Wine and Cheese at Bar du Marché

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Cozy and Palermo centered, Bar du Marché is a great spot to sip wine, nibble cheese and watch out the window at the passers by or the dripping rain. As its name implies, the wine-bar/bistro is French inspired and has a great wine and cheese selection as well as café food (best to go for the wine and cheese).

Additionally, a mysterious staircase leads to a closed door Japanese restaurant for up to 12 people where the chef is in charge of seducing his customers with 5 course sushi-filled dinners. Nicaragua 5946, Palermo. 4778-1050.

Membrillo

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Those who have taken a liking to the local pastries may have noticed that many come with a filling of Quince Jam (Membrillo). This fruit preserve, which was brought to Argentina by the Spaniards, is very popular in local sweets and deserts, including the aforementioned pastries, quince pies and combined with cheese for the typical “queso y dulce” desert. Allthough it is definitely not as popular as dulce de leche, the crimson sweet tart jam with a grainy texture is the favorite of those who prefer something less sugary and rich. We suggest you try it and if you like it you can take this recipe back home with you as a souvenir.

Quince Jam

Ingredients:

1 kilo/ 2 lbs of Quince

700 gr/  3 ½ cups of sugar

1- Boil the quince with the skin on for ten minutes.

2- Rinse and peel the quince, halve and discard the seeds.

3- Process the quince pulp in a food processor or blender.

4- Place the blended quince in a pot and add ¾ cups of sugar for every cup of quince.

5- Cook on very low heat whilst stirring with a wooden spoon for 30-45 minutes or until the quince pulls away from the pot.

6-  Pour the quince jam into a wet tube pan and cool.

7-  Remove jam from the pan and wrap in foil

8-  Serve a slice of quince jam with a slice of cheese or keep in the refrigerator.

5 Best Hotels for Food and Drinks

For Breakfast

Hernan Gipponi at Fierro Hotel

The best 4-step gourmet breakfast in town, including fresh fruit juices, perfect pastries, Spanish hams and unique hot and cold breakfast dishes created by Chef Hernan Gipponi. This posh Palermo restaurant also serves a great Spanish inspired tasting menu for lunch and dinner with special wine selections by the Argentine wine association president, Andres Rosberg and resident sommelier Martin Bruno.

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220 6800

For Lunch

Chez Nous at Algodon Mansion

This bright and elegant restaurant in Recoleta offers a great menu of French-Argentine fusion cuisine. Plus they have an annex cognac bar and a glass-covered patio with a fireplace that is great for winter!

Montevideo 1647 – Recoleta

3530-7777

For 5 O’clock Tea

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L’Orangerie at the Alvear Palace

Tartlets, scones, and perfect cakes and all on delicate china plates make for the best teatime experience in the city. To accompany their afternoon treats they also offer a wide selection of special tea blends. Also in the Alvear Palace is La Bourgogne, one of the best restaurants in Buenos Aires.

Alvear, Av. 1891, Recoleta

4808-2100 int.1643

 

For Dinner, Wine and Cheese

Duhau Restaurant and Vinoteca at the Hyatt Hotel

This classy restaurant offering international cuisine specializes in wok and wooden grill preparations. The other thing they’re known for is their Vinoteca with a unique cheese room here you can taste an exclusive selection of Argentine wines and savory cheeses accompanied by chutneys and freshly baked breads.

Av. Alvear 1661, Recoleta

5171 1234

For Late Night Drinks

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Faena Hotel

This flamboyant hotel designed by Phillippe Starck offers top quality cocktails in the Library Lounge and in the Cabaret where they put on a fantastic tango show. A fashionable place full of character, well worth visiting on your night prowls in BA.

445 Martha Salotti, Puerto Madero

4010 9000