If you're on Facebook and are either planning a move to Buenos Aires or already an expat there then check out the Expat Events in Buenos Aires group! My friend Veronica is one of the admins and the group is growing nicely so check it out here
A little boost for Argentine cooking from Daily Candy with a couple of Francis Mallman's recipes. He's the chef at Patagonia Sur in Buenos Aires as well as El Garzon in Uruguay.
The article is called "A Moveable Argentine Feast" - What we really want for Christmas is to wake up in Argentina, with
local steak and malbec for lunch. Instead, we’re stuck in the snow. But
we did get Francis Mallmann, our favorite chef in South America, to walk us though a charming and seriously unfussy holiday feast. Que bueno. To read the entire article go to DailyCandy.com http://www.dailycandy.com/all-cities/article/78961/Chef-Francis-Mallmanns-Holiday-Recipes
Mallman's restaurant, El Garzon, was written up last spring by the Wall Street Journal Food & Drink - "Big City Meal, A Little Hard to Find". There are a couple of tasty recipes at the end of the article.
"by Katy McLaughlin
Garzón, Uruguay -- Star chefs often prove their celebrity by placing
restaurants in remote locations to which fans are willing to travel.
But few go as far as Francis Mallmann: The celebrity Argentinean chef
has located his latest restaurant in Garzón, Uruguay.
Here’s how to get there: Fly to Miami. Take a nine-hour ride by jet
to Montevideo, then get in a car and drive 125 miles through the
countryside to the turn-off to Garzón. Next, it’s a 15-minute drive
down dirt roads with no signs, flanked on either side by cow pasture." Read the entire article at the Wall Street Journal online here
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So you plan to be in Buenos Aires for the holidays? There are several things that are important to be aware of!
First, expect A LOT of fireworks! If you don't like noise then get some earplugs, and for your dogs while you're at it! I'll never forget when our daughter was just a few days old, the amount of fireworks in our neighborhood was like a war zone - she slept right through it and so did my husband, me and my cat and the dogs did not!
The most important times for getogethers (and hence for places to be closed) are dinner on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve and then lunch on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Watch out for drivers who have been consuming too much alcohol or are hurrying around at the last minute. We all know how dangerous it is in BA for drivers and pedestrians so be on your toes more than usual!
Christmas Eve/New Years Eve:
* Cabs - limited starting in the afternoon * Buses - similar to Sunday schedules or even less * Kioskos - hit or miss with some open so they can sell fireworks or alcohol. * Restaurants - hit or miss, make a reservation if you're worried
Christmas Day/New Years Day:
* Chinese stores in the late afternoon * Cabs - increasingly available as the day goes on * Kioskos - still hit or miss starting later in the day * Bakeries - morning * Movie Theaters - New Years Day in the afternoon
There's been talk for some time about the tourist "reciprocity" fee that was to be put into play. It seems that beginning on December 20, 2009, the fees will go into effect for American Citizens who are visiting Argentina for business or tourism. The fee will be $131 U.S. dollars. As of now the fee will only be Ezeiza International Airport. It will then be good for ten years for multiple entries into Argentina, in accordance with U.S. reciprocity. You'll be able to pay the fee in U.S. dollars, by credit card or with travelers checks.
For more info contact the office of Overseas Citizens Services in the U.S. from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, Monday through Friday, EST 1-888-407-4747. From outside the U.S. call (202)-501-4444.