This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Liliana Porter. Man with an axe. Photo by Medieval Karl)

Head to the MALBA and check out the new Liliana Porter exhibit. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

One Table, the city’s top Monday event, is the best place to start the week with glorious foods, great wines and a chance to share with lovely people. Book your place at 3220-6820.

Tuesday

(Photo by Brian Negin)

Fundación PROA is showcasing a new exhibit that features images of Buenos Aires as seen through different artists eyes.  Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

Last chance to catch Britten’s War Requiem that is being staged at the Colón Theatre. Tickets here.

Wednesday

(Photo by Tom Marcello)

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 monument and cover the areas of Almagro, Congress and Plaza de Mayo using local transport to get around. More information here.

In the evening,  Al Di Meola will be staging a live concert at the Teatro Opera. Tickets here.

Thursday

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The annual gourmet food fair, MASTICAR, which is organized by some of the cities most prestigious chefs, will be taking place until the 6th of October. More information here.

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.

Friday

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FIBA, the international theatre festival kicks off until the 20th of October.  More information here.

Later on, stop by Fierro Hotel for the monthly Thank Fierro it’s Friday happy hour! Soler 5862, Palermo.

Saturday and 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.

On Saturday, PM Open Air Music will be taking place with live music and more from 3pm onwards at San Pedro de Jujuy 101, Retiro.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by KoppCorentin)

Stop by the MALBA and check out the Yayoi Kusama and the Kenneth Kemble exhibits! Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

One Table is back! After a brief break, the city’s top Monday event returns with glorious foods, great wines and a chance to share with lovely people. Book your place at 3220-6820.

Tuesday

(Photo by Martin Playing With Pixels & Words)

The Tango Festival and World Championship kicks off until the 27th of August and brings the best tango shows of the year to the city . Check out the program here.

In the evening, the stunning Colón Theatre will be inaugurating an opera production of Mozart’s famous The Marriage of Figaro.  Tickets here.

Wednesday

(Photo by Jim Crocker)

Check out the exhibit of Argentine couture designers taking place at the Centro Cultural Recoleta until the 18th of August.  Junín 1930, Recoleta.

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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One of the architectural landmarks of the city is the famous Palacio Barolo full of references to poet Dante Alighieri. Guided tours take place from 4pm to 7pm and evening guided tours at 8.30pm include tasting of an awarded wine and a national delicacy.

In the evening, the monthly art event, Gallery nights, will take place starting at 7pm.

Friday

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Take one of graffitimundo’s tours that kick off at 3pm in Colegiales and learn more about the booming local street art scene. More information here.

Later on, starting at 8pm, the stunning Colón Theatre will be staging an opera production of Mozart’s famous The Marriage of Figaro.  Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by Brian Negin)

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.

Organic food and a lively vibe combine at monthly food fair Buenos Aires Market-that will take place throughout the weekend at the Palermo Parks.

On Saturday and Sunday evenings, starting at 8pm, the stunning Colón Theatre will be staging an opera production of Mozart’s famous The Marriage of Figaro.  Tickets here.

Valentines Day Tasting Menu at HG Restaurant

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Hernán Gipponi Restaurant is known for it’s delectable tasting menus and for this Valentines Day the restaurant’s renowned chef has created a mouth watering feast under the slogan cocina para enamorar (cuisine to win over hearts).

The menu’s eight steps to love begin with homemade breads and flavored butters and oils and, to tease the palate, a taste of cured halibut with cucumber, apples and fennel and a serving of humita with tomato sauce and capsicum from Cachi.  Taste buds should be waking by the time the prawn, tomato and carrot salad is served and rejoicing at the sweetbread entree that comes after with quinoa, summer squash and milk from the aguaribay tree. Full blown infatuation are on cue by the time the two main courses make their way to the table; catch of the day with smoked puree, baby squid and onions, and veal cheeks, stout, pumpkin and peppers. Finally, if you still need some convincing by the time the pre-dessert of yacaratía (an Argentine tree with an edible trunk), with blue goat cheese and plums arrives, then pistachios, chocolate, peaches, raspberries, coffee and petit fours should be enough to have you proclaiming your undying love to Hernán, the waiter, your charming date and anyone else who you might cross paths with.

The Valentines Day menu, which includes coffee, water, and Escorihuela Gascón wine pairings, costs 300 pesos. Places must be booked in advance at 3220-6820.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by Tomomi Sasaki)

Stop by the Japanese Gardens in Palermo where the animé and manga festival is taking place until the 16th of February. Av. Casares 2966, Palermo. 

In the evening, scout out one of these neighborhoods where Carnival parades will be taking place.

Tuesday

(Photo by Martin Playing With Pixels & Words)

Sign up for one of the free Shakespeare walks that will take place starting 11am at Costanera Sur and revive Hamlet whilst getting to know Buenos Aires outdoors.

Later on head to  La Catedral in Almagro and take a tango lesson at either 7.30 pm or 9pm. Sarmiento 4006, Almagro.

Wednesday

(Toulouse-Lautrec: Photo by mithraphoto)

Stop by the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes where there is a new exhibit about paper as an expressive medium that showcases drawing, engravings and more by artists ranging from Picasso to Toulouse Lautrec. Avenida del Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

In the evening head to Boris Club de Jazz for some live folk and funky music by Facundo Monty starting at 10pm. Gorriti 5568,Palermo.

Thursday

(Photo by Bert Werk)

Take a tour of the stunning Palacio Barolo, one of the city’s architectural landmarks full of history and mystique. Av de Mayo 1370, Downtown.

Romance the special someone in your life by treating them to a unique tasting menu with wine pairings at Hernán Gipponi Restaurant. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

Friday

(Photo by Nicolas Castillo)

The MALBA is featuring a must-see exhibit on Colombian artist Oscar Muñoz. An exhibit by British artist Tracy Emin is also being showcased. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.

Head to the Jamiroquai concert starting at 10 pm and dance the night away with an enthusiastic Argie audience. Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by Swamibu)

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.

Stop by the Shakespeare festival that will take place until Saturday and will feature live music, theatre of course, and more. More information here.

PM Open air music– Outdoor live music, art and more merge in this new Saturday event which takes place in Palermo from 2pm to 9pm. Paraguay 4905, Palermo

Find a ten-day weather forecast here and don’t forget to stop for ice cream at one of these fantastic Buenos Aires heladerias!

Mother’s Day at Hernán Gipponi Restaurant

In Argentina, Mother’s Day will be celebrated this Sunday, so there will be many events destined to make mothers feel like queens. At Hernán Gipponi Restaurant there will be a special brunch for the occasion that will offer mouth-watering delicacies to treat very lucky mums. Places must be booked in advance at 3220 6820. Fierro Hotel, Soler 5862, Palermo.

Other interesting options to celebrate Mother’s Day include a Madero Tango Show with gourmet lunch, or an outdoors day in one of the many estancias who offer activities such as horseback riding, massages, golf and more. Find more suggestions here.

Buenos Aires Celebrates Friendship

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On Friday, Argentines will celebrate Friendship Day. This festivity has a recent origin and dates back to the sixties when there was an international interest in determining a universal friendship day. Different dates were proposed for different reasons and in Argentina, Dr. Enrique Ernesto Febbraro, who was a psychology and philosophy professor, suggested that friendship day be celebrated on the anniversary of man´s landing on the moon. To him, this event symbolized a unified humanity. The date was finally made official and since then has stuck, despite the many objections to what it commemorates as many feel it doesn´t represent anything local. In any case, every 20th of July Argentines do celebrate friendship, usually during the evening and there are plenty of parties and fun things to do. Below we include a few of the activities that will be offered for the occasion.

Hernán Gipponi Friends Day Tasting Menu: The hotel’s lavish restaurant will be offering a special menu to celebrate friendship in good taste. The menu, with wine pairings by Escorihuela Gascón, will feature some of the new flavors the renowned chef has been working with, including grilled polenta with goat blue cheese and black pudding, and veal cheek, humita, cooking broth and tomato-pistachio vinaigrette. Some of his classics will of course also be present such as the 68° cooked egg, catch of the day and the famous granita and foamy lullo dessert (with a new twist).  Book your place at 3220 6820, info@hgrestaurant.com.ar. Fierro Hotel Buenos Aires, Soler 5862, Palermo.

Bomba del Tiempo Dia del Amigo: The Monday classic will be staging a special show for friends who wish to dance to the beat of the same drum. The event begins at 8pm at Ciudad Cultural Konex, Sarmiento 3131, Abasto.

Isenbeck Beer Friends Festival:  Starting at 8pm, this new edition of the Beer Friends Festival will feature live music by 90’s dance queen Crystal Walters and a great line up of DJ’s. There will also be kinetic games with special prizes and a photo booth. Tattersall, Av. Del Libertador 4595, Palermo. Tickets here.  

Bar Mágico, in San Telmo is celebrating their 15th anniversary with a special magic show and dinner. Places must be booked in advance at 4304-9336, shop@tangomagic.com . Carlos Calvo 1631, San Telmo.

5 Places for Brunch in Buenos Aires

(Bread basket at HG Restaurant)

Hernán Gipponi Restaurant: Brunch at HG Restaurant is special, as many of our guests will testify to; it comes in steps and it’s not a fixed menu, so it’s full of surprises. Brunch kicks off with fresh juices and fruits, continuing with pastries and an assortment of bread, some form of eggs, and four more dishes; 2 salty and 2 sweet, in between an alcoholic shooter, and of course, coffee.  Brunch is served every Sunday with previous reservation. Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood. 3220-6800. info@hgrestaurant.com.ar. Find a full review with photos here.

Oui Oui: This popular French Bistro in the heart of Palermo is always full, whether for breakfast, lunch, or tea time. The reason for this is simple, they have great baked goods, a nice environment and a brunch ruled by delicious eggs in all their possible preparations. The pain au chocolat is quite a treat too and the whole Oui Oui brunch experience is available both on Saturdays and Sundays. 6068 Nicaragua, 4778 9614.

Magdalena’s Party: This popular venue serves American style breakfast with bacon, eggs, waffles, bagels, and pancakes as the menu stars. Expect to find maple syrup, drink great bloody Mary’s and brunch to the beat of funky music. Thames 1795 (esq. Costa Rica), Palermo. 4833.9127

Sirop Folie: Located in a charming alley in Recoleta, this French style resto and tea corner offers fantastic pastries and breads, cheeses, and eggs for brunch served both of Saturdays and Sundays. They also offer a 5-course brunch menu including very tasty tapas. Vincent Lopez 1661 Local 12, Tea Restaurant, Recoleta. 4813-5900.

Home Hotel: The home hotel is a great place for vegetarian brunchers as they serve special veggie options, as well as a delicious English breakfast. Plus on a really nice Saturday or Sunday you can sit out in their lovely garden and enjoy  your brunch there. Honduras 5860, Palermo. 4778 1008. info@homebuenosaires.com

Tasting Titus Andronicus

(Photo by Festival de Almagro)

La Fura dels Baus is a Catalan theatre group that has acquired international acclaim for its unconventional use of setting, incorporation of the audience into their representations and shocking themes.

Their latest production “Degustación de Titus Andronicus”  (Taste of Titus Andronicus) brings Shakespeare’s brutal tragedy to stage whilst incorporating the Culinary Arts to the performance at the direction of the prestigious Mugaritz restaurant.   Two chefs cook on stage during the production, interacting with the drama and the audience which will be cirulating during the entire play,  incorporating the senses of taste and smell to the dynamic representation. Finally, 28 previously selected spectators will be joining the final gory banquet where they will be invited to dine and participate in the unfolding of the tragedy.

During the week leading up to the premiere in Buenos Aires, five of the city’s top restaurants, including Hernan Gipponi Restaurant, Aramburu, Freud & Fahler,  Café San Juan,  and La Vineria de Gualterio will be serving a menu inspired by the play.  Additionally, customers of the menu will get a 10% discount for the show on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of August in Club GEBA, Figueroa Alcorta 5575, Palermo. Tickets are available here.

Hernan Gipponi Restaurant: Titus Andronicus Tasting Menu

Hernan Gipponi Restaurant

Fierro Hotel, Soler 5862, Palermo

3220 6820

Top 5 Spanish Restaurants in Buenos Aires

 

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Oviedo: 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 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

4821-3741

 

Palacio Español: Set inside the stunning Club Español, a historic monument of the city, this elegant Spanish restaurant offers traditional cuisine in an ornamented setting. The Paella is everything you would expect the paella to be and more, and sitting amongst the sculptures and tapestries makes it all the more enjoyable.

Bernardo de Irigoyen 180, Monserrat

4334-4876

 

Sagardi Euskal Taverna: If you’re looking for a place to snack on pintxos (which is how the Basque call their tapas) and drink cider after walking around San Telmo then this is the place for you. Serving traditional Basque food Sagardi not only serves some of the best pintxos in town  but also top quality grilled fish.

Humberto Primo 319, San Telmo

4361-2538

 

El Casal de Catalunya: Specializing in traditional Catalan cuisine, this high end restaurant has made itself famous for serving what is considered to be the best roast suckling pig in town. They have an interesting wine list, including both local and Spanish wines and they serve traditional Catalan Cava.

Chacabuco 863, San Telmo

4361-0191

 

Hernan Gipponi: This newcomer to the Palermo scene offers distinguished auteur cuisine with Spanish influences in the ground floor of our hotel. The renowned chef displays his culinary expertise, acquired at restaurants such as the Guggenheim Bilbao and Quique Dacostas El Poblet in Denia, infusing the carefully prepared dishes with subtle touches that make a big difference. We recommend you try the 7-step tasting menu with some of the remarkable wines selected by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association, Andres Rosberg, and sommelier Martin Bruno.

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220-6820

Hernan Gipponi’s White Salmon with Sautéed Squid and Vegetables

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

 

Ingredients:

Squid

Sun dried tomatoes

Fresh tomatoes

Small aubergines

Almonds, peeled and toasted

Fresh Basil

Basil sprouts

Chives

Lime

Olive Oil

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.