Christmas Eve at Hernán GIpponi Restaurant

´Tis the season to be jolly and jolly indeed it will be on Christmas Eve at Hernán GIpponi Restaurant with the festive tasting menu, specially designed for the occasion and fit for Santa himself.

The night will kick off with a selection of delicious appetizers including homemade breads; Chubut prawn; cured fish with cucumber, lentils and yoghurt; vacuum cooked veal tongue with veggies vinaigrette and a blood sausage fritter (a classic local Christmas staple) and finally humita and rabbit in philo pastry with spinach alioli.  After that, a light salad of smoked trout, pickled summer veggies, acidulated cream, leaves and sprouts will be served, followed by a starter of roasted tomatoes, crab, creamy black rice, squid, and Sbrinz cheese. The two main courses, one fish and one meat, will be catch of the day with turnip emulsion, salicornia, courgette seeds, and tomato, and apple-tree smoked steak, confit potatoes, yam chips, and criolla sauce. Argentinian cheeses, chayote, cherries and nuts will be served as a pre dessert, and finally, vanilla pear, Granny Smith apple sorbet, carob with a cardamom cloud will top off a delectable Christmas dinner. All the courses will of course be paired with top of the line Argentine wine. The cost of the menu is 1000 pesos.

This year, HG will also be featuring a children’s menu that will include salamín from Tandil and Sbrinz cheese and Vitel Thonné as appetizers, a starter of 63°C sous vide egg with potato cream, a choice of either catch of the day with creamy rice or sirloin with french fries for the main course, and finally, chocolate cake with ice cream for dessert. No wines for the kids of course! And, the cost of the children’s menu is 350 pesos.

We hope you join us in this festive treat on the 24th of December, which is when we Argies carry out the big Christmas celebration, rather than on the 25th.  Remember to book your place in advance at 3220-6820.

On the Argentine Christmas Table: Pionono

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The Argentine Christmas cuisine has, as much of its culinary traditions, a lot of European influence. However, in Argentina Christmas takes place in the Summer, which means hot stuffed turkey is often out of the question. Asados, as could only be expected, are quite common, and especially welcome by the poolside, and otherwise many of the dishes for this festivity, including the famous Vitel Thoné and stuffed tomatoes, are served cold. One of the seasonal favorites are piononos which are special rolls made from a sweet dough and filled with either sweet or savory ingredients. Sweet version include dulce de leche piononos (of course!) and strawberry and cream piononos, and savory versions vary and may include ham and cheese, roquefort, tuna or chicken. The cake like dough, which is spread thin on a flat backing sheet to ensure its perfect-for-rolling rectangular shape, is what makes it distinctive.

The original pionono was actually a cylindrical shaped cake that originated in Granada in Spain, designed to resemble Pope Pio IX (hence the name). Although the Argie version is nothing like the original, it will surely be very present this Christmas given its papal undertone. Find a recipe of pionono 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.