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Buenos Aires’ Raíz Festival Has Been Postponed Until October 31 (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Raíz]

[Raíz]

Just when you thought you had your whole weekend planned out, the first of two major food festivals that will be taking place in October in Buenos Aires has been postponed, by almost a month.  In a last minute press release from Raíz’s organizers, the festival has been postponed due to a forecast of heavy rains and inclement weather for this upcoming weekend.  The new dates are Friday, October 31 through Sunday, November 2.  Raíz will still take place in Tecnópolis, and hopefully the weather will accommodate.  We’ll keep you posted with any other changes.

Aunque pensaste que tenías todo el fin de semana planificado, el primer de dos grandes festivales culinarios que pasarán en octubre en Buenos Aires ha estado postergado, por casi un mes.  En una comunicada de prensa del último minuto de los organizadores de Raíz, el festival ha estado postergado debido a un pronóstico de lluvias fuertes y mal tiempo para este fin de semana.  Las nuevas fechas son el viernes, 31 de octubre hasta el domingo, 2 de noviembre.  Raíz todavia pasará en Tecnópolis, y esperamos que el tiempo será agradable.  Les mantendremos informados con cualquier cambio.

iLatina Pops Up Tonight With Mexican Street Fare At NOLA BsAs (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

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For all you Porteños looking to get your Monday night fix of fried chicken and gumbo at the hot new NOLA Gastropub, you’re just going to have to wait until Wednesday.  That’s because Santiago Macías, of iLatina fame, will be taking over the NOLA kitchen for one night only with a Mexican street food pop up that promises not to disappoint.  Macías may hail from Colombia and live in Buenos Aires, but he’s recent travels to Central America have left him feeling inspired, and ready to get down on some street food.

Tonight’s menu will include flautas, tacos, quesadillas, and other bites to nibble on.  The NOLA bar will be slinging Micheladas and margaritas all night.  Just like any other night at NOLA, tonight’s pop-up is cash only.  Macías’ creations will be available from 17:00 to 00:00, and dishes will range from AR 50 to 100 per plate.  NOLA is located at Gorriti 4389.  Provecho!

Semana Del Vino Starts Monday In Buenos Aires (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Semana Del Vino]

[Semana Del Vino]

Starting Monday, September 29, and running through Sunday, October 5, bars, restaurants, and bodegas of Buenos Aires, and across Argentina, will be taken over with the best wines that the country has to offer.  Semana Del Vino will include nearly 100 bodegas, bars, and restaurants, offering special deals and tastings to promote one of Argentina’s best and most delicious exports.

Within Buenos Aires, leading restaurants like El Baqueano, Tarquino, Per Se, and many more will be offering special menus all week, all paired with a variety of Argentine wines.  On Wednesday, October 1, 50 different bodegas across Argentina will be offering a grand tasting, giving wine lovers across the country the same experience.  Additionally, leading cocktail bars across Buenos Aires will be offering wine-based cocktails at special prices all week long. 

Basically, it’s a week-long celebration of Argentina’s most famous beverage.  Don’t miss out.  For a complete list of participating bars, restaurants, and bodegas, as well as special events happening throughout the week, be sure and follow Semana Del Vino on Facebook.  Go out, drink, and celebrate this delicious piece of Argentine heritage.  Salud!

An Introduction To The Foods Of Northwest Argentina

By Joanna Marracelli

[Laurent Lhomond]

[Laurent Lhomond]

You can smell the asado wafting through the air, especially on Sundays when families typically gather together for this tradition.  The entire country of Argentina smells like asado.  It’s the country’s answer to BBQ but it is much more than just a simple BBQ.  Asado is prepared for hours while the coals are fussed over like little babies.  It’s a social tradition that dates back years in the country.  Meaty juices drip onto hot coals surrendering their seductive essence up to the heavens.  The scent lingers in the air from seemingly everywhere all over the entire country.

Dulce de leche filled pastries and alfajores advertise their sweet, gooey wares from every bakery window.  Beef and chicken milanesas are fried up from every restaurant you encounter. Groups of friends gather in plazas all across the country to share their maté.  Choripan is grilled up at practically every bus station in makeshift barrels converted to BBQ’s. These are the foods Argentina is most famous for.  However, little is known about the unique foods of the northwest of the country.  There is more than the asado cooking up in Argentina.

Argentina’s Top Chefs Are Heading To Mauro Colagreco’s Mirazur October 3 (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

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If you’re lucky enough to be hanging out in the South of France next Friday, October 3, and you want a big dose of Argentine flavors, then you should probably make your reservation for this epic dinner.  Argentine-cum-French chef Mauro Colagreco, chef and owner of Mirazur, has invited a few of his Argentine friends over for a one-night-only dinner that promises to be nothing short of spectacular.  Colagreco, along with Narda Lepes, Fernando Trocca, German Martitegui, and Dario Gualtieri (basically Argentina’s all-star team of cooks) will be doing a dinner by 10 hands all mixed with drinks from Tato Giovannoni, voted Latin America’s best bartender.  Dinner is going for 185 Euros, which includes wines, drinks, and service.  Reservations can be made via Mirazur at reservation@mirazur.fr.  Provecho.

Getting To Know Torrontés In Cafayate, Argentina

By Joanna Marracelli

[Laurent Lhomond]

[Laurent Lhomond]

Who doesn’t love a great wine?  Especially when discovering the lesser known varieties which are sometimes better than the more known grapes.  When most people think of wines from Argentina, they immediately think of the lovely Malbec.  But Argentina has more to offer than just this red grape.  The north of Argentina is home to one of the most beautiful wine regions in the country, Cafayate, and its shining star is actually a white grape, the Torrontés.  What the Malbec grape has done for Mendoza, Torrontés is doing for Cafayate.  Malbec grapes flourish here too, including some nice high altitude versions but if you want something different, the one to try is Torrontés.
Cafayate is located in the province of Salta, Argentina and lay about 100 miles south of Salta city. With a population of 12,000 people, it’s really more of a big village than an actual city. It’s a great place to sample various vineyards (called bodegas in these parts) due to the small size and easy access, as most of the bodegas are located in or just around the city.  The valley is extraordinary with red rocks that seem to change colors with each passing hour and deeply contrast the greenery of the vines. 

The Anatomy Of An Argentine Asado

By Joanna Marracelli

[Laurent Lhomond]

[Laurent Lhomond]

I pity the poor Argentine on vacation in North America or Europe.  Oh, the shock and utter horror they must encounter when they are ready to prepare a nice little asado for the family and take that first look at the measly barbeque on offer.  You know the one I’m talking about.  The one that’s shaped like a ‘T’, topped off by a small, square grill, the sort you usually find down by the beach or park. With a surface area to hold about 3 hamburgers and 4 hot dogs (and that’s pushing it), it barely does the job for a family of four North Americans.  Let alone four Argentines.

I can just imagine as the unsuspecting Argentine approaches with a look of utter bewilderment and wonders what on earth could this ‘T’ shaped object possibly be? Could one even cook on that paltry, inadequate square?  Where the heck is the parilla? And then comes the dreadful realization that this is the ‘parilla’.   How the heck are you supposed to fit 4 kilos of meat (one kilo for each person is the norm in Argentina) on that thing?

Listen To This Interview With Francis Mallmann (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Francis Mallmann]

[Francis Mallmann]

If you’re borderline obsessed like we are with Argentine chef Francis Mallmann and his multi-faceted career that has resulted in a return to one of the simplest forms of cooking, then you’ll definitely want to give a listen to this interview.  Hosted by Dorothy Cann Hamilton as part of the Chef’s Story series out of Brooklyn, Mallmann goes from talking about his youth spent living in Chicago, Patagonia, and even across California, to his time in France, and how he came to start use fire as his preferred source of heat.  For cooks looking for some inspiration, or anyone in love with the one-man revolution that Mallmann has been advancing for some years now, this interview is unmissable.  Enjoy.

Si están medios obsesionados como nosotros con el chef argentino Francis Mallmann y su carerra variada que ha resultado en una vuelta a uno de las formas más sencillas de cocinar, entonces seguramente vas a querer escuchar esta entrevista.  Presentado por Dorothy Cann Hamilton como parte de la serie Chef’s Story de Brooklyn, Mallmann va de hablar sobre su juventud que pasó viviendo en Chicago, Patagonia, y también en California, a su tiempo en Francia, y como llegó a usar fuego como su fuente de calor preferido.  Para cocineros buscando inspiración, o alguien más enamorado con la revolución de un hombre que Mallmann ha estado impulsando desde hace unos años, esta entrevista es imperdible.  Disfruten.