First Steak

We have been in Argentina two weeks and have not yet had any steak, this must change, but first we have to dance.

I left a note on facebook that we are going to El Arranque with the message “En Junto o Separado” I only got one reply and that was separado.

Nothing ever goes to plan though here. We arrived an hour and ten minutes after it opened, but still there was hardly anyone there, our usual waiter was waiting down at the far end by our usual table. We never got the chance to say separado. Still with this few people there would be little point.

Later though as the place filled opportunities arose. Both Viv and I managed quite a few dances despite being seen as a couple. One regular couple stopped as they passed our table and asked us to dance with them. Also there were a few ladies that have danced with me before. So we are getting known.

One gentleman wanted to dance with Viv and asked me first, but in general they tended to wait until I was up before asking her.

Now on Vivs suggestion, I had noted well that we have not yet had any steak, so I thought that this was an ideal opportunity. You see our favourite place is on Scalabrini Ortiz. This is from the days when we stayed with Luba. To get here we take the D subte line. On Callao the B and D lines come closer together so from El Arranque we can just walk to the subte.

Don’t you just love it when things stay the same as they always were? The same waiter was there that has been there since we first came here in 2006. (Though the prices have gone up considerably). We were given a basket of bread just as always and a small empanada as a starter.

The steak when it came was awesome, and the waiter cut it in half with a spoon just as he had always done. The only downside is it is about fifteen blocks home from here, and we did not feel like moving. Our waiter was impressed by how much food we had cleared, but we are doing so much exercise we need the calories.

We made it back, of course, and I was greeted by our old friend Roger, via skype. It seems he will be here for the weekend of his and Viv’s birthday. It will be a sad time for us as we will be ending our time here, but it should be one hell of a party.

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Filed under Argentina, milonga, Tango

2 responses to “First Steak

  1. Dan

    It’s Callao, no “Calloa”

  2. jantango

    The gentleman who asked your permission to dance with Viv did so out of respect. That code was the most important for the milongueros, but it is disappearing from the milongas. There is less respect for others, on and off the floor these days. Dancers are so wrapped up in their egos, they forget there are others on the floor to consider.

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