New Year’s Weekend in Buenos Aires

Saturday

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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.

Sunny days are forecast and are perfect for visiting the Palermo Parks. The Japanese Garden, which is in the area, is also open from 10am-6pm and until Sunday will be featuring a New Year’s wishing bell to clang on in hope for the great things to come. Avenida Casares 2966, Palermo.

A special exhibit on Carlos Gardel is taking place at Casa de la Cultura. Av de Mayo 575, downtown.

PM Open air music- Outdoor live music, art and more merge in this new Saturday event which takes place in Palermo form 2pm to 9pm. Paraguay 4905, Palermo

German DJ Mark Romboy will be kicking off the New Year parties early at Pacha. More information here.

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.

Sunny days are forecast and are perfect for visiting the Palermo Parks. The Japanese Garden, which is in the area, is also open from 10am-6pm and until Sunday will be featuring a New Year’s wishing bell to clang on in hope for the great things to come. Avenida Casares 2966, Palermo.

A special exhibit on Carlos Gardel is taking place at Casa de la Cultura. Av de Mayo 575, downtown.

At 7pm catch the Billy Wilder classic Some Like it Hot, staring Marilyn Monroe at the Centro Cultural Borges. Viamonte and San Martín, downtown.

Monday

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The MALBA museum will be open on the 31st from midday-6pm.  Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 4808-6500.

If you haven’t yet hurry and book your place at Hernán Gipponi Restaurant’s amazing New Year’s Dinner..  Book your place in advance at 3220 6820. Fierro Hotel, Soler 5862, Palermo

Don`t miss the Palacio Barolo New Year’s night tour which ends at midnight with a special toast at the stunning building’s cupola where the city fireworks can be appreciated!  4381-1885. info@palaciobarolotours.com

Magdalena’s party will be hosting a special black and white masquerade with free champagne at midnight! More information here.

Find a list of more New Year’s parties here.

Tuesday

 

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Hernán Gipponi Restaurant will be serving their famous New Year’s brunch complete with juices, breads, tapas, fish, lamb/chicken  and panettone! Book your place in advance at 3220 6820. Fierro Hotel, Soler 5862.

Don´t miss the Gran Danzon’s after New Year party that kicks off at 8 with a DJ, live music, great food  and a fabulous selection of wines and other drinks. Libertad 1161, downtown. 

The Centro Cultural Konex in Almagro offers some of the coolest cultural events in the city and during the summer they will be open in the evenings with live music, ping-pong, film screenings and more for the city folk to enjoy. The first of January will be no exception! Sarmiento 3131, Almagro.

New Year Parties in Buenos Aires

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The biggest party of the year always takes place for New Year and in Buenos Aires a whole roster of international DJ’s will be stopping by to help us say goodbye to the old and hello to the new. The following are the hottest options to greet 2013 in full swing!

John Digweed will be at Crobar in Palermo for a special New Years Party. Tickets here.

At the hip riverside club Mandarine, the Irish John O Callaghan will be setting the pace. Tickets here.

Pacha is a classic New Year spot for regular clubbers and this year Italian Stefano Noferini will be in charge of the music. Tickets here.

At Privilege the music will be at the hand of Slovakian Tomas Haverlik, at the Sudam New Year’s eve.

The largest international crowd will be at the Fiesta Piso Compartido, which reunites hostel guests, travelers and more at Club Niceto from 1.30am onwards.  Tickets here.

Club Severino celebrates an end of the world party that will feature live bands, music and more from 1.30 am onwards.

For a more alternative celebration get your tickets to Fiesta Pies Descalsos (the barefoot party) that will take place in San Telmo.  No shoes allowed, creativity, bathing suites and wacky costumes encouraged!

This Week in Buenos Aires

Wednesday

Bell

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Sunny days are forecast for the next few days and are perfect for visiting the Palermo Parks. The Japanese Garden, which is in the area, is also open from 10am-6pm and until Sunday will be featuring a New Years wishing bell to clang on in hope for the great things to come. Avenida Casares 2966, Palermo.

Later on stop by La Catedral in Almagro where you can take a tango lesson staring at 7.30 pm or 9pm. Sarmiento 4006, Almagro.

Thursday

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The Fundación PROA in La Boca is showcasing a must-see exhibit of renowned artist Alberto Giacometti’s sculptures and paintings. The arts center is also screening a documentary on the artist every hour.  Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

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.

The Colón Theatre will be staging their last ballet of the year, a production of Onieguin by Tchaikovsky. Tickets here.

Friday

full moon

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Book your place for the full parrilla experience with Parrilla Tour. These filling excursions, which take place in San Telmo on Fridays, will surely leave you satisfied.

Later on, starting at 9pm, stop by the Planetarium where there will be an end of the year full moon drum dance and live music. Everyone is welcome to bring instruments and participate!

 The Colón Theatre will be staging their last ballet of the year, a production of Onieguin by Tchaikovsky. Tickets here.

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.

Sunny days are forecast and are perfect for visiting the Palermo Parks. The Japanese Garden, which is in the area, is also open from 10am-6pm and until Sunday will be featuring a New Year’s wishing bell to clang on in hope for the great things to come. Avenida Casares 2966, Palermo.

The Museo Sivori, behind the beautiful Rosedal in Palermo, is displaying Contraluz, a new exhibit by renowned artist Juan Gatti. Av. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo. The  second half of the exhibit is a special projection that takes place at the Planetarium starting at 8.30pm. Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldán.

Find a ten-day weather forecast here.

Christmas Weekend in Buenos Aires

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Saturday

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.

Buenos Aires Christmas Park will be open until the 24th of December and is a great opportunity to donate gifts, to meet Santa and more. Parque Thays at Figueroa Alcorta and Callao.

If you´re still Christmas shopping stop by the Recoleta Christmas Fair from 2pm-8pm.  Ayacucho 1571, Recoleta.

On Saturday evening, starting at 9pm, renowned ballet dancer Eleonora Cassano will dance for the last time at a free event at the Obelisco. She will be staging The Nutcracker. 9 de Julio and Av. Corrientes, San Nicolás.

PM Open air music- Outdoor live music, art and more merge in this new Saturday event which takes place in Palermo form 2pm to 9pm. Paraguay 4905, Palermo

Both on Saturday and Sunday the Colón Theatre will be staging their last ballet of the year, a production of Onieguin by Tchaikovsky. Tickets here.

Those who want to start partying early on in the weekend stop by Pacha where DJ Barem will be from midnight onwards.  Av. Rafael Obligado 6151, Downtown.

Sunday

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.

Buenos Aires Christmas Park will be open until the 24th of December and is a great opportunity to donate gifts, to meet Santa and more. Parque Thays at Figueroa Alcorta and Callao.

If you´re still Christmas shopping stop by the Recoleta Christmas Fair from 2pm-8pm.  Ayacucho 1571, Recoleta. 

Both on Saturday and Sunday the Colón Theatre will be staging their last ballet of the year, a production of Onieguin by Tchaikovsky. Tickets here.

Last minute shoppers will love Noche Shopping, the night in which all shopping malls remain open until 4am, offering discounts and perfect gift-picking opportunities!

Monday

Buenos Aires Christmas Park will be open until the 24th of December and is a great opportunity to donate gifts, to meet Santa and more. Parque Thays at Figueroa Alcorta and Callao.

The MALBA will be open on the 24th from  midday to 6pm. Don’t miss the Tracey Emin and Oscar Muñoz exhibits. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415 , Recoleta.  

For a unique Christmas with tango included book your place at La Viruta after midnight milonga and Christmas dinner. Armenia 1366, Palermo.

If you haven’t yetm hurry and book your place at Hernán Gipponi Restaurant’s amazing Christmas Dinner. Check out the mouth-watering menu here.  Book your place in advance at 3220 6820. Fierro Hotel, Soler 5862, Palermo

Find all the Christmas Eve parties taking place around the city here.

Tuesday

Gipponi Restaurant will be serving their famous Christmas brunch complete with juices, breads, tapas, fish, lamb/chicken  and panettone! Book your place in advance at 3220 6820. Fierro Hotel, Soler 5862.

The Tierra Santa religious theme park will be open on Sunday the 25th from 4pm-10pm and Santa will be there to hand out sweets for the children. Av. Rafael Obligado 5790, Downtown. 4784-9551

Don´t miss the Gran Danzon’s after Christmas party that kicks off at 8 with a DJ, live music, great food  and a fabulous selection of wines and other drinks. Libertad 1161, downtown. 

Stop by Boris Club de Jazz in Palermo and celebrate the music at the Latin Jam starting at 9pm. Gorriti 5568, Palermo.

* Keep in mind that transport is complicated on Christmas Eve so call taxi companies at least a day in advance.

Christmas Eve Parties in Buenos Aires

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Christmas Eve is a big celebration in Argentina. Big family dinners, presents and fireworks are all part of the festivity, and afterwards its time for fun with friends at the great Christmas Eve parties around the city. Because this year Christmas Eve is on a Monday more places will be closed than usual, those open are listed below:

Club Severino: Navidad Terror. Starting at 1am, Club Severino, a Monday night nightclub will be celebrating Christmas with great DJs, surprises and more. Since they only celebrate once every seven years when Christmas falls on a Monday, its bound to be a night to remember. Hipólito Yrigoyen 851, Downtown.

Pacha Buenos Aires: This legendary nightclub will be holding their annual Christmas bash with their trademark electronic beats, at the hand this time of German DJ Tocadisco. Tickets available here.

Magic Christmas at Niceto Club: The Palermo centered club is always a great go-to place when looking to party and Christmas is no exception. Tickets here.

Christmas Husset: It bar Unicorn Husset will be brining in one of the most fun crowds for drinking and mischief starting at 1.30 a.m. Honduras 5730, Palermo.

Franks Bar: This popular Palermo speakeasy requires that you figure out their clues which they post on their Facebook page daily. For Christmas they will be serving festive cocktails after midnight. Arévalo 1445, Palermo.

878: Hidden in Villa Crespo, this bar is often recommended for its variety of wines and whisky’s and for its top quality drinks. Stop by after midnight and toast the night away. Thames 878, Villa Crespo

 

After party:

If on the 25th of December you’re still feeling like wine and bubbly then stop by the Gran Danzon’s after Christmas party that kicks off at 8 with a DJ, live music, great food  and a fabulous selection of wines and other drinks. Libertad 1161, downtown. 

Top 5 Pan Dulces in the City

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Amongst the glories of Argentine Christmas are the panettone in the city bakeries. Know to locals as pan dulce, this bakery specialty are a must on every Argie Christmas table.  Our favorites are from:

Abadía Santa Escolastica: The Benedictine nuns specialize in all things sweet for Christmas and they make fantastic turrones, fruitcakes, chocolate covered dried fruits, alfajores and of course, one of the most respected pan dulces in town.  They offer different varieties including chocolate coated and ice cream stuffed panettone; all worthwhile Christmas indulgences. Libertad 1240, Ground floor, store 19, Recoleta.

El Progreso: This traditional bakery is almost a hundred years old and is one of the city’s hottest pan dulce dealers. They are so popular in fact that they often run out of the seasonal delicacy, so better head there quickly, or otherwise stop by to try some of their other pastries.  Av. Santa Fe 2820, Recoleta.

Nucha:  A more modern option is this popular bakery with stores all around town. They offer both the Italian inspired panettone, which is flatter, and their version of  pan dulce, which is fluffier and higher.  Find a list of all their stores here.

Sugar&Spice: The great thing about Sugar&Spice is not only that their products are fantastic but that they are just a few blocks away from the hotel. Check out their cookies at the Fierro minibars and then stop for some more and one of the best pan dulces or German stollens in town at their nearby store. Guatemala 5419, Palermo.

Patisserie Française: This Palermo centered patisserie offers a great variety of French inspired pastries and for Christmas they make an excellent panettone, which granted is not French in origin, but is delicious just the same. Malabia 2355, Palermo.

On The Argentine Christmas Table: Vitel Thoné

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The Argentine Christmas menu is varied, sometimes it includes asado and others a broad selection of cold dishes such as chicken, stuffed tomatoes, deviled eggs, piononos, palm hearts, salads and more.  Most often it is a combination of the two. What is almost never missing is a Piedmontese dish called Vitel Thoné, which consists of cold sliced meat coated by a sauce of egg, tuna, capers, olive oil, cream and anchovies. Below we share the recipe in case you want to bring it to your own Christmas table:

Ingredients:

–  1-11/2 Kg of round stake/silverside

–  Onion, carrot, bay leaf, and garlic for the broth

–  8 hard-boiled eggs

–  1 cup of olive oil

–  10-12 anchovies

–  2 cans of tuna fish (in brine or oil)

–  1 cup of cream or 1 cup of mayonnaise

–  2 teaspoons of  dijon mustard

–  2 teaspoons of capers

–  Salt and pepper to taste.

Instructions:

– Clean the steak from fat or covering membrane.

– Place steak with salt and vegetables for broth in a large pot of water and boil for approximately an hour or an hour and a half (until it is tender).

– Let cool in the broth.

– Slice into thin pieces.

– In a blender combine the yolks of the 8 hard-boiled eggs, the tuna and the olive oil until a paste is formed.

– Add approximately one cup of broth.

– Add anchovies, mustard, salt and a generous amount of pepper.

– Add the cream/mayonnaise.

– If the sauce is too thick then add a bit more broth.

– Layer the steak slices in a deep dish and cover each layer with the sauce. Sprinkle the capers on top.

– Refrigerate for a few hours to enhance the flavor.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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The MALBA is featuring a new exhibit on celebrated contemporary British artist, Tracy Emin. Not to be missed. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.  

In the evening head to the Teatro Gran Rex where the Chinese ballet company Shen Yun will represent 5000 years of Chinese history through dance. Tickets here.

Tuesday

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The Museo Sivori, behind the beautiful Rosedal in Palermo, is displaying Contraluz, a new exhibit by renowned artist Juan Gatti. Av. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo.

Later on don’t miss the second half of the exhibit, a special projection that will take place at the Planetarium starting at 8.30pm. Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldán.

Wednesday

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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

Later on stop by La Catedral in Almagro where you can take a tango lesson staring at 7.30 pm or 9pm. Sarmiento 4006, Almagro.

Thursday

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If you still haven’t finished your Christmas shopping, head to the quirky Mercado de Pulgas in Palermo, which is a great place to visit and to shop for unique objects and trinkets for your loved ones.

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.

Friday

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Take advantage of the sunshine and book your place for a Foto Ruta Academia tour where you can get to know the city through the lens while benefiting from professional photography tips! More information here.

In the evening stop by Fierro´s Thank Fierro its Friday Happy Hour to celebrate the Summer solstice 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.

The Colón Theatre will be staging their last ballet of the year, a production of Onieguin by Tchaikovsky. Tickets here.

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.

On Saturday evening, starting at 9pm, renowned ballet dancer Eleonora Cassano will dance for the last time at a free event at the Obelisco. She will be staging The Nutcracker. 9 de Julio and Av. Corrientes, San Nicolás.

Both on Saturday and Sunday the Colón Theatre will be staging their last ballet of the year, a production of Onieguin by Tchaikovsky. Tickets here.

On Sunday head to the Feria de Mataderos to experience gaucho traditions, folklore music and typical foods. (Take a cab to avoid getting lost as it is on the outskirts of the city).

A ten-day weather forecast is available here.

Top Alternative Argie Gifts for Christmas

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Gift giving can be hard for some and tricky for others, thankfully, travelling is a great opportunity to purchase creative and unique presents. Typical gifts from Argentina include delicious dulce de leche, mates, tango music and wine, but there is a lot more! Below are our picks for this years Argie Christmas list and you can find more suggestions from last year’s Christmas here.

Gabriela Horvat jewelry: Those who are staying at the hotel have surely noticed the stunning designs by this contemporary Argentine jeweler that are displayed in the hotel lobby. The artistic combination of modern forms with typical materials such as silver and knits make these pieces ideal present candidates. Plus, you can purchase them at the hotel.

Dotta Filetes: Filete Porteño is an Argentine decorative painting style that is typical in the world of tango and nostagic Buenos Aires. Dotta Filetes has incorporated that style to make traditional mates decorated with artful flowers, as well as other objects including shoe shiner’s boxes,, platters, and more in this truly local decorative style. Find their products here.

Fluffy sheep skin slippers: for those who are returning to the northern hemisphere, these slippers will make winter all the cozier sans the cold toes. They are available at stores that sell regional products and probably at a discount price since they are out of season in Argentina.  You can also contact the people at Tacún who specialize in leather and sheep skin items. For those who will be staying in the hot weather, the fresh alternatives are alpargatas, which are comfy fresh shoes with jute soles (Paez has some colorful modern options.)

On the culinary front:

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Traditional gifts regarding food and drink from Argentine would typically include dulce de leche, Havanna alfajores, and a good Malbec, all great choices, however don´t overlook these alternative picks:

Regional Alfajores from Cordoba filled with quince jam or Tucumán alfajores that are filled with meringue and cane sugar. (find our top pick of Argie alfajores with links to where to find them in BA here).

Torrontés wine is the typical white Argie counterpart to Malbec and is just as stellar a gift for cheery toasters.

Local gourmet olive oil is also gaining quite a reputation. Find the best brands of Argentine olive oil  here.

Christmas and New Year at HG Restaurant

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In Argentina, the big Christmas festivity takes place on Christmas Eve. This is probably because one of the seasonal joys is the fantastic food and drink, and in the local summer both are better enjoyed in the evening. Those of you who are looking for the best spot to book a great Christmas of New Year’s Eve dinner should look no further. Hernán Gipponi Restaurant will be offering a delectable menu fit for kings and queens!

Aperitifs include homemade carob/quinoa/multigrain/ciabatta breads with flavored butters, shrimps, black pudding and roasted red bell peppers,  scallops with passion fruit, sweet potato, red onion and chestnuts, and chorizo and tomato sauce.

There will also be a salad of veal sweet breads, yellow bell pepper pulp, roast tomatoes, provolone cheese, mixed greens and sprouts.

(Don’t worry we’ve still got five courses to go!)

The starter will be egg cooked at 68*C with mushrooms and vegetable stalks, all infused with flavored rice stock.

The fish main course  (which happens to be the chef’s specialty) will consist of the catch of the day with a velvety summer squash emulsion, pearled lentils and crab. After that, a delicious veal tenderloin with carrots, fennel and smooth pistachio and spinach sauce.

Finally, a pre-dessert of grilled peaches in Torrontés with Cordoba peanuts and lemon cream will prepare the palate for the final dessert of watermelon, melon, mascarpone cheese, carob and lemon verbena. Afterwards, just in case anyone is still hungry, petit fours and coffee will be served of course.

The menu, including top Argentine wine pairings, mineral water and Nespresso coffee is 650 pesos per person.

And, just in case you wake up on the 25th of December or on the 1st of January with cravings for more, Hernán Gipponi Restaurant will also be serving their famous brunch complete with juices, breads, tapas, fish, lamb/chicken  and panettone!

Let’s hope the Maya were wrong, because this will definitely be worth tasting!

Book your place in advance at 3220 6820. Fierro Hotel, Soler 5862, Palermo.