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Chocolate Banana Bread | Budín de Bananas

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No matter where we live, my favorite comfort recipe is chocolate banana bread. It has to be the most simple and quick dessert to prepare. After bringing a loaf to a get-together in Buenos Aires, the girls asked me to e-mail the recipe in Spanish. It took me a while to get around to translating it, but I finally sent it out. Please let me know if you make it!

Special thanks to my friend Melissa who is the world’s best banana bread baker. The following English and Spanish translations were inspired by a recipe on Elise.com.

No importa donde viviamos, mi comida favorita que me hace muy comoda es el budín de chocolate y banana. El budín tiene que ser el postre mas sencillo y mas rapido para preparar. Despues de llevar un budín para una fiesta en Buenos Aires, las chicas alla me pidieron por la receta por e-mail. Me tardé por traducirla, pero finalmente la envié. Por favor, avisame si lo haces. 🙂

Gracias a mi amiga que se llama Melissa quien es la mejor chef de budín de bananas y chocolate. La receta que viene fue una inspiración por una receta de Elise.com.

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Visiting Mendoza

Our epicurean friends J. and N. from Washington, DC, recently visited. We suggested a trip to Mendoza since we knew they’d enjoy a weekend of wine tasting with the backdrop of the Andes. As fans of Malbec, we had also wanted to visit for a while. The four of us took the autobus Andesmar in cama suite class. Andesmar’s service was excellent.

Our trip was very enjoyable thanks to Emir, the owner of Bohemia Boutique Hotel in Mendoza city. Emir and his staff ensured that we were comfortable and occupied all weekend. For those with basic Spanish skills, Emir speaks both English and Spanish fluently.

 

We recommend staying in the year-old hotel, which offers affordable and stylish lodging. It’s also two blocks away from a strip of restaurants and bars and two blocks from the city park.

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Enrolling at University of Buenos Aires

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I have been very satisfied with the three classes I’ve taken at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), if you are interested in taking spanish classes in BA. If you are self motivated and speak up in class, you should do well. I consider the price to be reasonable, especially because the price lowers for returning students. Eight week or sixteen week classes are offered.

On the day of registration, when you arrive, queue up in a long line starting in the entryway. A professor will give you a form to fill out and send you into a larger room to your right to take a placement test. There is a cafeteria there if you want an espresso or cafe con leche. After you finish the test, you can give it to the instructors at the center table, and one of them will grade the exam and talk to you to measure your proficiency.

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Safety in Buenos Aires

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Buenos Aires dwellers are some of the friendliest and brashest people (in a good way) you’ll meet. As in any big city, residents are wary of strangers but will usually go out of their way to help a person in-need.

If you are visiting Buenos Aires for the first time or if you are new to traveling, there are some important tips to keep in mind for your safety. Sometimes being paranoid can pay off. These tips can also apply to other countries.

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