Hot Places for Hot Soup

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PH: Chris Ford

During the chilly winter days, there’s nothing better than a heartwarming plate of soup. Below, our pick of five flavourful soup options in BA to keep warm during your stay.

Locro: This typical Argentine soup eaten on national holidays combines pumpkin, maize, meat cuts and legumes for a filling and hearty meal that’s perfect for the cold winter days. Try it all year round at La Morada in Recoleta. +54 11 4343-3003Larrea 1336, Recoleta

Bouillabaisse: The heartwarming seafood soup is perfect for cheering up the chilly weather and the one served at UCO Restaurant is bound to please.+54 11 3220-6820. Soler 5862, Palermo. 

French Onion Soup: A classic winter special, this french soup will both warm and fill you up. Try a great version at Brasserie Petanque.+54 11 4342-7930. Defensa 596, San Telmo. 

Spicy Vegan Raw: Nutritious, light and yet with enough spice to heat things up, this soup is ideal for those with dietary restrictions that want to keep warm and also healthy, available at BIO.+54 11 4774-3880. Humboldt 2192, Palermo.

Chinese: whether with dumplings, seafood, rice noodles or tofu, chinese soups are always a delicious option for cooler days. In the Belgrano Barrio Chino (chinatown) you can either grab a quick one at one of the soup bars in the chinese supermarket or choose one of the many restaurants in the area.

 

 

5 Hotspot Bars with a Fireplace in Buenos Aires

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Winter chill is here, but that’s no reason to miss out on the vibrant BA nightlife. To make the best of it, here are 5 hotspots with a fireplace in Buenos Aires to turn up the heat.

Olsen

The Scandinavian know how to do winter, and al Olsen the great cuisine and decor, plus an amazing variety of vodkas and a fireplace, make this a top spot to stop by on chilly evenings. Gorriti 5870, Palermo.

The Oak Bar

For the classic who like to watch the wood burn with some quality whisky in hand, the Oak Bar in the Hyatt Hotel is just the place.  Av. Alvear 1661, Recoleta.

 The Steve

This Palermo centered bar is spacey, modern and serves some great cocktails. Stop by to get the night started by the flames of their chimney and get into the groove for a fun night in the town. El Salvador 4968, Palermo.

 Isabel

Posh and upbeat, Isabel is the place to go for sophisticated night owls that like their drinks done right. Unlike the other venues, this one has its always lit fireplace set outside in the courtyard. Uriarte 1664, Palermo

 Bangalore

This UK inspired pub that also serves curries is a great winter spot to drink draught beer during happy hour, they don’t always light their fireplace, but it’s still cozy and upbeat enough to keep the spirits high. Humboldt 1416, Palermo

This Week: 17th to 23rd of August

Monday

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Today is a national holiday as the country celebrates the anniversary of the death of José de San Martín.

Later on, at 9pm, Buenos Aires Cóctel week kicks off at Verne, one of our favorite bars in the city. The event promises for a week imbued with boozy fun! Find the whole program here.

Tuesday

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The Tango Festival and World Championship continues until the 27th of August. Find the full program here.

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

Wednesday

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The National Museum of Fine Arts (MNBA) is showcasing an exhibit of Nordic art, and a collection of indigenous art from Paraguay. Stop by if you’re in the Recoleta area and warm up over coffee afterwards at the famous La Biela cafe. Av. Del Libertador 14730, Recoleta.

Later on, stop by the Centro Cultural Recoleta and catch one of the stunning Fuerza Bruta shows. Tickets here. 

Thursday

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

In the evening, famous blues musician Robben Ford will be staging a live show at the Teatro Vorterix in Colegiales. Tickets here.

Friday

The Centro Cultural Kirchner is showcasing an exhibit of controversial French photographer Sophie Calle’s work, featuring interpretations by different women of a break-up letter that the artist received. Sarmiento 151, downtown.

Later on, at 8.30 pm, don’t miss the Swedish acrobatic production of Knitting Peace! Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

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

The Tango Festival and World Championship will be taking place throughout the weekend until the 27th of August. Find the full program here.

On Sunday, the Colón theatre is staging a ballet production of Sylvia. Tickets here.

Argie Winter Special: Garrapiñada

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Come the winter months and street vendors who sell traditional sweets such as cotton candy, caramel apples and pirulín lollypops start cooking a sweet crunchy treat called garrapiñada. These warm crackling snacks are prepared in-situ in large copper pots where sugar, vanilla and water bubble into a caramel that then coat peanuts, or in less common versions, almonds and other nuts. A heartwarming treat for chilly days touring the bustling city!

BAFICI Animation Film Festival 2013

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The 2013 BAFICI animation film festival kicks off today until the 28th of July. This second edition of the event is proof of the booming local industry and international popularity of animated films, in which 3D has taken protagonism. The festival will screen both local and international animated films, including 12 short film programs and 14 feature films that include movies for children (BAFICITO section) and adults (BAFICI section).  One of the most awaited releases of the year is Metegol (Foosball) a 3D film directed by Oscar winning director Juan José Campanella. At the Centro Cultural Recoleta, there will also be an exhibit of drawings, storyboards, and more related to the production of this ambitious film, which is the most expensive animated film produced in Latin America to date.

The program for the film festival can be acquired here. Tickets are sold from Wednesday to Sunday from 1pm to 9pm at the Centro Cultural San Martín.  Paraná and Sarmiento, Downtown. 

Coming Up: Chef Mun + Hernán Gipponi Flavor Feast

Renowned chefs Hernán Gipponi and Mun Kim will be pairing up in the following days to present a tasting menu inspired by both their culinary influences from both the East and West.  The event will take place on the 26th and 27th of June at Fierro Hotel‘s restaurant.

The menu will feature a medley of dishes, by each of the chefs.  Hernán Gipponi will break the ice with his signature Madryn prawns and Chef Mun will follow with a Brandsen Salad. Then, for the main course, Hernán will be spoiling his guests with the catch of the day including peas, string beans, beats and fried calamari (YUM!) and to follow, Chef Mun will start with salmon and tuna nigiri, and then a Korean style rib eye (mmm!). Finally, to seal the deal, Hernán will be presenting his famous yoghurt foam with passion fruit, lychees, and roasted pumpkin seeds.

The tasting menu costs 450 pesos and will include wine pairings by Bodega Casarena, mineral water and tea or coffee. Bookings must be made in advance at 3220-6820. Soler 5862, Palermo

Winter in Buenos Aires 2013

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As the chill of Winter creeps up, top options for Buenos Aires touring include getting to know its booming art scene, stopping at traditional cafes for warm drinks in cozy settings, operas, concerts and ballets at the stunning Colón Theatre and feasting on the local culinary environment.

This winter there will also be a special exhibit of visual artist Yayoi Kusama’s work at the MALBA, many a festival and live music to keep the feet moving and the body warm.

Festivals

Caminos y Sabores Fair– 6th to the 9th of July 2013- Typical local cuisine and flavors from around the country are featured in this annual food and crafts fair.

Bafici Animado– 24th to the 26th of July 2013. A recent addition to the city’s festival scene, the Animated film festival is a great option for both children and adults.

Exposición Rural- 18th to the 30th of July2013- Truly a Buenos Aires classic. this annual agricultural event is proof of just how embeded the campo lifestyle is in Argie identity.

Tango Festival and World Championship– 13th to the 27th of August 2013- The annual tango event of the year, showcasing the best of the best, takes place during the chilly August month.

Buenos Aires Math Festival– 11th to the 15th of September 2013- A unique festival with solutions for every problem!

Live Music

6th of July- Diana Ross at the Luna Park. Tickets here.

17th of July- Paul Okenfold at Pacha Buenos Aires. Tickets not on sale yet.

28th of July- Morrissey at Tecnópolis. Tickets here.

12th of August- Papa Roach at Luna Park. Tickets here.

19th of August- Herbie Hancock at the Gran Rex Theatre. Tickets here.

17th of September-  John Mayer at Luna Park. Tickets here.

20th of September-  Caetano Veloso at the Gran Rex Theatre. Tickets here.

June 2013 in Buenos Aires

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Art Attack: 7th of June at the Centro de Exposiciones de la Ciudad. This artistic experienced is aimed at children who participate in different creative activities for two hour duration of the event. Tickets here.

Cuisine & Vins Expo: The 2013 Cuisine Vins Expo will be taking place at the stunning Palacio Paz on the 13th and 14th of June from 5pm to 11pm. A must for foodie and wine enthusiasts alike! More information here.  Av. Santa Fe 750, Downtown. From 5pm-11pm.

Ciudad Emergente: The festival, which seeks to display emerging art and cultural expressions of the city, will take place from the 19th to the 23rd of June at the Centro Cultural Recoleta Junín 1930, Recoleta.

The Argentine national Flag Day is celebrated on the 20th of June, which is a national holiday Expect locro, pastelitos, and other typical festive delicacies!

Yayoi Kusama: To end the month with a punch, the much awaited Yayoi Kusama exhibit kicks off on the 30th of June at the MALBA. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo. 4808-6500.

Live Music

5th of June- Esperanza Spalding- Gran Rex. Tickets here.

14th of June- Moonchild- Teatro Coliséo. Tickets here.

15th and 15th of June- Salif Keita- Club Niceto. Tickets here.

24th of June- Carl Barat and Gary Powell from The Libertines- Teatro Vorterix. Tickets here.

Arte BA 2013

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The biggest art fair of the year will be taking place throughout the weekend featuring the both local and international galleries and mostly contemporary Latin American art. The displays include works by renowned local artists such as Kosice and Marta Minujín, new talents at the Barrio Joven that features the works of young artists, and international art represented by Argentine galleries at the U-Turn Project rooms. Also, the Petrobras Prize will be awarded to five of four hundred Argentine artists who submitted works under the theme of exile. Finally, artists Alexander Wagner, Marcelo Cidade, Guillermo Peters, Roberto Winter, Sophie Erlund and Daniel Jackson will also be present at ArteBA. More information here.

The fair is open until the 27th of May from 1pm to 9pm at La Rural. Tickets are 70 pesos and can be purchased online here.

August in Buenos Aires

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The cold continues in the Southern Hemisphere, however, during August, activity picks up as the school winter break ends, the skiing season slows down and spring is anticipated.

August is also a big tourism month because it is when the Tango festival and world championship takes place.

Below are all the August events to plan for and look forward to.

Estrellas de Ballet Ruso: Don´t miss the chance to see Russia’s top ballet dancers on stage at the Teatro Coliseo.  There will be three performances on the 31st of July and the 1st and 2nd of August at 8.30pm. Tickets here.

Buenos Aires Fashion Week: The latest Argentine fashion will be presented at the Spring/Summer BA Fashion week that will be taking place from the 7th to the 10th of August.

Tango Festival and World Championship: The largest worldwide tango event of the year takes place from the 14th to the 28th of August in Recoleta. An excellent opportunity to watch the best dancers, listen to best music and participate in all tango-related events.

Colón Theatre highlights during August include the Sleeping Beauty ballet 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th of August (tickets here) and I Due Figaro opera on the 28th and 30th of August (tickets here).  Renowned Hungarian/British classical pianist, András Schiff, will be offering a special concert on the 22nd of August (tickets here.The full Colón Theatre winter program is available here.

Riverdance: The renowned Irish dance company will be presenting a special show at the Gran Rex Theatre from the 22nd-29th of August. Tickets here.

Dream Theatre: 19th of August at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here.

Maroon 5: 31st of August at Estadio Ferro. Tickets here.

 

Temporary Exhibits:

MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires)

–       Fernando Bryce: 29th of June- 20th of August

–       Victor Grippo: 27th of July- 22nd of October

–       Matias Duville: 27th of July-29th of October

MNBA (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes)

–       Real/Virtual: Argentine kinetic art from the 70’s. 14th of June-19th of August.

MNAD (Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo)

–       Meraviglie dalle Marche: 600 years of Italian Art. 7th of July-30th of September.

–       Racing motorcycles from the 70’s-80’s. 4th of July -2nd of September.

Fundación Proa

–        Arte de contradicciones. Pop, realismos y política. Brasil – Argentina 1960

–        Aizenberg y Amigos