Thursday, December 20, 2012
Papers and Beer
While we were in La Plata we found their only vegan restaurant for a late lunch. It is run by Rastas (followers of the Rastafari movement that originated in Jamaica), which apparently embrace a diet called Ital that's not too different from what we usually eat. I guess you do learn something new every day! Here in Argentina it seems like there's a significant Rasta community, more so than I've noticed in the US. They definitely seem to have their own culture; the service at the restaurant was much more relaxed than we're used to, but the food was good.
In the evening we met friends at the Cerveceria, a huge restaurant operating in the original factory in Quilmes, the city where Diego grew up, but the name is more famous as that of Argentina's favorite beer. The story goes that Germans came to this suburb of Buenos Aires and built a German neighborhood including the beer factory, a park, and cute rows of houses, all of which still stand although the actual beer production has moved to a modern facility. It's a favorite meeting spot in part because the beer used to be a killer deal (less than $1 for a Chopp, a large glass), but it's since gone up (to about $1.50), as it seems most prices here have!