Horseradish, Kielbasa, and Sauerkraut in Argentina

Today was a good day… no, a great day.  I had a roast beef sandwich with horseradish.  That may not sound like a big deal to most people, and it really isn’t, but it was huge for me.  I love horseradish on a roast beef sandwich, but I have not been able to find it in Argentina.  I have been to Jewish delis, specialty food markets, Chinatown, etc, etc.  If you put all the hours together that I have spent looking for horseradish, it would probably add up to several days worth of fruitless shopping.  I have spent many more hours looking for other things…  BTW, horseradish in Argentina is called “Rabano Picante”.  Rabano is radish, and picante is spicy or “hot”.

Here’s how it went down… Continue reading

Oh no you didn’t! Slang in Argentina

Learning Spanish is hard enough, learning how to use slang in Argentina can be harder.

How would you feel if you walked in to your friends apartment and they greeted you with “Hey Asshole!”, or “Hello Fatso!”.

It is always interesting to hear how people talk to each other in Argentina and how Argentine’s use slang.  They call each other names constantly, at all levels of society.  Sometimes they call each other names ironically as well.  They may call you Flaco (skinny) when you are very fat, and Gordo (fat) if you are “too” skinny. Continue reading