This Week 17-23 March

From St. Patrick’s Day to TFIF happy hour and a free bonus track for our Inside Buenos Aires readers, a look ahead at the coming week…

Monday

Happening all day today, Buenos Aires celebrates all things Irish, and with good reason – Argentina has the fifth-largest Irish community in the world and so it’s the perfect excuse to go wild on a Monday night. Our pick takes place at expat haunt Magdalena’s Party, which will start things early – from 5pm, scoff down bangers and mash and down green pints and Irish whiskey. The bar will also hold its Second Annual Irishman of the Year contest, in which eight Irishmen and women compete to take home the accolade – they will be chosen based on ability, character, dedication and spirit. Magdalena’s Party, Thames and Costa Rica, Palermo Soho.

Via Magdalena's Party

Via Magdalena’s Party

 

Inside Buenos Aires is also thrilled to invite our readers to download a free track from Raglans, the Irish folk-rock band creating waves on the music scene. Their eponymous debut album is out on March 29 so hit up this link to grab your FREE copy, Limited to the first 200 downloads so get clicking!

Courtesy of K1 Entertainment

Courtesy of K1 Entertainment

Plus this week’s One Table is fully booked so it’s time to be extremely unArgentine and think ahead to next week! Reservations: 3220-6820.

Tuesday

Over at Blanch in Las Cañitas, a new edition of Cocina Intervenida takes place with shrimp fan Joey Lin taking over the kitchen for this one-off event that will set to make US southerners homesick for their food. Joey will be whipping up kilos of shellfish for Cajun Shrimp Boil, so go hungry because it’s all you can eat. Reservation only, 180 pesos, Andrés Arguibel 2813, Las Cañitas.

Via Blanch

Via Blanch

Wednesday

Following its glorious success, Usted Está Aquí, the interactive theater experience by directors Natalia Chami and Romina Bulacio Sak returns for a second season. Without spoiling the plot, prepare for the unexpected as you’re transported to different towns, cities, countries and situations courtesy of a huge cast. Four shows, from 8pm, Ciudad Cultural Konex, Sarmiento 3131, Almagro. 100 pesos.

Courtesy of Usted Está Aquí Experience

Courtesy of Usted Está Aquí Experience

Thursday

Franco-Argentine tenor Yamil Le Parc, son of the famed artist Julio, takes to the stage for the third in a series of shows entitled Chansons & Tangos. Expect melodies from the likes of Michel Legrand, Kurt Weil and Astor Piazzolla. Clasica y Moderna, Callao 892, 9pm, Tel: 4813-6977.

 

Friday

Boom! TFIF – our much-loved monthly happy hour – is on tonight! Hernán Gipponi whips up tempting tapas, while guest bartender Fede Cuco delights with some cocktail faves – the Ginger Smash is always a big hit. Music comes from the delectable Buddha Beats duo.

Courtesy of Jocelyn Mandryk

Courtesy of Jocelyn Mandryk

Weekend

One of Argentina’s musical revelations on the digital cumbia scene, El Remolón launches his latest album Selva with a free gig in the Botanical Garden on Saturday. With a supporting cast including ZZK record label stable mate Villa Diamante, this afternoon session is sure to be a blast. From 2.30pm, Jardín Botánico, Palermo.

Via El Remolón

Via El Remolón

Guest blogger: Fede Cuco’s Taste of Britain

cucoThe Fierro’s guest bartender Fede Cuco shares his favorite spots to indulge in British culture in Buenos Aires.

I don’t really know why I like the British culture and food scene.

But I remember the first time I met it, when I was little, nine years old. I had an English neighbor, Mrs. Owen. I remember coming back from school and I didn’t have any keys so I sat down and waited for my mum to arrive. But my neighbor felt sorry for me and invited me in for tea.

Chipper, courtesy of Pick Up The Fork

Chipper, courtesy of Pick Up The Fork

Tea, in a home like mine with Italian heritage, was a little bag in a mug heated up in the microwave.

At my neighbor’s house, it was something else – almost a ritual – the teapot, the porcelain cups, Earl Grey  with toast, jam, cheese plus a good manners class thrown in: “Federico, you have to learn to be a gentleman,” she said.

When I was older, my work as a bartender naturally led me to meet gin and I’m a big fan of gin – although my favorite is Beefeater, it’s hard to find Sipsmith or Jensen in Buenos Aires other than at my bar.

I’ve worked in several pubs and among other things, I discovered that every man has his own recipe for Gin & Tonic and Bloody Mary.

Bangalore, courtesy of BsAs Mapas

Bangalore, courtesy of BsAs Mapas

I  married a lady from a family with British descendancy, so I also discovered things such as banana bread – my life was never the same after that. In our kitchen at home, for example, you can always find curry or good tea.

At Inés Rosalind’s grandma’s house, you would always be fed well and for my palate, exotically: a Lea & Perrins sauce with meat, curry and beautiful cakes at tea time.

And coming up now, a funny anecdote dating back to when I went to live with my wife. The first thing my mother-in-law did was give us a teapot. We had a completely bare house, we didn’t have anything but, we had to drink tea correctly.

Pint at Bangalore courtesy of DoNotLick on Flickr

Pint at Bangalore courtesy of DoNotLick on Flickr

In Buenos Aires and outside of my home, you can find British flavors in several places. My favorites come down to the atmosphere, such as The Gibraltar in San Telmo, which has a good selection of beers and finger food…. I don’t know how to explain it but it has that pub feeling, of a real pub.

I also like Cunningham in Martínez in the suburbs, a dark place with comfy chair where you can have a beer or a Gin & Tonic and enjoy bar snacks. It also has a plus because it’s inside the train station building and as everyone knows, those building were constructed by the English when they built the railway lines.

I love Chipper for their fish and chips – cod and chips with curry sauce is my favorite, and also my son’s favorite.

The Gibraltar courtesy of La Nación

The Gibraltar courtesy of La Nación

I also like the Bangalore Pub & Curry House (Humboldt 1416, Palermo Hollywood) for a Gin & Tonic pitcher with a curry to accompany it – they do a mix of curries you can pick at, which is amazing.

That said, though, I don’t think anything is better than an English mother-in-law who makes you something tasty at home.

And if you miss these flavors, particularly a Pimm’s Cup, I’ve created a few cocktails in my time and would like to share one of my recipes with you.

Sorrelita

In a pitcher of Clericot with plenty of ice, add:

1 cup of London Dry Gin

Half a cup of Earl Grey tea

Quarter of a cup of Martini Rosso

Quarter of a cup of Aperol

Add cucumber, orange and lime slice to taste

Finish with a splash of soda

Cheers!

Fede Cuco is the Fierro Hotel’s guest bartender for TFIF happy hour, and is the head bartender at Verne Club in Palermo.  

Spring at Hernán Gipponi Restaurant

Spring has sprung and with it, fresh new ingredients for Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, and great weather for drinks in Fierro Hotel’s garden.

The season kicks off today from 6-8pm with celebrity bartender Fede Cuco at the lead of a festive happy hour. The 2 for 45 peso special and HG`s tapas are not to be missed on this sun kissed evening!

Another event that is coming up is the GAJO dinner on the 1st of November.  GAJO is a deluxe culinary team made up of the city`s top chefs (including Hernán Gipponi) who combine their talents to deliver the best of fine dining at different venues around the city. Although we are more than a month away from the event it is imperative to book well in advance for this one!

Follow the Fierro Hotel and Hernán Gipponi Restaurant on Facebook to keep updated with our menu specials and spring events! Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Barman Fede Cuco at Fierro Hotel

Local celebrity bartender Fede Cuco has embarked on a special adventure. Known as the Cantinero Viajero (Travelling Bartender), he has taken upon paying visits to different bars around the city with a suitcase full of elixirs. This weekend he will be traveling to Fierro Hotel’s Hernán Gipponi Restaurant where he will prepare some of his unique recipes.

The menu will consist of five one-of-a-kind cocktails including a homemade Rob Roy matured in an oak barrel! He will also remind us of the wonders of an old time classic, the Chicago Fizz.  Other delectable drinks to be served include C&C Fizz, Multiple Choice Crusta, and Black & Tan.

Don’t miss this chance to share the stories of your trip with this unique traveler who will be at Fierro Hotel on Friday the 4th, and Saturday the 5th of May from 7pm onwards. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Tuesday

(Photo by -h.c)

The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Recoleta is presenting a new exhibit ¨Claridad, la vanguardia en lucha¨, showcasing Argentine art from the 20´s-40´s depicting different social and political aspects that the country was going through at the time. Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

From 1pm-5pm there will be a Reiki marathon at the stunning Japanese gardens in Palermo. Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares.

If you’re looking for a laugh don’t miss the Grin Go! Stand Up comedy Show starting at 9pm at the Absinth Resto Bar. Bartolomé Mitre 1695, Downtown. 4371-6486. Be sure to make a reservation by emailing gringo@comicosdepie.com.ar.

Wednesday

(Photo by pyramis)

The IV International Buenos Aires Circus Festival will host a variety of stunning circus acts from the 3-14th of May starting at midday. Find the full program here.

Later on stop by Centro Cultural Konex for a unique experience in the dark.  Dialogo en la Oscuridad is an international exhibit where the senses are rediscovered.  The public is guided in absolute darkness through different scenarios and learns to perceive every day life in a different way.  Open Tue-Sun 5pm-10pm. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864 3200.

Thursday

(Photo by Humberto Terenziani)

The city will be abuzz with literary activity until the 7th of May at the annual international book fair. Tickets cost 20 pesos from Mon-Thur and 26 pesos on the weekend. Find the full program of activities here.

For a unique evening, 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 cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Friday

(Photo by Alaskan Dude)

Take a free tour of Buenos Aires with Jonathan, an Englishman in love with the city. Tours start every day at 11am at the center of Plaza Italia by the Garibaldi Horse monument and cover the areas of Almagro, Congress and the Plaza de Mayo using local transport to get around. More information here.

Don´t miss the chance to take part of the nocturnal tour of the ecological reserve behind Puerto Madero. Remember to book your place in advance! Av. Tristán Achával Rodríguez 1550, Puerto Madero 4893-1588/ 4893 -1597 interno 108. reserva_cs@buenosaires.gov.ar

Celebrity barman Fede Cuco will be preparing innovative concoctions at Fierro Hotel on Friday and Saturday. Don’t miss the chance to try a Multiple Choice Crusta, Chicago Fizz, Barrel Aged Rob Roy and C&C. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Saturday and Sunday

Professional photographer Jocelyn Mandryk (who took Fierro’s latest photographs) and her associate Becky Hayes have taken tourist photography to a whole new level on their Saturday Foto Ruta tours.  What they propose is to get to know the city from another point of view, taking their travelers through off the beaten path locations and setting creative guidelines for the photographs so that they can explore the local colors and characters through the lens from a new perspective, finding what they normally wouldn’t on a typical tourist location. The Foto Ruta tour runs every Saturday from 2pm-6pm and costs 100 pesos. Upcoming locations are listed on the Foto Ruta webpage.

Celebrity barman Fede Cuco will be preparing innovative concoctions at Fierro Hotel on Friday and Saturday. Don’t miss the chance to try a Multiple Choice Crusta, Chicago Fizz, Barrel Aged Rob Roy and C&C.  Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Electro fans will be joyously dancing on Saturday to the unique beats of Justice, John Digweed and the likes at the UMF electronic music festival taking place on Saturday and Costanera Sur. Tickets here.

Every Sunday until the 13th of May from 1pm-4pm there will be live tango music and milongas at the traditional Bar El Estaño 1880. Aristóbulo Del Valle 1100, La Boca