Day 5. Meat Me Halfway
During these early days, we are trying to optimize our body’s/brain’s best productivity hours. Staying up until 4-5am accomplishing tasks seems to be taking precedent, resulting in waking up later than expected. So be it. Currently, I think the 6-hour night-of-sleep diet with a powernap sometime throughout the day is in full effect.
Today was our first day to workout at the gym. The management allowed us to work out today for free, assuming we’ll signup tomorrow. The gym was quite disorganized and hot—like 493° Zelsius! We did an intense workout that shredded my chest off. It’s nice having a personal trainer telling you what to do. Yeah, his name is Bobie Ratliff, you may have heard of him (fitin2shape.com).
On the jog back to our apartment we purchased groceries to cook up our 5pm lunch. Noodles and ground beef was on the menu. Due to the decade old water strainer in the kitchen cabinet that hasn’t ever been washed, we opted not to use the strainer and we were left with some soggy noodles. It was still great and will get better with proper cooking utensils.
After our hearty meal, I’m pretty sure we all passed out for about 4-6 minutes—powernapped! We got up and started doing laundry. Since we hadn’t been to the terrace in a few days, we decided to check it out again. The terrace has a great view of the local parks, the Zoo and the surrounding neighborhoods. Heading back to our flat, we used up another hour for working/surfing (on our computers) before we headed out for our 10pm dinner.
We took the metro and walked to Puerto Madero (Google map: http://bit.ly/coJEE6). This is a great part of the city, especially by night. Puerto Madero is a port/river for the ships. Along the sides of the river are many restaurants. We were in search of a certain restaurant recommended to us but we quickly found out that we were over 15 blocks away from it. So we ended up eating at El Portrillo. The experience started out rough as initial expectations were not met. However, after we tasted the provoleta (grilled provolone cheese), we started dismissing our initial complaints. The appetizer cheese plate was so good we almost could have gone home then and been satisfied with life. However, we still had our steaks to get. I ordered the quadrillo, a recommended dish by a taxi driver we met. We are always concerned that we’ll never get enough food when we order, and that was no different this instance. We were expecting something small and unfilling. To our amazement, the steaks were huge… and amazing. The Argentines love their meat and love to make it delish. By the end of the night (12am), we left El Portrillo more than satisfied.