Friday, August 31, 2012

Day Trip: San Antonio de Areco

The quintessential "pueblo de campo" (country town), San Antonio de Areco makes for a lovely day trip or overnight stay from Buenos Aires, a mere 113 km away.

It was founded in 1728 around a colonial church, and its attractive cobbled streets and 19th-century buildings are home to artisan´s shops, museums and restaurants.  The town is a gaucho hub and residents can often be seen sporting berets ("boinas") and billowing trousers with chaps ("bombachas de gaucho").  Strolling around its pretty, leafy streets, you´re just as likely to pass a cowboy on a horse as a child pedalling a bicycle.

San Antonio de Areco is ringed by a seemingly limitless expanse of flat, arid pampas; here "gauchos" on horseback roam the plains, roping cows and sharpening their knives on straps of hide.  A visit to San Antonio de Areco can easily be coupled with a day visit or stay at one of the many surrounding "estancias".

San Antonio de Areco is 1hr 30mins by car from BA on "Ruta Nacional 8".  If you are travelling by bus, services leave from Retiro bus terminal (1hr 45mins).

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Subways in BA

If you want to travel fast in Buenos Aires, Subways are may be a good call. Why "may be"? Because may be you´ll find some lines crowded (such as Subway line D) near 18 hs. and may be you can find a strike in process.

Anyways, Subway is a cheap and fast means of transportation in Buenos Aires City.  

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Vegetarian restaurants in Buenos Aires

 If you enjoy vegetarian food you will find these restaurants very interesting:

- "Arevalito":

Vegetarians should make a pilgrimage to this divinely cramped boho café in Palermo Hollywood - or pull up a seat in the street for more enjoyable, spacious eating and the chance to watch the world go by.  Arevalito stands out for its home-made food and for its daily sandwich special - fit for a king´s picnic.  Starring roles go to the four daily dishes on a menu that changes between lunch and dinner, with support from a vegetable tart, a salad of the day and numerous desserts.  The pastry on the leek and potato tart we had was close to perfect; crumbly, thick and tasty; and digging into the Brusqueteando con Willis salad was like a voyage of discovery, turning up such delights as goat´s cheese, sunflower seeds, black olives, garlic, parsley, beans, mushrooms, spinach, pear, basil and tomato.  As spectacular and delicious as the refreshing lemon pomelade.

Location: 1478 Arévalo (Te. 4776-4252)

- "Artemisia":

Artemisia´s original branch has long been a classic stop for any vegetarian or pescatarian working their way around BA.  On the back of that success, the veggie wonder-workers were inspired to open this second joint on the other side of the barrio´s train tracks.  With decor that includes deliberately mismatched crockery and a pantry-style counter laden with tempting home-made breads and muffins, the eaterie has become an instant hit with Palermo´s brunch set.  Try starting your meal with an atypical "picada" - that´s atypical in that instead of consisting of ham and cheese, it also includes bruschetta with dips, and the delicious and original addition of beetroot marinated in ginger, honey and thyme.  Mains include "polenta" lasagne and Thai-style haddock in a marinade of lemongrass and coconut milk.  Delightfully far from the veggie-standard omelette.

Location: 3877 Cabrera (Te. 4863-4242) and also in 5996 Gorriti (Te. 4776-5484)

Buenos Aires Verde
- "Buenos Aires Verde":

It ain´t easy being green - or vegetarian - in BA, but Buenos Aires Verde pulls off both requirements with aplomb.  The hippie aesthetic of paintbox-bright decor and inspirational quotes on the wall belies a suprisingly sophisticated menu.  Guests are greeted with a taster shot of the juice of the day, fresh, seeded bread and houmous. For mains, a row of flavourful seaweed and seed rolls comes wrapped around cashew cheese, mushrooms, bean sprouts and goji berries, while the Thai vegetarian curry with spiced almonds is a perfect Asian food fix.  Pair it with a smoothie or herbal tea, and be sure to leave room for a slice of the "torta de cacao" (chocolate cake).

Location: 5657 Gorriti (Te. 4775-9594)

- "Kensho":

Kensho restaurant
Kensho blazed a pioneering trail across the closed-door firmament for a number of years and now has a spacious, zen-style home in the city´s vegetarian heartland.  Here chef Máximo Cabrera has continued his Argentinian-inspired organic alchemy with bite-sized Chori Nori, which are and I-can´t-believe-it´s-not-chorizo revelation; likewise, the creamy mound of cashew cheese is a lactose-defying feat.  Cabrera´s healthier-than-thou emphasis on a raw, coelic-friendly creations and organic "vino" belies his sense of humour, reflected in dishes such as Crepe Circles, Red Hot Chili Papas and James Brownie.  For a night-time treat, the five-course tasting menu is AR$ 160.  To spread the good word on all things organic, Cabrera also runs cooking classes on Monday mornings.

Location: 5783 El Salvador (Te. 4778-0655)

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Things to do in Buenos Aires during August

 Events to see in this beautiful city during August:

- Buenos Aires Tango Festival and World Championships:  The capital´s tanguero magic comes out in full force with performances and milongas in venues across the city.  All events are free but there is limited capacity so be sure to reserve in advance or arrive early.
Dates: 14 - 28 August

- Torneo Apertura: Making the kick-off to the First Division football season, this tournament is sure to prompt heated, passionate commentary.
Dates: Aug - Dec

- Buenos Aires Fashion Week: A biannual event with catwalk shows, exhibitions and showrooms of the lastest collections from local design luminaries such as Prüne, Rapsodia, Tramando and Cora Groppo.
Dates: 18-20 August
Place: La Rural, 4201 Santa Fe Ave.

- Expo Trastiendas: A showcase of more than 500 local and international artists.
Dates: Aug. 31st. - Sept. 4th.

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