Argentina Day 27: Jewish Buenos Aires, Teatro Colón Opera
This morning I slept in after our crazy late evening last night for my birthday, while Frank and Jess headed to a tour in Recoleta. After a quick Gatorade/Drinkable Yoghurt stop for on-the-go breakfast, I grabbed a cab and headed up a couple hours later to meet them in the Recoleta area. We met up and we got some ice cream for breakfast (again. I love Argentina!) Volta is amazing!! This time I got Limon and Maracuya y Naranja flavours. It was epic. Volta is still the clear winner in front of all the other gelato options in Buenos Aires.
|Volta gelato: breakfast of champions|
|Yes!!!! And our visit to the Kosher McDonalds is finally a success!|
|Literally the only time I've ever seen a yarmulke and a box of tefillin at a McDonalds|
|Kosher certification for the restaurant! Describes (in Spanish) how the french fries are fried, etc.|
|Other than being super awesome and a Kosher McDonalds, just kinda looks like a regular McDonalds|
|No cheese on this Big Mac!|
|Oh yes, they DID have a ritual handwashing station :)|
|So fun to try this, the only Kosher McDonalds outside of Israel!|
We were wondering if the prices were going to be any different than the regular McD's (due to extra costs in preparation of the meat, or to pay for extra care in cleanliness in the kitchen etc...) but it was the same price as the other regular McD's in the mall! Nice! It was really funny and awesome to see a few specifically Jewish things in a McDonalds - there was a Yarmulke and Tefillin in a container there, presumably for the times where the Rabbi comes in to bless the kitchen and equipment. No cheese or bacon of course :) It was a meat-only restaurant actually, which makes sense. There was a ritual handwashing station which was so funny to see at a McDonalds. A certification document on the wall mentioned details about how the fries are cooked (in beef fat?) and they were much better than the ones you get at a regular McD's. I got a burger called the McNifica, so fun!!! It was tasty.
After all this Judiasm-meets-popular-culture excitement, we were still keen for more snacking and we got some amazing cake for dessert. We are crazy!! I guess we're burning lots of calories with all this walking around all the time :) The cake was huge but glorious, so we took some home for later.
|Then we got this AMAZING cake|
|That is an ocean of Merange|
|Dulce de Leche is awesome|
|Headed to the Holocaust Museum, this was an exhibit about Eichmann's hiding in Argentina|
|Documents about the Holocaust surfacing in an Anti-fascist periodical in Argentina in 1942|
|Adolf Eichmann in gaucho (Cowboy) clothes, hiding in Argentina|
|Amazing exhibit at the Shoah musum in Buenos Aires, very emotionally powerful, and artistic interpretations of events.|
|Albert Einstein's exile|
|Sigmund Freud's exile|
|Anti-Communist/Anti-Semitic magazine from 1943 in Argentina|
|This was pretty crazy to see. A photo of a Nazi rally/party at Luna Park in Buenos Aires in 1937.|
I finished up there and instead of taking the subway to Av. de Mayo, I figured it was close enough and I'd just walk. I walked by Teatro Colón to get a CD for Dad. I asked them if they had a CD made from the Orchestra of the Teatro Colón, and they said, "We have only one!" Easy!
|Walking by Teatro Colon, where we'll be returning for an opera!|
|Wearing my new suit, ready for the Opera!|
|Looking classy with Jess|
|Wait for it...|
|You can dress us up, but you can't take us anywhere|
|In line at the Teatro Colon|
|Main steps at Teatro Colon|
|Orchestra and Stage|
|This was so beautiful|
|Excited for the Opera!|
From there we took a cab to San Telmo and hung out at Bar El Federal, a place where Frank really wanted to go. It was great. I got a Roquefort pizetta and a Coca Light :) We also had a "Federal" fancy coffee! Fun times!!
|Bar El Federal|
|Cool bar design|
|Some more late night food|