Buenos Aires Agenda: January/Enero 18-24

Monday/Lunes

tangueros

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Check out the new MALBA exhibit of Belgian artist Francis Alÿs’s poetic-political artwork. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo. 

In the afternoon, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, you can stop by the Fierro Hotel garden and grab a couple of cocktails at the UCO  happy hour! 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

In the evening, at 8.30pm, catch the Argentina Tango Salón Festival closing night at La Milonga de los Zucca in San Telmo. Humberto Primo 1462, San Telmo.

El MALBA está exhibiendo una muestra del trabajo político-poético del artista belga Francis Alÿs. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

A la tarde, desde las 17.30 hasta las 19.30hs., abre  el jardín de Fierro Hotel para ofrecer cócteles en el happy hour de UCO restaurante. 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

A la noche, a partir de las 20.30, se lleva a cabo la milonga de cierre del Argentina Tango Salón Festival en La Milonga de los Zucca en San Telmo. Humberto Primo 1462, San Telmo.

Tuesday/Martes

photographer

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Sunny weather is perfect for taking a Foto Ruta Tour where you can get to know the city from a different perspective!

Later on, head to the Doppelganger Bar in San Telmo for some of the city’s best drinks and atmosphere. Juan de Garay 500, San Telmo.4300 0201.

El clima cálido y soleado es ideal para hacer un tour fotográfico de Buenos Aires con Foto Ruta y aprender a mirar a la ciudad desde otro ángulo.

Por la noche, Doppelganger Bar en San Telmo, es una buena opción para probar algunos de los mejores cocktails de Buenos Aires en uno de los ambientes más amenos de la ciudad. Juan de Garay 500, San Telmo.4300 0201.

Wednesday/Miércoles

eterna cadencia

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Buenos Aires is a literary city, explore its bookstores or write someone a letter in one of the city’s traditional cafes

Later on, experience the music of Radiohead, Rolling Stones and Oasis in complete darkness at the Centro de Teatro Ciego. Tickets here

Buenos Aires es una ciudad literaria con librerías hermosas para explorar, y cafés tradicionales donde sentarse a escribir cartas.

Más tarde, el Teatro Ciego invita a experimentar la música de Radiohead, Rolling Stones y Oasis en total oscuridad. Entradas aquí.

Thursday/Jueves

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The international Human Bodies exhibit is taking place at La Rural in Palermo and is the perfect chance to get to know more about your own biology. Buy your tickets here.

If the weather is nice, at 8pm, you can catch an outdoor screening of Vivaldi’s Motezuma at the Plaza del Vaticano, right next to the Colón Theatre.

La Rural en Palermo está exhibiendo la muestra internacional Human Bodies que invita a un mayor entendimiento de la biología humana. Entradas aquí.

Si el clima acompaña, a las 20hs., se llevará a cabo una proyección de Motezuma, de Vivaldi, en la Plaza del Vaticano, al lado del Teatro Colón.

Friday/Viernes

food truck

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If the weather is nice, a day trip to Tigre is a must while you’re in Buenos Aires. You can try a water sport, stop by the Puerto de Frutos where you can purchase local goods, go on a rollercoaster ride, and even place your bets at the local Casino. Explore on your own or try a tour!

In the evening, from 7pm to 2am, the new night edition of the Buenos Aires Market gourmet food fair will be taking place at the Palermo racetracks!

Si el día está soleado, hacer una excursión al Tigre es una salida imperdible. Algunas de las actividades que proponemos incluyen los deportes acuáticos, pasar por el Puerto de Frutos para comprar artesanías, subir a una montaña rusa, o probar suerte en el Casino. Explora por tu cuenta o súmate a un Tour.

A partir de las 7 de la tarde y hasta la madrugada del sábado, se lleva a cabo la nueva edición nocturna de la feria de alimentos gourmet Buenos Aires Market, en el hipódromo de Palermo.

Saturday and Sunday/ Sábado y Domingo

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Book your place at UCO´s delicious weekend brunch, with a great Irish version as well! 3220-6800Soler 5862, Palermo.

On Saturday from 7pm to 2am, the new night edition of the Buenos Aires Market gourmet food fair will be taking place at the Palermo racetracks!

On Sunday, if you want to keep dancing, head to the Picnic Electronic Music event that starts at 5pm in Punta Carrasco.

Hacé tu reserva para degustar el delicioso brunch de UCO restaurante que  ofrece también una variante de desayuno irlandés. 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

El sábado, a partir de las 7 de la tarde y hasta la madrugada del domingo, se lleva a cabo la nueva edición nocturna de la feria de alimentos gourmet Buenos Aires Market en el hipódromo de Palermo

El domingo, quien quiera seguir bailando puede hacerlo a partir de las 17hs. en el Picnic Electronic Music que se lleva a cabo en Punta Carrasco.

Fierro Loves Hollywood: Cafés

Café culture is a porteño trademark, and the many gorgeous traditional cafés that are scattered around the city are proof that locals have thrived on cafecitos and medialunas ever since BA´s founding days. During the last few years, a new type of café has sprung offering a wider variety of pastries inspired by French and North American cuisine. In Palermo, cafés pop up every day, offering from scrambled eggs and bacon for a potent way to start the day, to the more understated and local caffeine and sugar combinations.

Best Coffee

Café Montenegro serves Lavazza coffee, and many a foreigner chooses this lovely spot at the corner of Soler and Arevalo because quality java is a guarantee. Arévalo and Soler, Palermo Hollywood.  4040.3783.

The Italian style In Bocca al Lupo café offers top-notch coffee and also delicious sandwiches, nutella filled croissants, and all in a spacey luminous setting complete with an outdoor patio.  Bonpland 1965, Palermo. 4774-3692.

Yummy cakes and Palermitan cozy feel

There is an overwhelming amount of cafés in the Palermo area, and the type that features flowery streamers and rustic atmospheres are the most popular. The most renowned and for good reason are the pioneer Oui Oui, Voltaire (lovely lighting and outdoor seating), Porota (passion fruit muffins!), and Pani ( famous for its sweet potato jam cheesecake). Of course, there are many others and if there’s one you’ve found that missed the list, please share with us!

Bookworm Heaven

Sipping on coffee and reading is the perfect match and Eterna Cadencia, our favorite neighborhood bookstore has tapped into this and also has a gorgeous café with natural light coming in from the rooftop windows. Honduras 5574, Palermo. 4774-4100.

Traditional

For those who want a real porteño experience then stopping by El Bar del Gallego is a must. This corner café belongs to Don Emilio, who despite being offered millions for his prized location sticks to his guns and continues serving the local classics, as well as the bars specialty- a baguette with prociutto, cheese and butter. The bar will soon be moving to the opposite corner and so will be closed during the first fortnight of November. Bonpland 1703, Palermo Hollywood. 4771-1526.

Café La Academia

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Rainy winter days are ideal for people watching over a cup of coffee and medialunas behind the big windows of a historic city café. Café La Academia fits the bill to a T and is not only charming for its woody tango feel and long and elegant bar but also for its billiard tables. The clacking of the wooden balls makes for a cozy soundtrack, more so with the added sound of falling rain.

The café, which is only a few blocks away from the Obelisco, came to life in the thirties right around the time when the famous city landmark was constructed. It has since been the stage of many a political and cultural discussion by local intellectuals, theatre producers, cast and crew, and other characters of the local bohemian scene.

La Academia is open every day 24 hours a day and is located on Av. Callao 368.

Medialunas

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Anyone who has spent at least a day in Buenos Aires has probably come across the medialuna, a pastry commonly known around the world as a croissant, with its own local flair of course. This starchy staple is as important for Porteños as bagels seem to be for New Yorkers, and are the pillar of many a café breakfast or afternoon snack.

There are two types of medialunas; de grasa (made from lard) are thinner and crunchier, and de manteca (made from butter) are fluffy and soft.  Bakeries also sell facturas, which are sisters to the medialunas and traditionally feature dulce de leche, confectioner´s cream and quince jam fillings.

While you’re in the city, stopping at one of the traditional city cafés is a must and a coffee with medialunas, mandatory.

Those back home who got hooked on their trip, can try the following recipe for Medialunas de Manteca:

Ingredients:

(makes 3 dozen)

4 ¾ cups of Pastry Flour

1 ¼ cups Milk

¼ cup  Sugar

2 TBSP Honey

1 ½ TBSP fresh yeast

1 Egg

A pinch of Salt

7 Oz. Butter

Instructions:

1- Place ¾ cup of  pastry flour on a counter or table you can knead comfortably on. Work in the butter until the flour is absorbed.

2- Mold the flour and butter mixture into a stick of butter, wrap it in a bag or cling-wrap and place it in the refrigerator.

3- Warm up the milk and  1 tsp. of sugar until it`s lukewarm and mix in the yeast.

4- Make a mound with the remaining flour on counter or tabletop you´re working on. Mark a hole in the center and in it place the salt, remaining sugar, egg and honey. Knead very well.

5- Add the milk and yeast mixture and continue kneading. The dough should be soft and sticky.

6- Knead and bang the dough on the counter until it is very smooth.

7- Place the dough in a bowl and cover it for approximately an hour (the dough should double). Keep in mind that yeast needs a relatively warm environment to rise so in winter make sure to have the heating in the kitchen on.

8- Once the dough has risen take out the butter/flour from the refrigerator and roll it out into a thin rectangle.

9- Roll out the dough until is thin and place the butter rectangle in the center,  on top of the dough rectangle.

10- Fold the rectangles until the dough covers the butter. Refrigerate for an hour. Fold again and refrigerate for another hour.

11- Roll out the dough until it is approximately a 0.5 inches thick. Cut into triangles and chill for 20 minutes.

12- Roll the triangles from the base to the tip. Place on buttered baking trays and allow to rise until they double their size.

13-  Whip an egg yolk with some milk and paint onto the medialunas.

14- Bake for approximately 15 minutes at 410 ° F.

Romantic Outings in Buenos Aires

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With Valentines Day coming up, finding the perfect spot to celebrate romance is an important task at hand. Our picks? Read on-

 

Watching the sunset or the sunrise is a romance classic and where better than on a boat floating down the river or up in the air in a hot air balloon?  Buenos Aires Outdoors offers romantic balloon rides over the countryside at Capilla del Señor (they offer transport to and from the city). Smile on Sea offers a special romantic sailing trips that depart from Puerto Madero,  and Soul Trips offer a similar service in Tigre although on a motorboat with lit candles, drinks and snacks.

 

Speaking of Tigre, this rugged location surrounded by streams in the heart of the Paraná delta is another great alternative for nature loving lovers who want to relax together away from the bustle of the city.  Rumbo 90° is a beautiful lodge and spa well worth staying in, and they will be offering a special Valentines Day candle lit dinner in their exclusive restaurant overlooking the river. Another option is the Delta Eco Spa. They offers special Valentines Day deals, including overnight and day passes for the spa, and special deals on massages and facials.

 

For those looking for something in the city the Rosedal is a classic go-to romantic spot with its blooming roses, pedal boats and Andalusian patio. Bookstores and traditional cafes also have a special romantic charm to them so a visit to the Ateneo Grand Splendid, one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, is a nice option and as for cafes the classic Tortoni on Avenida de Mayo, Las Violetas– for a lavish 5 o clock tea in Almagro, and Confiteria La Ideal are all wonderful options, plus many are also tango joints, which brings us to our next suggestion.

 

Tango, of course, an obvious romantic activity in this city, and the great thing about Buenos Aires is that you can listen to it, view it and even try it out! Ruben and Cherie are popular tango teachers well worth taking a lesson with, also La Catedral offers tango lessons for beginner and intermediate levels and you can stay for the milonga afterwards. Other options include Lo de Roberto in Almagro (a small intimate bar with live tango music),  the aforementioned La Ideal, and Los Angelitos, amongst others.

 

Some bars and restaurants will of course be offering thematic evenings and special menus. The stunning Milion bar will be having a Valentines night, and the mysterious Frank’s Bar with its in-house sex shop is also an interesting option if you can get the password to enter. Hernan Gipponi will be offering a special Valentines Menu- more information here.

5 O´Clock Tea in Buenos Aires

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L’Orangerie: The lavish Hotel Alvear restaurant is a Buenos Aires classic for fancy tartlets and tea served in china cups. Open in the afternoon from 4.30pm-7pm. Alvear, Av. 1891, Recoleta. 4808-2100

 

Las Violetas: An assortment of cakes, sweets and sandwiches are served in this stunning traditional teahouse in the Almagro neighborhood. Golden chandeliers, Italian marble floors, and stained glass windows decorate Las Violetas, a unique place to indulge your sweet tooth. Av. Rivadavia 3899, Abasto. 4958-7387

 

Chez Pauline: This French style teahouse has a unique variety of tea blends and French pastries. They also offer mate tastings with information about the history and legends related to this typical Argentine beverage, and tea tastings. Juncal 1695, Recoleta. 4816 9988

 

Nucha: Nucha’s enterprise began many years ago, when she decided to commercialize her cakes, first offering them door to door to cafe’s, then selling them from her garage to her neighbors and now, experimenting with baking techniques to satisfy the demands of their 8 tea houses around the city.

 

Croque Madame: Set in the stunning Museum of Decorative Art, this cafe and restaurant is a great place to stop for some baked goods and quality tea and coffee. The garden setting and the impressive architecture make for more than just a culinary experience.  Avenida del Libertador 1902 I T: (011) 4806-8639

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.