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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

El Gaucho Restaurant

Veracruz, Mexico

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

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Spending some time in Veracruz, Mexico, we have visited the Naval Museum, the Acuario de Veracruz, the fort that Hernan Cortez built to deter pirates in the1500s, and have been watching the ship traffic from our hotel window of the international trading port of Veracruz.

We have also eaten at various restaurants, and today we thought we'd try El Gaucho Restaurant, an Argentine Grill with Mexican and Veracruzan influence.

Gauchos have a colorful history - some people considering these men of the pampas to be skilled horsemen, brave and unruly. Others, like the Spanish government of the 17th century, thought them to be thieves and bootleggers.

Inside El Gaucho Restaurant

This particular restaurant - named after the folk symbol of Argentiina, Uruguay, the Chilean Patagonia and Rio Grand in Brazil - opened in 1983 to offer breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The menu is varied offering countless choices.

Gauchos, while noble, brave and generous were also known to be skillful in subtle tricks as well as being crafty.

 

 

 

 

Menu at El Gaucho Restaurant

As you can see here, the menu offers pasta, pizza, poultry, Mexican meats, imported meats, fish and seafood. There are soups, salads and a whole list of beverages to choose from.

Gauchos hunted wild cattle, ostriches and other meats on the pampas and were more of a social class than a particular race.

Because the grasslands were home to a variety of wild game, it meant that a skilled horseman and hunter could live without permanent employment by selling things like hides, feathers, pelts, and eating free beef.

These men lead an independent, migratory existence and held strong aversion to any kind of sedentary lifestyle like farming.

Vacio and French Fries

Billy ordered Vacio - a particular cut of beef loved in Argentina - with French Fries.

By the 18th Century, the Spanish Colonialists considered gauchos to be outlaws, robbers and smugglers.

Since the Spanish were so controlling of the populace including things like taxation, this wildly self-reliant tribe of self-sufficient people were considered to be lamentably reprehensible and their social standing was considered to be very low.

The word "gaucho" was an insult, but was also used to describe country people in general, without the animosity attached.

Argentine Lasagna

I ordered Argentine Lasagna. Since I grew up Italian, I wanted to know how differently this dish was prepared by this Argentine Grill Restaurant.

It was delicious!

 

 

 

 

There was ham, ground beef, chopped green peppers, lots of sauce and parmesan cheese.

During the 1700s, King Ferdinand VI of Spain created an anti-smuggling militia to protect the boundaries of his colony, Buenos Aires, in Argentina. The skills of the gauchos came in handy, so he hired these same outlaws for his own ambitions.

At this time, the pejorative term "gaucho" was changed and instead these men earned admiration and uplifted their image.

Tiramisu

Tiramisu is a classic Italian dessert. This one is served in an Argentine Restaurant in Mexico.

Go figure.

But it was good!

Lastly, gauchos kept their independent personalities and could not be attached to people or places for very long. They were known to simply up and leave without notice, even when they enjoyed their community and physical location.

They were very hospitable people, especially to travelers, giving them lodging and food willingly. They worked well for others, but could never be "owned", valuing their freedom above all.

Our bill for 2 people

This was our bill for two people. Before tip, it came to 753Pesos or about $38USD.

All in all, our meal was good.

Would we return?

Yes, we would!

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El Gaucho

Mexican, Argentinean, Seafood, Latin, Steakhouse

Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Num. 18, esq. Colon. Col. Reforma

Veracruz Mexico

Open daily 7am to 1am closed Sundays

 Website: http://www.elgaucho.com.mx/

Tele: +52 229 935 0411

 

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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on Amazon.com.

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