Bringing Belly Back

A diet on vacation to Argentina consists of steak and eggs for breakfast, mid-morning gelato, steak for lunch, gelato for an afternoon snack (with a side of steak), and steak for dinner. Then for desert dulce de leche alfajores to relax before bed…wake up in the middle of the night and head out to an all-night cafe and get yourselves some coffee and some more dulce de leche sweets.

Don’t get me started on Paris. There’s just not enough space in one blog post.

You spent all winter getting in shape for your summer vacation, you leave bringing sexy back, but come home bringing belly back.

One of the most deeply rooted cultural experiences in any country—arguably more than music, film, literature, politics—is food. Imagine a trip to New Orleans without gumbo or beignets from Cafe du Monde; or a trip to Japan without sushi.

Sometimes, the most memorable (and heaviest) souvenir a person can bring back is right around the hips.

But oh dear Lord, it’s worth it. Because on one hand, if you’re the kind of person who stays in shape the rest of the year at home, a few weeks of dulce de leche might set you back, but it won’t wipe out all your hard work. And on the other hand, if you’re the kind of person who’s ok with ordering a 3 am sloppy joe stuffed lard taco combo from a Taco Bell drive thru, then eating dulce de leche all day on vacation may actually be an improvement for you.

So Cheers. Salud. Eat, Drink, and Be Merry.

2 Responses to Bringing Belly Back

  1. Terri says:

    Nothing in this post registered with me after the word 'alfajor.' The rest of my weekend will now be dedicated to an alfajor hunt. And I'm not even sorry.

  2. Really? Would nothing else register even if I said the word “brigadeiro?”

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