Review: Steaks by Luis

The Fire - Steaks by Luis

Any tourist planning a trip to Buenos Aires will hear ad nauseum, “You gotta try the steak!” It’s made quite clear from the get-go that if you pass through la Ciudad de la Furia and don’t scarf down the better part of an entire cow, you’ve missed the mark.

Luckily, you can’t walk more than 15 feet in this town without passing a parrilla. The offering ranges from the unassuming holes in the wall to the ostentatious, catering primarily to those looking to impress (and with well-padded wallets).

While this is a great way to savor one of Argentina’s national treasures, what about taking it a step further and getting a little more hands on? Locals and transplants alike will argue that to understand the real magic of the local steaks, one must score an invite to an asado at a someone’s home. “OK,” you mumble, “but I’m only here for a week, and obviously have no friends here.”

Fret not! Enter Steaks by Luis, a premium closed-door, five-course asado experience hosted right in Palermo Soho. Diners have the best of both worlds: access to local traditions surrounding the asado ritual alongside top-notch service in a setting that puts your friend’s backyard quincho to shame. Imagine having a pal that lives in a badass loft, grilling up some of the best meat you can find, and washing it all down with a variety of boutique wines, from picada to postreContinue reading

Review: Experiencia Fin del Mundo

I’ve spent a lot of my time in Buenos Aires driving through Palermo Soho and Hollywood looking for parking spaces. As I circle the blocks, praying to some nonexistent god for a spot to open up, I’ve seen a lot of restaurants. Many come and go, some look more enticing than others, and several places are placed on my mental list for future eating. 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

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

Review: Wine Tasting with Anuva

Of course this sounds cliché, but one of my favorite things about living in Buenos Aires is the wine. Womp-womp, I know. But over the past four years I’ve really enjoyed trying a ton of different wines, discovering new bodegas, and pretending that I’ve gained some knowledge along the way. But let’s be honest – I’m no expert, and I’m always looking to try new things. Continue reading