Taking your pet to a Veterinarian in Buenos Aires Argentina

We moved to Argentina with two dogs.  One a St Bernard, and the other a lab mix.  Both were rescue dogs, and both are amazing, though they do have their own personalities and health issues…. just like people.  We now have a kitty as well that we rescued from a pack of street dogs. So I wanted to post this because some people travel with their animal friends and need to know what to do when something happens or their pets gets sick. When we arrived we found If you need to take your pet to a veterinarian in Argentina, you have a lot of options.  The level of veterinary care in Argentina is quite high, and it is also relatively inexpensive depending on where you are coming from.

There are a couple different ways to find a vet in Buenos Aires… Continue reading

Street Art in San Telmo

San Telmo Street Art

To me, there is a difference between graffiti and street art.  Street art goes above and beyond graffiti, and is a pleasure to look at. There is a LOT of street art in Buenos Aires, and some truly amazing street art in San Telmo.  It is easy to just walk up and down the streets of San Telmo, and check out the buildings, and news stands.

If you are up for it, there are guided tours as well.  Here are two that I know of:

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Peruvian Cheese Bread – Pan de Yuca

Pan de Yuca is always a tasty treat and my family loves this bread.  It’s also super easy to make.  I called it Peruvian, but there is a variation in every country in South America.  It is called Chipas in Argentina and Paraguay, Pan de Queso in Columbia, and Cuñape in Bolivia.  You get the idea!

In Peru, Pan de Yuca is served with yogurt (which is delicious), but it is good with a spicy jam as well, but by itself, fresh out of the oven, it is amazing.

I won’t call this bread healthy, but it is a gluten free bread.  Pan de Yuca is best when it is freshly baked, but one option is to freeze the dough and just take out as many as you want to bake when you are ready for a delicious treat.

One note:  It may seem like there is a LOT of cheese, and you can feel free to adjust up and down, but I like the ratio as stated in the recipe.

Peruvian Cheese Bread

Peruvian Cheese Bread


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Peruvian Cheese Bread - Pan de Yuca
Peruvian Cheese Bread, or Pan de Yuca is a delicious little treat any time! Gluten free and made with Tapioca flour.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
rolls
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
rolls
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350f/177C.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients is a bowl.
  3. Add butter, cheese, milk, eggs, and mix until smooth.
  4. Divide and roll into small balls about the size of a golf ball
  5. If you like, you can freeze the dough at this point to bake at a later time.
  6. Place on a non-stick baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the tops of the rolls begin to turn golden.
Recipe Notes

As mentioned above, you can add or remove the amount of cheese, and you may need to add a touch more milk or water.

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Colorful buildings in La Boca

La Boca – Buenos Aires Argentina

La Boca is a neighborhood in Buenos Aires that is most famous for its colorful buildings, Tango, and The Boca Juniors Futbol (soccer) team. La Boca used to be docks and the houses of dockworkers who made their houses from discarded materials but that was long ago and the area is now also famous for being a tourist trap.

A boat tied up at the pier in La Boca

A boat tied up at the pier in La Boca

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Chan Chan – Peruvian food in Buenos Aires

Peruvian cuisine is a fusion of many different culinary traditions: Andean, Spanish, and Asian among the most influential.  Potatoes are popular, as are beans, corn, fish, meat, etc.  Peruvian food is very popular in Buenos Aires and a Peruvian restaurant is easy to find in nearly every neighborhood.  I know of several in San Telmo, and Monserrat, but there is one in particular I wanted to tell you about… Continue reading

Seco de Carne (Peruvian Beef Stew)

I first had Seco de Carne at the Peruvian restaurant Chan Chan in Buenos Aires.  It is a very typical Peruvian dish, aromatic, tasty, and perfect for a colder day.

There are also many variations and recipes.  Some put potatoes in the stew, some sweet potatoes.  Sometimes the meat is beef, sometimes pork, or even goat (which is quite tasty).

In this recipe, I marinate the meat in beer, but you can also just use water and skip the marinade.  If so, I  would recommend adding a cup of bullion.

Peruvian Stew

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Seco de Carne (Peruvian Beef Stew)
Seco de Carne is a delicious Peruvian stew that is wonderful on a cold winters day.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cut the beef into large cubes and place into a bowl. Add cumin, salt, and 3 cups of stout beer. Mix and marinate for at least one hour or in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. Add cilantro (keep a bit aside to garnish) and one cup of water to a blender, and blend until smooth.
  3. Heat oil and brown beef on all sides reserving the marinade, transfer to a bowl then cook the onions, garlic, and aji amarillo paste until the onions are soft.
  4. Add the marinade, meat, any juices, and the cilantro puree.
  5. Add enough water to cover the meat, bring to a simmer on medium low heat. Cook for 90 minutes or until the meat is tender.
  6. Add the carrots and peas, and cook until the vegetables are tender.
  7. Garnish with cilantro.
Recipe Notes

Serve with white rice, and beans.

What are some of your favorite variations?

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The Magical City of Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a magical city.  From its tree lined avenues, to its enormous parks, it is a city that enchants in the daytime, and amazes at night. The city itself will remind you of both New York and Paris.  The architecture is interesting, and will remind you of an old European capital, but with a population over 15 million, the traffic, people, and varied neighborhoods will remind you of New York.

Buenos Aires boasts both the widest, and longest avenues in the world.  9 de Julio, in the city center, is the widest at about 110 meters wide, but is only about one kilometer in length, while Avenida Rivadavia starts at the Pink House downtown and runs 37 kilometers to the western suburbs of Merlo.

After arriving, the day can be passed wandering the parks of Palermo, attending an art exhibit at one of the dozens of museums, people watching at a sidewalk café downtown, or power shopping on Santa Fe avenue. The fashionable are everywhere, and up-and-coming designers show off their styles in small boutiques and large shopping malls.

Cultural events occur every day of the week and can range from a celebration of Chinese cuisine, to a special concert in the park.  No matter the type of activity you like, you can find it.  For a taste of the different neighborhoods and their styles, take a free walking tour offered by the city.  The tours will take you into the gritty neighborhood of La Boca, home to the famous Boca Jrs, the Bohemian neighborhood of San Telmo with its funky cafes and antique shops, and all the way to the posh neighborhood of Recoleta, home to the tomb of Eva Peron.

Known as “the city that never sleeps”, the night can be spent at one of the many neighborhood bars, eating a gourmet meal, and then going to one of the popular nightclubs that don’t even open until one or two in the morning.

Fast becoming the center of gastronomy in South America, Buenos Aires offers some of the best chefs in the world, and some of the top rated restaurants.  Chefs include Francis Mallmann, Leandro Cristóbal, and German Martitegui among many others.

Argentines eat a late dinner, often not until 10 or 11PM, so after a couple hours eating some of the finest steak in the world, head to Palermo where DJ’s from around the world travel to Buenos Aires to spin at giant festivals and the hottest nightclubs.

And that is just the city of Buenos Aires… the rest of Argentina awaits!