New to the City: Faena Arts Center

(Photo by Maren Yumi)

Known for his extravagance and for owning the Faena Hotel and Universe, which was designed by Philippe Starck, Alan Faena bets on art once more on his new Puerto Madero venture, the Alan Faena Arts Center.

The stunning new addition to the city’s cultural scene is still brand new after being inaugurated in September, and is showcasing the centers’ opening Ernesto Neto exhibit  which was curated by the Tate Modern’s Jessica Morgan.  An impressive crochet sculpture/installation partly suspended from the roof,  which visitors can walk through barefoot, achieves the participation that the renown Brazilian artist looks to generate with his sinuous interactive pieces.

The exhibition is open from Tue-Sun from 11am-7pm and entry fee is 20 pesos.

Faena Arts Center

Bvd. Azucena Villaflor 400, Puerto Madero

4010 9233

info@faenaartscenter.org

5 Outdoor Buenos Aires Attractions

(Photo by Denise Mayumi)

 

As the days get warmer and the sun shines bright, exploring the city out in the fresh air becomes more appealing. Fortunately, one of the great things about Buenos Aires is that despite being a gigantic urban labyrinth, its streets are lined with lush trees and there are plenty a park and a place to explore outdoors.

 

Parque 3 de Febrero: The lush extensive parks that were inaugurated in 1852 by caudillo Juan Manuel de Rosas are a city emblem. Between Av. Libertador and Lugones, and extending from Av. Casares in Palermo to La Pampa in Belgrano, this group of parks is composed of 25 hectares made up of 15 public parks and 21 private sport clubs.  Some of the highlights for those getting to know the city include the “Rosedal”, an extensive rose garden with an Andalusian patio and a small lake to pedal boat in, the Sivori museum of art, the planetarium and the Japanese gardens which host a variety of activities related to Japanese culture.

 

Recoleta parks and Cemetery: The Recoleta Cemetery is one of the most famous attractions of Buenos Aires and for good reason. Great political figures, scientists, writers and other important characters of the city are buried in this cemetery full of stories of broken hearts, love and hate, friendship, obsession, loyalty and ghosts. The architecture of the vaults is also pretty spectacular which is why it’s a must visit. Other attractions in the area include very extensive and lovely parks, museums, architectural gems and the famous Floralis Generica monument.

 

Puerto Madero: Pierced by the river, this upscale area is lined with renovated warehouses that were turned into hip restaurants overlooking sailboats and bridges. Modern and upscale, it is a great place to walk through, and lunch in. The elegant Puente de la Mujer (woman’s bridge), and the Fragata de Libertad (a ship turned into a museum) are the main attractions of this carefully cared for area.

 

Reserva Ecológica: Behind Puerto Madero is a unique ecosystem that naturally emerged from deposits of rubble used for the construction of a highway in the 70s and 80s.  It has become a great place for bird watching within minutes of the city, and also has the best views of the city’s skyline. Guided tours of the reserve are available on weekends from 10.30am-3.30pm and a monthly nocturnal visit is conducted which you must book a week in advance for. More information on nocturnal tour dates here.

 

Tigre: In the outskirts of the city, on the opposite side of town, is an island lined by small rivers and streams. The rugged location surrounded by nature offers a variety of attractions including canoeing, kayak and other excursions by boat, trekking, ecotourism, motorboat and commuter boats to take you to different places on the riverside, restaurants, spas, tea-houses, picnic sites, a naval museum, an art museum, a mate museum, a casino, a crafts fair and an amusement park. More information here.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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One of the architectural landmarks of the city is the famous Palacio Barolo. Construction of this regal building full of references to poet Dante Alighieri began in 1919 for what was to be the tallest structure in Latin America. Guided tours are available Mondays and Thursdays from 4pm to 7pm and evening guided tours on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8pm and Thursdays at 8.30pm includes tasting of an awarded wine and a national delicacy.

In the evening the talented flamenco dancer, Rafaela Carrasco, will be putting on a show at  Parque Centenario at 8pm.

 

Palacio Barolo

Av de Mayo 1370 9° P. Esc. 249/52

Tel/Fax: (54-11) 4381-1885

info@palaciobarolotours.com.ar

barolotours@gmail.com

 

Parque Centenario

Avenida Díaz Vélez 5463

4982 4252

 

Tuesday

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An exhibition on the storefront windows of the historic La Estrella pharmacy is being displayed at the Museo de la Ciudad.

In the evening head to traditional cafe Los 36 Billares for a live tango show with dancing staring at 9pm.

 

Museo de la Ciudad

Defensa 223, San Telmo

4331-9855

Open: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm

 

Los 36 Billares

Av. De Mayo 1265, Downtown

4381-5696

 

Wednesday

(Photo by Valerie Everett)

A special exhibit of clothing and accessories related to weddings and family from 1870-1915  is being showcased at the Museo de Arte Hispano Americano Isaac Fernandez Blanco.

In the evening head to 878 bar in Palermo where renowned cocktail artist Tato Giovannoni will be preparing drinks thought the week.

 

Museo de Arte Hispano Americano

Suipacha 1422, Downtown

4327- 0228

 

878

Thames 878, Palermo

4773-1098

 

Thursday

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Explore the Tres de Febrero parks in Palermo. Between Av. Libertador and Lugones, and extending from Av. Casares in Palermo to La Pampa in Belgrano, this group of parks is composed of 25ha made up of 15 public parks and 21 private sport clubs and includes the “Rosedal”, an extensive rose garden, the Sivory Museum, the planetarium and the Japanese gardens.

Later on Book your place for the Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine sommelier association Andres Rosberg and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno.  Tastings cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people.

 

Fierro Hotel Buenos Aires

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220-6800

 

Friday

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Experiment with your senses at the Centro Cultural Konex where the temporary exhibit “Dialogo en la Oscuridad” will guide you through a series of recreated situations, such as shopping or traveling in a boat,  in total darkness. The exhibit is held from 3pm-5.30pm

Afterwards stop for 5 o’clock tea at the stunning Las Violetas teahouse, which is just a few blocks away.

Also in the area is La Catedral where you can take an informal tango lesson at 7.30pm or at 9pm.

 

Centro Cultural Konex

Sarmiento 3131, Abasto.

4864-3200

 

Las Violetas

Av. Rivadavia 3899, Abasto.

4958-7387

 

La Catedral

Sarmiento 4006, doorbell 5, Almagro

Telephone: 4342-4794

 

Saturday and Sunday

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Check out one of the documentaries at DocBsAs, the annual documentary festival.  Program available here.

Sunday won’t offer much in terms of activities as it is Election Day, so it is a good chance to walk around the city to see architectural landmarks such as the Puente de la Mujer and the Cavannagh building. Restaurants will be open although alcohol will not be served on Saturday evening or Sunday.

 

Delicious Fainá

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If you are one of the many who have been seduced by the local pizza then you have probably seen or tried “fainá”. This flat “bread” made with chickpea flour, water  and olive oil was incorporated to the local cuisine by the Italian immigrants (who fortunately also brought pizza to go with it and ice-cream for dessert!).

The proper way to eat it Buenos Aires style is under a slice of pizza, preferably “fugazzeta” which is made with onion and cheese and is a classic! (Or if you’re a vegan or a celiac you can enjoy it plain, just make sure previously that they don’t mix cheese or white flour into their recipe).

Fainá is also so easy to make that if you’re feeling nostalgic for your days in BA you can just bake some and relive the experience! We have included a recipe below.

Ingredients

250 grams of chickpea flour

600 milliliters of water

3 Tbsp olive oil

salt and pepper

Whisk the chickpea flour, salt, pepper(optional) and water until you obtain a homogenous liquid batter. Let it sit.

Meanwhile warm the oven to 180 C and pour the olive oil on a baking sheet or pizza pan.

Place the baking sheet/pizza pan in the oven to warm the oil and once it is warm take it out of the oven and pour the batter into it. Then place it back into the oven for approximately 20-30 minutes, until the batter becomes solid and the fainá is golden on top.

Wine Regions of Argentina: La Rioja

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Although Mendoza is Argentina’s top wine region, La Rioja, is one of the oldest and has the longest continued history of wine production in the country.  The Spanish-named province was planted with grapes by Jesuit missionaries who settled there in the 16th century, and is the main producer of our white, crisp Torrontés Riojano, an indigenous grape from which truly local wine is made.

The main winemaking area in La Rioja is Chilecito where the Famatina Valley is located. The high altitude, low humidity, the sandy loam soils and sunny weather make this an ideal place for viticulture with Torrontés Riojano and Bonarda as the main cultivated varieties, although Muscat of Alexandria, Pinot Grigio, Malbec and Syrah are also thriving in the area. Other interesting wine producing areas are Nonogasta, Vichigasta, Anillaco, and Famatina, representing roughly 3,7% of the total area with vineyards in Argentina.

For a special sample of Argentine wines, accompanied by snacks from HG Restaurant, don’t miss our weekly tastings every Thursday starting at 7PM at Fierro Hotel.  Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220 6800. recepcion@fierrohotel.com.

Buenos Aires Gastronomic Week

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Eating is one of the most enjoyable daily experiences people share. The satisfaction of satiating hunger, the nourishment derived from food, the aromatic stimulation of taste buds, the visual appeal of colorful edibles, and also, the cultural aspects of eating including how it is shared, its preparation and how different flavors are combined, make up the culinary world, which many consider an art.

This week, the city celebrates its gastronomic expressions with a variety of events, promotions and tasty bites. Below are some recommended activities.

 

Wednesday

Chef Soledad Nardeli from Chila will dictate a free cooking class at 6pm at Aguero and Libertador in Recoleta.

Also in Recoleta at 6.30 Pm in traditional café La Biela, Haroldo Darnauchans, will be speaking about the history of coffee.

 

Thursday

Tour the city’s pizzerias and try your favorite slices at the very best venues in town. More information on the participating pizzerias here.

Pura Tierra’s chef , Martín Molteni , will dictate a free cooking class at 6pm at Parque Centenario.

Bartender Inés de los Santos will present her new book on cocktails at 7pm at  Café Restó Los Pastizales. (check out her book on Buenos Aires Bars, available at the hotel library).

 

Friday

Chef Patissier Osvaldo Gross, who is also releasing a book on chocolate, will dictate a free cooking class at 6pm at  Plaza Gral. Manuel Belgrano.

 

Saturday

Take advantage of the special 2×1 on cocktails and drinks in Franks Bar and  Chez Nous from 6pm onwards or on a 5óclock tea at the traditional Confiteria La Ideal (from 4pm-7pm).

 

More information on Buenos Aires Gastronomic Week here.

 

This Week in Buenos Aires

Tuesday

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For those of you interested in economics and Argentine economic history, head to the Museum of External Debt where you can find out more about the economic evolution of the country. Audio guides in English are offered.

Later on head to Doppelganger Bar in San Telmo for some of the city’s best drinks and atmosphere.

 

Museum of External Debt

José E. Uriburu 781, 1st floor, Downtown.

4374-4448

Open: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm

 

Doppelganger Bar

Juan de Garay 500, San Telmo

4300 0201

 

Wednesday

(Photo by Ignacio Sanz)

Buenos Aires Gastronomic Week is here and many activities such as free outdoor cooking lessons amongst others are on the schedule. On Wednesday tour the city’s pizzerias and try your favorite slices at the very best venues in town. More information on participating pizzerias and Buenos Aires Gastronomic week here.

In the evening the spectacular Chinese circus group, Sky Mirage, will be staging a show at the Opera Citi Theatre. Tickets here.

 

Opera Citi Theatre

Avenida Corrientes 860, Downtown

0800-444-6464

 

Thursday

Take a guided tour of the San Martin theatre to get a behind the scenes feel of a theatre production. Tours in English are available from Tuesdays to Fridays at 12noon.

Later on Book your place for the Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine sommelier association Andres Rosberg and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno.  Tastings cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people.

 

San Martin Theatre

Avenida Corrientes 1530, Downtown

4374-8611

 

Fierro Hotel Buenos Aires

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220-6800

 

Friday

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The Villa O Campo in the Neighborhood of San Isidro in the outskirts of Buenos Aires brought together intellectuals and renowned twentieth century authors. Tours of the home and gardens are offered from Thursday to Sundays where you an also sit down for tea and scones in the afternoon.

In the evening, legendary guitarist and songwriter Eric Clapton will be gracing the stage of the River Plate Stadium at XPM. Tickets here.

 

Villa O Campo

Elortondo 1811, Beccar.

4732-4988

 

River Plate Stadium

Av. Figueroa Alcorta 7597, Nuñez

4789-1358

 

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by Chechi Pe)

The Palais de Glace in Recoleta was once an ice skating rink, then a dance hall and now destined to art exhibitions. Tours of the exhibits are offered every Saturday from 4-5pm and aim to promote the understanding and discussion of art. Posadas 1725, Recoleta. 4804 -1163.

Take one of Landing Pad’s Graffiti Biking Tours on Sundays at 1pm and discover the streets of Buenos Aires and its hidden street art. More information here.

Deep Purple has been rocking since the 60’s and considerately visits the large community of local fans every few years, this time at the Luna Park Stadium on both Saturday and Sunday. Av. Madero 420, Downtown. 5279-5279. Tickets here.