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Monday, July 30, 2012

Finding Love in a Jar of Nutella

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Last week I talked a little bit about having a rendez-vous in a café with two Argentine girlfriends of mine and seeing them taste North American style fare for the first time. A week later, we were back at it again only this time in the house of one of them tasting a jar of Nutella that I had brought from Canada.  All I can say is that one taste of Nutella, the girls lived as if they have never lived before.

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Muppets: Pöpcørn (featuring the one and only Swedish Chef)

 "So what is a cupcake Angelina?"

My eyes must have gone wide for a brief moment. Never in my life had I been asked that question. It took me a moment to gather my head for a sec and try and describe the difference between a cupcake and a muffin to my Argentine friends. One look at their faces when they scanned the menu at Café Crespin and read things like brownies, muffins, cupcakes, cheesecake, french toast, scrambled eggs etc and those two girls might have been in another country.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Plastic, Water, Metal, Fire and I

My mind raced at 100 mph to figure out a way to douse the flames that were quickly spreading. Without further hesitation, I grabbed a cup from the cupboard, filled it with water and dumped it on the flames that were burning brightly on top of the kitchen stove. It took me 3 or 4 times of filling the cup, dumping it on the flames, refilling it and pouring it on the flames once again before i had totally doused the flames. Life can be a roller-coaster ride here in Buenos Aires and it can often start with the simplest mundane everyday thing you can think of. The simple task of making scrambled eggs wound up with me scrambling for a cup of water to douse out flames on the stove top in the kitchen.

Monday, July 09, 2012

The Argentine Serpentine Delivers a Snakebite

There are 3 times in ones life where the words you are using should be utter with upmost reverence and only after careful consideration. The first time is when you are getting engaged and ask a woman to marry you. The   second time is when you actually standing at the altar saying your vows. However, there is a third instance where the words you are speaking shouldn't be uttered unless you are completely ready to stand behind them. And that is when you tell a woman that it is OK for her to kick you in the balls as hard as she can.

The reason why you should be prepared to commit to your words in all the above scenarios is because in each one of them, she is likely to accept your offer.......especially the last one.  This is because in the first two scenarios with engagement and marriage, those only happen once in a blue moon. However for the third instance, those words for her are like a coupon that she can use to reak havoc on your life whenever she pleases without explanation like a coupon she uses at the grocery store.

Monday, July 02, 2012

Modern Family: The Many Mispronunciations of 'Gloria'

As one edges more and more towards becoming bilingual, there are certain subtle things you begin to take note of that you don't when you are in the early stages of learning a new language. For example, the part of the body used to pronounce words in spanish is the throat whereas in english it would be the upper part of the mouth and the teeth. That's why spanish speakers have a hard time saying things like "teeth" or "three". Their language never requires them to put their tongue against the upper part of the mouth in order to pronounce things.

Amorous Alpacas

Amorous Alpacas