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Buenos Aires’ Casa Salt Shaker Voted On Top 11 Secret Supper Clubs

[photo: Trip Advisor]

[photo: Trip Advisor]

Though they may prefer to refer to them as ‘Puertas Cerradas’ in Buenos Aires, private supper clubs are happening in cities across the globe, and they’re more popular than ever.  In Buenos Aires, the closed-door establishments are as important to the local dining scene as many brick and mortar, big-name restaurants that serve their fare at higher prices.  And, luckily for Dan Perlman, chef and owner of Casa Salt Shaker, one of Buenos Aires’ most lauded ‘Puertas Cerradas,’ man-focused, globe-trotting food site Food Republic took note.

“His globetrotting fare includes homemade pappardelle with walnuts and butter beans, chili and prawn salad and incredibly on-point wine pairings.”  More recently, Perlman has been paying homage to countries like Peru and Bolivia after an extensive tour of both countries a couple months back.  Perlman is also highly active on Twitter, doing regular tours of the cities local fare, including day-long pizza, shawarma, and other street-style food tours.  Perlman has also penned a couple of books, and trained in big kitchens in New York before taking up life full time in Buenos Aires.  That’s the kind of chef we want cooking for us.

Also on the list are cities like Chicago, Vancouver, and Paris, which just goes to show you that diners are out for variety, not just big name chefs and fancy restaurants.  Have a favorite you don’t see on Food Republic’s list?  Let us know about it!  Want to make a reservation at Casa Salt Shaker?  Don’t hesitate to email Dan Perlman.  He serves regularly on weekends.  [via Food Republic]

[photo: Vines Resort and Spa]

Francis Mallmann’s Siete Fuegos To Open October 22 In Mendoza

[photo: Vines Resort and Spa]

[photo: Vines Resort and Spa]

This Tuesday, acclaimed Argentine chef Francis Mallmann will inaugurate his Siete Fuegos restaurant at Mendoza’s The Vines Resort and Spa in the Uco Valley.  Now his signature style of cooking, Siete Fuegos will feature his seven different open-flame techniques, including mud ovens, grills, spits, and more.  Not just for lovers of the grill, Siete Fuegos will be the ultimate fine-dining experience for those who savor the taste of open flame.

The restaurant will feature an open kitchen, and both indoor and outdoor dining options.  A chef’s table located on the patio will be great for private dining options, and will feature a view of each of the seven cooking methods.  Adding to the delicious food will be the collection of boutique wines that the resort has on hand.

The Vines Resort and Spa is located at Ruta Provincial 94, km 11, Tunuyan, Uco Valley, Mendoza.  For more information, visit the resort’s website.  To make a reservation at Siete Fuegos, click here.  Salud!

[photo: Vines of Mendoza]

Mendoza Gets Two Hits On ‘Best Winery Restaurants’ List

[photo: Vines of Mendoza]

[photo: Vines of Mendoza]

Lists!  Listicles!  Slideshows!  You know ’em.  You love ’em.  And here’s another one just for you.

The Daily Meal has just released their list of the ’20 Best Winery Restaurants Around the World,’ and Mendoza got two mentions.  Though The Daily Meal is known for their listicles and slideshows, they do seem to take great consideration in choosing the entries.  On this list alone, there are restaurants from Italy, California, Argentina, France, and more.

Coming in at number five is Francis Mallmann’s 1884 at Escorihuela Winery in Mendoza.  Known for his ‘siete fuegos’ style of open-fire cooking, Mallmann’s winery dining spot was also chosen as the number 37 spot on last month’s Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list.  Behind 1884, and coming in at number 10, it’s Urban at O. Fournier, also in Mendoza.  The restaurant is run by chef Nadia Haron who hails originally from San Sebastián, and whose husband owns the winery.

Two spots in the top 10?  Not bad at all, especially since Argentina cleaned up last month in the 50 Best awards as well.  We’ll keep the listicles coming as we get them. [via The Daily Meal]

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Argentina’s Tomato Shortage Breeding Government Creativity

As the high prices caused by Argentina’s tomato shortage continue to wreak havoc on the country whose cuisine is defined, in large part, by classic Italian dishes, the government has decided to step in and suggest alternative recipes that are equally delicious.  Secretary of Consumer Defense, María ‘Pimpi’ Colombo, has come out saying that rather than eating tomato sauces with things like pasta, sauces like bechamel or other cream-based sauces can be used as alternatives.  This coming from a country known for its calorie-counting and love of lean proteins.  Colombo isn’t without reason, though.  With inflation still through the roof and the prices only affecting consumers, there’s really no point in buying an ingredient so scarce it costs way more than it should.  And fettucine alfredo is damn delicious.  [via El Mundo]