Second Annual Cocoa Beach Uncorked

Give your Sunday brunch a twist at the Second Annual Cocoa Beach Uncorked Food and Wine Festival!

The festival is taking place at Alan Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach, a popular spot for viewing space launches and surfing icons. A celebration of Central Florida’s most renowned chefs, restaurants, and breweries, Cocoa Beach Uncorked is a culinary showcase served with stellar Atlantic Ocean views. The event is the east coast sister of Clearwater Beach Uncorked, now in its seventh year and well-known as one of the best food, wine and craft beer festivals on Florida’s west coast.

Halston and I made our way to the festival on Saturday, stomachs and tastebuds ready, and we couldn’t have asked for better weather. Upon arrival, we quickly received our VIP badges, and a swag bag with a nifty little tray to hold our beer and food, along with a wine glass holder lanyard, which I may never take off.

Some of our favorite vendors included Two Henrys Brewing Company (I had two of their vanilla blueberry wheat!), Playalinda Brewing Company, San Sebastian Winery, Tequila Azul (I couldn’t enjoy their guac because I’m allergic to avocado, but their ceviche was so good!), Lord Hobo Brewing, Ohana J’s Steak & Seafood (their tuna poke was to die for!), Rising Tide Tap & Table (give me ALL the scallops), Florida Beer Company, and more!

Oh, and Halston was a huge fan of the inflatable furniture in the VIP Lounge.

If you’re interested in checking out the festival tomorrow, tickets are $55 per person, per day for general admission and $75 per person, per day for VIP access. All guests will receive a limited-edition wine glass, custom tote bag and enjoy the Grand Tasting Village with unlimited tastings from 1 to 4 p.m. Guests who purchase a VIP ticket will enjoy one-hour early admission to the Grand Tasting Village, where they will experience the Moet Chandon bubbly bar and find extra seating for relaxation and mingling. In addition to the Grand Tasting Village, the two-day event will feature a variety of VIP and interactive experiences, tastings, cooking demonstrations, and competitions between some of the area’s most notable and award-winning chefs and restaurants.

Make sure to share your experience on social media by tagging Cocoa Beach Uncorked on Twitter: @CocoaBchUncork, and Instagram: @CocoaBeachUncorked, and don’t forget to hashtag #COBU18.

Will I see you there tomorrow? Go! Make a beach day out of it! 



Fri(yay) Lovin’ #19

*Puts on glasses, brushes off dust from laptop, cracks fingers, and begins to type*

Hi friends! How have you been?

As 90 percent of my blog posts, I’ll begin this one acknowledging my prolonged absence. In the time since you last heard from me, I became an aunt once again, was promoted at work, have been figuring out ways to become more involved in the Central Florida community, have spent evenings devouring books, courtesy of the Orange Country Library System, and have eaten way too many blueberries (more than I care to admit, anyway).


The past few months have been a whirlwind, but life is good. Can’t complain. But enough catching up, and let’s dive in to this week’s Fri(yay) Lovin’ where I share some of the things that are making my heart glow this week. As always, I’d love to hear from you, and the things you’re loving this week!

Royally Obsessed Podcast: For the British monarch aficionado, I introduce you to Royally Obsessed, a royal-family-focused podcast that explores “the highs and lows in Buckingham palace, and everything you need to know for high tea.” Hosts Kaitlin Menza and Lisa Ryan take listeners on a wild ride, featuring segments such as the royal cocktail of the week, royal history, and the latest in royal news and gossip (tons of hot goss on Meghan and Harry, my two best friends in the world). I will say, that this podcast is different from the ones I usually listen to, and it is not as well-researched and executed as others, but it truly feels like I’m listening to friends speculating on the lives of a powerful family, with the limited information that is made available to all.


Lilac Girls and The Alice Network: I’ve loosely been following Reese’s Book Club on Instagram, and checking out the books she features once they’re available at the library, and these two books have been my favorite so far. Both books were inspired by real events and real people. The first book, intertwines the lives of three women during the Second World War: Caroline Ferriday, a New York socialite working at the French consulate, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager taken to Ravensbrück concentration camp, and Herta Oberhauser, an ambitious German doctor. Caroline and Herta were real people (their stories have been editorialized a bit), and Kasia was inspired by a Ravensbrück survivor. The Alice Network, is a historical fiction novel, about a young woman recruited into the real-life Alice Network in France during the First World War. The main character, Eve Gardiner, works alongside Alice Dubois, a pseudonym for Louise de Bettignies (Louise was an actual secret agent who spied on the Germans during WWI!), the leader of the Alice Network. I loved both of these books because of the strong female heroine leads, and was moved by the choices they made in order to carry their missions along.


Earthwise Reusable Mesh Produce Bags: Somewhere between the number of global warming videos on my newsfeed leading up to Earth Day, and the article of the sperm whale that swallowed 64 pounds of garbage, I became incredibly aware that I was not doing enough to lead a sustainable lifestyle. In the past few weeks, we’ve begun recycling (we recycled once in a while, but it wasn’t a priority), we use reusable bags at the grocery store, and have made small changes, including purchasing reusable produce bags. We visit the Winter Garden Farmers Market almost every Saturday, and I’ve noticed the number of plastic bags that we bring home, carrying tomatoes, potatoes, garlic, fruits, onions, asparagus, and more. I decided to purchase the Earthwise brand on Amazon and haven’t regretted the choice. The bags are light enough that they do not add extra weight on the scale, and it comes with nine bags of varying sizes. We still have a ways to go in changing our ways at home, but this is a good start!


Hope you all have a great weekend! I’m excited to hit up Cocoa Beach Uncorked on Saturday and possibly Barre In The Park on Sunday (I’m still on the fence about that, as I’ve attended barre classes in the past and wasn’t a huge fan). 

Long live HRH Prince Louis of Cambridge!



Fri(yay) Lovin’ #18

Hola, amigos! Am I the only one thrilled about it being February? Last month felt like forever! I am very excited for this month, because I was able to snag tickets to the Museum of Ice Cream Miami and because Halston and I will be celebrating Valentine’s Day at Leu Gardens with an outdoor concert featuring Ricky & the Buzzcatz, which played at a New Year’s event we attended a few years back.

I hope all of you had a productive week and that your weekend proves to be super relaxing (unless, you’re planning to watch the Super Bowl, which I just found out is this weekend… go, sports!). Ours is looking pretty uneventful, with a haircut on Saturday morning by the fabulous Erin, who I hope will be able to breathe some life into my rat’s nest, and church on Sunday. Living my best life over here!

Before the day gets away from us, let’s dive in to Fri(yay) Lovin’, a list of things making me happy dance this week!

Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Dry: Because I lack the patience to wander around  cosmetic stores and shop around, my skin care regimen has been the same for years — go to Walgreens, grab a bottle of Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer, and go home. I wasn’t particularly fond of the moisturizer because it’s consistency felt like I was rubbing shampoo on my face, but it was affordable, easy and it protected me from the sun. Fast-forward to earlier this month, when my dry face began to peel after being exposed to this never-ending cold front, and Aveeno was just not working. I put on my big girl pants and ventured to Ulta during my lunch break, to test out lotions and quickly fell in love with Philosophy’s Renewed Hope in a Jar Dry. The lightweight, whipped moisturizer felt like a tall glass of water to my skin the second I tested it out and the scent wasn’t overpowering. I’ve been using it twice a day now for a month and totally swear by it! My face has never felt smoother — go ahead, I DARE you to touch it!


Conair Extreme Steam GS54: I have been madly in love with my stepmom’s Conair steamer for a while, but I never bought one because I felt like it wasn’t a necessity of ours. That is, until I tried ironing a long dress and almost lost my mind. In my struggle, I looked like an infomercial fail.

She kindly let me borrow her steamer while we were in Puerto Rico this past December, and a week after returning to Orlando, I was in line at Bed Bath & Beyond, purchasing our very own. The steamer is easy to use, with two heat settings, an auto shut-off feature and it is self-standing. It only weighs eight pounds, so it is perfect to pack in my luggage during trips so that I never, ever have to use a hotel room iron ever again (I’ve stained, burned my clothes in the past because of faulty irons while traveling!).


MeUndies: It seems as if every podcast I listen to is sponsored by MeUndies, a line of “feel good” underwear, lounge-wear and apparel. Curious about the brand’s “softer than soft” underwear, I ordered Halston and I a matching pair of boxer shorts and boy-shorts in December and again in January (if you’re curious, we have the Space Cadet and the Taco Love prints) . I’ll try to spare the details of my euphoric happiness upon my butt touching the fabric, but the fabric felt luxuriously soft on my skin and I can’t go back to my previous life. The Micro-Modal fabric that the underwear is made from is three times softer than cotton, shrink resistant, moisture wicking, and holds color better than cotton. All this to say that I’ll be wearing these until I’m old and decrepit because that’s how long they’ll last.

Check out my unique URL and receive 20 percent off your first purchase:, trust me, your butt will thank you.

Have a lovely weekend! 


Savannah, ooh-na-na

Happy New Year!

Wait… is saying “happy new year” 23 days into the new year still a thing? Asking for a friend.

How have you been? Not much has changed since we last spoke apart from breaking my toe. Oh, and I stopped biting my nails after 26 years so that’s a major milestone for me!

Between work-related trips to South Florida, out-of-state weddings, and visiting family in Puerto Rico, it’s felt like I’ve been living out of my suitcase for the past two months. But I’m here now and that’s all that matters!

Over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, Halston and I traveled to Savannah because we both had the immense pleasure of being in my brother’s bridal party. Let’s take a second to admire how adorable Alex and Stefanie were that weekend: (pics by Chelsea Renay)


We arrived on Saturday for the wedding rehearsal at Harper Fowlkes House and a delicious lunch at Collins Quarter, followed by a massage at Milan Day Spa with the bride, while the boys split off and went to Abe’s on Lincoln, an Abraham-Lincoln themed tavern where guests doodle pictures of the former president and tape them around the bar.

Why are our husbands so artistically inclined?

Being back in Savannah reminded Halston and I of the fun we had in December, so we decided to share some of our favorite places with you!

Where we laid our heads to rest:

Our Airbnb was located on Tattnall Street, just a short walk from Forsyth Park. The loft had a queen bed, a day bed, a full kitchen, washer/dryer and internet.


Parking situation:

In order to avoid exorbitant parking fees around town, we purchased a visitor parking pass during our trip.



  • Coffee Fox
  • Back in the Day Bakery
  • Cafe M Savannah: I’d like to give this little French spot a shout-out for crafting the most delicious salmon quiche we’ve ever had in our lives. We went back in January, and I’m thinking breakfast at Cafe M needs to be a monthly thing from now on… hey, it’s only four hours away from Orlando! 

Lunch and Dinner:

  • Huc-A-Poos Bites & Booze
  • Savannah Seafood Shack
  • Flying Monk Noodle Bar
  • The Olde Pink House: The first time I visited Savannah with my friends, we couldn’t get a dinner reservation earlier than 9:00 p.m., so making a reservation weeks ahead was crucial. Serving delicious and inventive Southern food, the restaurant didn’t win me over because of their very, very mouthwatering flounder, but through their collared greens and grits — two sides I absolutely hate, but couldn’t get enough of at the Olde Pink House! I couldn’t believe it! We went back for lunch two days later without a reservation and walked right in.

Miscellaneous Nomz:

  • In Vino Veritas Wine Bar
  • Leopold’s Ice Cream
  • Six Pence Pub
  • Savannah Bee Company: While we already have a Savannah Bee Company location at Disney Springs and I’m already familiar with their products, our location doesn’t offer mead tastings, so we had to stop by! Previous to this experience,  I had no idea that there were so many varieties of mead, ranging from sparkling to semi-sweet to sweet, or that the ABV was so high!

Fun stuff:

  • Forsyth Park
  • Colonial Park Cemetery and Bonaventure Cemetery
  • Tybee Island Light Station and Museum 
  • Paris Market & Brocante: This store, and adjacent cafe, are basically what the inside of every girl’s head looks like. I wanted to live there.
  • City Market: While “touristy” and somewhere I’d avoid, we strolled around City Market early in the day and found a place to sit down and sketch (my sketches were atrocious), people watch and enjoy peach sangrias from Cafe at City Market.
  • E. Shaver, Bookseller: Savannah’s oldest (and cutest!) bookstore, and historic landmark commemorating Halston’s most severe sneeze attack, courtesy of the two cats who live in the shop.
  • Wormsloe Historic Site (Wormsloe Plantation): This state historic site was established by one of Georgia’s founders, Noble Jones. Here we saw the ruins of his family home, a museum and a demonstration area interpreting colonial life. Honestly, we would’ve paid just to drive down the oak tree “scenic tunnel.”
  • Haunted Pub Crawl with Ghost City Tours: I had previously gone on an incredibly fun haunted pub crawl in Savannah with Tara Haunted Tours, and Halston had recently gone on one in New Orleans during a bachelor party, so we had high hopes for this one. Unfortunately, the cold weather kept most of the would-be attendees away, so it ended up being us two, another couple, and the world’s corniest tour guide. I feared that Halston and I would have a permanent eye-roll following the tour.
  • Chippewa Square: Forrest Gump made Chippewa Square famous in the scene he is sitting on a bench, waiting for the bus. Unfortunately, the bench was a prop and has since been placed in the Savannah History Museum, so Halston and I moped around the square for a good five seconds and then took a picture sitting on the ground where the bench once sat. Forrest Gump fans can visit Debi’s Restaurant, the diner where “Jenny’s” character worked.

Have you been to Savannah before? Did we miss anything? 


Family Trip to Columbus, Georgia

Happy Hump Day!

Hope your week has been productive so far. Mine has involved a lot of working out, shoveling kale into my mouth and wondering why I’m still 157 pounds despite my effort to lose weight so that I don’t have to buy new clothes. Same old, same old!

Over the weekend, Halston and I visited my sister and her husband  for their daughter’s first birthday. The drive wasn’t terrible and thankfully, Scout slept the whole way. Because we assumed their house in Fort Benning would be swarming with people, coming in and out all weekend, we decided to stay at an Airbnb.

Now, I’ve only ever had one terrible Airbnb experience in Los Angeles, so I’m very trusting when I️ book accommodations. The one I️ chose was pet-friendly and looked eclectic from the pictures. The host waived the pet fee for the weekend and it was also minutes from uptown Columbus, which my sister said was a cute area so there was no question about it. I️ booked it.

When we arrived at 1:30 a.m., we were greeted by a run-down duplex which would be our home for the weekend. We swung open squeaky the chain link gate and unlocked the door…


The room we walked in to happened to be the owner’s bedroom, which is where we were going to sleep, however, it wasn’t the normal clean, neutral Airbnb bedroom. The owner’s clothes and shoes were hung up on the wall on his makeshift closet and every shelf was coated in a thick layer of dust. His personal belongings, including pills, bills and a glass cup holding various pairs of sex dice, were all over the home, which made it seem as if he currently lived at the duplex and had stepped out for us to stay there over the weekend.

Don’t worry. I thoroughly washed my hands after taking this picture.

The shower wasn’t the cleanest, the tub was too close to the toilet and I’m pretty sure our bed sheets hadn’t been washed, but at that point we were too tired to care.

If you were lucky enough to watch my Snapchat story about the Airbnb, you’re welcome. If you weren’t, I’m sorry but I️ forgot to save the videos. You’ll just have to imagine the state of disarray that this house was in. I have to give our host props though, for angling the pictures on Airbnb well enough that his mess was hidden from view. Very slick.

The next morning we ventured out with Scout and wandered around uptown Columbus.


Check out this majestic picture Halston took of Scout!

We walked around the Chattahoochee RiverWalk, a 22-mile walking and biking trail.

For those who love the outdoors, there’s a white water rafting tour company right off of the river, as well as zip-lines over the riverWe eventually veered off the trail and ended up at Market Days on Broadway, a weekly crafts, home goods and produce market, and a massive crowd anxiously waiting a parade to go by. We stopped at Iron Bank Coffee Companya coffee shop located in the historic Iron Bank Building, for a quick pick-me-up before heading back to the Airbnb.

We quickly changed and headed out to Fort Benning for my niece’s birthday and had a great time hanging out with family!

The funniest picture I took all weekend.
Second funniest picture I took all weekend.

After the party, we hung out at my sister’s house watching movies and the last episode of Stranger Things 2 because my brother-in-law is a slacker (this will be the third time I’ve watched Stranger Things 2…).

On Sunday, we went on another walk around the RiverWalk and enjoyed breakfast at My Boulange, a cute French bakery and cafe in uptown Columbus. If you ever find yourself in the area, make this cafe a stop on your trip. It was delicious! They might’ve won me over before I even ate because they were playing Christmas music by the outside tables. It was magical.

We checked out of our sketchy Airbnb and grabbed lunch with everyone at Ruth Anne’s Restaurant, a diner known for it’s incredibly unhealthy all-day breakfast options like Cap’n Crunch French Toast and breakfast burgers. I opted for a BLT.

We bid adieu to the fam and headed back to Orlando.

Scout, the back seat driver.

Can’t wait for all of us to be reunited in Savannah for my brother’s wedding!

Have a great rest of the week! 


Fri(yay) Lovin’ #17

Happy weekend! Can you believe it is already November and we are 52 days from CHRISTMAS? Time is flying by!

And yes, I’ve already begun listening to “A Very She & Him Christmas.” 

And speaking of time flying by…

This weekend is a special one, as we are heading to Georgia to celebrate my niece’s first birthday! I can’t wait to see my sister and her little family. We last saw them in May, during my birthday dinner, when they had moved back from Hawaii. It is so nice to have them stateside and now that they’re settled in to their new home, we can see each other more often!

Noisy gift inside!

Okay, before I continue rambling on about my family, let’s get through another installment of Fri(yay) Lovin’, a weekly (but really, whenever I feel like it) list of the things that I’m loving this week!

Sleep With Me – The Podcast That Puts You To Sleep: After binge watching the second season of Stranger Things last Friday night through early Saturday morning, I found myself with my heart racing, a million questions (what happened to the demodog in Joyce’s freezer?!) and unable to fall asleep. As I laid in bed staring up at the fan and occasionally at the door (keeping an eye out for Demogorgons), I remembered a sleeping podcast my husband had mentioned once, so I typed “sleep” unto the podcast app and “Sleep With Me” popped up. The thrice-weekly podcast is hosted by soft-spoken, rambling host Drew Ackerman, who spends about twenty minutes introducing the podcast’s sponsors before diving in to the story.  The last thing I remember was Ackerman mentioning ZipRecruiter before dozing off and waking up hours later. It worked perfectly, however, it did not stop me from having terrifying dreams of walking through the halls of Hawkins Lab, flickering lights and all.

Malala’s Magic Pencil: As you may or may not be aware, I enjoy buying children’s books for any future son or daughter that I may have. I do not have a desire to have a child any time soon, but it is never too early to begin building a library! I enjoy reading and hope to one day pass along my love for books. A few months back, Malala Yousafzai, the 20-year-old Pakistani activist who made headlines in 2012 when a Taliban gunman attempted to murder her,  tweeted out a link to pre-order her new children’s book. I devoured her book “I Am Malala,” back when it came out in 2013, so of course I pre-ordered “Malala’s Magic Pencil.” In the story, Malala wishes for a magic pencil which she could use to make her life more pleasant, but then she begins to think about the needs of the people around her and how she could improve their lives through magic. For parents interested in purchasing the book for their kids, she does touch on her attempted murder in a gentle way by simply saying, “My voice became so powerful that the dangerous men tried to silence me. But they failed.” The illustrations are beautiful and the story full of compassion. I highly recommend the book to parents looking to introduce their children to inspirational figures.


Beyond Stranger Things: Ha-ha! You really thought you were going to make it through this post without me casually mentioning Stranger Things at least one more time? Modeled after AMC’s Talking Dead, Beyond Stranger Things is a Stranger Things after-show that dissects the popular Netflix series over seven episodes and is filled with behind-the-scenes information. The show is hosted by Jim Rash (yes! Dean Craig Pelton from Community) and features Stranger Things cast members. If you haven’t gotten enough of the sci-fi series (…and I know you haven’t), make sure to add this to your Netflix queue because it is a loooooooooooooooooooong wait for season three!

Any books and/or shows that I should check out to fill the void Stranger Things left in my heart? 


Buenos Aires, The Land of the Tango

Buenos dias from Buenos Aires!

Just kidding. Thanks to Timehop, I’ve just now realized that it’s been a year since I went to Buenos Aires, which reminded me that I’ve had this blog post saved as a draft for months.

I’m never going to become a popular blogger, am I? Eh, I’ll live.

Last November I flew down to Buenos Aires to work with a public relations agency that would help connect me with media outlets there. I met with valuable media throughout my week there and blah, blah, blah you’re not interested in the boring aspects of my life. Moving on!

I had the rare opportunity to extend my trip some additional days so I booked an Airbnb and was able to explore the city over the weekend.

Where I laid my head down to rest: 

During the work week, I stayed at the Esplendor Palermo Soho, a trendy, contemporary boutique hotel in the Palermo, the largest neighborhood in Buenos Aires. The hotel reviews are pretty much hit or miss. I had no issues with my room except not being able to sleep well at night because of the commotion in the street. I quickly learned that Argentinians love their car horns and have no regard for my sanity. My stay included Wi-Fi (which was terrible) and breakfast, which is where I discovered how delicious a factura con dulce de leche is.

Like I previously mentioned, I stayed at an Airbnb close to the US Embassy in Argentina, also in the Palermo area. The hosts were incredibly sweet and made my stay spectacular with amazing Wi-Fi, recommendations for things to do around the area and complimentary champagne. I was completely enamored with the apartment and would definitely return.

I stayed in Palermo, visited Recoleta (which is gorgeous) and Retiro (which is like Times Square and I hated it).

How I got around: 

1. Walking.

2. Uber Argentina: While I was there, Uber was only open to people with foreign credit cards, like myself while people who actually live in Argentina couldn’t sync their credit cards to the app. It was very weird, but all of my Uber experiences were enjoyable, even the one I took at 1:00 a.m. from a tango show.

3. Radio Taxi: I only took this on my way to the airport because Uber drivers are wary of driving there. The ride wasn’t terrible but it was expensive.

4. I took the bus one day with the agency I hired because we couldn’t get a taxi or an Uber and the experience was bearable. They also have a underground subway (the Subte) which I did not use because subways freak me out.


The weather was in the 90s for the most part although it rained one night, and for two days straight the temperature dropped to the 50s and I was not adequately packed/dressed for that.


You tip 10% and it has to be in cash because you cannot add it to your final bill. I found that debit and credit cards with chips had issues working there; my debit card didn’t even work at the supermarket. I ran out of cash very quickly and walked to every single bank in Recoleta, trying to withdraw cash. The bank that ended up working for me was HSBC and the ATM at the Four Seasons. International banks in the area include Santander and Citibank.


I always use WhatsApp for international travel and for speaking with international clients. If you’re saving an Argentinian’s cellphone number to message them through WhatsApp, make sure to input the country code which is +54 and then add the number.


Before I list off the places that I ate at, I’d like to share with you some of the things I learned while dining out:

1. There are no fast food restaurants in Buenos Aires and if there are, I missed all of them. As a solo traveler on the go, it was very inconvenient having to go to a sit down restaurant each time I got hungry. I actually found ONE McDonald’s after a very tiring day and gave in. At the time, those were the most glorious fries I had ever tasted.

2. Restaurants charge you for your eating utensils! All of my receipts had a small service charge for them. Would they have charged me had I brought my own fork and knife? Could I have kept the utensils after my meal? So many unanswered questions!

3. Restaurants often close after the lunch rush and reopen at 8:00 p.m. and if you show up to dinner at that time, you’ll find yourself to be the only person at the restaurant, like I was on more than one occasion (ahem, loser). Argentinians can go out to dinner anytime between 10 p.m. and midnight and follow that up with bar hopping and surprisingly, bowling until 7 a.m. New York isn’t the “city that never sleeps.” It is Buenos Aires.

In comparison to other food I’ve had in Latin America, I found Argentinian cuisine to be quite bland. But the restaurants that I went to were decentnough that I would return if I ever found myself in Buenos Aires:

1. La Pescadorita

2. La Dorita

3. Miranda Cafe

4. Grill Dandy

5. Mooi

6. Sushi Pop – (Pad Thai was really good!)

7. Pizza Gresca – (Their flatbreads are quite tasty)


8. The Four Seasons – (I hosted a media lunch here, the food was AMAZING.)

9. Boulan Bakery – (Do yourself a favor and order everything in sight. My Airbnb’s building had a Boulan on the lower level and it was the best/worst thing that could’ve happened to me)


10. Santísima Cervecería


Fun stuff: 

You can’t go to Argentina and not go to a tango show at a tangueria. I went to two, one with a coworker who happened to be in the same city as me that night and one with the PR agency I was working with.

The first, La Ventana was located in a small, intimate venue. The price of admission included wine, a three-course meal and the show. Since most of the guests visiting tanguerias are tourists, La Ventana picks the guests up at their hotel, so we did not have to worry about transportation (the hotel my coworker was staying at was one of their partner hotels; they don’t pick you up from any hotel). Dinner was at 8:30 p.m. and the show began around 10:00 p.m. and ran until midnight. I had never seen a live tango performance and quickly fell in love with the dance, the intimacy between the dancers and their gorgeous costumes. The night culminated with a powerful performance of “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” in Spanish and with images of Maria Eva Duarte De Peron (known as Eva or Evita) projected in the background.


The second, La Piazzola Tango, was a similar dinner-show concept except the venue was a huge theater in the basement of a shopping center.

I’ve watched Evita once and have belted out the Madonna song countless of times, but I had never thought about Eva as a real person before. So of course, one of my first stops on my time off was to visit the Evita Museum. Turns out Eva was sort of a bad-ass, a pioneer for women’s rights in Argentina and through her efforts, women were granted the power to vote. The museum is located inside a building that Eva had turned into a rehabilitation shelter for women and children with no resources.

I then made the trek to the Recoleta Cemetery to find Eva’s tomb. The cemetery is huge, spanning at 14 acres and it contains many elaborate mausoleums. I had never seen anything like it and spent about two hours wandering around admiring the architecture.

Like a typical tourist, I visited the MALBA (I came for the art but stayed for the excellent Wi-Fi) and saw a Frida Khalo painting, stopped at the Buenos Aires Japanese Gardens (which were relaxing but kind of underwhelming) and walked around the Eco-Park which used to be a zoo. From what I read, the zoo was to be turned into an ecological park and the animals to be relocated to sanctuaries, but when I visited, there were still plenty of animals there, not exactly pleased with the 90 degree weather. I saw bears, drenched in sweat with no water to swim or play in and elephants who looked distressed. I’m not a Blackfish-Close-Down-The-Zoo type of person but that eco-park should be closed down. The conditions those animals were in were inhumane and it broke my heart.

One of my favorite places to visit was the Rosedal De Palermo, the most famous park in the Palermo neighborhood with a collection of over 18,000 roses of diverse color. I couldn’t get over how beautiful everything looked and smelled!

Speaking of flowers, I visited the Floralis Generica, a giant flower sculpture made of steel and aluminum which “blossoms” each morning and closes its petals at sunset.

Thanks to a Buzzfeed list of bookstores, I found myself walking one afternoon to El Ateneo Grand Splendid, a theater turned bookstore.

On my last day there, I headed to the San Telmo Fair which takes place every Sunday. San Telmo is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires and the fair features unique artisans and antiques. There were hundreds of booths at every turn and had my feet not been killing me for walking on cobblestone all afternoon, I would’ve stayed until closing time. I ended up buying origami cranes on strings and origami earrings (don’t ask me why, I’ve never been into origami but the paper she used was gorgeous). I was told by my Uber driver to watch for pick-pockets there but I found the experience relatively safe.

I enjoyed visiting Buenos Aires and hope to return to Argentina soon. The people were so friendly and the architecture dreamy!

Have you been to Argentina? What did you do?