Beautiful India

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Globetrotter Heather Greenwood Davis compels us to visit beautiful India.

Read the entire article ‘Road Raves – Guide to India’ in Issue 9 of Dabble.

Eating Argentina

Heather Greenwood Davis takes a year to travel with her husband and two sons. Her adventure continues here in Argentina.

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I came for the culture. I figured I would learn to tango, marvel at the theatre and spend hours examining the art. My husband Ish wanted to wander the streets and attend the futbol (soccer) games.

And the kids? Well, they wanted to be in the hotel pool.

Ours is a family trip, which means that my vote is only one of four. And when you’re travelling with two kids under the age of 10, any adult split decision is deadly. The only place we could find true consensus: Meals.

And so we ate. Continuously. We’d wake with it on our mind at breakfast, wander aimlessly in search of lunch and be back in time for dinner. We knew limited Spanish— baños, gracias, amigo—but when it came to food the words we learned rolled off our tongues begging to be understood.

Dos chocolates caliente, gracias! Alfajores señora? Asado por favor? Café con leche? Every time we said it right we were rewarded with flavours. Who were we to ask them to stop?

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For me the culinary love affair started with the meat. Argentinean beef is among the best in the world. The beef is raised naturally. It is not grass-fed, it is grass raised. There’s a difference. Cattle wander at their leisure and avoid the force-fed grain and hormones of some North American products. The result: A happier steer and in turn a tastier steak.

I am a carnivore by nature. And if you enjoy meat like I do, this is your country. ‘Asado’ translates to barbecue but you should vanquish any images you have of hot dogs and burgers. This is a celebration of the animal with a feast to salute it. There are about seven courses to a meal and almost all of them involve meat. The animal is eaten almost tip to tail in a very specific progression. It is a serious affair. The cooking of it is precision-like and there are stalls in the market that sell personal sets comprised of a wooden plate, fork, steak knife and tin cup so that should you happen upon a barbecue you’ll be ready.

In restaurants, the menu can be three-quarters meat; it can also be four quarters Spanish but one whiff of a sizzling platter going past in the restaurant and you can speak the language.

“I’ll have what he’s having,” I say continuously in my best Spanish, which includes jabbing my finger discreetly in the direction of the table next door.

And the chefs and waitresses we encounter seem equally pleased by my enthusiasm even if my waistline is increasingly less impressive. It’s the one oxymoron of this place.

The food is delicious; the people are healthy and gorgeous.

Clad in high heels that click-clack down the cobblestone streets and trendy jackets and purses in gorgeous shades, they are almost always beautiful and they aren’t always 20.

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The couple performing the Tango in the square in San Telmo are a prime example. Dancing in the middle of the square surrounded by tourists and locals alike, they seem — once the music is on — completely unaware of our presence.

It’s part of what makes Buenos Aires such a sexy city. Unlike New York City, for example, the sexiness isn’t aimed at the young or even the young at heart. Age seems to be accepted and ignored. Women in their 60s exude as much radiance as those in their 20s—sometimes more.

I have a theory that this age acceptance is attributed to the good food they’re eating, but it could also be the clo thing. Almost everyone is wearing leather.

When I comment to my friend Maria that there are a lot of leather products on the women in the market of El Tigre, she doesn’t bat a lash, “We eat a lot of steak.” Touché.

The Adventure:
Globetrotting Mama, Heather Greenwood Davis, and her globetrotting family (husband Ish and sons Ethan, 9, and Cameron,6) are on a one-year adventure that will take them to more than 20 countries around the world.

Their stops in South America will also include Ecuador (Quito and the Galapagos Islands) and Colombia before they head on to hit spots in Asia, Australia, Africa and Europe.

Along the way Heather will be sharing insights from the world tour with Dabble Readers.

Follow Heather on her journey at: www.globetrottingmama.com