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Summer in the City: Swimming Pools of Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires in the summer is hot. A few years ago, someone somewhere took their giant cigarette and burned a hole right through the ozone layer above the city, creating saunas out of any homes lacking AC and forcing Argentines to develop a system for having a constant supply of ice to cool water when the cold tap runs hot (note the buckets of ice in freezers decanted from the ice trays). Most of the summer is spent sweating it out on the sidewalks, wishing for a pool…

 

Argentina For Export: Contemporary Cultural Heroes

Following TRA’s recent look at chefs and sommeliers having an impact around the world, this time we meet some of Argentina’a contemporary cultural heroes, including a Golden Globe winner and a Laurence Olivier Award winner.

 

Bariloche’s Summer Food Scene

Bariloche was my home for many summers and a couple of winters. Even though I’ve never had the glamorous experience of skiing, I did see (and feel) the beauty of snow covered pines and frozen faux doc martens. (Yes, do take good shoes, but there is nothing that a cup of hot chocolate from Mamuschka can’t handle). Even as I write this, I’m so distracted by the scenery in my window, It is so beautiful…

 

Penguins of Patagonia – Up Close and Personal

For some visitors to Argentina, the closest they get to a penguin is a jar of house wine at a Buenos Aires restaurant. But if porcelain pinguïnos aren’t enough, there are also ways to see the birds in the wild, although you’ll have to travel a bit further south of the capital…

 

Argentina for Export: Chefs & Sommeliers Around the World

Got a yen for a vast steak, a Malbec with altitude or some fare with Argentine flair? ¡Si! Are you currently in Buenos Aires or any other part of Argentina? ¡No! Well, all is not lost, not yet. Wherever you are in the world, there’s probably an Argentine cooking up a storm or cracking open up a bottle of something special…

 

Where Argentina’s Top Chefs Go Out to Eat

Choosing where to eat in Buenos Aires is getting harder and harder as new restaurants open. There is so much to eat and drink! So who better to trust than the guys that are in the most acclaimed kitchens and know their way around? Next, these top chefs tell us where they like to eat for three different situations or moods…

 

Road Tripping through Mendoza and San Juan: A Tale of Two Provincias

Just as this spring’s torrential downpours descended upon Buenos Aires, I decided to escape the quilombo and head for higher ground to Mendoza and San Juan, two dry, sunny provinces hugging the Andes in the west of Argentina.

 

Where to Buy Shoes in Buenos Aires

At the risk of sounding like a typical girl, or worse, Carrie from Sex and the City, I love shoes. I would go so far as to say I’m a shoe fiend. I think I love shoes so much because I don’t have to take off anything, apart from the shoes I’m wearing, to try them on (I also think that’s why I only have 2 pairs of jeans). When I arrived in Argentina a year and half ago, I had 3 pairs of shoes. Now I have 9…

 

Argentina’s Sommelier Class of 2014-15

For the past two academic years, dozens of trainee sommeliers have religiously been spitting (not swallowing) vino in the quest to become the next generation of Argentina’s professional wine stewards. While several schools offer sommellerie degrees in Buenos Aires, the academic choice of a photographer, wait staff, a rock star, lawyers, a wine seller, cooks, bartenders and a journalist (me) was the…

 

Porteño Burger Boom: Where To Eat Burgers in Buenos Aires

Burgers aren’t a food trend, they’re a lifestyle. It’s a scientific fact that eating an awesome burger will make you happy, and luckily within the past two years, Buenos Aires has followed in many major city’s food scene footprints by opening burger dens devoted to the beef patty, bun, sauce, and topping way of life.

 
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