When one travels frequently, one then accumulates friendships all over the world. While I know this is a welcomed dilemma and thanks to inventions like Skype it is much easier to keep in touch these days, nonetheless there is nothing better than quality face-to-face time.
One of the friend’s that I unfortunately do not get enough face time with is Julie (my co-conspirator in this surprise trip). She and I met six years ago in my favorite Manhattan boutique Calypso. She was the manager there and on one of my numerous trip’s to the store she struck up a conversation with me. That conversation ended up lasting for several hours and then further blossomed into a a very deep and meaningful
friendship sisterhood. The thing that bonded us immediately was we both had boyfriends (at the time) who lived in Buenos Aires. Soon after our initial meeting, she moved there to marry her Porteño, Seba. Thus, on my trips to visit my own Porteño, Lucas, I would make sure to plan extra time to spend with her as well.
Julie exudes fabulousness from every pore. Time with her is treasured and just like her name she truly is a jewel. She also happens to be my favorite chef. Whenever I receive an invitation for dinner at casa de Watson-Gomez, aka Julie’s house, I always accept!
While Julie went to work in the kitchen, Seba, Lucas, and I conversed about life with glasses of Malbec in our hands and electronic-tango playing in the background. I remember sitting on their couch thinking how grateful I am to experience these unforgettable moments of great food and drink with great friends; it is such a powerful combination.
We did have an unexpected guest though, Señor Hachi. None of us had the heart to tell him that it was an invitation only dinner.
As the food began to fill the table, I, of course, had to document every delectable dish with my camera.
On a side-note, most Porteños do not begin eating dinner until around 10PM. Even that is considered on the early side. Be prepared to dine very late while in Buenos Aires. We did not sit down to eat until almost midnight. Also, Argentinians are massive meat-consumers. So, a girl knows that she is loved, when two Porteños agree to a vegetarian meal for my sake.
Along with dessert, Julie created her own dulce de leche cocktail that was sinfully good. The recipe is quite simple: dulce de leche liquor, cream, three ice cubes, and dulce de leche and brown sugar to rim the glass.
Then it was time to play with our beloved Hachi. I cannot put into words just how much joy this dog brings to me.
As if the night were not special enough already, Julie presented me with a surprise present — continuing the theme of the trip. After my wedding, she took my wedding bouquet home with her and preserved it for me. In my mind I thought it had been thrown out! It was an incredibly touching moment and the perfect way to end the perfect evening.
Some of these photos, which have been credited, were taken by Seba. He recently became enchanted with photography and has created a website dedicated to it. I highly recommend checking it out, as he is very talented.