Monday, 27 August 2012

Santiago by Night!

So this weekend I had a number of milestones in my Chilean life. Chris, my predecessor at Redland School, had his last day on Thursday and left the country today (Monday), so we decided to go out in Santiago by day and by night.

On Friday night we went to a house party with another Redland ex-staff member, Sam, who's now studying at Católica as a part of his year abroad from the Uni of Bath. There I met a load of other students on their year abroad, as well as some Chilean students also at Católica. From there on we went to a Karaoke Bar in Providencia (an upmarket district near to Las Condes), and then onto a Cuban salsa bar where my dancing made up in enthusiasm what it lacked in skill.

Argentine and Chilean heads
of state + Pisco Sour
During this epic journey across Santiago, I was introduced to the Chilean passion that is pisco. Pisco is a Chilean/Peruvian* grape brandy that they seem to drink as if its water, and have created a number of equally revered cocktails from it as well. The Pisco Sour is the most common of these: pisco with egg white, lemon juice and sugar. Another favourite is Piscola, which is simply pisco and Coca Cola - simple. The Chilean way of serving it seems to be with alarming quantities of pisco compared to coke.

The next day, I was introduced to another Chilean passion: the asado, or BBQ. Given the reputation of Argentinian beef, and my experience with Chilean portion sizes, I was expecting great things and it didn't disappoint! We had a big BBQ with chicken, pork, beef and sausage, along with the staple of avocado and the normal accessories, plus mandatory pisco. When the sun set and it got colder another fire was started, and everyone sat around it in the evening chatting and continuing to plough through quantities of meat.

Gringo central

Sunday I had another lovely lie in, then met with Sam and Chris in the Plaza de Armas (central downtown) just before lunch. We walked through town, visiting the Mercado Central (seafood) and the Mercado de la Vega (meat and veg) before going to Bellavista for lunch, Chilean style. Queue more meat. We then headed out into Providencia again for a quick trip to a popular gringo bar where we met with another Redland teacher for a few goodbye drinks.

Then back to school for another week!

* This is actually yet another sore point between Chile and Perú. At the BBQ later that weekend I was firmly assured that Pisco and the Pisco Sour are 100% Chilean, and Perú is merely up to their old tricks in trying to steal it from Chile.

1 comment:

  1. This post made me hungry, I might have to go to chile for a bit to try the foods!