What little girls are made of

PART THE FIRST: WHEREIN BROWNIES ARE OBTAINED

Today I went to an expat blogging meetup that was in a cookie factory called Sugar and Spice. Frank, who owns this gingerbread house of a store, was very generous and hospitable to invite us. And the spread was delectable.

This is a man full of cookies
TOO MANY COOKIES
For me the most interesting thing was that he chose to have his Buenos Aires blogging meet up at 10:30am till 12:30pm on a Thursday. This is highly convenient if I, like most expats, roll out of bed at 11am in time to arrive fashionably late for some milk and cookies for breakfast. As it so happens I have a job and it was fairly inconvenient. Unless I wanted to take a day off work and eat desserts. So personally I was ambivalent but I think that the sheer audacity of the planning speaks to the fluidity of the expat schedule (or lack thereof). It also could have been that the store was small and Frank didn’t want 50 people all crowding in to get free samples. As it was: GOOD JOB FRANK FOR A PERFECT EVENT! He also promised to be hosting a wine and savory cookie event very soon. Please email him with questions as to the particulars. We hope it will be soon. Frank was so kind and gracious that he gave us all little gift bags with delicious brownies, which leads me to the second part of my post.

PART, THE SECOND: WHEREIN THE BROWNIES ARE EATEN

The six brownies were immaculately wrapped in a beautiful orange cardboard case with a ribbon running all through it. Much of the food experience is presentation and let me tell you, had the King of Argentina himself walked in through the door at that moment I would have felt proud to give him part of one of my brownies. But he didn’t and after work I gave the woman at the art store one of the brownies and, in turn, she gave me lots of little 10% off coupons and a kiss on the cheek. I hopped on my bike and headed to painting class.

Image of Nathan and Diva
I SLYLY PUT THE MOVES ON DIVA

My painting teacher has been talking about folks bringing in food since we began the class. Last week someone bit and brought in 3 bottles of “expensive” wine ($4US = expensive). It was lovely and to return the favor I decided to cut up The other 5 into fourths and for my classmates.

Everyone was very appreciative until one girl, not knowing who brought them, said “This is all fine and good but these brownies aren’t really something Argentine.” As if the nationality of the food somehow had some relevance. I said “Hey man, this is cultural exchange.” And the teacher said, “What do you want him to do, make a locro?”

The box it came in was orange and beautiful and the girl liked it. At the end of the class, after she’d taken the last bite of the American cookie, I gave it to her.

23 replies
  1. Dalila
    Dalila says:

    Hi Nathan, it was very nice meeting you and all the other bloggers yesterday. I’m adding your link on my blogroll. Saludos!

  2. exnat
    exnat says:

    Yeah, I mean who knows what you say about people in French but I know it’s not so easy to do everything in English and Spanish. Really impressive.

  3. Alan Patrick
    Alan Patrick says:

    LOL at this:

    “let me tell you, had the King of Argentina himself walked in through the door at that moment I would have felt proud to give him part of one of my brownies”

    it was going to be a qualified LOL, but actually, i’m lost for words.

  4. Marce
    Marce says:

    hahaha you are obssessed with French, Nathan, Dalila´s blog is in Portuguese, English and Spanish, not in French!

    It was great meeting you all yesterday, though I´ve yet to post about it, that damn procrastinating nature kicking in again. But I´m with you on the brownies, they were great, as for the girl on your class complaining about free brownies, who does that???

  5. Frank Almeida
    Frank Almeida says:

    Was she french (the complainer)?

    You know, if chocolate could talk, in the summer it would complain that it is too hot to the cookie. The cookie would most likely just put up with it and wait for someone to bite her.

  6. exnat
    exnat says:

    Marce,

    See? I told you I didn’t speak french! The best part is that she was polite enough to approve my comment on her site without saying anything. Very funny. I honestly have no idea why I thought it was in French.

  7. exnat
    exnat says:

    Oh, and the girl who complained (argentine) also ate the most brownies…

    Now, Frank, the cookie is a “her”? uh oh…. [see title]

  8. Dalila
    Dalila says:

    Well, Portuguese & French have some words in common ; ) By the way, Nathan, you have just given me this idea: I can speak French but my writing is terrible. So, I could add posts in French with audio only. Ha ha ha, more pressure on my shoulders… Now, seriously, it was really great meeting you all!

  9. exnat
    exnat says:

    Frank and Alan: “Hand that French complainer over. You can’t protect her forever!”

    Dalia: Thanks for the benefit of the doubt. Don’t forget to add French to your extra store blog you’re thinking of starting 😉

  10. Cherie
    Cherie says:

    Saludos, all!
    I guess I’m late to add my comment, but it’s never too late to remember a good cookie! Yummmmm.

    I’m finding that many of my recent memorable events have had to do with food.
    Now is that fact wonderful or pitiful? Well I’m not going to dwell…

    I’ll just go off today to a milonga and search for tangazos!

    Besitos!

  11. COOKIE MONSTER
    COOKIE MONSTER says:

    FREE COOKIES !?! ME LIKES COOKIES, WITH CHOCOLATE CHIPS IS MY FAVORITE BUT MOST OF ALL FREE COOKIES! WHO IS THIS FRANK CHARACTER? DOES HE HAVE MORE COOKIES?

  12. exnat
    exnat says:

    Yeah. Maybe it’s from back when Frank used to make cookies out of snips and snails and puppy dog tails… But most likely it’s just Frank at 4am after having eaten too many cookies and trying to find his way home…

  13. COOKIE MONSTER
    COOKIE MONSTER says:

    WHAT? YOU DOUBT ME? LETS HAVE A COOKIE EATING CONTEST AND WE´LL SEE WHO´S WHO. I SAW YOU TRYING TO EAT ALL THOSE COOKIES IN THAT TRAY. I´LL SHOW YOU HOW TO EAT COOKIES PROPERLY. I WILL EAT TRAY TOO…IF IT´S ROUND AND LOOKS LIKE A COOKIE.

    AWWWWM-NUM-NUM-NUM-NUM…

  14. exnat
    exnat says:

    Alright MONSTER (if that really is your name) I hereby challenge you to a cookie eating contest. You name the place and time. Frank will provide the cookies!
    Right? Frank? IT IS ON!!!!!!!!! TIME TO PUT SOME COOKIES WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS!!!

    That’d be a great tour though: Cookies of Buenos Aires…

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