I just came back from Santiago de Chile, a business trip that ended up being an adventure! why? because we had earthquake! 😯
okay. let’s start from the beginning. It was my third time in Santiago, second time traveling for work. It’s a privilege to be able to travel for work to Chile, specially when I could travel in business 😉 This time I traveled with Delta
I had a single seat with no one besides me. Yeah~ A welcome snack that I finished in 2 min 😉 Love Sahale snacks
pillow and blanket were provided because it was a night flight (11pm-9am)
the seat not only goes flat, it even offers massage 😯
I brought two books with me
necessities for in-flight-spa 😉
ready to relax
the menu looks very good
starter: smoked salmon, lentil salad and sunrise cocktail (it was okay, I had few bites)
appetizer: beet arugula salad with feta, creamy cauliflower soup and bread (finished the salad and the bread)
entree: sea bass with greens and polenta (the fish was delicious, I could have had a second serving of it. It was the beginning of my culinary adventure for this trip!)
the dessert cart came
and I went with the flan
I watched a movie and slept 5-6 hrs. Shortly after I woke up, breakfast was served
After checking in at the hotel I met with my colleagues for lunch. I had a beef soup and this avocado shrimp salad
The rest of the week was a bit hectic… meeting after meetings. Fortunately the weather was really nice and sunset was specially beautiful.
Food was really good this time because my colleagues know where to go.
this place is called “aqui esta coco” (here it is Coco), so matching right?
three of us shared two appetizers: octopus
and ceviche of assorted seafood
for entree: I had sea bass with sauteed veggies.
and we shared a plate of dessert testing
although it was pricey, the food was really good. Fresh ingredients, well prepared, good presentation and great service!
Look the view where we had breakfast, at 21st floor
the food was fresh and good, but limited in variety. I had this combo almost everyday: 2 hard boiled eggs, fruits and toasts with butter.
we had lunch in different places but I only remembered to take pics at Baco
look this sign: (we don’t have wifi, talk among you). so funny!
we all had this salad: smoked salmon with salmon salad
another great dinner place: Rivoli. We were skeptical at first and wondered why the assistant picked that place because from outside, the restaurant looked mediocre, a typical family style italian place. But our skepticism didn’t go far, once the appetizer came, we all agreed it was going to be a good dinner. 5 of us shared 3 appetizers:
grilled octopus on couscous
ricotta accompanied by dry tomatoes and smoked salmon
mozzarella and dry tomatoes in olive oil
as entree I had grilled sea bass with sautéed mushrooms and zucchini. Absolutely DELICIOUS!!!
this place was the best of all during this trip! I am marking it down for my next time in Santiago. 🙂
On Wednesday night, we were invited to someone’s house for dinner. While we were chatting over wine and steak, a 8.2 degree earthquake happened on the north of Chile. We didn’t feel it but the news came out as Chile had a 8.2 earthquake, so emails/message/calls came altogether to check how I was doing. 😯
fortunately there was no major damage but still 6 people died because it was followed by a tsunami the next day. On Friday 6:53am, while I was still in bed, I felt a shake! An earthquake of 5.4 occurred in a town 50km from Santiago. I got scared this time because the shake felt so real! I changed my air-ticket and left Friday evening. Later my colleagues who left few hours after me told me that another earthquake occurred that night, it was stronger and the light went off for 1 min. How scary!!!
on my way back, I worked and ate like a beast 😉
starter: smoked tune filled with goat cheese and cauliflower
appetizer: capresse salad, mushroom soup and WW bun
entree: chopped lamb, sauteed zucchini with pepper and orzo salad
dessert: strawberries, pecan pie and chocolate cake (the chocolate cake was one of the best cake I’ve ever had!!!)
after all these food, I slept like a baby 😉
glad to be back to a “safe”ground!
It was a nice trip. Interesting meetings, delicious food, fun colleagues to hang out and bit of adventure. 🙂