Take a Wok: My favorite place in Costanera Center

Every time I go to Costanera Center  I want to eat in Take a Wok.  I love this place because the food feels light and healthy and it always leaves me with the craving for more.

Take a Wok is a noodle bar with a simple but varied menu. You have to pick a base, 2 types of toppings and a sauce.

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Take a Wok is located on the 5th floor of Costanera Center

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Juan and I always choose the Wok Super which includes a base, one protein and 2 vegetables.   I choose egg noodles with beef, zucchini, red peppers and teriyaki sauce.  Juan chooses the egg noodles with beef, mini corn cobs, broccoli and coconut curry sauce. For an additional cost you can add peanuts or almonds to your wok and a beverage.

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Next time I go I want to try the wild rice because it looks really good.

Have you gone to Take a Wok? Do you like it?  I certainly do!

La Signoria: Fresh Pastas in Bellavista

Life is too short (…) I’d much rather eat pasta and drink wine than be a size 0- Sophia Bush

On weekends I usually don’t want to cook so Juan and I tend to go out and explore new places to eat.  Last Saturday we decided to go to La Signoria a small place in our neighborhood that we had seen a million times but had never visited.  This place caught our attention because every time one passes by it smells delicious, it has a banner that says fresh pasta, and a window where one can see the pasta being made.

We went at 3:00 p.m. and the place was packed. They have few tables so we had to wait a while.  The wait was totally worth our time.  The food was spectacularly delicious.  We will be going back and here’s why:

  1. Their juices were not the typical Chilean flavors (raspberry, strawberry, chirimoya) they had orange banana, apple pear and other amazing blends.
  2. They give you an antipasto made with arugula, tomatoes, and pate on top of a slice of bread with balsamic on the side.  I must confess I was afraid to try it but it turned out to be an omen of the great food we were about to eat.
  3. The pastas are prepared daily so they are as fresh as they come.
  4. It is real Italian food, hard to find in Chile.
  5. The serving is enough.
  6. The pastas are stuffed with gourmet ingredients and mixes.
  7. Everything feels like homemade.
  8. The raviolis stuffed with blue cheese and pears with white sauce and walnuts were out of this world.
  9. The raviolis stuffed with eggplant and zucchini with pomodoro sauce were also out of this world.
  10. The desserts, which are also homemade, are delicious.
  11. The best panna cotta I have eaten outside of Italy.
  12. The passion fruit mousse was moist and had the perfect consistency.
  13. Even though the service was slow because the restaurant was packed the workers were very friendly and attentive. 

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Orange-Banana to the left and apple-pear to the right. These juices were full of flavor.

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Antipasto, the omen of what was about to come =)

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Ravioli stuffed with blue cheese and pears in a walnut and cheese sauce. Absolutely delicious.

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Ravioli stuffed with vegetables in pomodoro sauce. I loved them.

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This is how our plates ended up.

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The Passion Fruit Mousse had great consistency and flavor.

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Panna Cotta with raspberry topping. Yummyness galore ❤

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Have you gone to La Signoria or other Italian restaurants in Chile? Please comment below and let me know.   If you want to try these pastas the restaurant is located in the intersection of Bellavista and Loreto. 

Wonderful Café: Macarons and more in Lastarria

I eat macarons and I say to myself  what a Wonderful world- Me

A couple of days ago everyone and their mother were posting photos of macarons in instagram.  Since I live in Chile and can’t go to Ladurée to get my macaron fix I was kind of bummed. Juan, the best boyfriend ever, brought home a bag of macarons from Wonderful Café.  We loved them.

Since last week had a holiday we decided to have lunch in Wonderful Café in order to try other things. This was a great idea because we ended up having a delicious and satisfying lunch.   We liked it so much that we went back on Sunday. The place is really cool, the workers are attentive even though they’re very busy, and the food is awesome.

I will keep going to Wonderful Café even if it is only to drink a latte and eat macarons.  I’m totally obsessed with them =)

Here are some photos of all the food we ate on our two visits:

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Mango Juice for Juan. Diet Coke for me.

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Humongous tuna salad made with organic lettuce. Juan said it was delicious.

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Roast Beef Sandwich served with Terra Chips. The bread was a crunchy on the outside and soft in the inside ciabatta. It was absolutely wonderful.

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Milhojas de frambuesa (Sort of raspberry strudel). It also had manjar. It was really good, I will have this one the next time I go back.

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Nutella Cheesecake. It was good but it din’t taste like Nutella it was more of a chocolate cheesecake. (I have high standards in things that are supposed to taste like Nutella because I love that stuff and have been eating it for over 2 decades)

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Açaí Bowl with granola and bananas. Juan said he felt energized after eating it.

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Darjeeling Tea for my Chilean tea lover ❤

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My new obsession vanilla latte with macarons. I could have this for breakfast or “once” every day.

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The second time we went to Wonderful I chose the prosciutto and pesto sandwich. I I liked it but I prefer the Roast Beef sandwich I ate the first time.

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Typical Chilean avocado toasts. The avocado portion was quite big, Juan really enjoyed these.

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Four years ago finding bagels in Santiago was almost impossible. Now they’re everywhere and this sesame one with butter and blackberry jelly was pretty good.

Wonderful Café serves good food at reasonable prices. You should check it out.  They have two places, one in Lastarria and one in Las Condes.

Vacations Part V: Puerto Rico

There’s no place like home-Dorothy

The last stop on our vacations was Puerto Rico.  Saying that I vacation in Puerto Rico is weird because to me it is home even though I’ve been in Chile for over a year. It was the happiest part of our trip.  I got to see my family and friends, eat a lot of good food, sight-see in my country, sleep in my bed, and play with my daughter Matilda. We did a lot of touristy stuff because our friend had never been to Puerto Rico.  The Chileans spent 10 days and I stayed two more weeks after that.  (I would’ve stayed longer).  Continue reading

A Sunday trip to Farellones

I grew up thinking of snow as a luxury you visit- John Landis

This past Sunday we went to the snow. I’ve seen snow a bunch of times but I had never seen it in Santiago so I was quite excited. (I really get excited every time there’s a possibility of seeing snow because back home snow is a nonexistent concept.) I had done snowboarding in Canada and I think skiing is too difficult so while doing the research for this trip I chose Farellones because it was the only place that offered non ski activities like tubing, trekking and canopy. Continue reading