January 17, 2008
In 2005, I met the man who is now my husband. Later that year, he brought me home to meet his parents–in his rural village, Bowen in Mendoza, Argentina. And so began my love affair with this country and its people, its traditions and cuisine. As any great love affair, it's had its ups and downs–embracing a new culture and taking in all the beautiful things about it, while trying to tolerate and make sense of the stuff I can't understand. The purpose of this blog is to share some of my incredible, often hilarious, and sometimes heartbreaking experiences with the world. Naturally, many of these experiences center around food–since food and memory are so intertwined. Argentine food is food that piques the senses, that fills not just a void in the gut but the void in the soul, too. Many of the recipes were once new and unusual to me, but have become such a part of who I am that I just long for the next time I eat them–in Argentina, at my in-laws' table. My hope for this site is that it will enable readers explore Argentina, plate by plate, to learn about Argentinean culture and the Mendoza region, and to see through my eyes the food and scenes of daily life that I have experienced there.