Sunday, April 22, 2012

Fab Finde: Part 2

Even though I didn't accomplish my goal of finding a new pair of boots and a winter coat in Palermo Soho yesterday, I still considered the day a success. So, today Tomas and I decided to go to the most expensive mall in Buenos Aires to look for these things. What made us think this was a good move? I have NO idea. I left feeling defeated and depressed, as I often do when I leave the mall and don't buy anything.

On our way home we passed by the feria in Plaza Francia in Recoleta and were lured in by the relaxing reggae music. We decided to plop down on the grass and enjoy the day with the many Argentines and tourists that visit the feria on the weekends. After a little reggae and a copo de nieve (cotton candy), my spirits were lifted and we finished the day on a good note.
Relaxing in Plaza Francia
(we may or may not have been watching a puppet show)

I can't even remember the last time I had cotton candy.

Even though you can't see my face,  just know that I am smiling.
Payaso taking a little sandwich break.

Didn't take long before my copo de nieve was non-existent.

Ciao, feria!

Fab Finde: Part 1

This weekend I spent eating delicious food, shopping and lounging outside.

On Saturday morning I met some American friends for brunch in Palermo at Oui Oui. It was my first brunch experience in Buenos Aires and it did not disappoint. The atmosphere was super cute, which is probably why there were more women eating there than men, and the food was scrumptious.

Oui Oui @ Nicaragua 6068, Palermo Hollywood

We sat next to the pastry bar which included scones,
brioches, croissants, muffins, bagels
& gigantic alfajors.

I love small details like this.

Most breakfasts in Argentina consist of two or three medialunas (mini croissants) or a tostado (a toasted ham & cheese sandwich), so after a while you really start to crave something more substantial. I ordered the huevos completos, and my plate arrived full with eggs, bacon, potatoes, toast and salad. We also ordered a plate of french toast to share, and even though it came with honey instead of syrup (because syrup doesn't exist here) it was still wonderful and made me feel like I was at home.

huevos completos

brunch spread

After becoming pleasantly full, we headed off to Palermo Soho where we put our pesos to good use (to say the least). Fortunately, I live nowhere near Palermo otherwise I think I would be in trouble.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sweet Stuff

Anybody who knows me knows that I have a beauty product obsession. While I’ve cut back on my weekly visits to Sephora (mostly because Sephora doesn’t exist in Argentina), I still find myself accumulating an awful lot of lotions, soaps, lip glosses, and the latest, craziest product that I have no purpose for. At any given moment in time, I have about three different lotions in use, while four stand on the waiting list.

Recently, I've rediscovered a lotion I purchased a while back: Farmhouse Fresh Whoopie Cream.  It’s heaven. I can’t believe I abandoned heaven for so long. The scent is a mix of cake batter and buttercream frosting which probably explains why I’ve been craving cake for the past two weeks. Just writing this post is making me salivate. 

And, as if the whoopie wasn’t enough, I like to add Prada Candy to create a delicious symphony of scents. Prada Candy was one of my Duty-Free purchases. Duty-Free shopping really eases my flying anxiety, so I really have no choice but to shop.

Can't forget the Prada Candy!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Monday Blues

It was the perfect temperature underneath the covers this morning, making it nearly impossible to get out of bed. Once again, it is Monday.
I decided that I'm going to turn my "Monday blues" into something positive...into "blues" that make me happy on a Monday.

Three "blues" that made me smile today:
Base: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Pacific Blue
Top: Sephora by OPI in Only Gold for Me

Vintage candy jar I picked up at a small street fair in Buenos Aires

Bowl scraper w/ measurement conversions from Sur La Table

Now it's time to face the day. Have a great week, everyone!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Lions & tigers & goats, Dios mio!

I have been sick for the past week and was tired of being cooped up in the house for any longer, so yesterday Tomas and I  took a day trip to Zoo Lujan.  Lujan is about an hour drive west of Buenos Aires. Tomas had seen online that you could pet the animals at this zoo, so obviously we were sold.

Zoo Lujan wasn't like any zoo I had ever been to in my life. The zoo mostly consisted of goats, ponies, lions, tigers, a handful (or a barrel) of monkeys, three sea lions, and an elephant. While all of the animals are caged, the visitors are able to interact with basically any animal at the zoo. Whether you want to let goats lick feed out of your hand or comb the mane of a full grown lion, Zoo Lujan is your oyster.

Tomas and I opted for something in the middle. We decided to join the line to hold the baby tigers. Relaxing on a bed of hay were three precious baby tigers. Also in the cage with the baby tigers were four puppies. For those of you who have a dog and are wary about getting a cat or the other way around, rest assured. The tigers and the pups got along just fine. In another area there was a dog cohabiting with about five or six full-grown lions. It was a pretty crazy sight. I wish I was able to take a good photo to post here. Maybe next time. I think I definitely have to go back to this zoo, as I still need to make friends with a Capuchin monkey and feed a banana to an elephant.
My first tiger experience!

He started to get a little feisty...

...but he soon found comfort in Tomas' lap.

Nap time

Snack time!

Befriending the goats

Tomas really has a way with animals

Recuerdo de Zoo Lujan

It's about time...

When I moved to Buenos Aires last summer, I intended to start a blog the second I got down here but somehow I got distracted for eight months. I'm hoping this blog will be more successful than my last blog I started in Spain. It consisted of one post with two pictures: one of a snail on a piece of lettuce and the other of a chicken at the beach. I had one follower.

While this blog is titled "A Mate & A Rottweiler," I plan on sharing more with you than just pictures of me drinking mate with my fiance, Tomas and my Rottweiler, Agatha. I'm a huge foodie and a bit of a fashionista, which don't usually go hand-in-hand, but I'd like to think I make it work. Usually I choose food over fashion. Mostly because food is much cheaper. I'm very into DIY and love spending time outside, weather permitting.

My life has changed a lot since moving to Buenos Aires (insert emotional roller-coaster here) and I'd like to invite you along for the ride. Welcome to the food, the culture, the fashion, and the daily occurrences of my life south of the equator. Espero que les gusten.