Dude! Where have you been?

That’s a question I have been getting lot lately from friends and readers who think we disappeared! You may have also noticed a lot of content has disappeared. I “removed” a lot of posts because after doing this for a while, I re-read them, and really want to refine the previous posts. I am not a writer by training, trade, or experience, and I saw a lot of areas that could be improved. So I am looking to spiff up those articles so they make more sense and are more entertaining or informative.

But! On to the story! Most family know what happened, but some friends and readers do not. For those that do not, I apologize. The reason we haven’t posted for quite a while is simply because we opened two restaurants!

The first was a finer dining concept but still casual. Concentrating on slow cooked comfort food, and everyday Euro favorites. The second is a bar that serves amazing Mexican food. Think Cochinita Pibil, Chicken Tinga tacos, etc. We wanted to bring everything we miss about amazing Mexican food to BSAS, because, it is sorely lacking here. There are two Mexican restaurants within a block, but all their Mexican employees came to our bar to eat. So, I feel good as a gringo trying to respect the amazing Mexican cuisine. We also got great online reviews, which doesn’t mean much, but it is always nice.

We were working from 8 am to 2-4 am, six days a week, and frankly, there were no posts because we were too exhausted to sit down and write one!!! Once we got going, things relaxed a bit because of our amazing employees, but with only Mondays off work, we didn’t want to do much other than catch up on sleep. And we were never cooking at home. We just ordered or went out because after cooking for 12 hours a day 6 days a week, there is no way I feel like cooking at home.

You will notice I used a lot of past tense. That is because we sold and no longer own either restaurant. We met a lot of amazing people, had a constant stream of repeat customers, but the Argentine economy has been sliding hard and we could sense that things were going to get real tough, real quick, so we sold.

We are super grateful to our friends that came and visited us. The new friends that came every week and that we got to know really well, and most importantly, our employees that remain lifelong friends.

I’m going to “try” to post more often. We are still cooking up some great food, and have learned a ton about Argentine cuisine. I say “try” because now we are running cooking classes and cooking privately for many of the friends we have made as well as tourists that are visiting Argentina. So we are still busy! But at a much more relaxed and rewarding pace.

We are looking forward to sharing new insights and recipes with you guys!

Horseradish, Kielbasa, and Sauerkraut in Argentina

Today was a good day… no, a great day.  I had a roast beef sandwich with horseradish.  That may not sound like a big deal to most people, and it really isn’t, but it was huge for me.  I love horseradish on a roast beef sandwich, but I have not been able to find it in Argentina.  I have been to Jewish delis, specialty food markets, Chinatown, etc, etc.  If you put all the hours together that I have spent looking for horseradish, it would probably add up to several days worth of fruitless shopping.  I have spent many more hours looking for other things…  BTW, horseradish in Argentina is called “Rabano Picante”.  Rabano is radish, and picante is spicy or “hot”.

Here’s how it went down… Continue reading

Oh no you didn’t! Slang in Argentina

Learning Spanish is hard enough, learning how to use slang in Argentina can be harder.

How would you feel if you walked in to your friends apartment and they greeted you with “Hey Asshole!”, or “Hello Fatso!”.

It is always interesting to hear how people talk to each other in Argentina and how Argentine’s use slang.  They call each other names constantly, at all levels of society.  Sometimes they call each other names ironically as well.  They may call you Flaco (skinny) when you are very fat, and Gordo (fat) if you are “too” skinny. Continue reading

Buying Drugs in Argentina

OK, let’s start this post with a notice that this is NOT a how to guide.  I am neither encouraging, nor condoning anyone traveling in a foreign country buying drugs.  In the words of the great Nancy Reagan… “just say no!”

That being said, I did a little research and wanted to talk a little bit about drugs in Argentina.  This is on the top of my mind because yesterday there was a drug raid two blocks from my house.  Streets were blocked off, there were soldiers with machine guns, etc, etc…  it was all very interesting. Continue reading

Oh no! Server Crash

You know what happens when you you start thinking “I should really make a backup”, but you don’t?

You slap yourself because you didn’t and you lost all your files and posts!

I will be trying to get what I do have saved back up and running, but it is painful to think about redoing everything.  I do have the photos backed up, so that’s a plus, just not the blog posts.  Ughh, I’ll probably have to rewrite everything 🙁


Gran Parilla del Plata – If it’s good enough for Michelle Obama, it’s good enough for you

Where to eat in San Telmo?

On the corner of Peru and Chile in the neighborhood of San Telmo, in Buenos Aires, is a restaurant named Gran Parilla del Plata.  I’ve mentioned before that we are living in San Telmo, and this restaurant is right down the block from us. I can also tell you that it is worth going to.

TLDR: The steaks are delicious and enormous, and the price is reasonable – give it a try.  AND please excuse the pictures, they aren’t very sharp! Continue reading

What to do on Monday night in Buenos Aires

Monday night in Buenos Aires can be kind of slow.  Most nightclubs are closed, and the bars have far fewer people.  One great option is to head to the Konex Cultural Center in Palermo (almost Abasto?)

Every Monday night at Konex, you will find “La Bomba de Tiempo” starting promptly at 7pm.  The name means “Time Bomb”, and for some very strange unknown reason, every time I hear it, I get “Let’s do the time warp again!” stuck in my head along with mental images of…  Nevermind! I chalk it down to my very misguided and wasted youth. Continue reading

Gibraltar Bar

I love fish and chips. I love good beer.

I really love both of them together, so it was with hope that we headed to Gibraltar Bar just off Av. Independencia and Peru in San Telmo.

The place is really easy to find, and upon entering, looks like your typical English pub. They have a nice wood bar, pool table in the back room and a patio out back for the smokers. Continue reading

Mango Jalapeno Jam from scratch

Sometimes, a little sweet with a little spice is nice.  Something along the lines of Mango Jalapeno Jam.

Jams and jellies are not hard to find in Argentina, and they are actually pretty cheap, relatively speaking.  A 454 gram jar cost us about $2 US Dollars, and the quality is pretty good.  But, sometimes you just want something a little different.

Since I can’t get my weekly dose of Green Chile, and am seriously craving some spiciness, I decided to make up some “Hot Jam”. Continue reading