Eating an entire cow (not in one sitting) part zero

One of my main goals for this trip to Argentina is to eat an entire cow (not in one sitting).   Since Argentina is known for it’s beef, and they eat a lot of weird parts of the cow, it seemed appropriate that I try to eat all of them.   Six months should be more than enough time.  It sounded like a great idea until my friend Brenda told me that they eat cow rectum.   I have yet to see this on any menu, but since I haven’t begun work on my third goal (learn Spanish) it might be there and I don’t even know it.

I decided to start with something easy like steak.  We went to this restaurant the first night.

The first night we shared some kind of pork cooked in a mud oven and pasta. It was super good, so it seemed appropriate that we return for the first steak on the cow eating “journey.”   Besides being a great restaurant,  the waiters all wear white tops that look like lab coats and giant billlowy black gaucho pants.  The remind me of what I wore in 5th grade.

you can't tell from this photo, but this man is wearing gauchos.

these are the pants he was wearing.

There was also this fabulous painting on the wall.

Nothing like a photo of a man with a headband and a knife staring at you to make you feel welcome.

We got 2 different steaks a tenderloin and a ribeye…

…and they both sucked. One was overcooked, the other very chewy.


So we decided this night doesn’t count and we will have a redo.

Wine, empanadas, dulce de leche – no cow yet

Some things are more expensive than we expected. Some things as cheap as we hoped.

Expensive – probably due to the fact we live in a ritzy area and are obviously tourists.

  • eggs – the first store we went to had eggs at the equivalent of $4 a dozen. Not sure what type of chicken these came from.

  • coffee – a cup of coffee is $2 everywhere we go. That’s more than a certain coffee company I used to work for that gets maligned for their high prices. (Jeff feels this isn’t a good comparison since here it’s all espresso not drip.)

This was even more than $2, but it’s a famous Buenos Aires cafe.

  • gym – due to all the inexpensive items (below) we’ve had to join a gym. That was $60 a month per person
  • veggies – we’ve only been to a store called Disco (nothing to dance about).   The veggies are more than the organic stuff we buy at home.  We’re hoping to find some vegetable markets. Or we’ll just stop eating vegetables all together.  No big loss there.
  • Facial cleanser – Jeff wanted some face soap and I insisted he buy this cheap bottle I found at the Farmacia.   It turned out to be makeup remover.  Guess my Spanish still needs work.   Instead, the pharmacist insisted Jeff buy some other facial cleaning gel. it was $20 for the bottle, but Jeff’s skin has never looked better.

Inexpensive – luckily the important things in life are cheap here.

  • wine – good and cheap

  • empanadas – only a buck each and sooooo delicious.   Jeff’s favorite – jamon and queso. Tastes like  a ham and cheese sandwich in pie crust. My favorite  carne sauve, a good one tastes like sloppy joes encased in pie crust.

Technically the carne sauve ones are cow, although since I can’t identify the parts it doesn’t count. Although since it’s ground beef, I may have already eaten all the parts of a cow.

  • Dulce de Leche – this is truly somethng I’m addicted to. I can NOT get enough of it.  Caramelized sugar and who knows what, but it’s amazing in so many different ways.

In a brownie

In another brownie and in ice cream.

Between 2 mini cookies.

Pretty soon we are going back to healthy eating….but not quite yet.

We made it to Argentina…

Moving out of our apartment was hard.   Getting a taxi from snowy Capital Hill to the airport was almost impossible.  The flight was long.

But, since getting to Argentina everything has gone super smoothly.

We’re in our apartment with the internet, Arabica coffee and a working coffee maker.   Life is good.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.

Hanging out in Panama