Friday March 2, 2018 Luma Casa De Montana and at Tinto Bistro

After our boat excursion Steve and I were dropped of at Luma and followed the path to the hotel. We changed our clothes and put on our swim clothes and the fluffy white bath robes that were on the bed the first day. Not thinking about it I grabbed one, tossed the other to Steve and he put his on. He remarked how short the arms were, and how short the robe was. It turns out that there were his and her robes! We quickly switched robes, sorry, but no picture of Steve looking silly!We descended the stairs to the pool area and lucky for me that I was holding the railing because “Boom, boom, boom”. My legs went out from me and I slid down the stairs! I am very nervous about falling as I was put on Xarelto, a blood thinner last February. I was instructed not to cut myself, ride horses or fall. As I was already holding the hand rail, I just gripped it harder, during my fall, praying that I would not go head over heels. This is a picture of those nasty stairs looking from the bottom to the top.

I sat for awhile until I recovered and then we went outside to the pool area. I did tell you earlier I was going to have an unexcellent adventure on the stairs in a prior posting, well this was it!This was my back. I insisted Steve take a picture of my back so we could compare for when the black and blue marks showed up. I sure do have a lot of freckles. Thank God, I got my back waxed before we left. Ha Ha, just kidding. When Elliot and I went to Israel years ago, I surreptitiously took a picture of this guy’s back. It was so hairy, I couldn’t believe it. Elliott scolded me for taking the picture, but I knew it would come in handy some day! There is a reason for my 19,000 pictures in my iCloud storage!Any way, I rested on my pick of the chaise lounges. They were all free, so I was in heaven!Steve and I both went in the pool. The step outside entry looked a little too steep for me, and after my one tumble for the day I decided on the interior entry. So I got to use the magic door. I’m all for creative entries! Hanging out at the pool was a nice way to rest before dinner. We were trying to decide about bringing bathing suits on the trip, and decided to bring them. I’m glad we did. There was a big motocross event in Villa La Angostura, and we were happy that we had made reservations via our travel agent. We had mentioned to Paulo that we were going to for Tinto Bistro for dinner. He highly recommended it. Paulo, besides being an excellent cook, was the sommelier at Las Balsas, the Relais & Chateaux where we had dinner last night. I must admit that I was dying to take the Relais & Chateaux directory from Las Balsas, but knew Steve would roll my eyes at more book weight in my suitcase. I love looking at pictures of nice hotels, but enjoy staying at them even more! We laughed when we saw who our driver was. He was the same taxi driver as the one who took us to Las Balsas the night before!Steve got to take a picture of me! I am always making snarky comments about Steve not focusing on the camera. Here it looks like I am checking out the incoming guest arrivals at the front door! My scarf, that I had so elegantly draped over both shoulders is all akimbo. Kudos for the great lipstick and the natural eyebrows. Thank heaven those pencil thin eyebrows are out of fashion! That is some bar behind me, I probably should have faced that way and watched the bartender at work. Oh well, I got to make goo goo eyes at Steve all night instead!The waitress brought over some nice rolls. Steve had wanted to order baked Brie for an appetizer, but I put my foot down. I thought he should pick something light. We had just seen Kill Bill 2 before we left home, so when Steve saw “Kill My Bills” on the menu he ordered it. Shrimp and Pork rice paper rolls. Viet mini salad, and rosehip chili sauce. For my entree I chose “Argentina Blue”. Beef Tenderloin in vanilla cardamom Demi glacé. Fig and plum chutney with grilled onions. Quinoa, nuts and blue cheese. Done medium rare.

Steve picked “Absolut Pasta” for his dinner. Homemade fettuccini sautéed with prawns and shrimp in vanilla vodka. Spice mix and arugula. My only comment is that I thought prawns and shrimp were the same thing!Dessert was “Nina’s Secret”. Chocolate tasting, citric curd and berry coulis. After dinner we decided to take a walk about the village before we called a taxi to take us back. Most of the stores were closed, but this fishing store was open! Steve needed a “Croakie” lanyard for his glasses, as he left his at home. Steve was lucky enough to get the last one!

We started laughing when we saw the glass case filled with knives.

We headed back to the restaurant to call a taxi to take us back to the hotel. This was the large group of motocross people that were dining together. We couldn’t figure out if they were officials, riders, supporters, fans, or groupies!

That’s it for Friday March 2, 2018. I had a lot of postings for the day. I hope you enjoyed yourselves reading about my Excellent Adventures as I had having them with Steve.

Thursday March 1, 2018 Off to dinner, Las Balsas, Villa La Angostura

We had reservations at Las Balsas at 8:00 for dinner.lasbalsas.com

Since our hotel’s restaurant was closed we were going to have to go elsewhere for dinner. This was one of the restaurants that our travel agent had recommended. Eight pm is a little early for dinner in Argentina, but we figured we would be one of the first diners.

Steve inquired at the front desk how far the restaurant was from our hotel. “Not far, maybe a kilometer or two.” Steve thought once, then twice and decided to call for a taxi.

I thought I had a picture of Steve at the front door of the hotel, and here it is!

Our driver arrived a little after our requested time of 7:45, and we were off. We drove into town and then through town. We turned off onto a dirt road. We began to get a bit nervous. Were we being kidnapped? We thought of our friend who knows martial arts, was an Eagle Scout and would probably have a knife strapped to his ankle! He would have been able to handle this situation!

Steve in not quite a panic, scrolled through his iPhone looking for the name of the restaurant, that he had thoughtfully added before we left the hotel. Steve finally found it, and showed it to the driver. “Si, Si, Las Balsas”, the taxi driver nodded.

I was only a little bit relieved at this point. The driver could still have been lying to us, but although he was big, he was a fat big. As long as the driver didn’t have a gun, a knife and a bunch of backup thugs, Steve might be able to protect me. We really didn’t have that much cash on us, to steal, as we had left our tip envelope with all our guide money back home. We also could have dropped the envelope someplace in the airport or Buenos Aires, while we were shuffling papers in our trip folder. We will have a big laugh if we find the envelope at home. We had been able to put the tips on our bill at Tipiliuke. Everyone prefers dollars instead of pesos because of inflation,

Finally we saw a sign for Las Balsas! We drove a little further, and there it was!

This is a picture from the hotel web site. You can tell by now, which photos are mine, and which are the photos from the professionals! The lighting and angles are so much better!

We exited the taxi, laughed with our driver, gave him a big tip, and entered the hotel where the restaurant was. Here is a relieved Steve outside the restaurant! We were deliriously happy. Here is Steve inside the restaurant. You can tell who is taking all the pictures. It’s not that I don’t like to have my picture taken, it’s just that I like to take many pictures. Do you know that I have 19.890 pictures on my iPhone? I need to do some serious editing!The restaurant had a lovely view of Nahuel Huapi Lake. The waitress delivered some delicious breads. We were served oil and also beet butter. Dinner was going to be a three course prix fixe menu. Steve wasn’t that thrilled with the menu. For once, I didn’t check out the menu on the internet.

I ordered still water with ice. I don’t think I have ever seen ice so cold looking in my life!We were given an amuse bouche. It was very tasty. I think it was a broccoli puff with cream.Steve ordered the grilled prawns, mushroom, pumpkin and lemon creamy purée, chives and almond pesto. Lisa A, make sure your son the chef looks at today’s blog post!I had the Cold Tomato soup, marinated goat cheese, basil, black olives, confit tomatoes, cured ham and toasted bread. The tomato was ladled into the bowl. I love it when the waitress does that, it is always such a pretty picture!I had the Patagonian trout, avocado and orange salad, cherry tomatoes, peach emulsion, almond, chives and caper vinaigrette. It was a little too rare for me. Steve’s entree was the skirt steak, sweet potato textures, criollo sauce with roasted peanut and sautéed mushroom. Steve’s dinner was the better of the two. This little dish was on the table, I didn’t realize that it was a salt dish!We had a mango sorbet palate cleanser. I loved it, but Steve hates fruit. My dessert was the passion fruit curd, dacqoise and coconut sorbet. Steve of course, tried none of this!Steve had the dark chocolate and carob cake, stone fruits, and Lunta Malbec wine ice cream. I helped Steve with his dessert also! Here is Steve waiting for the check to arrive. The restaurant was really empty! It doesn’t get happening in Argentina until much later!We wandered around a little bit waiting for our taxi back to the hotel to arrive. You might be wondering how I could remember so well what we ate. Well, I took a picture of the menu!

Back to the hotel, and we were off to bed.I thought this was pretty neat, so I thought I would show it to you. This was the view of the ceiling from my side of the bed.

We go for a boat ride tomorrow!