Today is the celebration of Fiestas Patrias in my adopted country, Chile. I found this article by blogger, Yeni Oyanedel, which explains why and how Chileans celebrate the holiday, Why Chile Shuts Down on 18 September.
I’m missing out on some of my favorite things, choripanes, asados, Pisco Sours, luscious Chilean red wine, and my beloved Chilean friends.
Here in New Mexico, it’s State Fair time. I didn’t make it there this year, but I’ve heard the announcement of the winners of the Best Green Chile Cheeseburger competition.
And they are:
1. Laguna Burger at The Pit Stop
2. Starr Brothers Brewing
3. Pasión Latin Fusion
These will have to go on my To-Try list. Number Three, Pasión, is a five minute (or less) drive from my apartment. That one will be first. I had a peek at their menu and it looks like “La Governadora Burger” will be the one to beat. I see that they also have delivery. Not sure I really needed to know that. Too utterly tempting.
In the Also Tempting category is the winery that I discovered yesterday. I joined a new group of expats, right here in little old Albuquerque. The organizers had planned an action-packed day yesterday. I attended three of their events. Two of them were new for me.
I had visited a Cat Cafe in Santiago, but I didn’t know that Albuquerque now has one, too. For $3, you can enter the cat side of the cafe and stay as long as you like, playing with the felines who are all available for adoption.
Afterward, we went to Casa Rodeña Winery, where we sampled a flight of wines and then enjoyed our favorites outside under the trees, alongside their pond. I’d heard of Casa Rodeña, but had never visited. The setting was so relaxing that I’d go back there again solely for that. The wine wasn’t bad either.
If I can’t be in Chile this weekend, at least I can still celebrate with a little red wine. ¡Tiki, tiki, ti!