Locro

locro

(Local Locro: Chris Ford)

Every 25th of May, Argentinian locals celebrate the May Revolution in 1810 that led to the country’s independence from Spain in 1816. It is a national holiday, and for celebratory purposes, traditional food, perfect for the colder weather of autumn and winter days, is prepared for the occasion. Such is the case with locro, a thick winter slow-cooked stew rooted in the country’s often overlooked indigenous heritage.

Called ruqru in the Quechua language, this soup has white corn (hominy) and white beans as its base ingredients, and is prepared with winter vegetables such as pumpkin, carrots, potatos, sweet potatos and a variety of meats including stewing meat, pork, bacon and other variants.

A great place to join in the local 25 de Mayo celebrations and try locro is Feria de Mataderos where there will also be traditional music and dances. Otherwise, you can find a list of suggested places to eat locro here.

Todos los 25 de mayo, los argentinos celebran la Revolución de Mayo de 1810 que condujo a que el país se independizara de españa en 1816. La fecha es un feriado nacional, y, con el motivo de festejar, se preparan platos típicos, ideales para los días más frescos del otoño y el invierno. Uno de esos platos es el locro, una sopa sustanciosa que se cocina a fuego lento, y que tiene su origen en las tradiciones, a veces olvidadas, de las comunidades indígenas nativas. 

Conocida como ruqru en quechua, la sopa está hecha a base de poroto y maíz blanco, combinado con vegetales de estación tales como zapallo, zanahoria, batata y papa, y también con distintos cortes de carne vacuna y de cerdo. 

Quienes quieran probarlo y participar de otros festejos tradicionales relacionados a la fecha patria, pueden acercarse a la Feria de Mataderos. Si no, también pueden pasar a probar locro en uno de los lugares recomendados en esta lista. 

This Week: 19-25 May

Monday

Via Polo Circo

Via Polo Circo

Blow away the Monday blues with a trip… to the circus! Buenos Aires is currently hosting the sixth Polo Circo until 25 May. From burleque to cabaret and clowns and gravity-defying tumbles. Tickets are available from Cultural San Martín at Sarmiento 1551 and Buenos Aires Polo Circo on Juan de Garay and Combate de los Pozos.  Tuesday

Via Hype

Via Hype

There’s an all-star international cast of DJs at Hype at Kika tonight with a strong musical offering from Italy. Razihel joins Hype regulars Matt Ashley and Fabricio Ruiz for a full-on night of electro, dubstep, hip hop, trap. moombahton, drum&bass and house. From midnight, Honduras 5539, Palermo Soho.

Wednesday

Via Gastronomique

Via Gastronomique

For outdoor drinking and beer on tap, check out new Recoleta pub slash campsite Camping. Although the beer list is short and sweet for the time being, they plan to start making their own brew in the near future. Log in to their WiFi and use their virtual jukebox, which is totally awesome and addictive. Pueyrredón 2501, Recoleta.   Thursday Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 13.29.38 Did you know you can catch movies for free on Thursdays? The audiovisual district, better known as the north side of Palermo Hollywood, is screening once a week at El Dorrego. May has been all about renowned director Pablo Trapero (he also directed Carancho) and today you can see Nacido y Criado (Born and Bred). 7.30pm, Zapiola 50, Colegiales. Free.   Friday

Document Art Gallery via arteBA

Document Art Gallery via arteBA

Aesthetes will be in their element from today and for the rest of the weekend as the 23rd edition of arteBA kicks off. This year, photography has its own section – Photobooth – for the first time while other notable elements include U-TURN masterminded by Spanish curator Agustin Pérez Rubio. 90 pesos. Until May 26. La Rural, Plaza Italia. Weekend

Via Pachamama Fotos

Via Pachamama Fotos

Sunday marks 25 May, one of the most important national holidays in Argentina. It commemorates the day in which the Viceroyalty of the Rio de la Plata was overthrown and replaced by the First Assembly; one of the turning points in Argentine independence. If ever there was a time to celebrate patriotism, this is it! Festivities include typical dances in folklore peñas, and patriotic foods such as locroempanadas, and pastelitos. Que rico!

25th of May Celebrations in Buenos Aires

(Photo by PACHAMAMA FOTOS)

The 25th of May is one of the most important national holidays in Argentina. It commemorates the day in which the Viceroyalty of the Rio de la Plata was overthrown and replaced by the First Assembly; one of the turning points in Argentine independence.

Festivities include typical dances in folklore peñas, and patriotic foods such as locro (find Hernán Gipponi’s recipe here), empanadas, and pastelitos.

There are also festivities organized by the government and this year they will take place at the Plaza de Mayo where the president will speak this year and there will be live bands, dancing and other celebrations.

ArteBA, the most important art fair in the country, and Feria Puro Diseño will also be taking place throughout the weekend at La Rural. And, of course, there will also be brunch at Hernán Gipponi Restaurant both on Saturday and Sunday.

Hernán Gipponi’s Special Locro Recipe

(Photo by travelwayoflife)

Ingredients:

White hominy corn 50g

Lima beans  40g

Chickpeas 200g

Squash 1kg

Onion 600g

Leeks 400g

Garlic 2 cloves

Smoked bacon 250g

Red chorizo 1

Pork belly 1.5 Kg

Ossobuco  1.2 kg

Ground capsicum 1tsp

Paprika 1tsp

Vegetable oil 40ml

Leave corn, lima beans and chickpeas soaking overnight. The following day pour the vegetable oil in a deep pan and sautee the bacon, pork and ossobuco. Add the chorizo, the garlic, and the chopped vegetables. When they are golden add capsicum, paprika and legumes. Cover with water and simmer for approximately 2 hours, add salt to taste.

Hernán’s tips: If you add the chorizo whole then it will better preserve its juices. Also,  add some cumin  to aid digestion and to optimize the metabolism of nutrients.

Enjoy!

Long Weekend Activities in Buenos Aires

(Photo by Carlos Adampol)

Friday

Don´t miss the Patriot brunch at Hernán Gipponi Restaurant on the ground floor of Fierro Hotel.  Other special Argentine cuisine menus will be offered for the occasion at some of the best restaurants in the city. Find a full list here.

25 de Mayo festivities will be celebrated at the traditional Feria de Mataderos where there will be folkloric dances, gaucho games, typical food and traditional crafts.

Throughout the long weekend the Japanese Gardens will be celebrating different culinary customs of the Japanese culture. Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Casares, Palermo.

From the 23rd-30th of May the Human Rights Film Festival will be showcasing a selection of over a hundred documentaries, animations and fictions with the theme of Identity at different cinemas around the city. Find the full program here.

In the evening stop by La Peña del Colorado for some live guitar folklore and tango music by the talented trio Gorosito/Cataldi/de la Vega starting at 10pm.

The famous percussion orchestra La Bomba del Tiempo will be celebrating their 6th anniversary on Friday and Saturday night starting 12.30pm at Centro Cultural Konex. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto.

Breoghans Bar will be hosting a special 25 de Mayo party where there will be happy hour all night for those wearing light blue and white, traditional food and folklore music. Bolivar 860, San Telmo.

Saturday

Throughout the long weekend the Japanese Gardens will be celebrating different culinary customs of the Japanese culture. Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Casares, Palermo.

From the 23rd-30th of May the Human Rights Film Festival will be showcasing a selection of over a hundred documentaries, animations and fictions with the theme of Identity at different cinemas around the city. Find the full program here.

On Saturday don’t miss the City Tango Dance Finals, which will be held in the afternoon at La Usina de las Ideas. Tickets must be picked up on Friday at Casa de la Cultura ( Av. De Mayo 575) from midday to 5pm.

On Saturday at 8.30pm Chinese pianist Lang Lang presents Johann Sebastian Bach’s: Partita No.1 in E-flat major,  Franz Schubert’s Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960 and Frederic Chopin’s twelve studios, Op. 25. at the Colón Theatre.

Blues harmonica legend Jerry Portnoy, who was part of the Muddy Waters Blues Band and now plays with Eric Clapton, will be presenting a live show at La Trastienda starting 11.30pm. Tickets here.

The famous percussion orchestra La Bomba del Tiempo will be celebrating their 6th anniversary on Friday and Saturday night starting 12.30pm at Centro Cultural Konex. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto.

Sunday

Throughout the long weekend the Japanese Gardens will be celebrating different culinary customs of the Japanese culture. Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Casares, Palermo.

From the 23rd-30th of May the Human Rights Film Festival will be showcasing a selection of over a hundred documentaries, animations and fictions with the theme of Identity at different cinemas around the city. Find the full program here.

Join the special Bicicleteada de Mayo on Sunday and pedal your way around the city center with an enthusiastic crowd. The  bike event kicks off at the obelisk on Av. 9 de Julio at 11am.

The city continues to celebrate its different collectivities and this Sunday Syria is on the spotlight. Head to Av. De Mayo and enjoy traditions and typical foods from this Middle Eastern culture.

Starting at 4pm the cumbia-tango fusion group Los Bandos will be playing at the Botanical Gardens in Palermo. Av. Santa Fe 3951, Palermo.

If you’re looking for you party quota for the day then don’t miss the ska and reggae by Dancing Mood at Niceto Club from 9pm onwards.  Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo.

Patriot Brunch at HG Restaurant

 

(Photo by J-Cornelius)

On Friday the country will be celebrating one of its most important national holidays, the 25 de Mayo, day in which the Viceroyalty of the Rio de la Plata was overthrown and replaced by the First Assembly; one of the turning points in Argentine independence.

On patriotic dates as this one and the 9th of July (which is the official date of independence) typical foods including locro (a hearty soup made from maize, vegetables and meats), empanadas, and pastelitos (sweet treats filled with quince and sweet potato jam) amongst others, are enjoyed by the Argentine people.

Those who want to sample the best of typical Argentine cuisine should not miss the special patriot brunch that Hernán Gipponi Restaurant will be serving for the occasion.  The menu will feature pastelitos and torta frita, locro of course, and other local delicacies such as tongue and quince with  cheese.  The 9-step brunch menu will cost 120 pesos and includes different juices, coffee and tea.

Book your place at 3220 68 20 – info@hgrestaurant.com.ar