This Week: 13-19th April 2015

Monday

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Check out the new MALBA exhibits featuring photographs by Annemarie Heinrich, and installations, choreographies and more under the name “Infinite Experience”. 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 new UCO after office event! 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

You can also stop by Centro Cultural Konex where famous percussion group, La Bomba del Tiempo, will be carrying out their Monday show starting at 7pm. Sarmiento 3151, Almagro.

Tuesday

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(Photo by Juan Pablo Olmo)

Huellas de lo real (Imprints of Reality), is the new photography exhibit taking place at Parque de la Memoria, featuring the works of Juan Travnik and Jonathan Molner. Rafael Obligado 6745, Costanera.

Try some mate, practice some Spanish and meet new people at the Tuesday Mate Conversation Club that starts at 6.30pm. Sign up at mateclubdeconversacion@gmail.com . Uruguay 862, downtown.

The Colón Theatre inaugurates their production of Werther with functions until the 21st of April. Tickets here.

Wednesday

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(From Blue Velvet by David Lynch)

The Buenos Aires international independent film festival (BAFICI) kicks off with a fantastic program of local, foreign, old and new films to discover! Find the full program here, and make sure to get tickets in advance!

Later on, the Stuttgart Bach Akademie’s Chorus and Orchestra will be presenting a concert at the Colón Theatre, starting at 8pm. Tickets here.

Thursday

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Get ready for a mouth watering weekend as the city’s top chefs cook up a storm at the MASTICAR food fair taking place from the 16th to the 19th of April just a few blocks away from Fierro. Mmm… Zapiola 50, Colegiales.

In the evening, the monthly Gallery nights will be taking place in the downtown circuit until 10pm. Find a map here.

Kiss will also be staging a live show at the Velez Stadium at 9pm. Tickets here.

Friday

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(Photo by Mike)

If you came to Buenos Aires and you’re not vegetarian, chances are you want some of that famous Argentine beef! Book your place for the full parrilla experience with Parrilla Tour. These filling excursions, which take place in San Telmo on Fridays, will surely satisfy your meat cravings!

Later on, starting at 10 pm the Time Warp electronic festival will be taking place at Costa Salguero. Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

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(Photo by Simone Bosotti)

Book your place at UCO´s unique weekend brunch, now revamped with an Irish version as well! 3220-6800Soler 5862, Palermo.

Catch a film at the BAFICI independent film festival taking place until the 25th of April. More information here.

Don’t miss the MASTICAR gourmet food fair this weekend at El Dorrego. Zapiola 50, Colegiales.

On Saturday, starting at 10 pm the last day of the Time Warp electronic festival will be taking place at Costa Salguero. Tickets here.

Also on Saturday, Vernon Reid from Living Color will be staging a live show at the ND Teatro. Tickets here.

The Sivory Museum, next to the Palermo Rosedal offers free tours in English and German on Saturdays at 3pm and 5pm! Av. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo.

Argentine Cuisine, Beyond Asado

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One of the most immediate associations people make with Argentina is mmm – meat! And although undoubtedly it is one of the pillars of Argentine cuisine, it is not the only delicacy on the local table. (This is not a post about dulce de leche either.)

Brazilian and Paraguayan influences are ever present in Misiones, a province to the north-east of the country (where the Iguazú Falls are). There, one of the most common ingredients used is cassava from which they bake bread, cakes and make meat stuffed rolls. Many desserts are also made from papaya.

Corn, peppers, quinoa and chayote (a fruit similar to squash) are all part of the cooking repertoire up in Salta and Tucuman, which are also the empanada epicenters of the country!

Further south in the Patagonia region, local specialties include trout, lamb, smoked boar and cheese, as well as delicious boysenberries and raspberries. There is also a typical indigenous dish called curanto in which the food is cooked by wrapping it in tinfoil (originally leaves) and burying it in the ground with hot embers and stones.

In Buenos Aires, many restaurants are aiming at incorporating some of these lesser-known local culinary traditions into the gourmet gastronomic scene. Casa Felix is a self-defined “supper house” that opens several months a year to offer unique Latin American dining experiences. El Baqueano specializes unusual and native meats including ñandú, chinchilla, yacare and more.  Hernán Gipponi also fuses Latin ingredients, such as quinoa and chayote, with Spanish cuisine. And to top it off, there are always great wines to match!

Feria Masticar 2013

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Masticar means to chew in Spanish and that is exactly what is the MASTICAR fair is all about, chewing on the best local produce and the most delicious food. The annual gourmet food fair, which kicked off very successfully last year, is organized by a young group of celebrity chefs and entrepreneurs who have grouped themselves under the name of A.C.E.L.G.A, which means chard but also stands for the Asociacion de Cocineros y Empresarios Ligados a la Gastronomía.

The fair, which takes place from the 3rd to the 6th of October from 2pm to 11pm on Thursday and from midday to 11pm the rest of the days, features food stands, local products from different regions around the country, cooking classes and lectures. This year there will also be wine and beer tasting and a wine bar, so stopping by is a must, if not to taste some of the delectable cuisine and check out colorful varieties fruits and vegetables, at the very least to sample some of the country’s great wines.

The event will take place at El Dorrego- Distrito Audiovisual in Colegiales, which neighbors with Palermo. Tickets to the fair cost 40 pesos and include free access to cooking classes and lectures (subject to availability). More information here. Zapiola 50, between Dorrego and Concepción de Arenal.

Autumn/Winter 2013 at Hernán Gipponi Restaurant

Fierro Hotel’s popular Hernán Gipponi Restaurant brings plenty of good news for the city’s hedonists of the palate. For starters, it’s now open seven days a week and is featuring a new tasting menu that includes seasonal delicacies such as rabbit confit, baked Turkish lentils with bacon and 63º cooked egg, braised pig’s cheeks, nut bread, pistachio meringue, tangerines and more to keep us warm during the cold days to come. Additionally, One Table, a five-course dining event for up to sixteen people, is on the weekly agenda on Monday’s. Of course, the renowned weekend brunch continue to be one of the restaurant’s most concurred events, as the now monthly Friday Happy Hours. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Top 5 Culinary Tours in Buenos Aires

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Parrilla Tour: Meat eating is mandatory for most people who travel to Argentina and the Parrilla Tour is the perfect way to do it. There are two versions of this carnivorous adventure; one takes place in the San Telmo neighborhood, the other in Palermo. Both include stops at three different neighborhood parrillas, and dessert at an ice-cream parlor (newcomers to Argentina may not know it yet, but Argentine ice-cream is the best.) The guides have interesting information about Argentine cuisine and culture, and also make sure to recommend the top cuts. More information here.

Argentine Experience:  This lunch or dinner experience is a great way to get to known what the local cuisine is about. The event begins with a mate refreshment upon arriving and then, once clad in chef hats and aprons, continues onto the empanada-making phase. After that comes a delicious steak and wine lunch, during which some fun and games take place, and then a mate tasting and brewing class, and an alfajor making class, all with top notch information about the local traditions. The dinner option also includes all you can drink until 11pm and free guest list entry to a BA nightclub. Places must be booked in advance. More information here.

Fuudis Gourmet Food Tour:  The last ten years have seen a boom in the city’s gourmet culinary industry, and not only in the realm of steak.   This is the side of the city that Fuudis has set out to explore and share. Their tours include stops at various restaurants focusing on a different city neighborhood on each tour. The experience is not only culinary, it is also a fun social event and special way to get to know the city. More information here.

Cooking with Teresita: Different cooking class options are offered in this bed and breakfast in the city’s outskirts. Whether it’s a short empanada lesson, a one day food tour, or a chance to make asado you’re sure to enjoy this popular option, where you will be able to cook and sample delicious food and wines. More information here.

Buenos Aires Food Tour:  Pick Up the Fork is one of the best Buenos Aires food blogs in ciberspace; not only is it written in English, it reviews every restaurant and food stand in the city and from a sincere point of view. Recently, Allie, the taster and talent behind it, has started offering customized food tours to cater to each travelers preference, whether it’s off the beaten path restaurants, the best closed doors, or why not, where to find the best chori. More information here.

Christmas and New Year at HG Restaurant

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In Argentina, the big Christmas festivity takes place on Christmas Eve. This is probably because one of the seasonal joys is the fantastic food and drink, and in the local summer both are better enjoyed in the evening. Those of you who are looking for the best spot to book a great Christmas of New Year’s Eve dinner should look no further. Hernán Gipponi Restaurant will be offering a delectable menu fit for kings and queens!

Aperitifs include homemade carob/quinoa/multigrain/ciabatta breads with flavored butters, shrimps, black pudding and roasted red bell peppers,  scallops with passion fruit, sweet potato, red onion and chestnuts, and chorizo and tomato sauce.

There will also be a salad of veal sweet breads, yellow bell pepper pulp, roast tomatoes, provolone cheese, mixed greens and sprouts.

(Don’t worry we’ve still got five courses to go!)

The starter will be egg cooked at 68*C with mushrooms and vegetable stalks, all infused with flavored rice stock.

The fish main course  (which happens to be the chef’s specialty) will consist of the catch of the day with a velvety summer squash emulsion, pearled lentils and crab. After that, a delicious veal tenderloin with carrots, fennel and smooth pistachio and spinach sauce.

Finally, a pre-dessert of grilled peaches in Torrontés with Cordoba peanuts and lemon cream will prepare the palate for the final dessert of watermelon, melon, mascarpone cheese, carob and lemon verbena. Afterwards, just in case anyone is still hungry, petit fours and coffee will be served of course.

The menu, including top Argentine wine pairings, mineral water and Nespresso coffee is 650 pesos per person.

And, just in case you wake up on the 25th of December or on the 1st of January with cravings for more, Hernán Gipponi Restaurant will also be serving their famous brunch complete with juices, breads, tapas, fish, lamb/chicken  and panettone!

Let’s hope the Maya were wrong, because this will definitely be worth tasting!

Book your place in advance at 3220 6820. Fierro Hotel, Soler 5862, Palermo.

We Recommend: Lunch at Cusic

Whether for breakfast, lunch or a satisfying afternoon pastry, Cusic is the place to go.  Welcoming and cozy, this hidden Palermo gem offers homemade cuisine inside a house converted into restaurant, which also has a lovely terrace-garden for the sunnier summer spring days. The food is varied, depending on the time of the day. Options include savory and sweet baked goods, yoghurt and fruits for breakfast (as well as homemade marmalade), delicious sandwiches and wraps, and other more elaborate dishes.

Cusic usually opens from Wednesday to Sunday during the day from 10am to 8pm; however, on Thursday´s, they host special dinners until 12pm in which customers pay what they believe the food was worth. If you´re in the Palermo area and are looking for a charming homey place to stop and enjoy carefully prepared food in a relaxing environment then this is the place for you.  El Salvador 6016, Palermo.