Review: Cien amores

Hidden behind a broken down metal blind is a very little coffeehouse, located in the entrails of busy San Isidro shopping district. Its name is Cien amores and it can be found at 338 Martín y Omar street, San Isidro. It is quite new and not very well known, and it offers lunch as well as coffee and tea. Brunch is a popular option as well, and this is what I had when I went there.

The brunch was abundant and varied. It included a cup of tea or coffee, an orange juice, some small toasted sandwiches, and an assortment of little cakes and pastries. Also, there were some scrambled eggs and a slice of cake of the consumer’s choice. Everything but the sandwiches was fresh and recently baked: they were too small and a bit dry, and already lukewarm when they got to the table. The beverage was not enough to wash down all the food, so one had to be careful and ration the amount drunk per sip or else face a dry throat leading to a loss of appetite. Nevertheless, this fact was outweighed by the quality of most of the food, which was delicious.

The main disadvantage of the place is its size. It is a very small coffeehouse; in fact, there is only room for tables in the street, in the open air. While this doesn’t sound bad for a spring afternoon, customers have to tolerate the weather conditions whatever they are, with the possibility of the wind freezing both their food and themselves. In fact, the scrambled eggs I had got ice-cold in a matter of a few minutes, and I never learned from experience that my croissants had been warm. Moreover, as it is located in the city center, people were constantly passing by, interrupting what little privacy could be had. On the other hand, as there is so little room inside, the kitchen is in full sight, which is an advantage for all who are worried about the cooking process. As well as this and to add to its picturesque air, the place is decorated in pastel tones of red, pink and brown, which make it feel cozy but fresh at the same time.

One of the least encountered qualities in restaurants in Argentina is good service. Restaurant owners seem to have forgotten that the key to customers coming back is their satisfaction, which is greatly enhanced through good service. Nonetheless, the owners of Cien amores show their knowledge of this by the looks of the staff. The waitress was very kind and polite, one of the most solicitous ones I have encountered recently, and also very cheerful. When called, she took very little time to approach the table, and when I asked if I could order a different brand of tea, instead of going for the easy and lazy “we don’t have any other” that many of her colleagues would have answered, she returned from the kitchen with a wide range of varieties of tea to choose from.

As can be seen from the described elements above, having brunch at this stowed away coffeehouse was quite a good experience. The food was really good and the service was what it should always be. It is not a place to go in winter – or else customers will have to ask the waitress, upon leaving, to thaw them from their seats. Therefore, the owners should consider moving to a bigger location in order to offer the option of eating indoors. All in all, for everything stated so far, I award Cien amores four out of five stars.

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A Room of One’s WOW

I wanted to write just to say that I had never before felt overwhelmed by art, and that this is the first time it has ever happened to me. I am reading Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own and I am absolutely loving it. I am listening to the audiobook while reading it, and I must say that it enlivens the book a lot, as I read in a comment in the AudioBooks app. 

But I am not here to talk about the audiobook. I wanted to express the thoroughly new feeling of a river flowing through me while reading this… I believe it is because of two things: first, the amazing comparisons and similes, the language Virginia Woolf uses to describe everything is so understandable and easy to picture in one’s head. And second, because the topic is a topic which I am very passionate about, and to so see it written so passionately about makes one feel stronger emotions.

As well as this, Virginia Woolf wrote this book-essay based on two papers she read to two universities of women. She was actually talking to female university students, which is what I am, therefore, it touches me in a more personal level.

While reading I cannot stop thinking that I want to make so many people I know read this book – what will X think of this? what would R say of that?, and I have come upon the thought that it would be a very good idea to buy several copies of this book in Spanish to give as presents to as many people as I can.

This is a book that should be read by everyone, I want to conclude. It is important that men read this book so that they can understand women and the reasons behind what women have and haven’t done in history. And women should read this book as well so that they feel understood, or they can understand the struggle that their female predecessors went through so that they might be sitting today in class in university, probably thinking how best to ditch class, or how to avoid coming next week.

 

Anyway, pardon me on my rambling, but these are the thoughts that appeared, one after the other, in my head. I am not yet in position to state that Virginia Woolf is my favourite author, not having finished one book by her, but I can say that no other author had shaken me in this way ever before.

Bout of Books 9.0 TBR

Here are the books that I plan on reading on this readathon 🙂

First, I’d like to finish Persuasion, by Jane Austen. I am halfway through with it, and it’s very easy to read. I am quite enjoying it so far, so I think I will read it fast. I plan on staying up as soon as the readathon starts until I finish it.

After that, I will read Beloved, by Toni Morrison. I am not going to lie: I am dreading reading that book since I bought it, last year. But I have to read it for my university, so I’d better take advantage of the readathon and be done with it soon.

The last book I am planning on reading is The member of the wedding, by Carson McCullers. It’s another book for my university, but I have no problems with it (yet). It’s quite a short book, so I think it will be a fast thing.

If I finish all those books and still have some time (which would be quite surprising, but very welcome), I would start A clash of kings, by George R. R. Martin. It’s the second book in the Song of ice and fire series, which I am enjoying quite much so far. I have just started watching the first season of the TV show and I am really pumped to start it as soon as I finish the show, and I believe that I can give myself a break after all those university books 🙂

So, I will let you know how it all goes. For now, I will go to prepare everything I need, because, for me, the readathon starts in 30 minutes. Bye!

Bout of books 9.0

Ok, so I know I haven’t written here for a LONG time, and it’s terribly bad and everything, all right. But I need to enter the Bout of Books 9.0 readathon and one of the ways of doing so is to create a blogpost about it. So here I am. Creating a blogpost about it 🙂

Bout of Books is a readathon that starts tomorrow, Monday, January 6th and finishes on Sunday, January 12th. For more information, visit the Bout of Books blog 🙂

So that’s it! See you on another post with my TBR!

NaNoWriMo 2013

So I’ve decided to do my first NaNoWriMo! Yay! 😀 😀 Cheers for mee!

I’m starting this Thursday, I’m excited! I’ll start with my outlining now. I just wanted to write this down! 😀

 

Read you soon!

Book shuffle tag

This is a very cool book tag I found on YouTube and it consists of putting the shuffle mode on on your music device and choosing the book the random song suggests to you. Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed doing it! 🙂

Emerson Lake and palmer – Food for your soul

It reminded me of The great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, because it appears to me as a very glamorous song, and I believe this book is glamorous as well, because of the time it is set in, the parties given then… Also, the song is quite fast paced, and to me this relates too, because the book is really short and, in my opinion, fast paced.

 

Beu Sisters – Once upon a broken heart

It reminds me of P.S. I love you, by Cecilia Ahern. It’s a story about a woman who is suddenly widowed very early, and has to learn to cope with the loss of her husband, who’s left her some letters she has to open as months go by. The lyrics talk about feeling alone and finding someone and being happy ever after, but I found the melody quite sad at first (as the book), and happy at the ending, which is also like the book.

 

Rush – Cygnus X-1 Book II
It instantly reminded me of 1984 by George Orwell, because certain sounds always remind me of dystopian stories, but old dystopian stories. Probably because my mind relates this music to Roger Water’s The wall, which is highly dystopian, in my opinion, and quite “old”.

 

Muse – Innocent voices

I will choose, for this one, The neverending story, by Michael Ende. The music sort of reminded me of travelling in the air, swiftly, through a magical land, and that is just what Atreyu did on Fujur’s back, discovering the wonders of Fantasia. ♥ Great!

The cranberries – Just my imagination

At first it made me think about travelling great distances by car/bus and seeing the monotonous landscape swiftly go by, but when I heard the chorus, “Just my imagination, just my imagination it was”, it made me think of Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen. The character there gets way too carried away by her imagination and is about to make a big mistake thanks to this, so it is clear why it instantly made me think of it 😛

 

Read you soon, and happy reading ♥

Reading push: bout of books 8.0 read-a-thon

So I decided to participate in the bout of books 8.0 read-a-thon, because I am taking way too much time to finish Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin.

Bout of books is a reading marathon in which the goal is simple: read more than you usually do. It was created by Amanda and Kelly from Bout of Books Blog.

I am studying at university and working at the same time, so I have very little time for reading. But this week I wanted to give myself a push to finish GoT already, and have decided I must finish it by Sunday.

I am currently on page 482, so I have 325 pages to go. It isn’t much, but most days it’s hard for me to read because I’m really tired. This is why I made myself undergo this challenge: it’s less than 70 pages a day, and I can totally do that. Let’s see how I do! I’ll keep you updated.

How about you? Are you participating? How many and which books have you decided to finish? Let me know!

Read you soon!