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Dad, Argentina, and the Best Steak I Ever Had

 

Growing up, I couldn’t wait for Sunday night. That’s when my father would cook dinner. My mother was an extraordinary person –a Master’s degree from USC, a member of the Red Cross team that followed Patton’s Third Army through Europe during World War II – but the woman could barely boil rice. Our weekly menu usually revolved around Swanson’s Salisbury steak frozen dinners and canned chop suey. But on Sundays, everything changed. Dad would don his grease-stained apron, flash his special set of stainless-steel tongs, and throw a couple of thick porterhouse steaks on the backyard grill. Oh, how this man loved a great steak. And his steaks were the best steaks I ever had in my life.

That is … until I went to Argentina.

I had arrived in Buenos Aires several years ago with moderate jet lag and a major appetite. I purposely hadn’t eaten in almost 24 hours so I would be significantly hungry and might actually finish an early dinner – something I don’t do very well the older I get. I asked around and chose the nearest parilla with the best reputation: Los Remolinos on Calle Sulpacha in Retiro. “Great steaks – what’s more …” But I stopped everyone right there. The other reasons didn’t matter. I knew steaks were legend in this corner of the planet and that’s what I wanted. A steak. A great steak.

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They gather in Buenos Aires’ Plaza de Mayo every Thursday at 3:00. They wear white kerchiefs and tie them onto the iron fence that surrounds the plaza. Some carry flags and banners; others attach signs to the fence. And they have been doing this for over 40 years. These are the Madres de la Plaza […]

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Hillary Rodham Clinton, former First Lady of the United States of America, now seeks to become the forty-fifth President of the United States of America – and the first woman to hold that office. Surely this must be a historic moment in the world. Ah, but no: Hillary Clinton is far from the first First […]

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I’m going to venture out and say a few positive words about President Obama’s trip to Latin America last week, as paradoxical as it was. For the record, I’ve been a consistent critic (see here) of the president’s foreign policy, particularly, in Latin America. I find his false premise for opening up relations with Cuba – […]

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Sitting here reading about the current collapse of Venezuela while watching the snowmageddon through the window, makes me think of preparation. Not just the tarp I forgot to stake down, my thoughts drift to general preparedness and then I recalled an article I read years ago. It is a vivid first hand description of life in […]

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An opposition candidate who was the former mayor of Buenos Aires has won the Argentinian presidential election in a run-off: Mr Macri promises to set Latin America’s third biggest economy on a more free-market course after a combined 12 years of leftist populism under Mrs Kirchner and her late husband and predecessor, Nestor Kirchner. Preview Open

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I don’t follow news from Latin America that closely, but recent conversations on Ricochet prompted me to take a look. If the rest of the world is going somewhere in a hand basket, to the point that plans for fortress America start getting dusting off, then it seems worthwhile to be aware of developments on […]

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