31 July 2008

Lunch at Granix

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.


Erika Borbor said...

CONGRATS on the job!! I knew you'd get it. I'm sad though that our Argentine vacation as an unemployed couple as ended. Now, it's my turn to find a job:(

Katie said...

Congratulations on the new job! :) It sounds like you're both finding some great restaurants in BsAs that fit your lifestyle. How is your dog adjusting to the new surroundings?

JACKSON BLISS @ 水と魂 said...

LB, I know tell about it. I feel like playtime is over, and of course that kind makes me sad. But that's okay, we'll still have plenty of time to explore the city and fall in love with it in due time. Love you.

JACKSON BLISS @ 水と魂 said...

Hi Katie,

Yeah, I think we are starting to adjust just a little bit at a time. Personally, BsAs feels like a good fit for me, but it will take me months to feel totally comfortable with speaking Porteño Spanish, as much as I love it. Also, the first 3 months are always the most intense I find when you move to another country, at least that was my take in Burkina Faso and Arzerbaijan. Zoe's doing better than she was before. In the beginning I think she was really freaked out. Buenos Aires is much louder than Chicago was, and her illusion that she was the only dog in the whole world, has been shattered by all these howling strays. But in due time. She's improving, day by day and dog by dog. Thanks for writing and stay in touch!

Tina said...

I've never heard of any of those restaurants - I guess being a meat-eater and living sort of in Congreso and sort of in Once (but really, Balvanera) keeps me from finding such things. Have you tried Cumana in Recoleta? Great cazuelas and lots of vegetarian choices.

Congrats on the job!

JACKSON BLISS @ 水と魂 said...

Hi Tina,

Yeah. You find what you spend the most time looking for, that seems to be the general rule in life, in relationships, and definitely in restaurants. What you find may not be great for you, but it's like you're not noticing other places (people) as much because you have something specific in mind. That being said, I'll definitely check out Cumana, even if it sounds like a terrible name for a porn actress. We're always looking for new places to eat and I love it when people make suggestions. Thanks so much.