Today, Erika and I had lunch at Granix with our friend, Still Life in Buenos Aires. Hanging out with her for the first time was definitely the highlight of the day and I thought she was really interesting, charming, soft-spoken, sweet and smart, multilayered. Probably too mature for my smartass-mouth at times, but definitely a persona grata. We both liked her very much.
As for Granix, it was surprising to see so many people eating vegetarian food: business men, teenagers, families, Asian tourists, all of them, swarming the huge restaurant like it was Burger King on free milkshake day. I know some Argentines might protest: we don't even like Burger King! My response: everytime I walk past your BK, it's absolutely packed, which honestly saddens (okay, horrifies) me in more ways than I care to tell. But I digress. As for the food at Granix, the surperlatively anti-Burger King if ever there was one, well I thought it was pretty damn good: I ate seasoned sliced seitan, a small helping of papas au gratin, a cake that looked like carrot cake but wasn't, croquettes, soufflé, a little salad, some brown rice and vegetarian paella and custard that was almost créme brûlée but without burned creamed part. My only complaint is that $ARS 30 is kinda steep. I've gone to buffets in Portland and even Chicago for ten bucks. I know, location, location, location. Erika and I vowed to take Mandy to Los Sabios or Bodhi sometime in the next month, to show her what real gluttony is all about. Even so, I'm glad we went, both for the food and for her company.
In other news, yes I did get the job I interviewed for last week. I guess the suit was a hit. The only bummer is that I'll have to teach twice a week at 8:30 in the morning, which is like getting hit in the ass with a paintball. As you can imagine, I'm hoping to get that changed eventually. But at least I'll get Fridays off and half of Thursday, sounds like the perfect schedule for an expat writer in Buenos Aires, and I'll even get paid $25 pesos an hour, which is decent I think. I feel very fortunate indeed.