12 hours in Ouro Preto

Having taken the time to investigate the Belo Horizonte bus station yesterday I knew which ticket office I needed to go to buy my ticket to Ouro Preto, with buses every half hour I took the calculated risk of not needing to pre book my ticket. I did however pre purchase my ticket from Ouro…

Comida tailandesa com amigos

Having spent the morning exploring Belo Horizonte’s market I felt it was only fair that I should return a favour to Marilia for so kindly showing me around her home town. Marilia used to live in London and really missed international foods, so while we were the market I looked to see what produce there…

The Minas touch

The market in Belo Horizonte is a maze of shops and stalls one that I was very happy to have a local showing me around, I didn’t need the help navigating so much but more to help explain the local produce and to talk with some of the shop keepers when she found something specifically…

Pao de queijo

The first impression I had of Belo Horizonte had been gleaned the moment I stepped out of the taxi into the tropical feeling downtown, the pedestrian street where my hostel was located was not far away, the pretty cobbled street was lined with boutiques and the pedestrians on it looked approachable, perhaps the perfect scene…

Beautiful horizon

My stomach turned a little as the plane was touching down into Belo Horizonte, I sat uneasily in my airplane seat, the seatbelt wasn’t too tight, the tray was stowed and the seat was in an upright position. The flight had been smooth into and out of the transit stop in San Paolo and really…

Mas Mollejas

From the little blue dot on my screen google maps had me in the right place, I had followed the directions correctly, navigated the traffic and crossed over the almost subterranean La Canada river to reach this road running parallel. The street was a little non-descript, but was clean and well kept, I had assumed…

Grabbing the bull by the horns

Travelling in a place where the food culture is simple and uninspiring is a two edged sword, it is liberating in a way and disheartening in another. The liberation comes in the form of freedom, I am free from the relentless research and planning I undertake to try and ensure that I have every opportunity…

Córdoba

Argentina’s second city isn’t a particularly compelling place, sure it’s an interesting city to spend some time, Argentina’s first university was built here, and littered around town there are some grand facades and many old university buildings to look at, a good free walking tour is available that helps to give some local context to…

Goloso

Argentina’s sweet heart is powered by two tooth numbing sweet items, representative of the two largest immigrant groups that settled the country, the Spanish and more recently the Italians. The Spanish brought dulce de leche with them at some point and the Argentinians have grabbed it, clasped it tightly to their chests and run with…

Grandma style

Intentional distressed walls and doors, classic original floors and simple hearty food designed to be shared communally, this restaurant is aiming for nostalgia with an Argentine country kitchen sort of feel. Part of the nostalgia feel of the place is lost on me, but I love the concept, the idea that everyone enjoys hearty simple…

Mendoza

The road through the vineyards is a dusty tan coloured, if I scuff my feet a little the light breeze whisked the ensuing scuffle away towards the vines nearby. The ground underneath the vines smells earthy and moist, the clumps of grass and rustic poles suspending the vines remind me that this vineyard is an…

Pan American cuisine

Sitting inside a restored traditional house in the Villa Crespo district of Buenos Aires I was pretty sure I had made a good choice for dinner. The napkins were well starched and folded crisply, the tables poorly lit and simply decorated, the walls were tastefully decorated with a few features to catch the eye. The…