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Life on Low Heat

Cooking was a novelty for me in New York City. By the time I got home from work after a long racing day, all I wanted was to satisfy my hunger. I rarely mustered the wherewithal to prepare a meal and wait for it to cook while I was starving. I typically sought 20-minute delivery dinners to satiate my appetite, so I could move on to something I truly enjoyed doing with my precious free time.

Mendoza is not the ethnic melting pot of New York City. There’s very little variety when it comes to cuisine, much less delicious take-out. (Oh, how I miss fresh salad bars, seafood and ramen.) Which, in a way, is a good thing because it is forcing me to cook things I crave, like vegetables.

When I used to cook in New York, it was always on high heat. I wanted it to be done the quickest way possible. Since I have been in Mendoza, I’ve begun to let my food cook more slowly on lower temperatures, resulting in much more flavorful dishes. I’m certain the same richness will reveal itself with a slower pace of life.

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PINTA NY Latin American Art Fair

For all you Latin American art lovers, the PINTA NY art fair is taking place at a new location this year: 82MERCER. (Where I stuff my face every year at NYC Wine & Food Festival’s Meatball Madness event.)

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This Friday through Sunday, modern and contemporary art from Central and South America, Spain, Portugal, and The Caribbean will be showcased and auctioned. Fifty prominent galleries are partnering with PINTA NY to exhibit museum-quality works of abstract, concrete, neo-concrete, kinetic, and conceptual art.

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If you can’t make it to the fair, you can check out Artsy.net, which features artworks, exhibitors, editorial coverage and fair highlights selected by art world insiders.

Many of the sponsors hail from Argentina, including the Malbec wine label Terrazas de los Andes, Marca Pais Argentina, Ciudad de Buenos Aires Turismo Cultural Curator and Soho’s Argentine restaurant—Novecento (where I go to watch important soccer matches).

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Soho Grand Hotel is the official hotel of PINTA NY and is offering discounted rates for PINTA NY guests. LATAM is also offering a generous 20% discount on flights to and from New York during PINTA NY, for any last minute weekend travelers.

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PINTA NY Details: 

~Tickets:

  • General Admission $25.00 and $10.00 for students.
  • Tix can be purchased on-site during exhibition hours. 

~Exhibition Dates and Times:

  • Friday, November 15 - 12pm – 8pm
  • Saturday, November 16 - 12pm – 8pm
  • Sunday, November 17 - 12pm – 7pm

~Location: 82MERCER

  • 82 Mercer Street
  • New York, NY 10012

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Images courtesy of PINTA NY. 

I think I just might.

I think I just might.

Becoming an Expat in Argentina

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After I graduated college, I traversed much of South America with only a backpack and a sense of adventure.  For almost a year, I ping-ponged north and south, east and west, and back again. I spent countless hours, half reclined on a bus, alternating a handful of CDs on my Discman until I arrived at the next destination. It was thrilling and tiresome. I felt completely free, and many times, overwhelmed by choice. I drifted where the wind blew me. I expanded. I connected. I made lifelong friends with memories to match. I returned home replete, full of hope, and pregnant with fear that I might never find a place in the world where I felt so alive.

I planted myself in New York City. It took time to grow roots and find the sunshine. I fought hard for a space to flourish. Over seven years, I found a neighborhood that suited me, an apartment I called home, a livelihood that nourished my passions, a family of friends, and a husband that I loved. I was comfortable and happy.

My husband, who is from Argentina, has always expressed the desire to live in his home country at some point in our lives. For many years, I have also nurtured the fantasy of returning to South America and living abroad as an adult. As we creep further into our thirties, and are still without children, we decided this was an opportune time to uproot ourselves and enjoy a slower pace of life in his hometown, the Napa Valley of the south—Mendoza, Argentina.  

Thus, we’ve traded comfort for adventure, apples for grapes, and coffee for mate.

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While he greets all that is familiar, I straddle the unknown at a daunting, yet liberating crossroads.  We shall see where the wind takes me this time. Feel free to come along for the ride.  

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There’s no better place to rest your head.

There’s no better place to rest your head.

Dreaming big…

Dreaming big…

Spring flourishes in Grand Army Plaza in New York City. 

Spring flourishes in Grand Army Plaza in New York City. 

Subway Art

Subway Art

Doyers Street, Chinatown, NYC

Doyers Street, Chinatown, NYC

Big trouble in little China.

Big trouble in little China.

Residential Upper East Side. 

Residential Upper East Side. 

New East Village hot spot: Wise Men

New East Village hot spot: Wise Men

It’s happy hour! 

It’s happy hour! 

It’s 79 degrees in Central Park. 

It’s 79 degrees in Central Park. 

A Gotham Sunset turned Patchwork. 

A Gotham Sunset turned Patchwork.