Wine & Tapas

The monthly Wine & Tapas get together is a chance for newcomers, old hands and new, to come together to visit and catch up.  Socialize, have a bite, have a sip, have fun.

You are invited to the September Wine & Tapas event.  Bring wine and a finger food to share in Palermo at 8:00 pm on Saturday, September 21.

RSVP to  smecham25@yahoo.com   to let us know you will be there and to get the exact location.  We look forward to seeing you.

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New to Buenos Aires?  New to BAIN or is this your first Wine & Tapas? It’s easier than you think!  One of our members has graciously opened her doors to create a social environment for any BAIN member who wants to attend.  If you are interested in becoming one of these fabulous hosts or if you have any questions about the event, please contact Toni Quintana: tonilin@aol.com.

September Book Club Meeting

Want to discuss a book with other readers?  We meet monthly to discuss a book chosen the month before.  The book we will be discussing in September is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot.

If you have not yet attended a BAIN book club meeting or are looking to start, please join us! Here is the information for the September book club meeting:

Book choiceThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
Date: Monday, September 23rd, 2013
Time: 13hs -15hs
Location: Palermo
Please email your RSVP to: ssgaby@hotmail.com

For those interested in learning more about the book we will be discussing, here is a link to a summary and some critic and reader reviews on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Immortal-Life-Henrietta-Lacks/dp/1400052181

We hope to see you on September 23rd!

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….

July Social Monthly Meeting

BAIN DOWNTOWN SOCIAL MEETING

FRIDAY, JULY 26 AT 5:30pm

BAIN Downtown members are invited to join in this month’s Strictly Social meeting.  Help us welcome back the folks who left Buenos Aires for their winter vacation by joining us at the Downtown Matias in Recoleta, an Irish pub located next to Starbucks in the Terrazas Buenos Aires Design Center.

We will be there starting at 5:30pm., BAIN will provide appetizers and there is a 2 for 1 happy hour menu available!

Location:  Downtown Matias at the Buenos Aires Design Center in Recoleta (next to the Recoleta Cemetery, nearest the intersection of Av Libertador and Pueyrredon).

Date and Time:  Friday, July 26, 5:30 p.m.

Program:  Conversation!  Meet someone new!  Bring friends and introduce them to BAIN!  We will provide light appetizers and finger food while our guests enjoy the happy hour specials of 2 for 1 on beverages.

Fees: BAIN Downtown members – no charge

Guests and BAIN Suburbs members – AR$50*

*If you join BAIN at the meeting, your guest fee is waived.

(The fee to join BAIN for a year’s membership is AR$250)

Other Notes:

Check out our website at https://baindowntown.com/, or view our new page on Pinterest for our local recommendations and references!

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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

July Wine & Tapas

Time to join friends for an evening of wine, tapas, and conversation — this month in Villa Crespo.

Location: Villa Crespo *Exact address provided upon RSVP

Date: Saturday,  July 20

Time: 7:00pm

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.

Look forward to catching up with you!

Please email RSVPs to shulah2@gmail.com Address will be sent to you via email response.

New to Buenos Aires?  New to BAIN 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 Toni Quinatna: tonilin@aol.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 Morning Coffee

The next BAIN Morning Coffee is coming up! Mark your calendars!
Date: Tuesday, July 16th
Time: 10:30 am – 12:00
Where: Caballito

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 Celia Criseo Jakimczuk at celiacriseo@rauljak.com.ar

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.

*Exact address provided upon RSVP. We hope you can make it!
*This event is limited to current BAIN members only.  If you are interested in becoming a member of BAIN, contact bain.downtown@gmail.com*

August Book Club

We need to reschedule our August book club meeting.  The book will remain the same but the meeting date and location are going to shift.  We are going to take a slightly new approach and meet at a cafe for our next meeting and we hope you can join for the discussion. Here is the information for the book club meeting:   


Book choice: NW by Zadie Smith
Date: Monday, August 26th
Time: 13h30 -15h30
Location: Recoleta, Starbucks in the Buenos Aires Design Center (next to the Recoleta Cemetery)
Please email your RSVP to: kerryspokorny@hotmail.com
For those interested in learning more about the book we will be discussing, here is a brief summary and a link to some critic and reader reviews on Amazon.

This is the story of a city.  The northwest corner of a city. Here you’ll find guests and hosts, those with power and those without it, people who live somewhere special and others who live nowhere at all.  And many people in between.

Every city is like this. Cheek-by-jowl living. Separate worlds.

And then there are the visitations: the rare times a stranger crosses a threshold without permission or warning, causing a disruption in the whole system. Like the April afternoon a woman came to Leah Hanwell’s door, seeking help, disturbing the peace, forcing Leah out of her isolation…

Zadie Smith’s brilliant tragi-comic new novel follows four Londoners – Leah, Natalie, Felix and Nathan – as they try to make adult lives outside of Caldwell, the council estate of their childhood. From private houses to public parks, at work and at play, their London is a complicated place, as beautiful as it is brutal, where the thoroughfares hide the back alleys and taking the high road can sometimes lead you to a dead end.

Depicting the modern urban zone – familiar to town-dwellers everywhere – Zadie Smith’s NW is a quietly devastating novel of encounters, mercurial and vital, like the city itself.

 

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