Buenos Aires Food Week

Buenos Aires Food Week, a new bi-annual event in which 25 of the best restaurants in the city will offer lunch and dinner menus at promotional prices, will be held from September 16 – 29.

With similar editions in New York, San Pablo, Milan and other major cities worldwide, the goal of this Food Week is democratizing access to haute-cuisine, offering the general public the opportunity to learn about premium restaurants and taste unique dishes at attractive prices.

Each restaurant will offer a fixed three step menu (starter, main course and dessert) with a fixed price of $ 99 pesos for lunch and $ 169 pesos for dinner, not including drinks, service and tip + optional $ 1 Peso to be donated to the charity organization Fundación Banco de Alimentos.

The restaurants participating are:

  • Agraz – Caesar Park Hotel
  • Akira Nikkei
  • Aldo´s Vinoteca Restoran
  • Astor Bistró
  • AyG Buenos Aires
  • Azema
  • Azul Profundo
  • Bernata
  • Bice
  • Bio Solo Organico
  • Blanch
  • Brasserie Petanque
  • Cardinale (Hotel Sheraton)
  • Cardon
  • Casa Cruz
  • Club 31 restaurant-Grand Hotel
  • Crizia
  • Demuru
  • Deriva
  • Doppio Zero
  • Francesco
  • La Brasserie – Marriot Plaza Hotel
  • La Rosa Náutica
  • Leopoldo
  • Le Grill
  • Mercado Central
  • Mooi
  • Mullu
  • Novecento
  • Plaza Grill – Marriott Plaza Hotel
  • Sipan Palermitano
  • Sivela 465 – Mio Hotel
  • Social Paraíso
For a complete list of restaurants, menus and online reservations, visit: www.bafoodweek.com.
If places are left available, people may also attend directly the restaurant of their choice.
Payments can be made in cash, debit card, or credit card at the end of the meal.
The additional 15% discount with Mastercard Black or Platinum cards only applies to cards issued in Argentina.

Thank you to My Buenos Aires Travel Guide for the information above.  To keep up with this an other events in Buenos Aires, we have added a feature called “Blogs We Read” to the lower right-hand corner of the BAIN Downtown site.  Or, subscribe to My Buenos Aires Travel Guide and receive all of her posts though email!

August Ladies Night Happy Hour

Join us for fun with friends on the private terrace of the Hotel Melia in Recoleta!

Wednesday, August 21

6:00 – 9:00pm

Posadas 1557

RSVP to Teresa Ezcurra: tezlg@hotmail.com
Ladies Night August 2013

El Baqueano

Baqueano
Address: Chile Nº 495 esquina Bolivar
Phone: 4342-0802

This gem of a restaurant located in San Telmo, a barrio in the city where we rarely get to for dinner. It’s a shame too, because this is a fantastic place to eat. Thank you to Daniel Taddese for your talk at the BAIN June Monthly Meeting for letting us in on this little secret!

Reservations are a must and they don’t print menus.  The inside is modestly decorated but comfortable with a large bar – though it doesn’t look like the bar seats are used much. There is a set “degustacion” that changes every 3 months or so, presented on a chalkboard to each table as you sit down.  The set menu has eight steps for AR$230 with the three supplemental steps available for an additional price per dish.

There is also the wine pairing available for an additional AR$135, we skipped this option but it was an ample amount of wine for the price.

The meal started with a choice of freshly baked oregano or whole grain bread along with an olive oil tasting.  I can’t pretend that my pallet is refined enough to know the difference between the oils, but they were all good with bread and we ate all of them and asked for seconds.

The first step off of the menu started a theme that continued through the meal.  Degustacion de papas was potatoes served a few different ways.  There were mashed, roasted, fried and delicious.

Each step was completely different.  We enjoyed llama, shrimp, deer, beets and all of them made with ingredients from Argentina.  It helped that they were all quite pretty to look at too.

Beets served multiple ways, delicious just like the potatoes, but there is something about pureed beets that makes me think of the opening credits to Dexter.

I also appreciate a pre-dessert palate cleanser.  It doesn’t take away from the dessert, but gives you something sweet prior to the real deal.  This particular course had a great fruit sorbet, topped with peppercorns, a strange and surprisingly solid pairing.

For the next degustacion we had apples.  This time there were more ways than I thought possible to prepare apples on the plate; a fried apple chip, pureed apples, thinly sliced “raw” apples, an apple sorbet, some sort of apple gelatin surrounded by a cold apple broth.  Good, clean, fresh except the gelatin, which is never a good idea in my mind.

The final course, the real dessert was a ying/yang chocolate dish.  The chocolate was rich and tasty, and the presentation was cool, the waitress poured the two sauces at the table, but the white chocolate was a miss.  It was served cold while the dark chocolate was served hot, which added to the fact that in contrast there was no flavor to the white chocolate – it was more milk-y than dessert-y.  Don’t get me wrong, I ate the whole thing, but that would be my response if anyone ever asked :).

This was a great meal, quiet atmosphere and interesting food all at a decent price here in Buenos Aires.  It also gives me more reason to return to San Telmo, a place I rarely go after dark.  Our next visitors looking for a fun place to eat should keep this one in mind!  We will certainly be back.

American Club Labor Day Celebration

Dear Friends & Supporters:

The American Society of the River Plate will celebrate the United States of America’s Labor Day Picnic at the Alamo Bar on Monday September 2. It begins at 7:00pm.

El Alamo Bar Palermo
Ave Cordoba 5267
Palermo, Buenos Aires

7 pm Beers and Burgers

Guest Speakers Attorneys Rob Urban and Laurence Wiener

RSVP Only: Please reply to confirm attendance tobenjamin.lodmell@gmail.com

Sincerely,

Benjamin Lodmell
President

The American Society

 

August Morning Coffee

The next BAIN Morning Coffee is coming up! Mark your calendars!

Date: Friday, August 9th
Time: 10:30 am – 12:00
Where: Recoleta

Come spend a morning making new friends and catching up with old ones.
This is a casual, fun way to mingle and meet new people and it’s open
to all BAIN Downtown members.

Never been to a coffee event before? New to BAIN or Buenos Aires? We’d love to have you join us. Let us know in your RSVP if you have any questions!

Please RSVP to Judithe Nicolai at jnicolai@yahoo.com
*Exact address provided upon RSVP. We hope you can make it!

We are looking for Morning Coffee Hosts!  You pick the date, it is a small window of time (10:30 – 12:00pm), you can limit the number of attendants if need be, and you receive AR$150 to assist in the cost of hosting.  This is a great way to keep our Morning Coffees the successful event that it is!  If you are interested in hosting a Morning Coffee, please contact Katarina Nyssens: katarina.nyssens@gmail.com.

*This event is limited to current BAIN members only.  If you are interested in becoming a member of BAIN, contact bain.downtown@gmail.com*

July Monthly Luncheon

This month we are on a quest to find great baby back pork ribs.

We will eat at what has to be the busiest parrilla in the city. I have never passed this place after 10 pm without seeing a line of hungry customers waiting for a seat!

For those of you who are averse to pork or to meat in general they do serve a nice fish dish and have the usual cuts of beef available. However, my recommendation is to go with the ribs.

I plan to do the beverages “family style” with wine and water available at the table. You should plan on a single glass of each for the included price and extra glasses of wine will be at 10 pesos each.

Place: Recoleta, exact address provided upon RSVP.

Date: Thursday, July 25

Time: 12:30 pm

Cost:  100 pesos which includes wine, water, and tip. 

Please e-mail to reserve a spot with Michael: mweldon213@yahoo.com.  If you are new to BAIN, or would like to join as a guest, let Michael know so that he can provide you with the exact address and location.

Restaurant Review: Olsen

 

After years of enjoying Tegui on special occasions, we finally visited Olsen, the original restaurant opened by Germán Martitegui.  Olsen (Gorriti 5870, Palermo; 4776-7677) is a Scandinavian restaurant that has been highly recommended since the day we arrived, it was due time to give it a try.  The front wall of the restaurant was completely open and spilled onto an outdoor covered terrace, which is where we sat.  The waiter greeted us in Spanish, but then switched to English for the remainder of the meal.  This is something that doesn’t bother me as it does some people, I’m fully aware of my appearances as a foreigner, but it was funny that we were fully capable of communicating in Spanish and yet he tried desperately to struggle through in English anyway.

The first item given to us was the vodka list, then the drink list, then the wine list….followed by the food menu – so you know where their priorities lie.  I know virtually nothing about vodka, but our friends were impressed with a specific traditional style of vodka and the way it is served, ice cold in shot glass which is then kept on ice at the table.  It looked very chic, though my pregnant belly prohibited me from doing anything but look.  The inevitable bread course, a staple in Buenos Aires, was a spindle of bagels – interesting and fun, though they were quite dry.

The menu had just undergone a change, and the night we visited Olsen was the first night of a few of their menu items.  The items were so new that after 20 minutes of sitting at our table a hostess said that the English versions had just been delivered to the restaurant if we wanted an English menu.  We did quite alright with the Spanish version – though I appreciate the offer.

Between the four of us at the table, we tried all three new dishes:

I had a grilled chicken with goat cheese potato cakes.  This was outstanding.  The chicken was moist and flavorful and nicely accompanied by a non-cream based dill sauce.  I will take this opportunity to say that there have been very few times I come across dill on any menu in Argentina, Olsen was an exception.  Dill was present in the majority of menu items, in interesting ways that I completely appreciate.  Hats off to dill.
The goat cheese potato cakes were also quite tasty, though there was so much cheese that they were almost overpowering.  I ended up eating them separate from the chicken – they were almost a meal in their own right.  Goat cheese, another rarity in BA, though I will say this version was for the extreme salt-lover.

Jon ordered the lomo, I think.  At this point the dinner was a few weeks ago and we are both a bit sleep deprived so neither of us can remember.  This is not a poor reflection on the restaurant, I do remember his plate being clean when he was done…

Our friends went for the seafood items on the menu.  The first was also a new addition to the menu, the mussels, strangely enough served with large-cut french fries (shown in the background).  The only suggestion here was that the sauce is so good, there should have been some bread to help make the most of the dish.

The second item was a salmon pizza, made without flour.  I’m still trying to figure out how this works.  I believe it was a polenta-based crust, covered with salmon, arugula and pancetta.  I would make a terrible food critic, all I remember was that this was also very good.  Salmon pizza, who knew??

The dessert was, unfortunately, the lamest of the courses.  We ordered the “Giant Oreo Cookie” with high hopes, and though it was a fine dessert that we all finished, there was no comparison to the other dishes.  The cookie itself was a bit dry, the filling was a strange middle-ground between cream and icing.

The moral of the story is: Don’t save room for dessert.  The meals are so packed with flavor, interesting combinations and quality ingredients that there is no need to stop yourself during the primary food courses.  I didn’t even get a picture of the appetizer, we ordered a 3-part smoked fish plate (this had a much nicer name on the menu, though the menu is not posted on their bare-bones webpage and I cannot remember the name to save my life…).  The dish consisted of smoked salmon, trout and caviar – the salmon and trout were delicious, I wasn’t brave enough for the caviar.

Olsen lived up to it’s numerous recommendations, the food was outstanding and the atmosphere was great on a summer night. The interior of the restaurant is a modern, angular warehouse feel, so I will reserve this spot for terrace-friendly evenings.  Preferably when I can enjoy one of their numerous cocktails the next time around….

American Night Happy Hour

Consular officers from the U.S. Embassy will be attending the next American Night happy hour at the Hard Rock Café in Buenos Aires, this Thursday, July 18th from 5 – 9 pm.  This event will provide a chance to socialize and network within our expat community as well as get answer to your questions about services the Embassy offers to U.S. citizens, including passport renewal, transmition of citizenship to your children, documenting their birth overseas as U.S. citizens, and immigrant and non-immigrant visas.  

Additionally, several dozen Argentine university students preparing to participate in the Summer, Work, Travel exchange program in the U.S. will be present and anxious to learn about our country and pratice their English.  The Hard Rock Cafe has agreed to offer Two-for-One drink specials and discounted food for all in attendence.  We hope to see you there!

American Citizen Services

U.S. Embassy

Exposición Rural 2013: 127th Exhibition of Cattle Breeding, Agriculture, and International Industry

The traditional Livestock and Agriculture Exhibition (“La Rural”), held every year in Buenos Aires for over a century, is one of the most important of its kind worldwide, bringing together more than a million visitors among producers, tourists and general public. In this year’s edition, from July 18th to July 30th, more than 400 exhibitors will be showing their products: laboratories, leather goods shops, banks, automotive industries, farm machinery, and providers of services and goods for the agricultural industry.

Visitors will have the opportunity to attend activities like cattle competitions, cattle auctions, traditional costumes contests, rein skills, Polo exhibitions, indoor Pato (Horseball) championship; and show jumping competitions, that take place every day at the main court, as well as exhibitions of all kinds of farm animals, Argentine crafts, folk shows, and tastings of traditional products at the exhibition´s pavilions.
The Fair will feature numerous activities for kids: riding school; dog training; feeding of farm animals; 3D movie about work in the country; Augmented Reality Farm; and many other activities that will get them closer to the farming work.
One important feature as every year is the “Salon de las Regiones y Agroalimentos”, that will be held from July 18th to July 21st, an exhibition within the fair exclusively dedicated to the food and agriculture industry in the Argentine provinces, showcasing products like:
  • Cereals
  • Beer, Wine and Liquors
  • Preserves
  • Agro-Alimentary Products
  • Chocolates
  • Sweets
  • Organic Products
  • Dried Furits
  • Cheese, oil, dulce de leche.
Location: La Rural Exhibition Center. Av. Sarmiento 2704
Dates: July 18th to July 30th, 2013
Opening hours: Every day from 9 am to 8 pm.
Entry fees: 
Monday to Friday: AR$ 30
Saturday and Sunday: AR$ 35
Seniors and Pensioners: Monday and Tuesday: Free – Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: AR$15
Children under 8: free
Exposicion Rural 2013 official website

Thank you to My Buenos Aires Travel Guide for this information.  To keep up with this and other events in Buenos Aires, we have added a feature called “Blogs We Read” to the lower right-hand corner of the BAIN Downtown site.  Or, subscribe to My Buenos Aires Travel Guide and receive all of her posts though email!

July Ladies Night Happy Hour

Join us for fun with friends on the private terrace of the Hotel Melia in Recoleta!

Wednesday, July 17

6:00 – 9:00pm

Posadas 1557

RSVP: annsager@me.com
Ladies Night July 2013