Sunday, May 29, 2016

´Captain America: Civil War´ Review

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Captain America: Civil War is the latest instalation of movies linking together a multitude of superheroes in the Marvel universe.

Just as any super hero movie, I left the theater feeling entertained and satisfied with what I got considering that one doesn´t go to a super hero movie expecting a deep plot, but I did leave with a surprising level of existential questioning towards right/wrong and how to solve problems.

This movie begins to ask the questions about the repurcussions of what happens after doing billions in damage from fighting the bad guys. Again comes the famous statement, with great power comes great responsibility, giving Spider Man an opportunity for appearance.

As the posters suggest, Captain America and Iron Man come at odds with each other over how best to do what is right. Captian America symbolically takes the American aproach towards it: if there are bad guys, we gotta fight them. Iron Man is more of a diplomat with this arguing against fighting under some circumstances.

This movie has no near-apocolypse or bad guy trying to destroy the world. We see a much more versatile approach to character development with some more old fashioned hand-to-hand fighting. There are still plenty of explosions and battles, but a lot of it takes place between good guys.

Don´t get me wrong. This movie is still a brawler Marvel movie, and it might take itself alittle too seriously, but it goes just a tad deeper than normal, giving it a fresh feel that has of recent been lacking in superhero movies lately.

Furthermore, we see even more tethering of all the super heroes´ stories together. It seems that the next Avengers title will have an impressive amount of characters all with full fledged backgrounds ready to fend off any evil threatening mankind here on planet earth!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Hitting the bars in BA - ´Salir de joda´

Going out while backpacking/on vacation is an essential part of being a tourist and getting to know a new city. Here are a few local favorites that have a great atmosphere for tourists and porteños alike.

El Alamo


 
El Alamo, named after the one in Texas, is a rather infamous bar known for being an expat haven and a spot where the ladies drink for free. Add 4 peso tequila shots on top of that and you have a recipe for a crazy night out. Good times abound.

Temple Bar



Temple Bar is just one of those places that is ´in´ right now. It´s not going to be as full of foreigners as El Alamo, but it has an awesome atmosphere and asthetic appeal with the standard Irish Pub done to perfection. They also have their own craft beer here!



Another classic Irish Pub is Kilkenny


The Kilkenny is probably the most commonly known ´irish pub´ in Buenos Aires. Many people gather outside with their drinks after work into the late night. A great spot for a ´preboliche´ (pre-game).


Soria


Soria is a super popular bar in the Palermo area that is growing into a ´date´ bar. It still has a strong party atmosphere later in the night, but if you go early, you might see many ´parejas´ holding hands in the romantic candle-lit patios. Still an awesome place to go if you want to go out in the palermo neighborhood.



On Tap



On Tap is a super hipster bar in Palermo Holywood just a few blocks away from Soria. With up to 20 beers on tap and a variety of food options, this place is always packed to the brim. It´s a great place to go if you are missing some american IPA or a german Heffeweisen. Most of the beers here are either imported or come from a high-quality brewery in Argentina.



Reccommended Accommodation in Buenos Aires: Charlie´s Hostel , Charlie´s Apartments



Saturday, May 14, 2016

Masticar - Urban Cuisine in Palermo



Masticar is a food festival that just ocurred last weekend in Palermo. With hundreds of food vendors and an ample space to enjoy all the goodies, it was a great success.


Being Argentina, there was plenty of the traditional chorizo, ´asado´, and the like, but here at Masticar there was an abundance of unique and delicious offerings that could widen even the largest of palates. From smoked salmon over potatoe waffles to venezuelan arepas with ´special sauce´ there was quite an array of culinary treats.

Most of the food vendors sold their food out of trucks street-style, but a few places had big stands set up like one would see in a fair. Some of the better, more popular places had rather long lines. The longer the line, the more delicious the offerings seemed to be.

- This was one of the most jammin trucks at the event with their popular venezuelan arepas.

  - Delicous meat..... delicous sauce.... the bread? Also delicious.


 - This smoked brisket rivals any Carolina BBQ




- OMG



As you can see. Buenos Aires is more than just asado and milanesa... if you look in the right places.



Reccommended Accommodation in Buenos Aires: Charlie´s Hostel , Charlie´s Apartments



Friday, May 6, 2016

Tango in Buenos Aires

Tango ¨Dinner and Show¨

As a night event, enjoy a traditional Argentine dinner while watching a Tango Show of the highest caliber. Any of these companies will come pick you up from the hostel:


Madero Tango

Excellent performances with a beautiful view! This company offers a competitive price for a high end show (about half the price of Señor Tango). 

This is a flashy event, one of the most famous tango shows in Buenos Aires and therefore one of the most expensive.

Complejo Tango

This is another great option! Highly skilled dancers at a lower price.









Tango Bars

You can also hear or watch a tango while having a cup of coffee in a historic bar.



Café Tortoni

36 Billares

Confiteria Ideal

La Cumparcita



And if you are up for it, there are tons of places to LEARN to dance Tango and Tango Clubs, these are called ¨Milongas¨ and will give you a more authentic experience!

Tango Dance Halls and Clubs - ¨Milongas¨


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Fernet Con Coca - The Classic Argentine Mixed Drink

¨Fernet con Coca¨ is the most common mixed drink at any Argentine party. Fernet Branca is a bitter, liquorice tasting, herbal liquor that is made in Italy and Argentina. It is an aquired taste. Those who don´t like it say it tastes medicinal and those who do like it... have a lot more fun!



  • 30% Fernet
  • 70% Coke
  • Lot´s of ice and enjoy!





FUN FACT: Fernet-con-coca is common in all of Argentina but the people from the province of Cordoba are particularly famous for their love of this drink. It even made it to the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/01/world/americas/argentine-city-aims-to-stand-out-with-rebellious-spirit-and-coke-in-a-cup.html




And.. if you are more of a Sprite person don´t worry! Gancia is another popular alcohol in Argentina worth trying:


  • 1/2 Gancia
  • 1/2 Sprite
  • Lemon and/or sugar to taste




Cheers! or as they say in Buenos Aires ¨SALUD!¨