The religious theme park, complete with life-size Biblical dioramas seemingly made of Play-doh, actors dressed in ancient Roman military garb, and a 40-foot statue of Jesus that "rises" from a mountain top on the hour, was a must-do on my BA bucket list.
Main reason for my visit?: A chance to witness the Last Supper first-hand, complete with the apostles coming to life via animatronic technology.
Main purpose?: To finally offer up a review of the Last Supper from a culinary perspective. As a friend remarked before I left for Argentina, much has been said of this critical dinner in Biblical history, but not on the gastronomic front.
Walking into the park's Last Supper tableau, I quickly realized that authenticity was not to be had...
Do you see what I see?
That's right folks. That there is leavened bread. Now, I may be a Hebrew School dropout, but I do believe that the Last Supper was a Passover seder -- and at seder, we only eat unleavened bread, better known today as Matzoh.
And, in case you're thinking that maybe that isn't bread up on the table above -- a roasted pumpkin perhaps? -- the team at Tierra Santa made sure you weren't the least bit confused, showing some ladies actually making and retrieving the bread in the rear of the auditorium...
Yeah. Well. I am going to give them a pass on the wine and assume it was Kosher. At least there wasn't roast suckling pig on the Pesach table.
I promise, it's up next.