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May 4, 2018

Grilled Eggplant with Miso Glaze

I have had a few good versions of Japanese eggplants in the past and have been looking for a way to recreate something similar at home. I found a recipe for miso eggplant in an Australian publication and worked with their recipe to make this dish. I think I would try it with Japanese eggplants next time although this version was nice. The recipe called for grilling it but I roasted it in the oven... View Article

May 3, 2018

Cape Horn, Chile – “Rounding the Horn”

The highlight of our trip around South America in terms of historical significance was sailing around Cape Horn. This rocky point on Hornos Island, part of the Tiera del Fuego archipelago of southern Chile, is where many seafarers perished in an attempt to cross these rough waters. The treacherous pass was the route from Europe to the far east and many ships went down trying to navigate around the Cape. The opening of the Panama... View Article

May 2, 2018

Beet salad with goat cheese and walnuts

I find that roasting a few beets (2-3 large ones) is useful as they keep in the fridge for a few days and you can use them to make a soup or salad or serve as a vegetable in various ways. Today I had two beets, previously roasted, and they were perfect to make a nice little beet salad with goat cheese and walnuts. I sliced them and then cut into cubes of equal size... View Article

May 1, 2018

Falkland Islands

    From Puerto Madryn we continued sailing south and east to our next destination, the Falkland Islands. Port Stanley on the East island cannot accommodate our large ship so we dropped anchor across from the port and traveled between the ship and shore in the life boats used as tenders. It was quite windy and the water was rough, splashing up along the sides of the tender.   The town of Stanley is sheltered... View Article

April 29, 2018

Magellanic Penguins at Punta Tombo National Reserve, Patagonia, Argentina

Puerto Madryn is the gateway to Peninsula Valdes in central eastern Patagonia, knowns as the best place to observe large marine life in their natural habitat. It is also the gateway to the Punto Tombo Natural Reserve, home to the largest colony of Magelan penguins in South America. I have seen whales but not penguins, so Porto Tombo it was.   We drove about 2 h south of Puerto Madryn along the coast hoping to... View Article

April 27, 2018

Afternoon Tea in Gaiman, Patagonia – the Welsh Heritage and Welsh Tea Cake Recipe

After sailing through the Rio de la Plata to Uruguay and exploring Montevideo and Punta del Este for a couple of days we begun our journey south-west in the calm waters of the Sea of Argentina until we entered the Golfo Nuevo towards our next destination, Puerto Madryn, Welsh History in Patagonia Puerto Madryn was originally home to the indigenous Tehuelche people who lived off the sea and land. It was later settled by 150... View Article

April 19, 2018

Uruguay – Punta del Este, where the rich and famous play

After a short stay in Montevideo we drove 150 km east to visit Punta del Este, a famous resort town known as the Riviera or Monaco of South America. It is so well known that the entire coast is now referred to by this name. Well to do Uruguayans, Argentinians and Brazilians made this place a summer playground where the South American elite play. They are lured to this sun drenched peninsula by the promise... View Article

April 17, 2018

Roasted cauliflower and chickpea salad with tahini sauce

So, we just returned from 4 months of travel, two of which were in South America. I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun, interesting and educational this experience was. I wrote about the trip as we went along but there is so much more to share and since I compile these posts and images into travel book for our family, I will continue to write and document our experience. It took me... View Article

April 14, 2018

Uruguay – Montevideo

Nestled at the edge of the rio de la Plata (more like a sea, being the widest river in the world) before it spills its content into the Atlantic ocean, Uruguay is a small country squeezed between the much larger Brazil in the north and Argentina to the south. Perfect for visiting any time of the year thanks to it warm, mild climate Uruguay makes a great destination for visiting historical Montevideo, enjoying the beaches... View Article

April 10, 2018

Buenos Aires – Recoleta – food and shopping

Our rented apartment in Buenos Aires was perfectly situated on the corner of Avenida Alvear and Calle Montevideo in the high end barrio of Recoleta. Although the apartment itself left some to be desired (balcony and view are but two things) the location made up for it by placing us exactly where I wanted to be, next door to the old palaces, near the Recoleta Cemetery and a short walk from wonderful restaurants, cafes and... View Article

March 14, 2018

Buenos Aires: Las Canitas food tour with Parrilla Tours

Palermo is a popular barrio that seems to be the entertainment center of Buenos Aires. It comes alive at night when the clubs and restaurants are open and people of all ages fill its streets. Palermo covers a large area and over time has been divided into sub-neighbourhoods, each with each own character and style. We spent a few days walking the sycamore lined streets sipping coffee here, having lunch there and peeked into a... View Article

March 10, 2018

Bienos Aires – Feria de San Telmo

Buenos Aires is divided into barrios and each has its own character and style. San Telmo is the oldest neighborhood and oozes with history, character and tradition. It is situated in south Buenos Aires next to the colourful La Boca that sits along the mouth of the Rio Plata (hence the name La Boca, meaning the mouth). The time to visit San Telmo, at least once, is on a Sunday. Sunday is Feria day at... View Article