a sweet article in the new york times about a new dulce de leche by 'la salamandra'. dulce de leche + dark chocolate sounds a bit too much, but i was just at their cafe in palermo, and it actually is quite good. not too sweet and perfect with bread or crackers (yep, that's how i like it)
The idea of going for tea in Buenos Aires is almost unheard of. Tea is something you have at home. A very uneventful thing. If you are out, you go for coffee, not tea. Tea Connection is trying (successfully) to change all that. First of all they are located in some of the best areas of this city. Their tea selection is amazing and varied, and they serve freshly baked goodies till late, everyday. Their lunches are pretty good and they also sell these delicious flavored water. My favorite thing, though are the pancakes.....
This is the kind of place where you can come with your computer, sit down, sip some tea, have pancakes and check your Facebook account. You can let your friends know that you are in buenos aires drinking tea and not coffee. And eating pancakes and not medialunas.. (the do serve medialunas and coffee, by the way).
-Espresso baren, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
So, I'm in Stockholm these days (and yes, I'm already missing empanadas), that's why I haven't been able to post anything these last past weeks. I've started a new blog here in Sweden. I'll be back in Buenos Aires some time soon, i hope. I promise to post lots then! In the meantime enjoy 'New Stockholm'
El Ultimo Beso
mon/sat 9am 2am
When I lived in London I had a bit of a hard time trying to find a place to go for afternoon tea. I mean, it's an english tradition, right? And still, nothing. I had to conform with coffee at Nero, or the noisy place around the corner. Bad music, bad coffee.
I know that there are places that play bad music and serve bad coffee and tea in Buenos Aires. But, I also know that I can always count on 'El Ultimo Beso' for a refined afternoon of tea and a massive amount of cakes and cookies freshly baked everyday. On saturdays they have a massive cakes and cookies' buffet'. The loose tea is especially selected and the coffee is quite good. Also, the place just looks great, if a little on the girlie side, which explains why most of the customers are nice looking ladies. But again, that's fine by me. Who would complain? Tea plus cakes Plus lovely ladies.
And you don't have to go to London.
Labels: afternoon tea
Argentina's been having a bit of a rough time lately. The global crisis first and now the swine flu pandemic, that has hit this country the hardest, after the US. A combination of bad government, bad timing and plain bad luck has made the situation worst than in other countries. I guess the best we can all do, local and visitors alike is to be careful, wash our hands often, avoid public gatherings (not easy in a big city like Buenos Aires) and not get too paranoid.
When times are tough, nothing better than some good comfort food, like medialunas.
This blog could well be called 'beyond medialunas', since they seem to be a staple in the local diet. They are a smaller, sweeter version than the all too popular croissants. People have them usually for breakfast with cafe con leche. There are 2 kinds of medialunas:
. de manteca -fluffy, thick and quite sweet
. de grasa -thin, flaky not as sweet
So, if you are visiting this lovely city, or are already here, remember to wash your hands and avoid public gatherings. Oh, and don't forget to order some good medialunas. They will make life a little sweeter, even in these rough times.
Photo by Martin Lavega
Boutique del Libro
fri 10am 11pm.
I was talking about my favorite cafes ever other day. and several ones came to mind. From Nordic Bakery and Fernandez & Wells in London, Teany in NYC and Albert & Jack's in Stockolm all these cafes have something in common: Great location, amazing food and coffee, perfect atmosphere and just that something that makes them special. Whether it's the best cinnamon rolls ever or a huge tea selection, there's something that sets them apart from the rest.
If I had to choose my favorite cafe in Buenos Aires, and this is not easy, I mean, why choose one, when I can go to all of them? but for argument's sake, if I had to choose one, then 'Boutique del Libro' would be my pick. It's a music shop, a book store and an amazing cafe. They have a great selection of cd's and dvd's. thousands of books, from arts to politics and everything in between.
Everytime I go to la 'Boutique del Libro' there's amazing music playing. Cat Power, the National, Bonnie Prince Billy and many more will make the afternoon a much more pleasant one.
Located in a quite area of Palermo Soho, 'la Boutique del Libro' is the perfect place for a cozy afternoon of music, coffee and music.
It might be your favorite cafe, too. It certainly is mine..
opened everyday till late
1776 Gorostiaga st.
1672 Laprida st.
After a few days of eating medialunas with cafe con leche for breakfast, your stomach starts complaining. You feel tired, cranky and stuffed. You'll soon start craving for natural food.
An apple or a walnut would do. But there's a more appetizing solution: 'Natural Deli'.
Mike, the owner and organic food's crusader, came from London to teach us that good natural, fresh, organic and veggie food can actually taste good. Organic coffee, scramble eggs, home made granola, french toast and home organic jams will redefine a typical breakfast in Buenos Aires. For lunch there's quiche, sandwiches, wraps, soups and freshly pressed juice, lemonade and ice tea. All good and fresh.
This is not a fast food place and they do take their time to prepare the meals, so patience is a must (you are in Buenos Aires after all). Natural Deli has two branches and they are planning to open up a few more. And yes, they sell apples and walnuts, too..
El Salvador 4701
I was slightly reluctant to write about this place. But why? It's always packed, so they definitely don't need any extra publicity. Then, they didn't let me take pictures. I really wonder why? I hate it when places impose this kind of stupid restrictions on paying customers. And it's expensive.
So why am I still writing? Well, despite the fact that it's always packed, they don't let you take pictures and the waiters are cranky, the place is a classic in the Palermo Soho area. They were one of the pioneers in the neighborhood, when they opened back in 2002.
From ice coffee to orange/chocolate pound cake to the sandwiches and salads there's a big selection to choose from. Everything is freshly made everyday.
Mark's isn't really a deli, as it's know in the states, although you can take stuff to go. It's more of a NYC style coffee house (I mention NYC since I lived there for years, I guess if I had lived in Chicago, or say Spokane, I would have said that it reminded me of either one of those cities).
I personally like Palermo, but there's a lack of good places to go for breakfast/lunch/afternoon coffee. The ones around Plaza Serrano are rather tacky and expensive. So places like Mark's Deli (and there are just a few in the area) are always a must go for those of us coffee nerds.
I always told myself that I wasn't going to write about Mark's Deli, but I just did. Maybe I wrote about it because I was there today and had a good time, even if it was crowded, expensive and they didn't let me take any pictures, except for the ones I managed to secretly take, of course..
A friend told me once: 'Never sacrifice a friendship for a kiss'. And I think there's a lot of truth in that. The thing is that in Argentina people kiss each other a lot, even with this swine flu thing. So I guess you do get to kiss your friends and keep them, too. That same friend tried to order a submarino thinking it was a sandwich.
I think it can be a bit difficult to know how to order coffee here. Sometimes the names are different and some other times the names are the same but the drink is different. So here's a quick list of different coffee drinks. I'm sure I'm forgetting one or two, but well... that's what you get for kissing friends.
cafe: small espresso
cortado: small espresso with a couple of drops of steamed milk
cortado jarrito: cortado on a larger cup
lagrima: steamed milk and a couple of drops of coffee, served on a small cup
lagrima jarrito: lagrima on a bigger cup
cafe con leche: espresso shot with steamed milk (pretty similar to a european capuccino)
capuccino: espresso shot with steamed milk, served on a big glass dusted with cocoa powder and cinnamon
submarino: steamed milk served with a bar of dark chocolate (not a sandwich!)
3802 Cervino st.
So it's hot, Buenos Aires is empty and there's not much to do. What are the options? I guess most people would head to 'los bosques de Palermo' area, by the zoo, to walk around the lakes and trees. Maybe hire some rollerblades or one of those ridiculous peddaling boats. Personally, since i'm not into sports or boats, I tend to go for nice coffee (or ice coffee!) and sit by a sidewalk somewhere under the trees. Voulez bar is perfect for that. It's on the way to the Palermo lakes, so you can sit down for coffee or lemonade and then head to the lakes. The food is fresh with a french twist (from salads to amazing sandwiches). In the afternoon there are pastries and cakes that would make anyone happy, Even in this hot weather..
Sugar & Spice
5419 Guatemala st.
I could write for hours and hours about how Sugar and Spice cookies are the best ones in Buenos Aires, that the owner is a very hands on and an unusual business man (or cookie man!) and that their store/show room is a must visit for cookie nerds. But I won't. instead go check his blog, which is not only entertainig but inspiring and informative. And to me that's what a good blog is all about. Oh! And the cookies are fresh, with real chocolate chunks and inspiring, and to me that's what a good cookie is all about..