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La Paceña’s Bolivian Empanadas

We’ve been traveling a lot recently, with trips to Colonia, Uruguay; Tigre, Argentina; and Córdoba, Argentina. The past few days I’ve been getting back into the custom of class and studying the subjunctive form. I walk around the city thinking of sentences of desire or possibilities in which to use it. My language ability changes day to day. I feel best when I’m in the city and immersed in conversations, whether comfortable or not.

Empanadas may be my favorite food in Argentina. The savory, buttery insides and crispy, hearty dough make them comfort food. I look for spicy choices on the cartas when we go out to eat. While an item on a menu may say “picante,” it’s usually mildly spiced at best. When I discovered on Saltshaker that I could find a spicy cabbage empanada in Belgrano, I had to make the trip to La Paceña.

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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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