A Tradition Lives On

Hello friends! Happy Monday!! I hope that everyone had a fantabulous weekend, I know I did. Today I want to take a moment to talk about something that is very, very dear to me - a tradition I started known as Girls' Night Dinner. When I was studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina I had the brilliant idea of having anywhere between 12 and 20 girls (all part of my study abroad group) over at my place for an evening of wining and dining. It was an attempt to get to know everyone better outside of the school setting and outside of the clubbing scene. Little did I know that this small act of home-making was about to blow up and become a life long tradition in my life.

My girls and I started doing a rotation and every Tuesday night we would ALL gather at someone's apartment - luckily nobody was living alone and most of our girls were lumped together. The lovely hostesses would cook and everyone else would bring pastries, side dishes, appetizers, or wine. Mostly wine. There was always a lot of wine at these gatherings. Hey, when in Argentina, drink as much delicious cheap wine as you possibly can. (You can absolutely quote me on that.)

These Tuesday night gatherings became some of my most FAVORITE memories from studying abroad. If you know anything about me, you know that I love cooking, wine, giggles, and girl talk. Combine all of these things and that is what girls' night dinners were.

When I left Buenos Aires, I tried to keep up the tradition back in Miami, but it's a lot harder to gather people when you have actual school and homework and part time jobs. So I let it go and decided to just let girls' night dinner be a sweet, sweet memory of study abroad times.

Fast forward two years to September 2011 - I'm back in New York City and I've got another awesome group of girl friends. Every Monday and Thursday night some of our favorite TV shows have new episodes coming out. Lucky me, I wrangled free cable (don't be too jeally - it's just the first 10 channels) so my lady friends Laura and Melissa always come over and sometimes Shea and Jamie grace us with their presence as well. GIRLS' NIGHT DINNER IS BACK YA'LL. And I'm loving it. Especially in the cold weather when all you want to do is settle down with some good food, good wine and good friends.

These new girls' night dinners are way more low key than the original ones I used to host, but that's not a bad thing. At the same time, it does make me miss my internationally scattered study abroad friends - Kirsty, Natalie, JuJu, Emily, Lauren, Gaby, Rosie, Beth, Ale, Pernille, Michelle, Rachel, Charlotte, Tiphaine, Laetitia, and many more. I hope that one day we can all be reunited for one more girl's night dinner. LOVE YOU LADIES!

As for now - I have to go put the finishing touch on tonight's dinner (homemade burgers) and settle down for How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men with my girls.

Ciao babies! xx Nikbear