October Wine & Tapas

SAM_1414The monthly Wine & Tapas get together is a chance for newcomers, old hands and new, to come together to visit and catch up.

Bring wine and finger food to pass. We will meet up in Recoletta at 8 pm on Saturday, October 12.

Socialize, have a bite, have a sip, have fun.

RSVP to Teresa at tezlg@hotmail.com to get exact location. Looking forward to seeing you there.

September Morning Coffee

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.


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

Date: Tuesday, September 24th

Time: 10:30 am – 12:00
Where: Puerto Madero

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 Katarina Nyssens at katarina.nyssens@gmail.com
*Exact address provided upon RSVP. We hope you can make it!

September Luncheon

The date for the September luncheon is Thursday, September 19. Please note this is a week earlier than we normally have the luncheons.

On Thursday September 19, at 1:00 pm we will have lunch at the Benihana restaurant next to the Alto Palermo shopping center,  Ave. Coronel Díaz y Arenales (one block from Santa Fe), one of our most reliable and enjoyable venues.

Benihana restaurants are traditional Japanese hibachi steakhouses, which feature the Japanese cooking method known as “teppanyaki.”  Your meal is prepared fresh and served by a performing chef, right before your eyes. For a nice writeup on the history of the restaurant visit  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benihana. Our group has dined there previously with great reviews.

You can choose the chicken, steak or shrimp priced at 95 pesos for the chicken or 100 pesos for the other options. This includes soup, salad, water or gaseosa and the main course. Please note that the hibachi chicken rice is an optional extra. If this is offered by the waitress, it is an additional 10 pesos!

Check out their Spanish language site at   http://www.benihana.com.ar/Benihana

Date:          Thursday September 19

Time:         1:00 pm

Place:        Benihana, Coronel Diaz y Arenales

Cost:          95 or 100 pesos depending on menu choice

Please RSVP to secure a place.


Spring at the Sivori



with champagne and hors d’oeuvres!

September 27th at 3 p.m.


For the past six years, we have held our popular “Welcome to Spring” meeting at the Museo de Artes Plásticas Eduardo Sívori.  Join us as we return to the Sivori Museum’s beautiful garden courtyard to toast the arrival of spring!

The Sivori event is one of our favorite meeting venues due to the lovely location and relaxed atmosphere. This is a catered event, with champagne, sweet and savory treats to celebrate the arrival of Spring.  Note that the event takes place earlier in the day than our normal monthly meetings, and is a perfect place to bring a friend and enjoy the outdoors!  Children are welcome!

PLACE:  Museo de Artes Plásticas Eduardo Sívori, Av. Infanta Isabel 555 in the Parque 3 de Febrero

  • For a map click here: http://goo.gl/maps/2sU6y
  • For directions and information on the current art exhibits, please visit the museum’s website at www.museosivori.org.ar)\
  • There is a nominal admission to enter the museum (one peso for Argentines, three pesos for everyone else)

TIME:  3 to 5 p.m.

RSVP: Unlike for our normal monthly meetings, we need you to RSVP to this event.  This is a catered event that requires a deposit, so we need to know in advance if you are coming – AND if you plan on bringing guests (children under 10 are free).  

Please RSVP to bain.downtown@gmail.com, by Wednesday, September 25th.  

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:  The meeting itself is FREE TO BAIN DOWNTOWN MEMBERS WHO RSVP.  The cost for non-members is $120 pesos.  A yearly membership with BAIN is $250 pesos, and if an RSVPed guest signs up for a BAIN Downtown membership at the event we’ll waive the guest fee!


September Monthly Dinner


Though it’s further from our usual locations, this is a special restaurant in Buenos Aires you’ll be glad you got to know. You go through a garden to get to the restaurant.  It’s got a “je ne sais quoi” worth remembering.

Address: Ramallo 2626, entre Av. San Isidro y Vidal, Saavedra (1 block from Cabildo and 3 blocks from Puente Saavedra)

Date: Thursday, September 12th

Time: 8:30 pm

Price:  AR$160 a person which includes first course (2 options), main course (3 options), dessert (2 options) and one drink (1 soft drink or 1 water or 1 porron de cerveza or 1 glass of wine)

Please R.S.V.P. to Teresa Ezcurra at tezlg@hotmail.com.

Menu options:

First course options:

  • Milanesitas de muzzarella con mix de verdes y croutons.
  • Pinchos de pollo con verdes y mayonesa de albahaca.

Main course options:

  • CARNE — Ragout de ternera con ñoquisitos de espinaca
  • PESCADO — Crocante de lenguado y papa con colchon de wok de vegetales
  • VEGETARIANO — Lasagna de calabaza, espinaca y queso con salsa de tomates

Dessert options:

  • Tarta tibia de manzana y canela con helado de Crema Americana
  • Mousse de chocolate con helado de maracuya

Drink options:

  • Un agua
  • Una gaseosa
  • Una copa de vino
  • Un porrón de cerveza

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.


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.

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

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….