of the dish: beet cream spilling

Well-cooked meat

Ruca Malen, in the area of Lujan de Cuyo is my favorite wine-tasting experience. The wine-pairing with food was spectacular, both sides: great food and beautiful wines. Not only were the food above average, we were also situated in the midst of the vineyard-glass windows all around. Highly recommended. 50 dollars for 5 course tasting, including the tour of the winery.

Ruca Malen

www.bodegarucamalen.com

Favorite empanadas

Olive oil

Off to Maipu, having an asado at the well-known Famila Zuccardi winery. They do their full course of bbq right here; the empanadas are the highlight for me: explosive flavors with the slightly charred exterior-cheese, onion, or beef filling. Continuing along with sausages,  salads, grilled veggies and the endless rounds of well-grilled meat, all accompanying with their wines. A great place for meat lovers. Their olive oil is superb. 50 dollars for asado and wines to go with, also including the tour of the winery.

Familia Zuccardi

www.familiazuccardi.com

Pumpkin Salad

Salt-crusted Pear with house-made soft cheese

Francis Mallman’s restaurant 1884 is something all foodies are looking forward to. The grounds of this place are stunningly beautiful, high-vault ceiling, beautiful garden, great history. I never like to say this, but the service and food both pales in comparison to restaurants back home in the similar range. Nothing bad at all, but nothing to highly compliment about. Overall the food in Mendoza is a tad too salty, and especially in this restaurant, the salt was very pronounced. Decorations of fried potato chips were seen in the few dishes we order and the celery stick was 5 inches higher than the glass that holds a Bloody Mary. Hmm. I’m interested to see other people’s experience in this place. 3 starters, 1 main, 2 drinks, a bottle: ~$120

Francis Mallman 1884

www.1884restaurante.com.ar

Flights of Wines

Seems to be the first tasting room in South America, turns out to be one of the most enjoyable wine bars I’ve been in: wide varieties of wine, informative service, and an easy-going beautiful atmosphere. It is here that I discover a delicious red-Tannat.

The Vines of Mendoza

www.vinesofmendoza.com

Scallop ceviche

Strayed from Azafran Restaurant, and instead tried Siete Cocinas; a place recently opened and loved by everyone. Keep in mind, by this time of the trip I was always beyond full, cringing at any thoughts of big meaty mains. This restaurant was quiet, clean white interior and A++ staff. The staff here gave great recommendations, with clean detailed attention; our favorites being the ceviche scallop and dulce de leche desserts. The menu is a smart layout of different dishes from all over Argentina. 3 starters, 2 glasses of wine, main to share, and dessert: ~$70.

Siete Cocinas

www.sietecocinas.com.ar

Dulce de Leche icecream

After Ruca Malen, this is my favorite winery to have lunch: a big red barn situated in the middle of the vineyards. This place has a rustic organic feel, the food was simple though elegantly presented; my favorite here was the caramel dulce de leche. Wine with food: ~$50.

Altus

www.altusdetupungato.com.ar

to San Francisco

In Disappearing on November 13, 2010 at 3:36 am

Vietnamese Sandwich with Pork, Pate, Pickled Carrots, Jalapeno Peppers, and Cilantro

Chao Zhou Noodles with Fish Cakes

The building excitement of arriving back home had me decided to go on a vacation from the virtual world of emails and blogging. So instead, I dutifully steered my focus onto all the gluttony that dear San Francisco has to offer: family & friends, watching a movie at Sundance Kabuki Cinema, going to the nightlife at California Academy of Sciences, and practicing my Spanish at Mission District. Oh, and of course eating; it feels real good to have diversity back in my food pyramid. Though, Steak and Wine, I’m flying back tomorrow!

San Fran’s Foodlicious Rating

**= enough to satisfy         ***=unique and yummy          ****= superlicious

  • Vietnamese Pho at Thanh Tham II **
  • Super Burrito at La Palma ****
  • Banana Cream Pie at Tartine Bakery****
  • Individually Brewed, Fresh Vanilla Soy Latte, my favorite local coffee: Rodgers Coffee & Tea***
  • Korean Steak with Kimchee between Acme Sweet Roll at Rhea’s Deli & Market****
  • Lunch at Boulette’s Larder while sipping on Blue Bottle Coffee***
  • Apricot Cardamom, and Maple Glazed Bacon Donuts at Dynamo Donuts****
  • Fulfilling Thai cravings at Lers Ros Thai****
  • stuffing my face with banh mi at Saigon Sandwich when already full from Hai Ky Mi Gia’s chaozhou egg noodle. ****

Ciao San Fran 🙂

to Iguazu Falls

In Disappearing on October 12, 2010 at 1:15 pm

I didn't photoshop in the clouds. 🙂 It was a beautiful day.

 

The Panoramic View

Iguazu Falls, an indigenous name translated to ‘The Great Water’, is one of the world’s largest waterfalls, also recently named as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Nature definitely did a miracle to this place. These famous falls in the Iguazu National Park has more than 270 falls, with the most famous one being the Devil’s Throat, 80-meter-high and 150-meter-wide.

A few things I like, are the trails’ immersion within the lush green vegetation, a big thumb up for the park’s commitment to nature’s preservation. Also, the leading of the different trails, give options to see the falls in different angels: close enough to get sprayed, far enough to see the magnificent of it all, or low enough that we can take a speedboat right to the fall. Yes, for 100 pesos ($25), we get driven into the icy-cold falls a few times until our adrenaline level is shooting through the roof, our teeth chattering and grinding. It was well worth it. What else is worth it? Staying at the Sheraton, one of the two hotels in the park with the falls view at a close range and a beautiful outdoor swimming pool.

 

 

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