Monthly Dinner — July 8, 2014

This month’s BAIN dinner will be on Tuesday, July 8th.  The event will be organized by Dilya Austin, our new Dinner Coordinator!The event will be in Palermo.  Here are the details:Time: 9.00 p.m.  (the following day, July 9th is a holiday- Independence Day in Argentina)
Place: 4141 Restaurante, Honduras 4141, Palermo
Cost: $ 230 per person, inclusive of a three-course meal, two glasses of wine, soft drinks and water, cubierto and tip.RSVP to Dilya,

First course (this will be served fairly quickly as we have chosen two options to share)
Prosciutto and pear on top of arugula leaves
Hummus with Tzatziki sauce

Main Course, one of these options:
Brisket of beef  with a salad
Squash ravioli with Blue cheese cream
Pork Shoulder and pineapple with mashed potatos  (a favorite of almost all who have tried it at 4141)

Dessert, one of these options
Chocolate mousse
Fruit salad

Book Club Meeting – Tuesday, July 8 at 3.30 p.m.

Dear Book Lovers,

BAIN’s next Book Club meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 8th.

Come enjoy your afternoon coffee with us and participate in a lively discussion with other BAIN members.


This month we are reading The Girl With The Pearl Earring (1998) by Tracy Chevalier. The book transports readers to a bygone time and place in this richly-imagined portrait of the young woman who inspired one of Vermeer’s most celebrated paintings. History and fiction merge seamlessly in this luminous novel about artistic vision and sensual awakening. Girl with a Pearl Earring tells the story of sixteen-year-old Griet, whose life is transformed by her brief encounter with genius . . . even as she herself is immortalized in canvas and oil.

The book, as always, is available electronically. (Click on title above for the kindle version on Amazon)

Please feel free to join us even if you don’t manage to read the book.

Meeting Details:

Book:  The Girl With The Pearl Earring (1998) by Tracy Chevalier.
Day: Tuesday, July 8th
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Café Antonia, located inside the Libros del Pasaje bookstore in Palermo.
Address: Thames 1762 (Julia) – We will be calling the café the day before to reserve a large table for all of us, so please let us know to include you.

For those who like to prepare ahead, we have selected three more books during our last meeting for the upcoming months:


August 12th: The City And The City (2009) by China Miéville.

The book has been named as one of the best book of the year by the Los Angeles Times, the Seattle Times, and Publishers’ Weekly. When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad. To investigate, Borlú must travel from the decaying Beszel to  its equal, rival, and intimate neighbor, the vibrant city of Ul Qoma. But this is a border crossing like no other, a journey  as psychic as it is physical, a seeing of the unseen.


September 9th: The Good Earth (1931, Pulitzer Prize Winner) by Pearl S. Buck.

Nobel Laureate Pearl S. Buck’s epic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel talks about a vanished China and one family’s  shifting fortunes. The book steels the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall.

If you have any questions about the titles or meetings of the Book Club, please contact me at


Hope to see you all next month!


Monthly Meeting – Friday, June 27 at 5 p.m.

Join us for our Monthly Meeting at ICANA on Friday, June 27 at 5 p.m. for a presentation by Hugo Quintana about the Tango Poets.

Location: ICANA, Maipú 672 (between Viamonte and Tucumán) in the City Center, on the ground floor.

Date: Friday, June 27, 2014

Time: 5.00 p.m. – members and guests arrive
About 6.30 p.m. – after-meeting social at Mott Restaurant, San Martín 776

Program: Los Poetas del Tango (The Tango Poets)
Hugo Quintana will show that, beyond the music, tango lyrics reveal the feelings of Argentine bohemian life in the first half of the 20th century.

Fees: BAIN Downtown members – no charge
Non-members/Guests – AR$50

We look forward to seeing you on Friday the 27th!

Luncheon – Wednesday, June 25 at 12.30 p.m.

Please note the new luncheon day – Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

With the return of the cold weather my thoughts turn to heartier food and that makes me think – German – so this month we are dining at Bodensee. The restaurant was originally founded in 1925 and changed hands in 1959 when Ruben and his son Javier took over. The location was originally in Las Canitas but is now in Palermo. The sides of sauerkraut, German potato salad and my favorite the apfestrudel are all lovingly prepared on the premises by Ruben’s wife.

The price for the meal includes the entrée, choice of beverage, dessert, cover and tip. I will provide extra bottles of wine to supplement the one glass that is included. I am assuming that everyone will have the apfestruded with crème for dessert, it is really not to be missed!

With inflation raging as it is I am sure that this will be your last opportunity to go out and have two courses with beverage for less than 100 pesos.

The menu is attached – my favorites are numbers 7, 14 and 15.

Place: Bodensee, phone 4774-9064
Time: Wednesday, June 25 at 12:30 pm
Location: Honduras 6000, Palermo, esq Arevalo
Cost: 99 pesos (tip, beverage and cover included)
Correct change will be appreciated

Please RSVP to Michael Weldon
or 4815-4660


Ladies Night, Wednesday June 18th

On Wednesday June 18th we will have the opportunity of experiencing a new happy hour in one of the best hotels in Recoleta. We would also have the possibility of trying Chef Luciano Grimaldi’s delicious appetizers as a treat from the house.

Date: Wednesday, June 18th
Location: Buenos Aires Grand Hotel- Las Heras 1745
Time: 18h30 to 21h00

RSVP: To Silvia Portalanza

Hope to meet you there!

Wine & Tapas – Saturday, June 14 at 7 p.m.

Time to join friends for an evening of wine, tapas, and conversation.

Location: Villa Crespo – Exact address provided upon RSVP
Date: Saturday, June 14th
Time: 7:00 p.m.

How does it work? Bring wine, finger food, and your sparkling self to join other BAIN members and friends in a night of socializing and making new friends. We look forward to catching up with you!

Please email RSVPs to
The address will be sent to you via email response.

New to Buenos Aires? New to BAIN Downtown, or is this your first Wine & Tapas? It’s easier than you think! One of our members has graciously opened their doors to create a social environment for any BAIN member interested in attending.

If you are interested in becoming one of these fabulous hosts or if you have any questions about the event, please contact Linda Talluto

*This event is limited to current BAIN Downtown members only. If you are interested in becoming a member of BAIN Downtown, please contact*

Dinner – Thursday, June 5

Thursday, June 5 at 9 p.m.

This month we reintroduce BAIN restaurant dinner functions, which have at times been monthly events. The idea is to try different well recommended restaurants around town. Sometimes we go fancy, sometimes simple. Given the size of the group (often 10 to 20 people) a fixed price menu with some options is pre-negotiated by the event coordinator and the price announced to potential attendees in advance.

Jim Isaacs, who has hosted a number of these events, will be in charge this month, with a new dinner director coming in for July. For this event, Jim has selected Dale Perejil al Toro, a Norteño (north Argentina/Andean) influenced parilla in Villa Crespo. The restaurant is owned by the former head chef of a very fine Palermo restaurant. Jim reports that prices are low for the quality of the food served, and that the venue is quite beautiful, with the main eating area located in the living room of a traditional (1920?) Argentine house with 20 foot high ceilings.

Pictures and reviews:

We will share salads and a bell pepper, egg and rice appetizer. A small supply of (sustainable, farm raised) caiman (S. American alligator) milanesas will be ordered too, for the adventurous to try out! Thereafter you will have a choice of pork shoulder (highly recommended; recipe brought with owner from 4 star restaurant), grilled chicken (moist and good per taste test team) or vegetarian/squash ravioli with cream sauce (also quite good). Multiple side dishes including Norteño humita (sweet corn stew) will be on the table for all to enjoy, and doggie bags may well be needed. Dessert options will be chocolate cake, ice cream or fruit salad.

The event price is $ 230 per person, inclusive of a half-bottle of wine and a soda or mineral water per person. Start time is 9:00 p.m.; that is early for Argentina, but many of our members get up early in the morning to go to work and we try to run on a schedule. Exact change appreciated but not required.

Address: Dale Perejil at Toro, Av Estado de Israel 4483, Villa Crespo.

RSVP to – space is limited.

May Ladies Night – Thursday, May 22

Come with us and enjoy a different night at the Sofitel Bar.

On Thursday 22nd we will have the opportunity of experiencing the Aperitif Montmartre with a recreation of a Parisian neighborhood, live music and a caricaturist. We would also have the possibility of trying Chef Olivier Falchi’s terrines as well as 2×1 wine options.

Definitely something different and great fun!



Date: Thursday, May 22nd.

Location: Sofitel Buenos Aires- Arroyo 841

Time: 18h30 to 21h00

RSVP: To Silvia Portalanza

Hope to meet you there!

Social Meeting, Friday, May 30 at 6 p.m.

BAIN Downtown members are invited to join in this month’s Strictly Social meeting. We’re meeting at the Melía Recoleta Plaza Boutique Hotel, Posadas 1557, Recoleta.

This social event will start at 6.00 p.m. BAIN will provide appetizers and there will be 2 for 1 drinks available.

Location: Melía Recoleta Plaza Boutique Hotel, Posadas 1557, Recoleta.
(Go from the front entrance to the rear of the hotel, and up the stairs.)

Date and Time: Friday, May 30 at 6.00 p.m.

Program: Conversation! Meet someone new! Bring friends and introduce them to BAIN! We will provide light appetizers and finger food while you enjoy the 2 for 1 beverage specials.

Fees:   BAIN Downtown members -– no charge
Guests and BAIN Suburbs members – AR$50*
*If you join BAIN Downtown at the meeting, your guest fee is waived.
(The fee to join BAIN for a year’s membership is AR$250)

Morning Coffee – Wednesday, May 20, 10.30 – noon

Morning Coffee is back!!

Join us for Morning Coffee, conversation and fun!  Meet old friends and make new ones.

This month’s coffee will be on Wednesday, May  20th  from  10:30 a.m. until noon  in Recoleta.

Address will be provided upon RSVP.

We look forward to seeing you!

Please RSVP to