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Food shopping guide to Barrio Chino

Barrio Chino

Desperately seeking Sriracha or sweet chili sauce? Got a taste for tahini or fresh sushi rolls? Barrio Chino in Belgrano has the answer. Buenos Aires’ Chinatown gives you a greater variety of spicy, herby and healthy ingredients and products in two short blocks than you’ll find anywhere else in the city – you’ll even find peanut butter. Local dieteticas, Disco and Jumbo may match you a few of your food cravings but if you want to fill a basket to bursting and still walk out feeling like you should have bought more, Chinatown is your barrio. Tingling taste bud-heaven for foodies. Here’s where to go.

November 8th, 2015

Lights Out – A Gourmet Theatre Experience in the Dark


We all like the experience of dining by candlelight but how about dining in the dark, when you can’t even make out your hand when it’s right in front of your face, let alone see the food on your plate? Add some interactive musical theatre to the mix and you’ve got a whole new spin on the concept of dinner theatre. Sophie Lloyd experiences Teatro Ciego’s A Ciegas Gourmet.

October 30th, 2015


La Vidu bringing the drama PH: Magdalena Ladrón de Guevara y Tinta Roja

Tango’s lyrics of nostalgia, passion and heartbreak are a powerful testament to the countries multicultural history. It’s a serious business for many tangueros who dedicate the twilight hours to the scene of late night milongas, dancing to the wee small hours until it’s time for desayuno (breakfast) and a snooze, before doing it all over again. So entwined is the genre with Argentine culture that much of the old tango slang or lunfardo is still in popular use today and scratchy tango tunes play over the airwaves 24/7 on dedicated radio stations. 1930s heart throb and poster boy Carlos Gardel is still regarded as the best tango singer, so don’t be surprised to hear his canciones (songs) seeping out onto the streets from taxi driver’s windows and señoras clutching stereos on doorsteps. So much more than a sexy stereotype, tango illustrates the Argentine psyche and is every bit the embodiment of a way of being.

October 27th, 2015

Argentine chefs’ curious kitchens

Pedro Lambertini in Cordoba

TV chefs don’t just work in immaculate studios, they also film on location to tell Argentina’s culinary story. But away from the comfort of the studio or test kitchens, unexpected situations often arise in makeshift kitchens. From carparks to mountains, fields and rivers, Narda Lepes, Roberto Petersen, Dolli Irigoyen and Pedro Lambertini share the backstory to some curious kitchens.

October 20th, 2015

Gourmet lunch options to go: Buenos Aires’ burgeoning trend


Buenos Aires’ food scene has been evolving at an unprecedented rate over the last couple of years, visible not only in the increasing breadth of dining options available, with new culinary outfits inaugurating on a weekly basis, but also with ever more sophisticated and experimental dishes and bold ingredients and culinary influences on offer. This…

October 16th, 2015

Looking Back with Bocas Abiertas: Buenos Aires Food and Wine Festival

Bocas Abiertas noche

A food festival like Bocas Abiertas reveals all that is interesting, delicious, and above all fun about modern Argentine cuisine. On any given Sunday in Argentina the sweet smell of asado drifts towards your nostrils. But this Sunday, here in San Isidro, other enticing scents are in the air. This was the third edition of…

September 30th, 2015

A shopper’s guide to Tigre

Club Albarellos

While it’s most famous for its swampy waterways taking you up the Delta to hundreds of tiny islands, the town is also home to a bustling artisan market and a thriving community of artisans, artists and designers who are injecting some creative flair into the area and offering up some unique shopping gems. Just an hour north of the crazy metropolis of Buenos Aires is the infinitely more tranquil town of Tigre. Sophie Lloyd shares her top picks.

September 23rd, 2015


Cantos de la tierra sin mal Dúo 2014. PH: Pato Rivero

In the first of three music blogs, The Real Argentina’s guide to folclore…
Folclore embodies the wholesome earthy vibe rooted in la tierra, el campo and el corazón of Argentina’s gaucho culture. Romantic partner dances play out at peñas all night long with locals waving handkerchiefs in the air to songs, which mesh European and criollo indigenous influences. Although stalwarts of the genre still get airplay, there’s a whole new world of folclore beats banging on dance floors these days.

September 15th, 2015

The five best outdoor markets in Buenos Aires

Plaza Francia

Buenos Aires has some kick-ass markets, partly because Argentines are a crafty bunch whose artisan wares are second to none, but also because people never throw things out, making it a haven for bagging a sweet haul of vintage goodies. They have everything, from clothes to furniture to ancient relics. Although there are some fantastic…

August 20th, 2015

Dish of the Day: Argentina’s Famous Milanesa


Forget steak. Forget empanadas. If you want to taste the real Argentina, order a milanesa. Once just the greasy favorite of kids and fast food junkies, today the milanesa has reclaimed its proud position on the Argentine culinary scene and is served in a mouthwatering array of varieties – and locations. Milanesa Napolitana – Image via…

July 27th, 2015