Monday, September 8, 2014

Marriage Reconciliation At Johnny B. Good

When Zach and I got married in NY in 2012, we thought it was going to last forever. Then the stress that came with moving abroad to Argentina practically tore us apart. We were separated and our 12 year relationship, of which we had spent a year and a half married, had come to an end.

During our 8 months separation, we realized that we still loved each other and needed one another to get through the challenges we faced since we moved here. So we are officially back together!
To celebrate, we went to a restaurant that I’ve been dying to go to since we moved here two years ago. It’s called Johnny B. Good and is located in the heart of Nueva Cordoba.
The place offers a variety of Americanized dishes. The first thing we noticed as we came in is how much it reminded us of Uno’s Chicago Grill or Chili’s, two of our favorite restaurants back home in the States.

We got there at noon but were afraid that they weren’t serving yet. We’ve had some previous experiences with other restaurants in Cordoba where they won’t serve you unless it’s 1 pm. I’m not talking about the fast food restaurants of course but the fancier restaurants. So it was very nice of Johnny B. Good to open their doors at 12. We were one of the first customers.
 The menu had an assortment of appetizers, main courses, and my favorite, desserts. Zach and I started out with the potato skins. They’re not exactly like the ones they serve in the States but it’s close enough. The inside is stuffed with cheese and there’s no way you can avoid noticing how thick these puppies are. Potato Skins are usually thin and have cheddar and bacon bits sprinkled over them. These were gigantic but still delicious.
Then I went ahead and ordered the Philly Cheesesteak which I haven’t had in ages. They call it the Golden Baguette here and it only costs 83 Argentine pesos (9.86 USD as of the 9/8/14 exchange rate).
Zach had a burger with huge onion rings, not those scrawny shriveled up things they give you at BK. The bacon wasn’t really bacon because it’s hard to find in Argentina. They have something similar here but the texture isn’t the same. It’s softer and feels raw in your mouth, but Zach loved the burger just the same. The cost was about the same as the Philly Cheesesteak.
We were stuffed but decided to go ahead and push our stomachs beyond their limit and order some dessert.
 Zach had something that looked like an Oreo ice cream cookie with vanilla sauce on the side. While I had a brownie cup … well … it’s kind of difficult to explain. The first layer is whip cream with a layer of fruit, followed by a layer of "Dulce de Leche" (A caramel-like spread that is very popular here) and a brownie crumbled at the bottom of the glass cup.

With drinks (non-alcoholic), the bill came up to 425 Argentine pesos (50 USD as of the 9/8/14 exchange rate).

All in all, it was money well spent to celebrate our reconciliation.
Debating whether or not to go into the book fair
Afterwards we went walking around the city and saw that the annual book fair was in full bloom in Plaza San Martin. I’ve covered the last two fairs but this year I felt that there wasn’t anything new or special to report. Zach and I went through the fair rather quickly. We were looking for novels in English but since they don’t sell those here much, the bookstores that take part in the fair didn’t bother to bring their small selection of English novels.
The fair did serve one purpose and that was to kill time until our movie started. In case I haven’t mentioned it, we have a history of going to the movies over the last 12 years. Our ticket stub collection is almost as big as the thousands of DVDs we own. We watched the comedy “Sex Tape” with Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz. We were the only people who laughed at the jokes because we were used to that type of humor but the film wasn’t that good.

On a different note, Zach recently became the proud uncle of a beautiful baby girl (I guess that by marriage that makes me an uncle too) and we'd like to take the time to congratulate his brother and his wife for their new addition.

I would also like to congratulate my very dear friend Amber and her husband Chris on the birth of baby Nathan.

We love and miss our friends and family back in the States but are grateful for the wonderful friends we've made during our stay here.


  1. So HAPPY for you both Jorge! Way to hang in there. Love you!

    1. Thank you so much Steph! I miss you and love you too!

  2. I appreciate the specifics about your meal at Johnny B. Good. I was surprised at the cost. Would be interested to read about the cost of dining out in restaurants featuring typical local foods.

    1. I'll look into it and let you know. Typically a pizza is 79 pesos (9.28 USD). An average meal per person can range anywhere between 50 to 75 pesos at a restaurant (5.57 to 8.81 USD). I will do a bit more research and come up with a post on the cost of typical Argentine food at restaurants soon.