This Week: 25th-31st of May

Monday

san martin

(Photo by Santiago Allaria)

Argentina celebrates its independence and the Fiesta de Colectividades will be taking place at Av Caseros for the occasion from 11am onwards. There will be food stands and typical folklore music and dances. Av. Caseros and Monteagudo, Parque Patricios.

Last chance to stop by the Puro Diseño design fair at La Rural in Palermo. More information here.

In the evening, BAMA cine arte will be screening David Lynch’s Wild at Heart at 7pm, and The Elephant man at 9.30pm. Diagonal Norte 1150, downtown.

Tuesday

Volatil felicidad (Fleeting Happiness) is the new photography exhibit taking place at Parque de la Memoria, which gathers a collection of images from Argentina in the nineties. Rafael Obligado 6745, Costanera.

In the evening, don’t miss the Buena Vista Social Club live concert at the Gran Rex Theatre. Tickets here.

Wednesday

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(Photo by Georgina)

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.

Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous Swan Lake ballet will be staged all week at the Colón Theatre. Tickets here.

Thursday

The B.15 Performance Biennial is still taking place until the 7th of June with works by renowned local and international artists including Laurie Anderson, Marina Abramovic, Marta Minujín, Sophie Calle and more. Find the full program here.

In the evening, renowned Argentine singer/songwriter Silvio Rodriguez will be staging a live show at the Luna Park Stadium Tickets here

Friday

planetario

 (Photo by nestor ferraro)

The Ciudad Verde Festival, which promotes sustainability and healthy lifestyle, will be taking place throughout the weekend from Friday to Sunday with exhibits of recycled garbage art, a food fair and more. Find the full program here.

At 8pm or 9.30pm there will be a live band at the Planetarium playing Pink Floyd covers under projections of impressive starry skies. Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldán, Palermo.

Saturday and Sunday

gaia

(Photo by Alice Popkorn)

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

The Ciudad Verde Festival, which promotes sustainability and healthy lifestyle, will be taking place throughout the weekend with exhibits of recycld garbage art, a food fair and more. Find the full program here.

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.

On the Argentine Table: Sandwiches de Miga

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Sandwiches de miga are typical sandwiches eaten usually at social gatherings and as afternoon snacks. They probably originated from the Italian Tremezzino sandwiches and are made up of either two or three layers (known as dobles or triples) of thin crustless bread (or miga) and a variety of fillings which may include different combinations of ham and cheese, heart of palms, pineapple, anchovies, eggs, blue cheese, olives and more.

The famous tostado is a grilled ham and cheese miga sandwich that is usually served in city cafes. Otherwise, a broad variety of these local delicacies are sold in bakeries at a very reasonable price or at traditional cafes like Tortoni and Las Violetas.  A great place to try them in Palermo is in Santa Paula bakery (Scalabrini Ortiz 3154, Palermo).

Top 5 “Bodegones” in Buenos Aires

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A bodegon, as it is called in Argentina, is a typical neighborhood restaurant with certain common characteristics. The menu for example usually features what has become the local cuisine; a mix of European flavors mainly from Spain and Italy with a unique Argie twist. Then there’s the waiters, who are generally all men, in their forties, fifties and up, often clad in spick and span white uniforms. Finally these places are all full of history and character, which makes them one of a kind. Below are our top five.

Roticería Miramar: In the heart of the traditional tango barrio of Boedo, this charming traditional “rotisería” offers typical Spanish influenced Argentine food. A good wine selection completes their tasty menu. We recommend you try their oysters, cheese and cold cuts, amazing boquerones, and rabbit amongst other delicacies. San Juan 1999, Boedo, 4304-4261.

Spiagge di Napoli: Obviously Italian (as the name suggests), this well-known bodegon from the twenties is famous for its homemade pasta, specially its fusilli. Av. Independencia 3527, Boedo.

El Obrero: This mythical restaurant in La Boca neighborhood is a classic for visitors looking to taste typical Argentine dishes and great asado!  Decorated with football paraphernalia and antique wooden furniture, the cozy local vibe and great food make El Obrero is well worth the visit, although preferably during the day as the area is a little dodgy at night. Caffarena 64, La Boca, 4362-9912.

Albamonte: This traditional restaurant in Chacarita was founded by a group of restaurant workers who after losing their job in the late fifties decided to open up a place of their own. Today they are still going strong and serving some of the best local cuisine in town. Av. Corrientes 6735, 4553-2400.

El Preferido de Palermo: This typical bodegon that has been in Palermo since the 50’s has maintained its traditional style despite the areas modern boom.  The restaurant’s specialty are their potato tortillas, and other Spanish influenced dishes. Borges 2108, Palermo. 4774-6585.

Top 5 Argentine Desserts

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Most Argentine desserts were influenced by different immigrant groups who populated the country.  A few ingredients however, including the famous dulce de leche and quince, sweet potato, fig and chayote jams, have given them a unique local flavor. Below is a list of top five typical Argentine desserts.

Vigilante: This is probably the most emblematic Argentine dessert and is rumored o have been Borges’ favorite. It consists of a slice of solid quince or sweet potato jam (in Salta it is also served with chayote and fig jam) over a slice of Port Salut type cheese.

Flan con dulce de leche: Flan is a dessert that was adopted locally from different immigrant influences. The delicious creamy egg based treat is typically eaten with dulce de leche or with dulce de leche and whipped cream (flan mixto). Another similar dessert from Colonial times is Ambrosia, which is said to have been Domingo Faustino Sarmiento’s top choice.

Budin de pan: Commonly known in English as bread pudding this dessert has many variations around the world. The Argentine version consists of a smooth dessert (no chunks) with raisins and like flan is also served with dulce de leche and whipped cream.

Arroz con leche: Rice pudding is another international dessert that has become a typical local delicacy. The sweet rice concoction was very popular amongst the gauchos and in the north of the country there is a similar dessert prepared with white corn instead of rice called Mazamorra.

Panqueque con dulce de leche : The French crepe was quickly adopted by the locals and transformed into a typical delicacy with a warm gooey dulce de leche filling. A delicious sweet treat that no DDL lover should miss.

Those who have perfected their own versions of local delicacies (sweet or salty) can’t miss Seashells & Sunflowers 2012 Argentine Recipe Contest.

Hernán Gipponi’s Special Locro Recipe

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Ingredients:

White hominy corn 50g

Lima beans  40g

Chickpeas 200g

Squash 1kg

Onion 600g

Leeks 400g

Garlic 2 cloves

Smoked bacon 250g

Red chorizo 1

Pork belly 1.5 Kg

Ossobuco  1.2 kg

Ground capsicum 1tsp

Paprika 1tsp

Vegetable oil 40ml

Leave corn, lima beans and chickpeas soaking overnight. The following day pour the vegetable oil in a deep pan and sautee the bacon, pork and ossobuco. Add the chorizo, the garlic, and the chopped vegetables. When they are golden add capsicum, paprika and legumes. Cover with water and simmer for approximately 2 hours, add salt to taste.

Hernán’s tips: If you add the chorizo whole then it will better preserve its juices. Also,  add some cumin  to aid digestion and to optimize the metabolism of nutrients.

Enjoy!

Patriot Brunch at HG Restaurant

 

(Photo by J-Cornelius)

On Friday the country will be celebrating one of its most important national holidays, the 25 de Mayo, day in which the Viceroyalty of the Rio de la Plata was overthrown and replaced by the First Assembly; one of the turning points in Argentine independence.

On patriotic dates as this one and the 9th of July (which is the official date of independence) typical foods including locro (a hearty soup made from maize, vegetables and meats), empanadas, and pastelitos (sweet treats filled with quince and sweet potato jam) amongst others, are enjoyed by the Argentine people.

Those who want to sample the best of typical Argentine cuisine should not miss the special patriot brunch that Hernán Gipponi Restaurant will be serving for the occasion.  The menu will feature pastelitos and torta frita, locro of course, and other local delicacies such as tongue and quince with  cheese.  The 9-step brunch menu will cost 120 pesos and includes different juices, coffee and tea.

Book your place at 3220 68 20 – info@hgrestaurant.com.ar

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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The city’s most important art fair, ArteBA, which will be open until Tuesday, is a great opportunity for art enthusiasts and collectors to see the latest Argentine art on the market.  Open from 1pm-9pm. More information here.

In the evening the renowned Cuban orchestra Buena Vista Social Club will be presenting a live show next to Omara Portuondo at the Teatro Colegiales. Tickets here. Av. Federico Lacroze 3455, Colegiales.

Tuesday

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Book your place at the stunning Duhau Palace Restaurante and Vinoteca for the special Salta Cuisine menu paired with Colome wines that will be specially prepared throughout the week. Lunch: 300 pesos, Dinner: 400 pesos. Reservations at 5171 1340.

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

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Throughout the week the Buenos Aires artisan pastry week will be celebrated around the city in cafes and cake houses. Check out the special offers and discounts and go on an indulgent quest to find the best medialunas in town!

In the evening the Tango Championship semifinals will be held at 11.30pm in La Viruta. Armenia 1366, Palermo.

Thursday

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Stop by the Buenos Aires Planetarium to experience the immersive show “Journey to the Stars” which traces stars through time. The experience was created in collaboration with the NASA, the American Museum on Natural Science in New York and a group of renowned scientists. Tue-Fri 1pm, 4pm, 5pm. Sat-Sun 2pm, 3pm. 4pm, 5pm, 6pm and 7pm. Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldan, Palermo.

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.

Later on explore the city’s art galleries and museums with the rest of the crowd on the monthly Gallery Nights.

Friday

Friday is a national holiday as the May revolution is celebrated. Festivities will take place at Plaza San Martin starting 10am. Details will be updated on Thursday.

In the evening stop by La Peña del Colorado for some live guitar folklore and tango music by the talented trio Gorosito/Cataldi/de la Vega starting at 10pm.

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by Peter Forret)

Throughout the long weekend the Japanese Gardens will be celebrating different culinary customs of the Japanese culture. Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Casares, Palermo.

On Saturday don’t miss  the City Tango Dance Finals, which will be held in the afternoon at La Usina de las Ideas. Tickets must be picked up on Friday at Casa de la Cultura ( Av. De Mayo 575) from midday to 5pm.

On Saturday at 8.30pm Chinese pianist Lang Lang presents Johann Sebastian Bach’s: Partita No.1 in E-flat major,  Franz Schubert’s Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960 and Frederic Chopin’s twelve studios, Op. 25. at the Colón Theatre.