The fastest way to make enemies in Argentina is to compare the asado to a barbecue. It’s the same, right? No, the locals will tell you, through gritted teeth, it is not the same. Your gas-fuelled blow-torching of conveyor-belt beef patties has nothing in common with our sacred asado.
Mooching around Mendoza’s vineyards is never a bad idea, but head there at the end of summer and you’ll be lucky enough to catch the cultural highlight of the Mendocino calendar – la Fiesta de la Vendimia – Mendoza’s grape harvest festival.
You’ve got a favourite corner restaurant in Buenos Aires, haven’t you? Whichever neighbourhood you live in or have stayed in, there’s surely one establishment, a restorán de la esquina, that’s captured your heart. Here, The Real Argentina visits four emblematic restaurant esquinas in Buenos Aires.
You’ve got a favourite corner bar in Buenos Aires, haven’t you? Whichever neighbourhood you live in or have stayed in, there’s surely one watering-hole, a bar de la esquina, that’s captured your heart. Thanks to their very architecture, corner bars in Buenos Aires tend to be the prettiest, standing out for that bevelled, three-sided entrance (known as arquitectura en ochava in Spanish) that lets diners and drinkers inadvertently interact, gazing out at a city in movement.
Open House Buenos Aires give you the chance to go behind the doors of some of the city’s most interesting and iconic buildings. Here is The Real Argentina’s pick of the best six.
In the case of Buenos Aires, certain buildings trace one man’s vision through the passage of time. Clorindo Testa, Argentina’s most lauded architect, created some of the city’s most iconic edifices over the course of his 89 years.
Daniel Escasany: 40 years of devotion to silver on show.
In a new exhibition, one of Argentina’s most esteemed platero’s (silversmith’s) Daniel Escasany, brings together a collection of his life’s work for the first time. Free and open to the public, it’s the chance to meet the artisan face to face and get in touch with this deep-seated silvery side of Argentine culture.
There’s so much more to Japanese food in Buenos Aires than just salmon sushi rolls loaded with cream cheese and sweet passion fruit sauce. From udon to shabu-shabu, ramen to gyoza, and okonomiyaki to yakitori, here are some of the best spots for a taste of the real washoku (Japanese food) in Argentina.
Trip out to the burbs of BA and wonder at the 1970’s wonky reality built by a terminally ill Argentine businessman who never gave up. Welcome to ‘Campanopolis.’
Always on the look out for a good city escape – I put my feelers out for something low-key, local and lush to get some fresh air for a few days. When the votes came in – all signs pointed to Tandil, a city nestled on the northern edge of the gently undulating Sierras. Cheese + salami + sierras is Tandil’s magic recipe.