Review: Oviedo

I’m officially entering my period of Seasonal Affective Disoder (aptly known as SAD) due to this extended stretch of gray, foggy days. My body senses this change of seasons and is prepping for hibernation mode, aka, I am eating everything in sight. Last week we went to Oviedo in Barrio Norte, a restaurant I’ve had my eye on since I first got here in 2007 and that is almost universally accepted as one of the best restaurants in BA. Continue reading

BA Underground Market – Sneak Peek

On June 9th, the Argentina Independent local newspaper will be hosting the first ever Underground Market here in Buenos Aires. Adapted from the original that began in San Francisco, it is a space for both locals and expats who have been blessed with gastronomic talent (but perhaps lack a storefront or large-scale operation) to introduce their goodies to the world and sell their delicious bites. There will be something for everyone: homemade desserts for those with a serious sweet tooth, pickles that would be a perfect addition to any picada, hot sauces, jams, homemade breads, South African beef jerky, and perhaps the best goat cheese of all time.

Last week I was lucky enough to head over to meet some of the vendors, taste-test their products, and take a few snaps. I was in heaven! To be honest I was floored by the quality and variety of what was available – not to mention a bit envious of everyone’s culinary skills. It was an awesome preview of what’s to come on June 9th at La Fábrica in Almagro. Keep reading for some sneak peek snapshots of what to expect at the BA Underground Market … you’d be a fool to miss it! Continue reading

Food Porn Friday

I realize that the day is almost over (when the sun sets at 6pm, the day is “almost over” at 4:30, ok?) but I have been enjoying this holiday for all its worth. In reality this translates to wearing sweatpants, cooking up some delicious food, and watching trashy television. But I managed to pick myself up off that insanely cozy spot on the couch just for you. After last week’s Underground Market tasting (teaser post forthcoming, oui), I’ve had a serious hankering for goat cheese. This is how I’d want it served to me today, in a perfect world. Served over an arugula salad with oven roasted beets and some blood orange. Complex flavors and textures and balls-out delicious. Happy Friday!

Photo Credit: Saroj Singh

25 de Mayo in Buenos Aires

As I’ve said many times before, Argentina loves a good feriado. Who wouldn’t? I am all for long weekends, especially when everyone else ditches town and leaves me in peace (I’m a bit of an urban misanthrope).

May 25th – 25 de Mayobig day for Argentine patriotism. With the onset of this chilly fall weather (which has been giving us the run-around for the past month, it seems), it’s the perfect excuse to tuck in to some of the regional dishes that have become iconic over the last two centuries. Thick stews, flaky empanadas, nice greasy chorizo … all in the name of the Republic!

Many restaurants around town will be serving up special menus to cater to this lovely little holiday. Here’s where you should be heading if you’ve got brotherhood on the brain.

La Cocina – Av. Pueyrredón 1508 – Barrio Norte – Ok, so they won’t be serving anything different, per se, since this little hole in the wall that serves empanadas catamarqueñas has always been cranking out some of the best emps and spicy locro known to man. Put on your sweater and scarf, head out to La Cocina and order a piping hot bowl of the maize stew that will surely stick to your ribs for the rest of the day (be sure to ask for the extra spicy sauce on top). The empanadas, while not budget-friendly, will literally blow your mind. Stuff your face with the picachu (spicy cheese and sweet onions) and wash it all down with a glass of house wine. Done.

Bengal at Casa Sur – Av. Callao 1823 – Recoleta – Make a reservation and get ready for some typical Argie delights. Bengal will be serving a set menu of little choripan, beef empanadas, locro or vacío, and the classic pastelitos rellenos with membrillo (quince). Price is AR$180/person, includes water, wine, and coffee/tea. Call 4515-0085 for reservations.

Hernán Gipponi at the Fierro Hotel – Soler 5862 – Palermo Hollywood – Enjoy your day off from work (or just any old day if you’re one of those lucky people) and head over to HG for brunch on the 25th. For AR$120/person you will be treated to an incredible nine-course meal that will serve as a culinary lesson in national pride. Check out the full menu to get the drool rolling. For reservations call 3220-6820.

Pagano Club Social – Barrio Norte – One of the more popular (yet low profile) puertas cerradas is hosting a bargain of a dinner on May 24 (ojo, a day early!) at their incredible house tucked away near the ACA motor club. For just AR$70 you’ll nosh on some emps, locro, and even the special postre vigilante, all at shared tables where you’re guaranteed to make some new pals and never want to leave. For reservations call 15-6688-1919.

Guía Oleo has listed a whooooole bunch of other places that will be serving either special menus or offering discounts or deals for the 25 de Mayo. Check the link for more information, and expect to see some tempting options like L’Atelier de Céline, Ceviche, and Chila (fancy!)

Planeta Joy has also whipped up a little list that covers some more ground. Classic traditional joints like 1810, Cumaná are included as well as some surprises like Nemo, the Marriott Plaza hotel, and more.

Photo Credit: Upper Playground / BA street art, Flickr

Navarro Correas Experience at Guido and Gran Bar Danzón

It’s gray, foggy and gross out, and this Friday is a holiday. What’s a girl to do? In addition to all those gastro-tastical events I told you about last week, you can add a few more to your agenda. The “Bodegas Navarro Correas Gourmet Experience” (what a mouthful) was underway last week at Tegui in Palermo, but runs today and tomorrow at Guido and Gran Bar Danzón, respectively. Both happen to be some of my favorite spots in the city, so hop to it.

Guido Restaurant will be providing a three-course menu, at AR$190/person:

Antipasti: Caponatta de berenjenas, Ciambotta, Cous cous, Burrata, Perperonatta, Prosciutto di Parma, Mortadella, Pizzas. Served with Navarro Correas Reserve Chardonnay 2011

First Course:  a choice of – Chicken curry risotto, Slow-cooked lamb sorrentinos with truffle cream sauce, or Grilled salmon with pumpkin mash. Served with Navarro Correas Reserve Malbec 2009.

Dessert: Served with Navarro Correas Extra Brut.

Guido Restaurante 
Blvd. Cerviño 3943 – Palermo Botánico

Gran Bar Danzón will be serving these delights on Wednesday night

Appetizer: Beef carpaccio with truffle vinaigrette, arugula, and parmesan ice cream

Main Course:
Risotto with Malbec-braised beef, Brussels sprouts, grilled eggplant and sauteed mushrooms.

Dessert: Warm pecan tart with pears and vanilla ice cream.

The menu includes three glasses of Navarro Correas Reserve (white, red, and dessert), water, and coffee or tea. AR$220/person.

Gran Bar Danzón

Libertad 1161, 1st floor – Recoleta

This hoopla will continue on through June 30 and in tons of other restaurants in Buenos Aires. Don’t miss …. Sucre, Sanbenito, Casa Cruz, Restó, Tarquino, Nectarine, or Hernán Gipponi. 

Check Planeta Joy for more information
Photo Credit: Cabiados