This Week: 24th-30th of August

Monday

coffee

(Photo by Linh Nguyen)

Start off the week with a steaming cup of top quality coffee at the coffee fair taking place from 11am to 8pm at the Four Seasons Hotel. More information here.

At 5 pm, the semi-finals of the Tango Festival and World Championship will be taking place at La Usina del Arte in La Boca. Tickets are free and will be handed out one hour prior to the show on a first come first serve basis. More information about the festival here.

Tuesday

past

(Photo by Benjamin Jopen)

It’s Italian cuisine week in Buenos Aires to the joy of pasta and pizza lovers alike. The event also features other activities related to Italian Culture. More information here.

You can also catch an eco-friendly film at the Green Film Fest taking place until the 26th of August. More information here.

Wednesday

ballet

(Photo by Aldo Tapia)

Check out the MALBA’s current exhibits of Argentine artist Rogelio Polesello, and the other of Peruvian artist Teresa Burga. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

In the evening, don’t miss the ballet production of Sylvia being staged at the Colón Theatre on the 26th, 27th, 28th, and 29th of August. Tickets here.

Thursday

tangob

(Photo by Josadaik Alcântara Marques)

Take one of Foto Ruta’s Street Scape tours and learn some photography tips while discovering the city from a different angle. More information here.

The Tango Festival and World Championship finals will be taking place at the Luna Park theatre at 7pm. More information here.

Friday

asador

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Friday is a day for indulging! Book your place for the full parrilla experience with Parrilla Tour. These filling excursions, which take place in San Telmo on Fridays, will surely leave you satisfied.

Book your place for the free concert that will be staged at the Palacio Paz in the evening. To book your place for the concert write to: festivalenre2015@gmail.com

Otherwise, head to Club Niceto in Palermo where indie band Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah will be staging a live show at 9pm. Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

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

On Saturday evening, Jazz legend Stanley Clarke will be staging a live show at the ND Ateneo Theatre. Tickets here.

Head to the Ecological Reserve behind Puerto Madero and look for the stunning monument La Fuente de las Nereidas which depicts the birth of Venus, and was sculpted by Lola Mora, one of Argentina’s most renowned women artists.

You can also stop by the Palermo Rosedal where you can rent paddle boats to cruise the small lake alongside the ducks, and visit the Sivori Museum, which offers free tours in English and German on Saturdays at 3pm and 5pm! Av. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Stop by Museo Casa Carlos Gardel and learn more about the influential tango composer. Later on stay for the live tango concert starting at 6.30pm. Jean Jaures 735, Abasto.

Bjork will be playing the second of five shows where her album Biophilia Residency will be presented to the public. On the 6th, 9th, 12th, and 15 of April she will play intimate concerts at the Centro de Exposiciones and on the 21st she will be staging a larger concert at GEBA. Tickets here.

Sonic Youth front man, Thurston Moore, will be presenting his new solo album ¨Demolished Thoughts¨ at Niceto Club where he will share the stage with Kurt Vile and The Violators. Tickets here.

Tuesday

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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 everyday life in a different way.  Open Tue-Sun 5pm-10pm. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864 3200.

The legendary alternative nineties rock band, Jane´s Addiction, returns to the city to present their new album, “The Great Escape Artist”, and a selection of the band’s classics.  Tickets here. Av. Federico Lacroze 3455, Colegiales.

Sonic Youth front man, Thurston Moore, will be presenting his new solo album ¨Demolished Thoughts¨ at Niceto Club where he will share the stage with Kurt Vile and The Violators. Tickets here.

Wednesday

(Photo by Carlos Marzano)

From 11am-midday there will be a guided tour of the Lucien Hauman Botanical Gardens, which belong the the Buenos Aires agronomy university . To attend the tour you must sign up in advance at visitasguiadas@agro.uba.ar or call 4524-4008. Av. San Martín 4453, Agronomia.

In the evening stop by Ill Ballo del Mattone in Palermo for some homemade pasta and live jazz at 8pm. Gorriti 5950, Palermo.

Starting at 8.30pm Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna will present a concert at the Colón Theatre. Tickets here.

Thursday

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One of the most popular cultural events in Buenos Aires is the annual international independent film festival (¨Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente¨BAFICI). Presenting over four hundred films by a great variety of both local and international directors, the festival is a cultural melting-pot with something for everyone. Check out the program and buy tickets 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.

Bjork will be playing the third of five shows where her album Biophilia Residency will be presented to the public. On the 6th, 9th, 12th, and 15 of April she will play intimate concerts at the centro de exposiciones and on the 21st she will be staging a larger concert at GEBA. Tickets here.

Friday

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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.

In the evening don´t miss the festive Bubamara party being held at Salon Real on Friday. Balkan music and lots of upbeat dancing are on the menu! JD Peron 1391, downtown.

Saturday and Sunday

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One of the most popular cultural events in Buenos Aires is the annual international independent film festival (¨Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente¨ BAFICI). Presenting over four hundred films by a great variety of both local and international directors, the festival is a cultural melting pot with something for everyone. Check out the program and buy tickets here.

The Buenos Aires International Folklore Festival takes place annually in La Plata and is a great place for music enthusiasts to become acquainted with a part of the local identity through the native culture. More information here.

On Sunday, starting at 11am, there will be a free concert at the Teatro Colón  featuring Camerata Bariloche performing Vivaldi, Haydn, and Dvoràk.

A Special Tradition for the 29th of the Month

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A special tradition involving gnocchi and money is carried out on the 29th of every month. It consists of gathering to eat gnocchi and placing money under ones plate for it to multiply over the following 29 days.

There are two versions of the origin of this odd ritual, neither which have been confirmed.

The first is a legend that dates back to the VIII century. It tells of Pantaleon, a young doctor from Nicosia who traveled to Italy after converting to Christianity. Once there he performed miraculous cures and was canonized. Then, on the 29th of one month, he asked some peasants for bread and they replied by inviting him to join them for a simple dinner. Saint Pantaleon was grateful and moved by their kindness so he blessed them and promised a year of extraordinary harvests. Indeed, that year the yield of their crops was copious and thus on the 29th of every month this patron Saint of Venice was remembered by a simple meal consisting of gnocchi.

Another story, tells of a famished town on a year when wheat had not yielded well. It is said that on the 29th someone came up with the potato gnocchi, saving the town from starvation.

Finally, the tradition is said to have been introduced to Argentina in the 70´s by a group of gastronomic journalists who gathered every month to eat a meal prepared by one of them. On the 29th of the month one of them decided to make a simple plate of gnocchi to commemorate the legend of Pantaleon. It was a big hit and soon after, the “Club del Ñoqui” was created, gathering people from different cultural and social backgrounds for one gnocchi meal a month. Since there were a lot of journalists involved, the tradition quickly spread, and was adopted as an excuse to gather with friends, eat a great plate of gnocchi and hopefully multiply the monetary crop of the month.

Want to try some gnocchi eating and magical money making yourself? Book a table at one of the following recommended Italian restaurants.

Doppio Zero: Open Tue- Sat 8.30pm- closing and Sun 12.30pm-4pm. Soldado de La Independencia 1238, Las Cañitas. 4899-0162

Ill Ballo del Mattone: Gorriti 5737, Palermo. 4776-4247 reservas@ilballo.tv

Sottovoce: Open everyday from 12-4pm and 8pm-closing. Av. Libertador 1098, Recoleta. 4807-6691.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Tuesday

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Head to the MAMBA (Modern Art Museum) in San Telmo to see the special Bruno Dubner photography exhibit. Museum opening hours: Mon- Fri from 12.00am to 7.00pm, Sat & Sun from 11.00am to 8.00pm. Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo. 4342-3001/2970.

In the evening stop by Ill Ballo del Mattone for some live acoustic guitar music by Jerónimo Guiraud at 8pm, and a wonderful plate of homemade pasta. Gorriti 5737 tel 47764247 reservas@ilballo.tv

 

Wednesday

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Should the rain continue, as forecasted, head to one of the city’s indoor attractions such as the Colón theatre, or the Ateneo Grand Splendid (one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world!). Afterwards you can stop by one of our recommended spots for 5 o’clock tea.

In the evening head to the upbeat and colorful AcaBar for some great drinks and board games. Honduras 5733, Palermo Viejo. 4772-0845.

 

Thursday

(Photo by Victor J. Trumbo)

For those who want to check out the 2012 Autumn-Winter fashion don’t miss the runway shows at Buenos Aires Fashion week, being held this week at La Rural. Av. Sarmiento 2704, Palermo. The full list or runway shows is available 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

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Finally the sun will allow for some outdoor enjoyment. Book your place with Argentina Polo Day and spend the day in the outskirts of the city exploring the world of polo. The day includes a wine tasting with ‘empanadas’, horseback riding, a Polo Match, polo lessons, the opportunity to talk to coaches and professional players, a typical asado, and leisure time by the swimming pool. More information here.

 

Saturday and Sunday

On Saturday and Sunday at 5pm, the San Martin Theatre Contemporary Ballet will be staging the 8 Estaciones Ballet (8 Seasons Ballet), a show that alternates each of Vivaldi´s 4 Seasons with the Piazzola versions. Av. Corrientes 1530, Downtown. 0800-333-5254.

On Sunday, Morrissey will be staging a live show at Estadio GEBA. Marcelino Freyre 3381, Palermo. Tickets available here.

Argentine Wines: Bonarda

(Photo by Jorge Lorte)

Next to Malbec, Bonarda is one of the most popularly cultivated grapes in the country, and also one of the most traditional. Its origins are disputed as some say Argentine Bonarda was brought from one of three regions in Italy, others say its a not really Bonarda but French Corbeau, and yet others suggest it is actually Californian Charbono. Perhaps, it is the ambiguity of its origins that make this grape so local in the end.

Originally this grape variety was used to make ordinary table wine until its potential for fine wine began to be explored. Since then, the Bonarda market has expanded and now produces both table and premium wines, which are awarded and consumed internationally.

The deep colored Bonarda wines reminisce to red fruits like raspberries,  strawberries and cherries. Aromatic, with moderate acidity and a slightly lower alcoholic content than Malbec, this velvety light-bodied wine is ideal to pair with pastas grilled meat and vegetables, and legumes.

 

For a special sample of 5 Argentine wines, accompanied by snacks from HG Restaurant, book your place at our exclusive weekly tastings every Thursday starting at 7PM at Fierro Hotel.  Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220 6800. recepcion@fierrohotel.com.

Top 5 Italian Restaurants in Buenos Aires

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The Italian influence on the city has been imprinted in the culinary trends of Buenos Aires where Italian restaurants abound. Of the many, we´ve picked five well worth trying to satisfy the craving of a hot plate of succulent pasta to warm up to in the winter!

Amici Miei

Set on the second floor of an old house with a balcony overlooking Plaza Dorrego in San Telmo, this charming restaurant is a favorite amongst tourists and locals alike.  Their fresh ingredients and traditional Italian cooking methods ensure the quality of their dishes which is complemented by the excellent service.

Defensa 1072, San Telmo

4362-5562

Open Tue-Sun 8am-Closing

Gioia- Palacio Duhau

The Hyatt in house Italian restaurant offers modern Italian cuisine in an ample seating space overlooking the stunning Duhau palace and gardens. An additional plus is the Hyatt Vinoteca and cheese room where you can taste local and foreign wines and a wide selection of premium cheeses served with fresh baked breads, chutneys and dried fruits.

Posadas 1350, Recoleta

5171 1330

Open every day from 6.30Am to midnight

Sottovoce

This traditional restaurant is the perfect place to sit in on a winters day. Cozy and warm, it is frequented by the local clientele and favored by the aristocratic ladies of the Recoleta area.  The food is fresh and abundant and their desserts, specially their chocolate semi-fredo and ice cream (which they make), are outstanding.

Av. Libertador 1098, Recoleta                   Alicia de Moreau Justo 176, Puerto Madera

4807-6691                                                     4313-1199

Open everyday from 12-4pm and 8pm-closing.
Doppio Zero

This intimate restaurant in the Cañitas area prides itself on its simple but exquisite Italian cuisine, made with few ingredients and an emphasis on quality. Offering a 7 step tasting menu, and a wonderful wine selection by owner and sommelier Mariano Akman, Doppio Zero is an undisputed pleaser.

Soldado de La Independencia 1238, Las Cañitas

4899 0162

Open Tue- Sat 8.30pm- closing and Sun 12.30pm-4pm
Broccolino

Brocolino is a traditional Italian trattoria like restaurant with abundant, well priced and delicious homemade pasta. Their extensive menu, and the boisterous cheerful atmosphere bring both the Italian flavor and spirit to the table.

Esmeralda 776, Dowtown

4322-9848

Open every day from 12-4pm and 8pm-closing.