I was so excited to finally get to go to one of my dream destinations, Punta de Leste! I was so excited that I really did not mind the 4am wake up call to catch the 530am flight! LOL! It was a great way to start the day when you see the sun slowly rising above the mountains and changing the grey skies into these vivid hues of deep oranges and yellows. It was a reminder for me to try and catch the sun rise more often.
Punta de Leste is the playground of South America. It’s located in Uruguay and is filled with luxury apartments and beautiful homes. I have only hear stories of this place and now I am about to experience it. Nix found us a great hotel that recently opened called the Hotel Atlantico http://www.
The people here are super friendly and very kind. I felt this genuine warmth that really made our stay extra special. I immediately asked our concierge where to eat and what to do given our limited time and he drafted a great itinerary that started with a beautiful brunch at the Virazon restaurant http://www.virazon.com.uy I was ecstatic when I saw that they specialised in sea food. Being in a predominantly meat eating continent having sea food was like mana from heaven. We began with a bottle of cold Albarino white one which was really fantastic. Then we ordered some steamed mussels which is Nix’s favourite dish. It was so simple and beautifully prepared that we both let a sigh of happiness. LOL! Then came a plate of perfectly golden crisp calamari followed by a fish dish with brown butter and capers. However the real winner for me was the baby squid in a dark vinegar and onion sauce! this dish was magical! We had the luxury of having a beautiful long lunch while enjoying the fabulous views.
We then walked it off by exploring our area and enjoyed looking at the amazing homes and fantasized what if we could have one of these in the future?! One can dream! In the mean time do enjoy the photos from our first day in Punta de Leste.