Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Todo o Nada! (Part 2)

As you may have already learned in my blog post yesterday, last night was Agatha's big national television debut on "A Todo o Nada."

They told us not to take photos, and since I follow instructions, I wasn't planning on taking any.
When I realized no one was following the "rules," Tomas and I snapped this quick selfie
with the "A Todo o Nada" set in the background.
In hindsight, I wish I had taken more photos!

So, let me tell you a little bit about the game...
In order to win the prize, Agatha had to cross a long, shallow pool of water and then knock down all of the bowling pins at the end of the pool. Before the show airs, they have all the dogs practice first---which is  partly to their advantage and partly to their disadvantage. Some dogs enter the water during the practice round, realize they don't like it, and then when it comes to be their turn on live TV they want nothing to do with it. In Agatha's case, she entered the water without much hesitation, but when she had to knock over the bowling pins, she fumbled a bit the first time, which was to her advantage. When it was time for her to go again on live TV, she crossed the pool, arrived at the bowling pins and tried to avoid knocking them over, only tipping over two I believe. I honestly don't remember all happened so fast.

I was on one side of the pool calling for Agatha, trying to lure her through the obstacle, waving a jar of peanut butter in my hand (her favorite), while Tomas was on the other end of the obstacle. What's supposed to happen is that the owners leave the dog at one end of the obstacle, run to the other end, and start calling the dog. Well, the big dog before us broke part of the obstacle, and while the crew tried to repair it, they had Tomas waiting with Agatha, while I was already going to the other side of the obstacle.  Because of this delay, Tomas didn't get to my side in time and didn't make it on TV! Although he wasn't all that excited about appearing on TV,  he saw it as the exciting reward for waiting outside (yes, the studio was OUTSIDE, underneath a highway overpass) for two hours. Isn't it crazy how on TV everything seems to be a certain way, and when you get to see the reality it is SO different. In any case it was a cool experience and I'm glad we did it. Agatha did fabulously! She may just have been one of the most well-behaved and obedient dogs there. It was a proud (dog)parent moment, and we feel so blessed that she has been a part of our lives for the past three years :-)

As for Willy, he stayed at home since he gets nervous & stressed easily, but we left the TV on for him so he could watch his sister. Crazy dog parents? Maybe so. I don't care. I love it.

Happy Saturday! Oh, and USA, I'll see you in 5 days :-D

Friday, August 29, 2014

A Todo o Nada!

"A Todo o Nada" is an Argentine gameshow that I find myself tuning in to quite often. While I don't watch that much Argentine TV here, this show just sucks me in...... probably due to the incredibly entertaining host, Guido Kaczka.

On Fridays, they have a special dog segment on the show where they have to conquer a certain obstacle in order to win, for example, a LED TV.

Last weekend, Tomas filled out the little online form and sent in a photo to enter Agatha. We never thought that they would contact us, or at least not for a really long time. Well, on Monday, we received a call from "A Todo o Nada" inviting us to come to the show on Friday night (tonight!) with Agatha. Initially, I wanted to say no. When exciting opportunities present themselves, I typically want to retract back into my shell, but I felt put on the spot, and just said yes. I also knew that if I didn't say yes, Tomas wasn't going to go by himself. So, we're going.

Agatha is super excited and has spent the entire week training!
Just kidding. Really, Agatha has spent the week lying in bed, eating and socializing at the dog kennel.
Just livin' the life, as usual.

I think it will be fun to see what obstacle is in store for Agatha and how she reacts!

I'm also super excited to be in such close proximity to Guido Kaczka.  :-D

Wish us luck!
Hope everyone has a a wonderful weekend! xx

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Chicken Katsu Curry

I first learned about Chicken Katsu Curry when I heard Benji & Judy talk about it on their vlog, itsJudysLife. I didn't know exactly what it was, but I knew that it would be something I liked. A mix of Japanese and Indian flavors = my personal heaven. I decided to search for video recipes on YouTube instead of written recipes in hopes that I would better understand what exactly is Chicken Katsu Curry. As it turns out, Chicken Katsu Curry is a Japanese curry which is a staple dish not only in Japan, but in Japanese restaurants all over the world. Where have I been?

I found this simple (in terms of cooking skill level) and informative recipe from Vah Chef. The recipe was very easy to follow, but I have to warn you, it requires quite a bit of kitchen ware---lots of plates, bowls, pots & pans were used, which meant quite a bit of clean-up, but honestly it was worth it. Knowing that, this is definitely more of a weekend meal, considering the preparation & clean-up time. I didn't follow all of the measurements exactly....I ended up adding a little more of most of the ingredients in the sauce because I like my meals saucy, and I wanted to make sure I had enough sauce. Nothing drives me more crazy than a meal that lacks sauce, dressing, condiments, etc. There ended up being enough sauce for both Tomas & myself, plus some extra, which we ended up eating with the leftover rice the next day.

The only problem I had with making this recipe was that when I went to cut my fried chicken cutlets, the breaded coating started falling off. I'm not sure if this was because of how I fried them, for how long I fried them, or due to my dull cutting knife. I should also mention that I substituted the panko bread crumbs with regular breadcrumbs since that is what I had in the house. Any ideas on why the fried coating would fall off of the chicken?

Either way, the taste was on point. How can I say the taste was "on point" if I've never had chicken katsu curry before? I don't know, but it's what I would imagine a good chicken katsu curry to taste like. The mix of a little bit of sweet (the honey), a little bit of salt (the soy sauce) and a little bit of spice (the curry) is the kind of flavor combination that is right up my alley, or even better, right up my "stairway to heaven."  I WILL be making this again, and probably very soon. ;-)

Have you ever tried Chicken Katsu Curry before? 
Do you prefer Indian or Japanese curry?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Feriado Soleado

We have been fortunate enough to have had an extremely mild winter in Buenos Aires----very few cold and/or rainy days. Today we got even luckier when not only was it a holiday, but it was also in the mid 70s (F) and sunny! Tomas and I decided to take the pups to the park, lay out, and drink some mate. :-D

Wishing everyone a wonderful week!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Beauty Wish List

There's no Sephora in Argentina. There's no Ulta. There's no Blue Mercury. So, as you probably could have guessed, I have accumulated quite a bit of things on my beauty wish list over the past eight months (the last time I was in the US). I thought I'd share some of my "Most Wanted" items because......why not?

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick
The color range is so fun, with lots of different shades you don't see from most lipstick lines. There's a great mix of matte, metallic, shimmer & iridescent shades! You know I can never say no to shimmer.

Bumble & bumble  Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Range
This collection includes sulfate-free shampoo & conditioner which claim to give you that "I just left the salon" look. Really curious to see if this one lives up to the claims, because so far it's looking pretty amazing to me.

Sephora Collection Eyelash Curler
I've had the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler on my beauty wish list for a while because I had heard RAVE reviews about it, but apparently it is no longer sold in the US, so I took to Sephora and this curler seemed to get good reviews. Anyone try this, or have any suggestions for an eyelash curler?

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush
When these blushes first launched, it seemed like everywhere I looked, a beauty blogger was talking about these. Now the hype has subsided, but that doesn't necessarily mean these are any "lesser" than they used to be. All of the colors are beautiful, and I like the idea having a little highlight mixed into my blush.

it Cosmetics Bye, Bye Under Eye Corrector
Somehow my dark circles always manage to "shine" through to the surface, no matter what concealer I'm wearing (especially under my left eye, for some strange reason). Obviously, I need some heavy-duty stuff, so when I saw Amelia Liana review this corrector/concealer, it immediately got added to my list.

LORAC PRO Palette 2
Both of the Lorac palettes are known for being not only pigmented, but buttery & blendable as well! I'm honestly not sure which one I like better, but I think I'd like to try my hand at the latest edition. 

Stila "Stay All Day" Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
I turn 27 in one month, and I think it's time that I master the cat eye. But first, I must get myself a proper liquid liner. I've heard this one is user-friendly, which is a must when I'm looking to buy anything eyeliner-related.

NARS Audacious Lipsticks (yet to be released!)
I honestly can't believe how many new colors NARS has come out with! It's certainly overwhelming, but in a good way. From the swatches & reviews I have seen online, they look like a must for your makeup up bag. My favorite shades are the deeper brown & berry shades, as well as some of the MLBB shades.

NARS Audacious Lipsticks (Photo from Temptalia)

And who could forget the department store makeup brands?!

My Top Make-Up Counters to check out:
-Charlotte Tillbury (I don't think that there is a makeup counter for Charlotte Tillbury,
but they are now carrying the 'Filmstar Killer Cheekbones' Set at Nordstrom!)

* If you love all things makeup, and like to keep up with the latest and greatest launches, Temptalia is a website definitely worth checking out. She writes amazing review posts including detailed descriptions, swatches and dupes! In recent weeks/months, I've become a huge fan of the site!

Have you tried any of the above products? What items are currently on your beauty wish list?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hanging Laundry

When I was fifteen, I took a photography class and I remember one of the photos I took to submit for class was a photo of hanging laundry in my backyard. Apparently, I have a fascination with snapping photos of hanging laundry. Something so simple, that everyone does all over the world.
(Photos taken by me in Portugal, Uruguay and Argentina)

What are your favorite things to photograph?

Saturday, August 9, 2014

let the sun shine

We're having a really cold winter here in Buenos Aires...

But, it still is winter....hence why I am blinding you with my paleness. Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Happy Birthday, Wags :-)

I can't believe it's been three years since we adopted Agatha! 

August 6, 2011--- we arrived as two, left as three.
Photo from Proyecto 4 Patas

 <3 Happy Birthday to our little angel dropped from heaven <3