Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sunday, January 10, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

21965166520_4ab07e08db_cBuenos Aires was our last stop, right after Patagonia and Mendoza…

22141547802_81673d2555_c…it was also the most memorable stop for many reasons including…

22164580141_f061ef9f20_c…a stunning meal at Casa Cavia.

22128181156_30a82db3e4_cEverything was so light, so bright! A ton of citrus, excellent seafood, and dreamy wine pairings. Here, barely battered and fried artichokes and zucchini blossoms…

22141763442_797c9c5045_c…and the sweetest spider crab from Tierra del Fuego. I can still taste this…one of my favorites dishes to date.

22141582762_322d102b69_cThere was that surprise (thank you, Maita!) meal with Francis Mallman at his home. Remember how excited I was to visit Mallman’s 1884 in Mendoza? This was like that but a million times better.

22164389831_8ee593c46f_cThis is Mallman’s personal Kaikado caddy collection…what a sight. Look carefully. There’s a set of glass cups on the right side of the table. I love drinking tea in glass, but the glass often too hot to comfortably hold. By the time it cools down enough to hold, the tea isn’t as hot as I’d like. So! Solution. Take a rectangular cut of thick cotton. Fold in half the long way, then wrap around the glass. Stitch tightly where the two sides meet. You should have an extra inch of material that sticks out. I should have taken a better photo of this glass cup solution. But I’ll do you better. I’m back in NYC next week and I’ll make one. And then do a post on it.

22154213625_263cdcc745_cBut onto the food! We had many, many courses. The highlights included this butter soft gnocchi…

21531400194_09065625ef_c…steak and chimichurri with Patagonian potatoes. Sort of a like a mini version from 1884!

21531391424_f0399da0e4_cDessert was a little tasting of all his signature sweets. Caramelized crêpes stuffed with dulce de leche, a warm lemon tart, a cut of chocolate cake/mousse…still hot! All oozy. And flan…all those yolks, just right.

21533130393_d87f046390_cThe dining room / living room. Such an inviting space.

22128148886_4c09e03134_cWe also went to visit Inés at her Tealosophy location in Palermo Viejo…

22164528071_fe3f04ef1f_c…hot masala chai and good conversation.

22153473665_4139a1306d_cAn afternoon at the theater…

21964689898_bbaf176a07_c…and fresh empanadas…

22126661416_572ea3685e_c…at Marcelo’s studio.

21531652923_a506ffa4dd_c (1)One morning at Cafe Tortoni…

21964934508_cc564db47b_c…for hot chocolate…

22140181182_00ff0150c5_c…and churros…

21531680523_a6ac5945c0_c…dulce de leche to dip!

22126590786_b9edbabd1b_cAnd alfajores, oh boy.

22152967895_81d66e722a_cMid-day breaks for dulce de leche gelato. I like Volta (that dip!) and Persicco.

22126776306_12f8ab2e94_cStrolling with gelato in hand…little pleasures.

21965117528_69cf8b4e70_c (1)Surprise ride to Faena…

21531828683_2895b4f723_c…for Rojo Tango.

22152906935_ff20dc4cf0_cEarly morning at the beautiful Recoleta Cemetery (Evita was buried here)…

22163038291_855840271d_c…and afternoon at Casa Rosada.

21531465334_0e2fb98c36_cDon’t forget about tea! Once at the Alvear Palace Hotel

21530575034_a7348bdd7b_c…and another time at Palacio Duhau / Park Hyatt Buenos Aires.

21965143010_d104cfb96d_cA peek inside recently renovated Four Seasons Buenos Aires.

22153209425_b9ddf5d999_cSweet snack of apricots, vanilla panna cotta, and honeycomb at Duhau Restaurant…

21966322849_506f0a5c7f_c…and one last taste of provoleta, this time with confit tomatoes (remember the one we had in Patagonia?)

22127116676_222bd4e7fc_cHope to be back soon again ^-^

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