We Recommend: Fuudis Gourmet Tours

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One of the great pleasures of travel is getting to know the cuisines of the cities we visit.  Buenos Aires has a lot to offer in that regard, and not only in the realm of stake. The last ten years have seen a boom in the city’s gourmet culinary industry and there is much to sample and savor.

Fuudis, which offers unique gourmet tours in the city, is the perfect way to get to know this delicious side of BA. Their tours, which take place on weekdays from 8.30pm to 11.30pm, include stops at various restaurants focusing on a different city neighborhood on each tour. The experience however is not only culinary, it is also a fun social event and special way to get to know the city.

Additionally, they organize thematic dinners, and this coming Wednesday, Fuudis will be celebrating their last thematic dinner of 2012.  Their green theme is inspired in the upcoming Christmas festivities. The menu they will be offering is available here and places must be booked by today at the latest at hola@fuudis.com.

More information on Fuudis and gourmet tours here.

Almagro Tango Festival 2012

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Throughout the week, until the 2nd of December, Almagro, one of the city’s most renowned tango neighborhoods will be hosting their 2012 tango festival. The event will include, tango lessons, live concerts, and more. Find the schedule for upcoming tango events below:

Thursday

7pm- Tango lessons by Soledad Fernández and Eugenia Della Latta at Almagro Tango Club, Medrano 688, Almagro.

9.30 pm- Live tango music by Duo Greco- Liberati with guests Guillermo Fernández and the Orquesta Típica Almagro, and Osvaldo Peredo.  Almagro Tango Club, Medrano 688, Almagro.

Midnight- Live tango music by Pablo Motta Quintet at Sanata Bar, Sarmiento 3501, Almagro.

Friday

9.30pm- Live tango music by Dúo Daniel Binelli – Polly Ferman and Quasimodo Trío at Almagro Tango Club, Medrano 688, Almagro.

Midnight- Live tango music by Julián Quinteto and Quinteto Tanguísimo at Sanata Bar, Sarmiento 3501, Almagro.

Saturday

9pm- Elvino Vardano String Orchestra and Juan Pablo Navarro featuring “Fantasía Contrapiazzolisimo” and Quinteto Viceversa featuring  “Tangos nocturnos”.  Special guest: Julio Pane. Almagro Tango Club, Medrano 688, Almagro.

11pm-  Negro Falótico and Anibal Corniglio´s quintet at Almagro Tango Club, Medrano 688, Almagro.

Midnight- . Amores Tangos at Sanata Bar, Sarmiento 3501, Almagro.

Sunday

Closing ceremony featuring free tango lessons from 3pm and live music by Violentango/Rock de Nylon, Orquesta Típica Ariel Ardit, Orquesta Típica Conciertos Atorrantes and singers Cucuza Castiello, Guillermo Fernández, Alicia Vignola, Osvaldo Peredo, Negro Falotico and Limón García at Plaza Almagro Sarmiento 3800, Almagro.

There will also be seminars and master classes for accordion players, tango dancers and more. More information here.

Whilst in the area don’t miss these great Almagro hotspots!

Win a Luxury Vineyard Weekend!

Luxury and wine go hand in hand and everyone in Mendoza knows that, specially the people from La Morada de los Andes. This residential community, set amongst the vines of Los Arbolitos vineyard and sheltered by the beautiful views of the Andes Mountains in Valle del Uco, is inaugurating their clubhouse and accomodations in March 2013. For the occasion, they have created a special contest that consists in suggesting names on their Facebook page for their new road. The winner will get the chance to spend a one of a kind luxury weekend, with the company of his or her choice, at this gorgeous location which features great views, an all season swimming pool, tennis courts, fine dining and of course fantastic wine. The contest deadline is on the 9th of December via Facebook.

Those traveling to Mendoza might also be interested in signing up for their La Morada´s 3rd Gourmet Horseback Crossing of the Andes which will be taking place in February, a great month to visit the area due to the harvest festival.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Tuesday

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Today is the much-awaited debut of the “ColónRing” opera, an adaptation of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, to celebrate the bicentennial of the artist’s birth. The show begins at 2.30 pm. Musical adaptation by Cord Garben, Musical Direction by Julien Salemkour, Art Direction and Mise en Scene- Katharina Wagner.  Tickets here.

Later on don’t miss the Blues Festival taking place at La Trastienda from 8pm onwards. Tickets here.

Wednesday

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Don’t miss the Caravaggio exhibit taking place at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Fine Arts Museum) until the 15th of December. Av. Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

At 8.30pm a concert by the German KlangForum Wien will be staged at the Colón theatre. Tickets here.

Thursday

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Check out  the MALBA’s new exhibit on celebrated contemporary British artist, Tracy Emin. Not to be missed. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.

Book your place at 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, which include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, cost 160 pesos per person and are limited to 8. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

In the evening head to the Colón theatre to experience the choreographed interpretation of a compilation of works by Martin Matalon for instruments and solo singers processed by an electronic device in real time. Choreography by Diana Theocharidis. Tickets here.

At 8.30pm a concert by the German KlangForum Wien will be staged at the Colón theatre. Tickets here.

Friday

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Check out the Franz Ackermann exhibit being held at the Faena Art’s Center in the posh Puerto Madero. Also in the area is the ecological reserve and some of the city’s best-known restaurants!

Don’t miss the “ColónRing” opera, an adaptation of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen to celebrate the bicentennial of the artist’s birth. The show begins at 2.30 pm. Musical adaptation by Cord Garben, Musical Direction by Julien Salemkour, Art Direction and Mise en Scene- Katharina Wagner.  Tickets here.

Later on, starting at 8.30pm,  the Colón theatre will also stage the choreographed interpretation of a compilation of works by Martin Matalon for instruments and solo singers processed by an electronic device in real time. Choreography by Diana Theocharidis.  Tickets here.

In the evening stop by Fierro´s Thank Fierro its Friday Happy Hour from 6pm to 8.30 pm and then head to one of the city’s top bars such as Isabel, Frank’s Bar, Unicorn Husset or 878! Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Saturday and Sunday

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Remember to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s unique must-try brunch, served on Saturdays and Sundays! Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood. 3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

The Campeonato Argentino Abierto de Polo, one of the most important polo events of the year, is in full swing with tournaments throughout the weekend. Tickets here.

On Saturday from 3pm onwards don’t miss the Candombe parade that will dance through Defensa Street and Av. Independencia until Parque Lezama.

On Saturday evening, starting at 8.30pm,  the Colón theatre will also stage the choreographed interpretation of a compilation of works by Martin Matalon for instruments and solo singers processed by an electronic device in real time. Choreography by Diana Theocharidis.  Tickets here.

Throughout the weekend the annual Personal Fest will be taking place featuring live shows by Kings of Leon,  Molotov ,  Babasonicos ,  Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas  and S.O.J.A. Tickets here.

On Sunday at 11 am there will be a free choir concert at the Colón theatre. Tickets must be picked up at the theatre’s box office two days in advance.

Find a ten-day weather forecast here.

Long Weekend in Buenos Aires

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Monday is a national holiday as the Battle of Vuelta de Obligado will be remembered and the “Day of National Sovereignty” celebrated. The battle was one of the most important fought by the Argentine Confederation and due to its aftermath effects, such as the adhesion of Chile and Brazil to the confederacy, and the lifting of the blockade by the French and UK, it was taken as a symbol of local autonomy.

Saturday

Hernán Gipponi’s unique must-try brunch will be served at Fierro Hotel. Book your place and indulge! Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood. 3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

The Buenos Aires Market, which offers fresh natural products, and organic produce will be taking place at the Palermo parks this weekend. The Market also offers a large selection of vegetarian meals to try on-site, and a variety of activities and entertainment.  Av. Libertador and Av. Sarmiento. Palermo.

From 10 am to 1pm the stunning Japanese Gardens will be featuring some impressive Sumo Wrestling!Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares.

Don´t miss the last day of Argentine Ice-cream week. Check in at the AFHADYA’s facebook page where they will publish where the Saturday Ice-cream tastings will be!

The Campeonato Argentino Abierto de Polo, one of the most important polo events of the year, is in full swing with tournaments throughout on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets here.

Don’t miss the Buenos Aires Jazz Festival that will take place until the 26th of November promising for swing filled days and many an outdoor show. Find the full program here. 

Sunday

Hernán Gipponi’s unique must-try brunch will be served at Fierro Hotel. Book your place and indulge! Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood. 3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

The Buenos Aires Market, which offers fresh natural products, and organic produce will be taking place at the Palermo parks this weekend. The Market also offers a large selection of vegetarian meals to try on-site, and a variety of activities and entertainment.  Av. Libertador and Av. Sarmiento. Palermo.

A special origami exhibit will take place at the stunning Japanese Gardens on Sunday and Monday.  On Sunday afternoon there will also be a special Argentine/Japanese drum show starting at 5pm. Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares.

The Campeonato Argentino Abierto de Polo, one of the most important polo events of the year, is in full swing with tournaments throughout on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets here.

Don’t miss the Buenos Aires Jazz Festival that will take place until the 26th of November promising for swing filled days and many an outdoor show. Find the full program here. 

Monday

A special origami exhibit will take place at the stunning Japanese Gardens on Sunday and Monday. Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares.

Don’t miss the Buenos Aires Jazz Festival that will take place until the 26th of November promising for swing filled days and many an outdoor show. Find the full program here. 

More music will also be played at the kick-off of the two-day Buenos Aires Blues festival which will be taking place at La Trastienda in San Telmo starting at 8pm. Tickets here.

Monday’s are also the day to stop by La Peña del Colorado where tango peñas are held starting at 8.30pm. This Palermo-centered peña serves traditional food and stages live shows as well as hosting folklore dances for the community.  From midnight onwards they also encourage the diners to play spontaneous guitar music. (They offer the guitars).  Güemes 3657, Palermo. 4822-1038. info@lapeniadelcolorado.com.

Also a Monday classic, La Bomba del Tiempo, a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local musts, will be playing at the  Centro Cultural Konex Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864-3200

Also, don´t miss the Tracey Emin exhibit at the MALBA, the Giacometti exhibit at the Fundación Proa, the Caravaggio exhibit at the MNBA, the Franz Ackermann exhibit at the Faena Arts Center and the Spinetta retrospective at the National Library.

Buenos Aires Jazz Festival

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The Buenos Aires Jazz Festival will be taking place until the 26th of November, promising for a music filled long weekend. The event, which will feature both local and international acts, will also include special classes by international artists, film screenings and a photography exhibit.

Concerts are divided into seven different sections:

–       The international acts section will take place at the Usina del Arte in La Boca and in the Teatro Regio downtown. It will feature live acts by the Alain Jean-Marié Trio/ Cajanegra, Agustín Moya Quinteto / Alain Jean-Marie Solopiano, Dúo Ralph Towner – Javier Girotto / Kirk Lightsey Solopiano, Marc Ducret Trío / Ramon Fossati Glowing Trío, John Hollenbeck Quintet / Kirk Lightsey Trío, and Banda Mantiqueira.

–       The outdoor shows section will feature free shows on the outdoor terrace of the Centro Cultural Recoleta and the Anfiteatro Parque Centenario.

–       The jazzology section will also take place at the Centro Cultural Recoleta and features a jazz program directed by Carlos Inzillo who has brought different artists together to promote the local jazz scene.

–       There will also be an unplugged section that will feature free concerts at the Centro Cultural Recoelta’s El Aleph auditorium.

–       Every evening staring at 11.30pm there will be a jam session at La Trastienda with renowned local jazz musician Gillespi.

–       The special projects section will also take place in La Trastienda and will feature free concerts presenting new records and concepts by different artists.

–       Finally, Cruces is the section destined to bringing local and international artists together on the same stage. Upcoming concerts taking place at Cafe Vinilo and Notorious include: Danny Grissett & Jeanfrançois Prins + Juan Manuel Bayón & Luciano Ruggieri, Ugonna Okegwo, Adam Cruz & Mark Aanderud + Alejandro Demogli & Mariano Loiácono, Louis Winsberg + Ezequiel Dutil, Hernán Mandelman & Sophie Lüssi, Gilles Naturel & Philippe Soirat + Tomás Fraga & Manuel Fraga, David Gilmore & Agustín Moya + Mariano Sivori & Tomas Babjaczuk, Alfio Origlio, Jérôme Regard & Raimundo Santander + Hernán Hecht, Eric Echampard, Bruno Chevillion & Joel Holmes + Luis Nacht, and Judy Niemack & Paula Shocron Trío.

The Centro Cultural Recoleta will also feature free film screenings and a photography exhibit. Additionally, there will be special workshops and classes offered by some of the international artists who have been invited to the event.

The full festival program is available here.

Tickets for special workshops, international concerts and Cruces concerts are available for purchase here.

High Tea Fashion at Fierro Hotel

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Shop Hop BA  and Fierro Hotel have put together a unique event for the lady fashionistas in the city, and all in perfect time for Christmas shopping.

The event, which will take place on Wednesday the 21st of November at 5 pm in the lush hotel garden, will bring together some of Buenos Aires’s trendiest designers, including Gabriela Horvat, Marina H Diseños, Escudo Prana, Delgè, Blue Bagz Tees and  Adeli Paris. Meeting many of them will be possible, browsing and shopping as well, and to top it all off there will be a choice of five wines to sip on and a cold buffet and tapas from the hotel’s renowned Hernán Gipponi Restaurant.

Attendance must be confirmed in advance at infoshopbuenosaires@gmail.com and the cost is 150 pesos which includes the snacks and wine. Fierro Hotel is on Soler 5832, Palermo.

More information about Shop Hop BA is available at www.shop-buenosaires.com

Franz Ackermann at Faena Arts Center

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Renowned German contemporary artist Franz Ackermann is known for his colorful large-scale representations of his journeys through urban landscapes. Inspired by psychogeography, the artist roams different places and then puts together bright conceptual maps of the cities he visits, reflecting his psychological experience of the surroundings.

Throughout November, the Faena Arts Center in Puerto Madero will be exhibiting the artist’s latest work based on the his experience of Buenos Aires. The exhibits is open to the public from Friday to Sunday from midday to 7pm and tickets cost 30 pesos. Aimé Paine 1169, Puerto Madero. 4010 9233. info@faenaartscenter.org

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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From the 16th of November to the 25th of February the MALBA will be featuring a new exhibit on celebrated contemporary British artist, Tracy Emin. Not to be missed. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.  

In the evening stop by La Peña del Colorado where a tango peña will be held at 8.30pm. This Palermo-centered peña serves traditional food and stages live shows as well as hosting folklore dances for the community.  From midnight onwards they also encourage the diners to play spontaneous guitar music. (They offer the guitars).  Güemes 3657, Palermo. 4822-1038. info@lapeniadelcolorado.com.

Tuesday

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Check out the new fileteado porteño exhibit that was recently incorporated to the  Museo de la Ciudad which showcases all kinds of different aspects of Buenos Aires including city doors, toys, musical instruments, advertisements and more. Defensa 219, San Telmo. 4331-9855

In the evening Joss Stone will playing at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here

Wednesday

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Book your place for a unique afternoon of wine, tapas and Argentine fashion (think amazing leather bags, jewelry and more) at the Fierro Hotel garden from 5pm-8pm. Organized by Shop Hop BA and Hernán Gipponi Restaurant. infoshopbuenosaires@gmail.com

The Buenos Aires Jazz Festival kicks off at 8.30pm at the Usina del Arte in La Boca with a show by the Tom Harrel Quintet. The festival will take place until the 26th of November, promising for swing filled days and many an outdoor show. Find the full program here. 

British band Pulp will also be staging a live concert at Estadio Luna Park. Tickets here.

Thursday

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Spring is the time for outdoor sightseeing and there are some great tours by air and water that make for perfect alternatives to get to know the city in a fun and novel way.

Book your place at 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, which include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, cost 160 pesos per person and are limited to 8. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

In the evening Joss Stone will playing at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here

Friday

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Don’t miss the Caravaggio exhibit taking place at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Fine Arts Museum) until the 15th of December. Av. Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

In the evening stop by Fierro´s Thank Fierro its Friday Happy Hour from 6pm to 8.3opm and then head to one of the city´s top bars such as Isabel, Frank`s Bar, Unicorn Husset or 878! Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Saturday and Sunday

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Remember to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s unique must-try brunch, served on Saturdays and Sundays! Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood. 3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

The Buenos Aires Open Air Market will be taking place throughout the weekend at Barrancas de Belgrano, offering fresh organic produce and more!

The Campeonato Argentino Abierto de Polo, one of the most important polo events of the year, is in full swing with tournaments throughout the weekend. Tickets here.

Don’t miss the Buenos Aires Jazz Festival that will take place until the 26th of November promising for swing filled days and many an outdoor show. Find the full program here. 

Don’t Miss: Feria Masticar

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The Feria Masticar, a food and cooking fair organized by some of the city’s most prestigious chefs, kicks off today until the 18th of November.  Throughout the weekend, delicious food, top quality products and special cooking classes will all be offered at this first edition of the fair, which promotes itself under the slogan Comer rico hace bien (Eating delicious food is good for you).

A group called A.C.E.L.G.A, which is comprised of renowned chefs and businessmen from the culinary world, put the event together. The chefs themselves selected the products that will be on sale. Additionally, there will be plenty a chance to try some delicious traditional and novel local cuisine including a special menu by GAJO (a full list of participating restaurants and the menus they will be offering is available here). Also, some of Buenos Aires’ celebrity chefs will offer cooking classes and conferences throughout the three days (Find the full program here).

Tickets to the fair cost 30 pesos and include access to cooking classes and conferences (limited to available space). The fair will be open from midday to 11pm on Friday and Saturday, and until 10pm on Sunday. El Dorrego,  Zapiola 50, Colegiales