Cooking Classes at Fuego

Fuego Buenos Aires

One of the reasons I love this city is its uncanny ability to draw you in, seducing you with its hidden gems, stunning architecture, and nostalgic romance, among so many other qualities. In spite of the chaos, the stress of the hustle, and the feeling that the city might actually be out to break our spirits just for fun, there’s a redeeming quality that can be found around almost every corner – if you know where to look.

Life has been hectic lately, working long hours and weekends, rushing around just to get the basic things done, and I’m often left at the end of the day feeling like a deflated little party balloon. However, when I rang the buzzer and took the old-school lift up to Fuego for a Korean cooking class the other day, all of that noise melted away as the magic of Buenos Aires reveled herself to me yet again. Continue reading

Feria Masticar Buenos Aires

For those of us that really love food, and not just in the gluttonous way of stuffing our faces into oblivion, but in the way that we truly think that what and how we eat can make a difference, it’s easy to admit that the winds of change have been blowing through Buenos Aires lately. Sure, there will probably never be a Whole Foods here, and we might never see the day of a sushi place without Philadelphia in each and every roll, but there is a growing movement that is raising awareness about the importance and value of truly eating well.

There’s been the Buenos Aires Market, hosted one weekend a month for the last six months all over BA, which has been giving natural and organic producers a space to educate people via their food. And of course the classic, El Galpón, a farmer’s market in Chacarita that has been taking place every Wednesday and Saturday for the past several years.

However, nothing of such magnitude has perhaps been organized in BA before such as the upcoming Feria Masticar. The Feria is organized by by ACELGA (acronym that also means “chard” in Spanish), a varied group of chefs that all believe in the power and future of Argentine cuisine, and as such have joined forces to bring about a series of common values and objectives to achieve their goals. During November 16-18 at El Dorrego (the original Mercado de las Pulgas space on the edge of Palermo Hollywood/Colegiales) there will be a massive event – food stands, a market, wine tasting, and tons of different cooking classes/workshops hosted by the local greats (think Narda Lepes, Hernán Gipponi, Dolli Irigoyen, and more).

The Feria’s motto – Comer Rico Hace Bien – is simple and summarizes perfectly the mission of these chefs that have organized the whole thing. Its aim is to break down the walls, invite people in, and celebrate all that Argentina’s local cuisine has to offer. From learning about eating seasonally to mixing things up from the typical milanesa and fideos, Feria Masticar will be three days of pure foodgasms for everyone to enjoy. Don’t miss it! Here are some photos from the event launch in Casa Arévalo.

Feria Masticar
El Dorrego
Zapiola 50 – between Concepción Arenal & Dorrego
November 16-17 – From 12pm-11pm
November 18 – From 12pm-10pm
Entrance AR$30
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Photo Credit: Wally Diamond via Instagram

Yo, Cocinero: Cooking at Home with I Latina

Sometimes the stars align and out of the blue a perfect night happens upon you. This was my experience last week when I was invited to participate in a cooking/wine-tasting at I Latina under the title “Yo, Cocinero.” To me there is nothing more fabulous than hovering over a boiling pot in a kitchen rich with aromas, fueled by good wine and even better conversation. And to have such an experience at one of BA’s hottest restaurants was just the icing on the cake. Continue reading

Upcoming Gastro Events in Buenos Aires

Hello lovelies. There’s just so much going on in terms of food-tastic events of late that I thought I’d save you the extra clicks around the web and give you all the information you need right here. Because I love you. Now I hope you’re hungry.

Salta Regional Cuisine Week at the Palacio Duhau – Perhaps my favorite hotel in town, the Park Hyatt will be hosting a week-long celebration of the culinary delights of Salta, located in northwest Argentina. From May 21 – 27, Chefs Federico Heinzmann and Gloria Diez Peña will be whipping up some yumsies – all accompanied by wines from Colomé. Talk about mouth-watering. The set menu will cost AR$300 at lunch and AR$400 at dinner. For reservations call 5171-1340.

Palacio Duhau – Alvear 1661 – Recoleta

“Night of Select Argentine Meats” (Noche de Carnes Selectas Argentinas) at the Hilton in Puerto Madero – Have you ever wanted to gnaw on some gamey meats not found in your supermarket butcher’s section? Between May 17 – 19, Por eso, del 10 al 12 y del 17 al 19 de Mayo, Chef Emiliano Sabino will serve a 6-course menu that includes venison, wild boar, rabbit, quail, and viscacha (wtf). You’ll be washing all of this down with Alamos wines from the Catena Zapata winery, which should help ease the emotional stress of chowing down on little Bambi. There will also be a live jazz quartet. All yours for AR$310. For reservations call 4891-0040.

Hilton – Macacha Güemes 351 – Puerto Madero

French-Argentine Culinary Workshop – For the rest of the month, several culinary workshops will delve into the flavors of autumn around Buenos Aires. Each workshop will be led by a different chef and promises to spice up your routine with some new recipe ideas and foodie insights. On May 16th, you’ll be at an intimate wine tasting at Unik restaurant in Palermo, and on Friday, May 18 you will get expert tips from the chefs at La Bourgogne (at the Alvear) and Café des Arts (MALBA) on “the hunter’s kitchen” (you might eat some more Bambi). Antonio Soriano from renowned Algodón Mansion will cover teatime delights on Sunday, May 21. Click the link for more delicious information. For reservations contact Lucullus at 4703-3177.

Cuisine & Vins Expo 2012 – Check out the Palacio Paz (once the largest private residence in Argentina, now known as the Círculo Militar) in Retiro from June 6-8 for the annual Cuisine & Vins blackout event of the season. Chug fancy wines as fast as you can before going on the warpath for gourmet canapés and desserts. Tickets cost AR$130 – 20% discount with Visa if you purchase in advance. For more info email cuisine@cuisine.com.ar

Palacio Paz – Santa Fe 750 – Retiro

Photo Credit: World Travellist, Birdzilla, The International Kitchen, Cuisine & Vins

Cooking with Casa SaltShaker

Hello peepz. After Friday’s porn-tastic squid shot, I thought I would post some more photos and information on the cooking class I took last week.

The way my schedule currently works, I have heaps of time to fart about during the day before heading to work in the afternoon. The kicker is that I have to work weekends and holidays without fail, so don’t turn green with envy just yet. Anyway, I was looking for something to get me out of the house and interacting with the world instead of just lazing about until 3:30pm, and was quite excited to see Dan’s Twitter announcing “Tentáculo Espectáculo” cooking extravaganza. Continue reading

Food Porn Friday

It’s almost April. Scary. But it’s also cool because April is the month of feriados here in Argentina. Woo-hoo! Too bad I’m poor and can’t afford to go anywhere. Luckily I was able to partake in a cooking class with Dan from Casa SaltShaker, “Squid + Octopus three ways.” We made a baby octopus confit, incredible non-breaded calamari (so much better than what restaurants usually serve) and baked squid that was out of this world. I died. Here is the photo of our creation. You can wipe the drool off now.

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