Monday, 23 September 2013

The alchemyst

Humberto Pitamiglio was from an Italian family that moved to Montevideo at the end of the 19th century. being an architect he amazed a great fortune and owned around 400 properties at the time of his death in 1966. before dying he left most of his properties to charities including his own house, the Pitamiglio castle.

Located on Rambla Ghandy and 21 de Septiembre and boxed in between two buildings, this mix of Medieval castle and haunted Victorian house was Pitamiglios residence and was built originally in 1910,but was constantly being renovated and expanded till his death in 1966. The Place is full of alchemist symbols and abounds with passages and doors that lead nowhere etc.
 It has two fronts and the one that faces the river has a sculpture with bow of a ship combined with a Greek mythological figure.
Today it houses a museum and a restaurant, and can be visited. Unfortunately the rooms are empty since after his death the house was plundered, and also its not allowed to take pictures inside, but its certainly worth visiting.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

The pigout guide to Montevideo - La Balanza

Pardon my geography, this restaurant is actually in Maldonado, but since its 1hr. and a bit away, its still in reach of someone in Montevideo. Located at 25 de Mayo in Maldonado, this place is simple and cheap, serves good meat and is frequented by locals (always a good indicator of non tourist ripoff place). they have some deals for parrilladas, but I recommend choosing your cuts individually, so as to eat only what you like, if you do the math it comes to basically the same price as the combos.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Expo Prado 2013

Went to see a Little action at the agrarian expo in Montevideo last Sunday, this exhibition is done yearly in Brazil and Argentina as well. They show off their finest livestock champions and do equestrian demos.

The place was packed full, since the previous day it had rained. Quite well organised but a bit expensive for the region.

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Montevideo, Where old trucks come to die

It seems that Uruguay has imported over the years a wide array of discontinued vehicles, like this Thames trader truck, made by the British division of Ford. And probably kept them running with "make do" parts, since they were probably one of a kind.

You´ll see a good amount of 50s eras trucks still running in Montevideo. One reason being the high value of overtaxed new units, and the capacity of the locals to fix any type of piece or part that normally would be replaced.

Monday, 2 September 2013

Churros en el Parque Rodó

What do you do in Montevideo when, its darn cold. You go for hot churros at the "Parque Rodó". La Manola is one of the traditional ones.

You´ll find churros in most of the Hispanic countries in many different forms and shapes, but I find the South American version is improved on the Spanish original recipe, cuz they are filled with dulce de leche.
These fried dough sticks dripping in oil , stuffed and some times covered in chocolate will get your internal thermostat up to the highest body temperatures for sure.