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BsAs’ NOLA And Chochán Come Together Sunday For A One-Night-Only Pop-Up (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

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This Sunday night, Buenos Aires is effectively going to become ground zero for all things incredible when two of the city’s hottest new restaurants, NOLA Gastropub and Chochán host a one night only pop-up that will probably become the most talked about evening of 2014.  NOLA owner Liza Puglia and Chochán chica Naiara Calvino have worked together in the past, when the two combined forces at Puglia’s old Puertas Cerradas place.  However, now that both chefs own buzzworthy restaurants and near-religious followings, Sunday night should be nothing short of spectacular.

Puglia will take a back seat and let Calvino’s ‘Delicias en Cerdo’ take center stage, rather than NOLA’s famous fried chicken, but with a menu that combines tacos, ribs, and a few tropical fruits, the New Orleans chef’s eclectic background and influences will certainly be present.  As usual, the pop-up will be first come, first served, and the kitchen will close at 11:30 pm, or when the food runs out.  NOLA is located at Gorriti 4389 in Palermo Soho.  We’ll be seeing you there, little piggies.

NOLA Buenos Aires Pops Up Puerto-Rican Style Tonight (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[NOLA]

[NOLA]

As it’s only the second week, we can’t say just yet if the Monday night pop-ups at Buenos Aires’ favorite cajun spot NOLA are going to become a regular thing, but after the success of last week’s Mexican street food event, we’re certainly hoping for a weekly installation.  This week, the invited chef is Jose Alvarez, who recently moved to Buenos Aires from New York.  They’ve been releasing pictures all weekend of what he’s cooking up in the kitchen, and the pulpo confit looks sensational.  We’re expecting a great deal from the fresh Piña Coladas, the ropa vieja, and the other dishes that sound too damn good.

Just like last week’s event, tonight’s pop-up will run from 17:00 until the tostones run out, and we suggest you arrive early before the crowds get thick.  NOLA is located at Gorriti 4389, and dinner is cash only.  Provecho! 

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!

NOLA BsAs Opened Friday. It Was Awesome.

By Megan Chochla

[Megan Chochla]

[Megan Chochla]

The highly anticipated opening night of NOLA was a smashing success.  We arrived to find an incredibly warm and easy space packed with happy diners.  It is cozy with a small assortment of tables, but with an open concept kitchen and high open ceiling,  he space feels much bigger and very welcoming.  The chill tunes and Broeders artisanal beer on tap helped me to slide in ‘Friday‘ mode.  Looking around me, everyone else had also found the ‘Friday‘ groove.  It would be hard not to do that at NOLA on any day of the week though.

NOLA Buenos Aires Opens Friday. Here’s What You Need To Know

By Patrick Hieger

[NOLA / Facebook]

[NOLA / Facebook]

Fried chicken and gumbo dreams will finally come true this Friday when Liza Puglia, chef of the highly-acclaimed puertas cerradas diner NOLA, goes full brick and mortar and opens NOLA Pub, which will be serving United States southern-style favorites full time.  For nearly two years, Puglia has been doing weekly dinners featuring southern classics like braised pork shoulder and polenta, fried chicken and biscuits, blueberry pie, and more.  Now guests will be able to get her menu six days a week.

NOLA will be open from 17:00 to 00:00 daily, except for Tuesdays.  Service will be cash only and no reservations will be accepted.  Once spring comes around, they’ll be offering a Sunday brunch with live jazz.  For now, 30 seats will be available inside, with outside seating available once the warmer weather returns.

[photo: NOLA]

Under Construction: Buenos Aires’ NOLA Goes Puerta Abierta

By Patrick Hieger

[photo: NOLA / Liza Puglia]

[photo: NOLA / Liza Puglia]

Taking full advantage of the popularity that their Puerta Cerrada-style diner has created in Buenos Aires, Liza Puglia and Francisco Terren, the masterminds behind NOLA, the Creole-inspired closed door restaurant, are going brick and mortar.  Which isn’t to say that they’ve been serving out of a van but, now rather than having to make a reservation for a four-course Southern-infused meal, those interested will be able to get honest-to-goodness soul food nine hours a day.  Puglia and Terren will keep their Puerta Cerrada venture up and running, making the legitimate restaurant version a full-time display of what diners can expect behind closed doors.

The new restaurant will also be named NOLA, and will function like a gastropub.  The space will be open every day except Tuesdays, from 4 pm to 1 am.  Terren and his brother’s line of beers, Broeders, will be featured on tap, and Puglia’s signature creole cuisine will be at the center of the menu.  Diners can expect to find fried chicken, gumbo, and biscuits always on the menu, with a rotating cast of Southern-fueled favorites accompanying them.  Both Puglia and Terren insist that NOLA won’t be the merienda-type place that Palermo Viejo is known for, serving coffee and facturas late in the afternoon.  In fact, they won’t even be serving coffee as part of the menu–just good food, good beer, and a proper Southern vibe.

Construction of the new space is now underway and an opening is tentatively scheduled for May.  So, we can most likely expect something in June, unless construction somehow miraculously goes according to schedule.  NOLA will be located at Gorriti 4389, near the corner of Julian Alvarez in Palermo Viejo.  Get excited.  This is going to be a delicious opening.

[photo: Olivia Amter]

Inside: Broeders Beer Night At NOLA Chef Buenos Aires

By Olivia Amter

Buenos Aires is becoming a beer town. Thats right, I said it. Buenos Aires is starting to set aside the idea that Quilmes is our one and only option for a cold brewsky on a hot night. All over the city artisanal beer options are emerging from basements, rooftops, and, in this case, mom’s kitchen.

Enter Broeders Beer Night at NOLA, the beautiful union between the well-loved closed door, southern-creole kitchen from Chef Liza Puglia and the artisanal beer venture from brothers Marcelo and Francisco Terren. Liza, a New Orleans native and New York City trained chef, has dominated the U.S. Southern food scene in Buenos Aires since the opening of NOLA in 2012, serving up 4-course menus with dishes like gumbo, braised pork with polenta, and bread pudding in a beautifully renovated house in Palermo Viejo. Francisco Terren took charge of the wine list for the dinners, helping pair each dish with the perfect copa.

[photo: Olivia Amter]

[photo: Olivia Amter]

The Terren brothers began their working-relationship with beer after a quick two-day course and a whole lot of trial and error in their mother’s kitchen. Marcelo had a simple goal in mind that spurred them along: drink his own beer for his 30th birthday. Since the official launch of the Broeders Beer brewery in October of 2012, the boys have built up their business to preparing 320 liters of the nectar a month. Flavors include their ever-popular golden ale, their IPA, a luscious, coffee-like porter and even creative flavors like their Basil IPA, which is currently being sold in Bodega Cervecera.

[photo: Olivia Amter]

[photo: Olivia Amter]

It was no surprise that when the two came together for a Southern-inspired dinner and beer tasting event last March – no doubt based off the relationship between the two already – that the idea was an immediate hit. Truly drool worthy food like fried chicken, pulled pork sandwiches, flaky biscuits, po’ boys and warm pecan pie took center stage for the nights, while beautiful pints of beer with white caps of foam joined them for the double header. Visitors to Buenos Aires and locals alike began to discover (and rave about) the perfect marriage between the flavorful brews and decadent meals that the two parties prepared.

So almost a year later I get to finally sit down at the communal dinner table to see what they would serve up. I’d like to say that I was just waiting for them to work out the kinks before I made my reservation; the reality is that it just slipped my mind. In part, actually, this is all to convince you that this evening should not slip your mind. It was exactly the kind of comfort food experience I needed and the ideal exotic meal for my Argentine food-partner in crime. Killing two birds with one stone, you might say.

[photo: Olivia Amter]

[photo: Olivia Amter]

We arrived on time (as you should!) to the evening, bellies slightly empty in preparation for what we knew would be a deliciously heavy meal. The welcome pint was a refreshing golden ale, clear, bright  and flavorful, with hints of bitterness at the end served straight from the barrel. We munched peanuts as we waited and chatted with our fellow diners at the communal table, which holds some 10 people, and is covered with newspapers and New Orleans Cafe Du Monde coffee canisters. At times I snuck off to see what Liza was up to.

[photo: Olivia Amter]

[photo: Olivia Amter]

When everyone had finally arrived, the meal got started. Liza emerged from the kitchen with our main meal – golden and steamy fried chicken, a hefty serving of silky mashed potatoes with a healthy pour of gravy, and a flaky buttermilk biscuit –  as Marcelo poured us our second brew for the night, an IPA with the highest alcohol content of the three (7.7%) and a full, bitter, hoppy taste like it should. Marcelo said that it should have been clearer and that a couple more days would have helped. A lesson in beer and dinner!

[photo: Olivia Amter]

[photo: Olivia Amter]

After the main course Marcelo invited anyone who was interested to head upstairs to see the brewery itself. The graduation from kitchen to the tiny room on the other end of the roof didn’t seem like much of a step up until Marcelo informed us that this was only one of two breweries – their second and much more sizable space is in Caballito. He told us the story of their intensive one day course on beer making and how they didn’t have the foresight to schedule it for a day other than the one right after National Friend Day, an Argentine tradition that, in his case, included some heavy drinking. An appropriate way to kick off a brewery I would say!

[photo: Olivia Amter]

[photo: Olivia Amter]

Marcelo also showed off his stash of hops, tiny pellets that look like rabbit food and smell like, well, beer. I now intimately understand the reason for the strong, bitter taste that a good, hoppy beer boasts; I practically ate a whole pellet and had to wait for the itchy sensation to subside until the final course: gooey chocolate-pecan pie and a nice pint of porter with strong notes of coffee and the sticky thickness of caramel. I quickly forgot about the taste bud-killing hops pellet entirely.

[photo: Olivia Amter]

[photo: Olivia Amter]

The night had, if this makes any sense, an upscale no-frills feel. Everything was meticulously thought out, beautifully prepared and smooth as any high-end restaurant. At the same time, we were encouraged to pick up the fried chicken with our fingers, converse at our own decibel and wholeheartedly swig our pints of beers, which by the way will have you feeling the effects no matter how filling the grub.

So next time you’re craving a taste of the exotic, need a little food TLC, or just want to have great beer and food on a Thursday night, snag a spot at Broeders Beer Night at NOLA. You wont regret it.

Dinner every Thursdays @ 9:30PM

For reservations contact them at: nolabuenosaires@gmail.com

[image: Olivia Danneman]

A Pop Up Swap, Presented By Como Sur

We told you about it last week, and now we want to remind you.  For the last two weekends in September, the hottest ‘Puertas Cerradas’ diners from Buenos Aires and Santiago will switch places and give each city on either side of the Andes a taste of what it’s been missing.

Santiago’s Dugnad will go first, heading to Buenos Aires to cook from September 19 to September 21.  For three nights only, they’ll give Porteños a chance to taste their rustic-meets-ultra-modern take on market-driven cuisine. They’ll offer a 6-course meal paired with wines and infusions, all derived from the best that Buenos Aires’ markets have to offer.

The following weekend, September 26 to September 28, Liza Puglia will bring her NOLAchef show to Santiago and give a few lucky Santiaguinos the opportunity to try her Mexican meets Creole approach to dining.  She’ll offer a 4-course meal of healthy-sized plates, plus a pre-dinner snack, utilizing Santiago’s acclaimed Mercado Central fish market for the foundation of her dishes.  Needless to say, this will be epic.

Space is limited to 16 diners per night in each city, for a total of 48 seats.  Reservations are already coming in, so don’t miss your chance to get a taste of the other side of the Andes!

September 19, 20, 21
Dugnad will take over the NOLAchef kitchen in Buenos Aires

6 courses + beverage pairing

AR $400

Reservations can be made at Nolabuenosaires@gmail.com

The location of the venue will be given one day prior to the event, with a reservation

September 26, 27, 28

NOLAchef will take over the Dugnad kitchen in Santiago

4 courses + snack + beverage pairing

$25.000 CLP

Reservations can be made at contacto.dugnad@gmail.com

The location of the venue will be given one day prior to the event, with a reservation