Posted by R. Ann Siracusa
For me, February 14, 2015, is going to be a very special Valentine's Day. I'll be celebrating this day dedicated to the ones we love in Buenos Aires, Argentina, home of the most romantic dance, the Tango.
The evening will begin as we arrive at a white villa on Murillo Street in the Villa Crespo District and enter the iLatina Restaurant. The interior may be dark and quiet or it may be bright and cheery—it can be both—but that doesn't matter. It's the experience that counts.
I think I'll order the seven course tasting special they're famous for. This is the menu.
▼Bread Basket – Banana bread, Chipá, Coconut bread, focaccia with olives and mixed seeds bread, with lime and pepper-flavored butter.
▼Appetizer – White corn aniseed arepas with spicy avocado mousse and chicharron. Patacon with hogao and goat cheese.
◄First Course- Toasted corn tortilla with beef cheek, Oaxacan Mole, and Mezcal marinated red onions.T.
▼Fifth Course – Braised pork in Colombian coffee and sugarcane reduction.
Sixth Course – Equadorian cacao truffle with sea salt and olive oil.
Seventh Course – Avocado and Aguardiente ice cream.
Typical Colombian coffee infused with cinnamon and cardamom, and Petit-Fours.
Even with reasonable portions, that's quite a meal. Afterward we'll have to take a long stroll before we go to a night club, see a tango show, and dance the tango all night.
But, alas, we will look more like an old version of Fernando Botero's painting than the dancers in the show.
I can't believe I'm really going. I leave tomorrow for Argentina and Antarctica. I'll be back March second.. May you have the best, most romantic Valentine's Day ever.