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The Vinos y Bodegas 2012 expo kicks off today at La Rural and promises a full four days of top Argentine wines. The event, which will take place from 6pm-10pm until the 15th of September, is one of the biggest wine fairs in Latin America.
Some of the highlights this year include a new sector that specializes in limited edition and sparkling wines, a wine bar, wine tasting events, olive oil tastings, a cooking show and different thematic wine tours including a Malbec, Torrontes, Syrah, Crianza, Non traditional varietals, Sweet and Sparking wines, and white and rosé. Additionally there will be contests, live art and more surprises!
Tickets to the expo cost 120pesos and include a complimentary glass of wine. They can either be purchased at La Rural box office or online here. Av. Santa Fe 4201, Palermo.
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This newcomer to the Palermo scene offers a combination of top quality gourmet dining and modern design. Created by French-Argentine architect Marcelo Joulia, the restaurant prioritizes quality over all things.
The kitchen is in charge of Frank Hara, one of Francis Malmanns disciples, and is backed by chef Mauro Colagreco, the first Argentine to have received a Michelin star. By using fresh produce acquired from sustainable agriculturers and one of a kind cooking techniques a supreme dining experience is ensured.
The food however, is not the only carefully cared for aspect in Unik; the design also stands out with its stunning marble bar and original designer furniture by the likes of Charles Eames and Arne Jacobsen.
Soler 5231, Palermo
Lunch- Tue-Sat 12.30-3pm
Dinner: Mon-Sat 8.30pm-12pm
(Los Siete by Eduardo Amorim)
We recently got nominated by Jeff from Lengthy Travel Blog (which has some excellent tips for travelers) to participate in the 7 Links projects. The project which is being organized by Tripbase consists in linking 7 of your own posts which meet previously specified criteria and then nominating other bloggers to do the same so that an exchange and circulation of information takes place. We though it was a fun idea and also a great way to revisit some of the tips we have posted in the past.
Our 7 links are:
1-Most Beautiful Post: 10 Things We Love About Buenos Aires
2-Most Popular Post: 10 Things to do in Buenos Aires Off the Beaten Path
3-Most Controversial: Vegetarian Buenos Aires
4-Most Helpful: How to Make a Typical Argentine Asado
5-Most Successful: We Recommend: Cooking Classes in Buenos Aires
6-Didn’t Get the Attention it Deserved: Lunfardo: A Slang from the Prisons and Tango
7-Proud of: 5 Best Hotels for Food and Drink
And our nominees are:
Eat like a girl: Wonderful food and travel blog, including special recipies!
The Lost Asian in Buenos Aires : Great reviews of Buenos Aires food and restaurants!
Juanele AR- Art in Buenos Aires: A wonderful art blog and the best art tours in the city!
The Real Argentina: Travel tips, reviews, suggestions and anything else you need to know!
South American Travel News: A useful resource for those of you planning your trip!
Would you like to know more about Argentine Wines? Then you shouldn’t miss our weekly wine tastings where Certified Sommelier Martin Bruno will take you on a journey through Argentina’s wine producing regions: Salta, San Juan, Mendoza, Rio Negro and Neuquen.
Designed by Bruno and Andres Rosberg, President of the Argentina Sommelier Association, six wines will be showcased with selections changing weekly. Light snacks and hors d’oeuvres from Hernán Gipponi will also be included.
Tastings are held in our cellar every Thursday at 7PM for the price of USD25 Per Person and are limited to 7 people. Book your place, both guests and non-guests are welcome!
Soler 5862, Palermo
Via Restó, the Clarin newspapers restaurant guide, recently posted this video of Hernan Gipponi where he shows us how to make his amazing white salmon with sautéed squid and vegetables. Since the video is in Spanish we´ve translated it for you so that you don´t miss out on this flavourfull dish! (You might also want to check out Hernan´s famous rabbit empanadas recipe which which our blogger guest eat like a girl managed to get her hands on!)
White Salmon with Sautéed Squid and Vegetables
Sun dried tomatoes
Almonds, peeled and toasted
1 Start by cleaning the fish and cut a fillet of approximately 200 grams. Set aside. Next clean the squid, keeping the tentacles.
2- To prepare the aubergines, slice them in half and make small incisions in its flesh. This way it will absorb more heat and cook faster.
3- Since the salmon will take the longest to cook it will be the first to go on the pan. Drizzle some olive oil and salt on it and place it skin down for two to three minutes, then turn it onto its flesh for another 2- 3 minutes.
4- Meanwhile start making the aubergines. Pour some olive oil onto a pan and place the aubergines flesh down. Turn when golden.
5- Once the aubergines have softened mix in the sundried tomatoes, and finally the fresh tomatoes.
6- Take the salmon and finish cooking it in the oven.
7- Whilst the salmon is in the oven, sauté the squid in some olive oil and salt, then add the vegetables. Add the fresh basil, the almonds, the chives and some grated lime rind.
8- Finally serve the vegetables and squid with the salmon and garnish with basil sprouts and olive oil.
To complement this dish, our sommelier Martin recommends a Semillon 2010 by Ricardo Santos, a light fresh white wine that pairs well with the fish and vegetables.
(Vintage Fernet Branca add. Photo by stolen w-heels)
Those of you who have already gotten a taste of the local nightlife may have noticed the popularity of “Fernet con Coca”, a strange alcoholic beverage made up of, you guessed it, Fernet and Coke. If there is a classic nightlife Argie drink, then this is definitely it.
The origins of Fernet are unclear. Some say it was originally concocted by a Swedish doctor as a medicine for cholera, others rumor it was invented by an apothecary who was looking for a cure for menstrual cramps, and yet another theory (from an unreliable drunk source at a bar) states that it was prepared by an medicine woman in Sicily to expel demons from haunted widows. In any case, although the last theory sounds a bit dubious, we are almost certain Italian immigrants imported the beverage to Argentina.
Made of herbs and spices, there is a general consensus that the unique taste of Fernet is to be paired with Coke, and although many claim it to be an acquired taste, there are many more locals that love it. Our recommendation is to try it and see what its about. After all, even if you don’t like it it’s still a great digestive, and anyway, clubbing doesn’t start until 2-3am so there’s plenty of time to drink up!
This upscale Spanish restaurant in the Recoleta area is one of the top dining options the city has to offer. The fish is superb as is the lamb, the baby and the excellent wine list and service. The classic setting, the freshness of the ingredients and the savory cuisine make Oviedo an unquestionable top choice for gourmet dinning in Buenos Aires.
Beruti 2606, Recoleta
(Bar scene by Anoxlou)
Set in an old downtown building, reminiscent of the cities golden years, with a yet vibrant futuristic and modern design, this four floor restaurant-bar with a terrace has become one of the cities top places to go to. The french food, the carefully cared for drinks, the ambiance and the varied music, often live, promises to deliver everything one could look for in a perfect outing.
Tucuman 422, Downtown
Open Mon-Sat from midday-2am.
Gran Bar Danzon
This trendy lounge bar offers a wonderful variety of wines and is usually full of people vouching for its quality and great atmosphere. Their wine happy hours, Mon-Fri from 7pm-9pm and Sat-Sun from 8pm-10pm presents upcoming wine varieties in the market and is a great way to try something new.
Libertad 1161, Downtown
A place for unpretentious, uninhibited fun bar where the crowd ranges in ages and styles but is always up for a good time. They have a varied well priced cocktail menu with in-house specialties such as the ‘Latin lover’ or the ‘Cucaracha slammer’ shot and won the upstairs floor an intimate stage where live music is frequently played and dancing takes place later.
25 de Mayo 597, Downtown
Open Mon-Fri 6pm-closing and Sat 8pm-closing
Jack the Ripper
This hidden English style bar is spacious and comfortable. The low lights, comfortable couches an excellent 80s brit-rock repertoire make it the favorite of many.
Libertad 1275, Downtown
You Know my Name
Formerly known as El Living, this quirky lounge bar/ small nightclub club looks to recreate a living room feel with lamps, couches, retro TVs and screens. Video clips and film clips are screened in one of its rooms and there is a dance floor in the other. A laid back atmosphere, cheerful crowd and late night partying complete the charm of this BA nightlife hotspot.
M.T. de Alvear 1540, Downtown
+54 11 4815-3379