On the Argentine Easter Table: Rosca de Pascuas

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Just like Christmas has its characteristic menu so does Easter and in Argentina, aside from chocolate Easter eggs of course, and juicy asados to break lent, a typical sweet pastry of the season is Rosca de Pascua (or Easter roll). It’s origins are Spanish and it consists of a ring shaped sweet bread filled traditionally with pastry crème although there are many varieties, some with almonds and marzipan, others with chocolate, and very argie versions with dulce de leche.

Some of the best places to get your roscas include Abadía Santa Escolástica which offers 5 different varieties including the traditional simple pastry-crème filled rosca, one with plums and pastry crème, with dulce de leche, marzipan and pastry crème and a chocolate version. Sugar & Spice also makes a great rosca with almond filling. Finally Plaza Mayor is another classic city spot to get perfect roscas and they offer the traditional pastry crème rosca as well as one with marzipan, quince jam, sweet potato jam and crunchy almonds, one with marzipan, nuts and chocolate chips and one with marzipan, nuts and raisins.

Abadía Santa Escolástica: Libertad 1240, 1st floor, Recoleta. 4519-8016

Sugar & Spice: Guatemala 5415, Palermo.  4777-5423

Plaza Mayor: Venezuela 1399, Downtown. 4383-0788

 

 

Easter Brunch at Hernán Gipponi Restaurant

The long Easter weekend is the perfect excuse for leisurely brunching and the best place in Buenos Aires for sweet and savory indulgence is Hernán Gipponi Restaurant where special Easter brunch will be offered on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

On all three days, the brunch will feature a light entree of breads, juices, and fruit followed by egg in creamy carrot puree and tomato basil broth.  After that, some delicious tapas including shrimp and baby squid, prepared differently each day, and mackerel empanadas on Friday, spinach puffs on Saturday and goat cheese with mango chutney on Sunday, will set the tone for the rest of the deliciousness to come.

On Friday the main courses will consist of creamy rice with mussels and mushrooms and catch of the day with potatoes au gratin, and fresh greens with arugula oil.  On Saturday, the same fish main course will be served and also chicken breast with curry crème, sweet potatoes and red cabbage. Finally on Sunday, after the catch of the day, the moment of breaking lent will arrive with a delicious lamb in curry sauce, and sweet potatoes and red cabbage.

A deep red berry soup with vanilla ice cream and sable breton promises to end brunch on a sweet note.

On Saturday and Sunday, brunch is 150 pesos per person and on Sunday it is 200 pesos and includes a glass of premium Patritti wine.  Book your place in advance at 3220 6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

 

Easter in Buenos Aires

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Easter weekend is coming up and should prove to be an eventful festivity given the enthusiasm that the naming of the new pope brought about the Argentine people. Also, since Monday and Tuesday have been added as national holidays in memory of the soldiers in the Malvinas war, the long weekend should prove to be extra long and many a porteño will leave the city for a few days of rest.

On Good Friday expect very little to be open except restaurants, museums and cinemas. We recommend double-checking beforehand.

For those who wish to participate in the religious festivities, the Buenos Aires Via Crucis, in which the fourteen stages of the cross are reenacted, will kick off at 8.30pm at Plaza Lorea on Av. de Mayo and Luis Saenz Peña and will end at Plaza de Mayo.

On Sunday the Catedral Metropolitana will be offering a special Easter mass, and otherwise the Parroquia Madre Admirable in Retiro offers Catholic mass in English at 10am.  Afterwards, the fun part is of course hunting for Easter eggs, breaking lent, and feasting on chocolates and rosca de pascua, a traditional pastry that is prepared for the occasion. Expect restaurants (specially parrillas) to be packed so book your places in advance.

For an alternative Easter celebration, head to the city of Tandil towards the south of the Buenos Aires province, where the locals go every year to gather around the sculptures of the 14 Stations of the Cross.

Don’t forget to shop for the best Easter eggs at these tempting chocolateries!

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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The MALBA is showcasing a new exhibit until the 1st of July on the work of Grete Stern.  Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 4808-6500.

In the evening stop by La Peña del Colorado that 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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Take a private tour with Buenos Aires Historico Tours. Their guides are historians and other humanities graduates from the Buenos Aires University and they will show you a unique side of the city! 4307-8539.buenosaireshistorico@yahoo.com.ar

Polish your Spanish and make new friends at the Tuesday conversation classes organized by Bueno, Dale! Spanish School in different city bars. The hour long practice sessions are open for all levels and all one must do is show up from 7pm to 8pm with a 30-peso fee. The location of each event is announced via Facebook.

 

Wednesday

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Take a walk down Pasaje Rivarola, a beautiful hidden street which appears to be stuck in time in the historical downtown area. Built in 1926 and characterized by its mirrored buildings on both sides, it is a regular location for film productions looking for an old fashioned feel. Whilst you’re there visit “La Chacarita de Los Relojes”, a small shop specializing in antique clock and watch restoration.

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

Thursday

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Book a special shopping tour with Creme de la Creme. Roam the vintage scene, find the perfect souvenir, get into local designers or discover the art scene in Buenos Aires.  More information here.

Book your place for one of Anuva Wine tastings and discover great Argentine wines.

Friday

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Check out the newly remodeled A-line subway and stop at some of the city’s most emblematic historic landmarks including Plaza de Mayo and the Casa Rosada, Casa de la Cultura, Café Tortoni and 36 Billares, Congress, Las Violetas and Parque Centenario.

If you are a Beatles fan head to Boris Club de Jazz where Nube 9 will stage a live show at 10pm and interpret the White Album. Gorriti 5568, Palermo.

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

In the spirit of Easter go on an easter egg chocolate shopping spree at gourmet chocolateries Vassalisa in Recoleta, Tikal in Palermo, and Compañia de Chocolates in Palermo and Recoleta.  We also recommed you try the traditional rosca de pascua.

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

Don’t miss the free concert at the Colón Theatre at 11 am on Sunday. Pick up your tickets in advance! Cerrito 628, Downtown.

On Sunday The Killers will be staging a live show at GEBA. Tickets here.

Find a ten-day weather forecast here.

Palacio Rossini

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In the Balvanera neighborhood is an architectural gem, the Palacio Rossini, which was built by the Italian community in the XIX century. It was the city’s first opera house until the stunning Colón Theatre came along. The palace however remained a lively cultural spot and became one of the first tango hotspots of the Buenos Aires scene where some of the most renowned tango artists including the likes of Troilo, Pugliese and Gardel, staged live shows.

After being closed down many years, the hidden palace reopened in 2004 and now offers a tango show called Sabor a Tango as well as lessons for beginners.

Tte. Gral. Perón 2535, Balvanera.  4953-8700.   info@saboratango.com.ar

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Autumn in Buenos Aires

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Autumn in Buenos Aires is the time when cultural activities pick up and international acts visit the city. It is also the season to discover some of the city’s indoor attractions such as the stunning Colón Theatre, the many museums; tango venues and traditional cafes where warming up with some coffee and medialunas are a must.

March

March sees the end of summer with some outdoor parties still in full swing but with lower temperatures and crunchy leaves in place of the vibrant jacarandas.   The Colón Theatre‘s ballet and concert season kicks off and museums begin to renew their exhibits. Amongst them the MALBA which will be showcasing a Grete Stern exhibit and one of Adriana Varejao’s work.

Live Music:

31st of March- The Killers-  GEBA. Tickets here.

April

The pace picks up in April that is abuzz with cultural events including the return of Gallery Nights to the city, the BAFICI (international film festival), the Book Fair and the Pepsi Music Festival which will host shows by Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age and others (Tickets here ). Also the Colón Theatre‘s opera season beings with a production of Carmen.

 

Live Music:

2nd of April – A Perfect Circle and Tomahawk –  Estadio Malvinas Argentinas. Tickets here.

6th of April- Regina Spektor- GEBA. Tickets here.

7th of April- Keane – Estadio Luna Park. Tickets here.

12th of April- The Cure- Estadio River Plate. Tickets here.

14th of April- Chuck Berry- Estadio Luna Park. Tickets here.

May

During May the Book Fair continues and there are also a variety of other festivals including the Puro Diseño design fair and Arte BA, the most important art fair of the country. Buenos Aires Polo Circo also takes place in May and brings the best circus acts to the local stage.

 

Live Music

5th of May- Paul Mc Cartney- to be confirmed.

18th of May- Gloria Gaynor- Luna Park. Tickets not on sale yet.

30th of May- YES- Luna Park. Tickets not on sale yet.

June

As winter begins to make itself present, art continues to be one of the focal aspects of the local cultural buzz with the Ciudad Emergente festival that showcases the work of young upcoming artists. This June the MALBA will also be hosting a Yayoi Kusama exhibit that will be well worth visiting. More events will be published closer to date.