St. Patrick’s Day in Buenos Aires + More

Due to my laziness and lack of planning, this post is a hodge-podge of upcoming events and other random Buenos Aires bits. Enjoy.

St. Patrick’s Day in BA – The day when Argentines suddenly “discover” their Irish roots and trash the Kilenny, Downtown Matías, and the entire length of Reconquista downtown, toppling telephone poles and throwing up Fernet. After four years in Boston, (and zero Irish heritage), it’s not my favorite holiday, but things are looking up. Magdalena’s Party in Palermo Soho (at Thames & Costa Rica) will be serving up Shepherd’s Pie (nom) and AR$20 pints of Heineken all night. You’re guaranteed a good time, no matter what day of the year, so I can only imagine that St. Patrick’s day will be a rager. You can also spend 48 hours chugging beer at the Isenbeck Beer Festival in Palermo. Tickets are AR$50 and available through Ticketek. There will be live music both tonight and tomorrow and obviously tons-o’-beer. Click the link for more info + tickets. (And for some perspective, how about this? It’s more expensive to celebrate here than it is in Dublin?! Read the article)

Brisket in BA – Perfect for your March 17 hangover. Head to The Office in Las Cañitas (for one of its last appearances before it goes down in history!) this Sunday to scarf down some brisket made personally by Larry from El Tejano hot sauce. This guy is from Texas and he knows what’s up. Seriously. Some of the best sauce around. Follow the link for all event details.

Craft Beer Night – Also held at Magdalena’s Party, this event is in a couple of weeks (March 29) and will be hosted by beer expert & Argentina Independent contributor Aaaron Brown. For just AR$100 a person, you’ll get three artisan Argentine beers and plenty of finger food to soak it up. Aaron will give you some beer history, talk about how it’s made, and run down all of the different kinds of beer. BEER BEER BEER! This would be a fun date or just something random to do with friends. Mark it down.

Run Down of Various Gourmet and Organic Markets/Ferias – Renowned women’s magazine Ohlala! (I hope you can feel the sarcasm from here) published a handy guide to different fairs and markets around Buenos Aires. Why not switch up your Saturday routine and head to the Mercado del Progreso in Caballito, BA’s oldest? (Founded in 1889). Click here for the article.

Yanquis Don’t Go Home – TRIUMPH! VICTORY! Argentines may love making fun of America (or acting like they aren’t all dying to hop on a plane and buy everything they can in New York or Miami), but the Amurican food traditions established here in recent years are here to stay. NOLAChef, Fuudis, POKE, The Office, Quiero Bagel, Magdalena’s Party and more are featured in this month’s printed issue of Planeta Joy magazine. Click here to read it online.

Photo Credit: The Argentina Independent

Food Porn Friday

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Happy Friday once again, everyone! Inspired by the post on BA Delivery (and an article in La Nación, if you read Spanish) about the increasing shortage of golden nuggets like Chilean salmon and other fish used in sushi, I’ve decided to continue the suffering. Restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro is the only one to have been awarded 3 Michelin stars. Its chef is 85 years old (and a total badass por supuesto) and diners lucky enough to eat there pay $400 a person to be served just 20 pieces of sushi. Think food porn in its purest expression, at its most simple and refined – The documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” was released last week, so today’s post will be Photo + Trailer to really get you drooling. Makes you wish you could just hop on a plane to Tokyo right now, doesn’t it?

Photo Credit: Eater

Indian Cooking Classes in Buenos Aires

Holy hurricane and happy Monday to everyone! I woke up this morning and the sky was so black I honestly thought my clock was wrong. I hope you’re all staying in and making some delicious food today! (It would just be cruel to expect a little guy on a moto to bring you delivery)

Indian cuisine is slowly growing in popularity here in Buenos Aires, probably due to the strong demand generated by the expat community that craves curry and heat to balance out their steady supply of ham & cheese empanadas. And I love that the Indian Embassy here is so involved in promoting culture, tourism, and other events – their Facebook page is always buzzing with something.

The newest event they’re advertising? Indian cooking classes! Hello, paradise. The seminar will be hosted by Chef Rabindra Nath Jana and will feature cover traditional and healthy dishes, the different regional cuisines, and all of the history, culture, and flavors woven throughout India. In other words, get on it. I did a couple of Indian cooking courses when I lived in the US, and it was so much fun. I still have the cooking notes and recipes, all stained with curry and cilantro (kinda gross?). It was a blast, so you’d be silly to pass up this chance here in Buenos Aires! For more information & dates, contact: janarabi@live.com and check out the Embassy Facebook Page.

Photo Credit: Gourmet

Food Porn Friday

Sorry for the radio silence over here. I’ve been a little more than giddy since my first visitor in three years (!!!) arrived this week. Yep, break out the tiny violins. Living far away sucks, and not having anyone love you (sniff) enough to visit is even worse. But that has been remedied. My oldest friend arrived on Wednesday and I couldn’t be happier. Memories of painting wagons, wearing Doc Martens boots (I love the 90s) and wearing blue mascara have never been sweeter. So I’ve been inspired by life’s simpler pleasures. And what’s more delicious than grilled sardines with a touch of parsley and some fresh lemon? Happy Weekend, everyone.


Photo Credit: Bonjour Celine via Flickr

Review: Gengis’s House – Mongolian BBQ

Happy week, everyone. No holidays for a while, so to deal with the letdown let’s talk Mongolian BBQ. Of course it has nothing to do with Mongolia (more like Taiwan), and there isn’t a lot of actual barbecuing going on, but those are minor details. What it really means is lots of fresh vegetables, a meat of your choice, noodles, and sauces all sizzled to perfection on a huge griddle that only the Mongolian master knows how to handle. And a perfect lunch or dinner option is finally available in Argentina, tucked away in Recoleta that is sure to become a local favorite.  Continue reading