January 31, 2010

We had a really special night last night. I don’t know if it was special for our hosts, our Argentinean friends who live across the street and invited us over for a night of tapas, but we had a blast.  (Thank you Carina and Lisandro!!).  With our own adjustments to Brazil, it was nice to hear about other people’s experience living internationally, their adventures in Lima, Peru, Columbus, OH, and now Sao Paulo–it was illuminating.  Their eleven-year-old son was extremely charming, and totally, impressively fluent in three languages.

Scott and I needed to get out of our heads a little bit, and it was just great to have smart conversation about books and movies and our favorite television shows, the differences between Stewart and Colbert and the benefits of the iPad, or the shortcomings (turns out not everyone is as crazy about it as I am).  Where to travel and why most furniture should be bought at Ikea (what are the chances you’re going to like what you buy for longer than a couple of years? as Lisandro said, unless it’s a really special, iconic piece of furniture.)

And the food.  From the sangria (white and then red) to the cheese and bread, all the way to the end it was delicious.  Carina and Lisandro had just come back from Rio where they ate at our favorite Tapas restaurant on Rua Dias Ferreira, Venga!, and tried to recreate some of their meal there.  They made delicious stuffed peppers, cheesy and bubbling in homemade tomato sauce, and then the octopus dish from Venga! that was tender and had crispy potatoes.  I’m so impressed that they tackled making octopus.  I forget exactly what they said about how to prepare it, but it was something like, “you have to beat it and scare it.”  You literally have to beat it against the ground and then dip the tips of the tentacles in the boiling water so the muscles relax.  Wild.  It was awesome.  We ended the meal close to 1.30am with more laughter and chocolate mouse with olive oil and flaky salt.  Heavenly.  Just perfect.

I only wish our apartment was bigger so we could repay the hospitality and invite them over here as well.


One Response to “Tapas!”

  1. Carina said

    Best thank you note that I had receive and read in my life. We had a great time! Thank you for coming and share a dinner with us.

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