Photo Taken on iPhoneography Tour
We wrote about Foto Ruta in BBC Travel back in November of 2011. Foto Ruta is a unique city tour that combines photography with discovering Buenos Aires. Their original tour consists of a photography class followed by being sent out onto the street armed with certain photography “clues”. These “clues” serve as a basis for capturing certain scenes or moods. For example, when I originally went on Foto Ruta, it was around Halloween time. Each “clue” had a Halloween type vibe to it, for example “twilight hour”, “traveling Ghost” or “haunted stairway”. The idea is not shoot each clue literally, but to use the clues as inspiration for framing certain shots or scenes.
A year and a half later Foto Ruta has become quite popular, offering new types of tours and expanding to new cities like Santiago, Chile. One of their newest tours is called “iPhonography” and puts the focus on the art of smart phone photography. Being a wanna be photographer who passes my time on the street snapping photos with my iPhone (follow me on instagram), I had the pleasure of tagging along for an iPhonenography tour.
The other week I had the pleasure of attending Bröeders Beer Night at NOLA. NOLA, a closed door restaurant which serves Creole dishes, is the creation of Liza Puglia, a chef from New Orleans. NOLA has quickly become one of the most popular closed doors restaurants in Buenos Aires.
Recently, Liza has teamed up with Francisco & Marcelo Terren of Bröeders Artesanal Beer to create a special night every Wednesday at NOLA which combines multiple beers tastings with a 3 course Southern dinner prepared by Liza.
We have recently updated our Buenos Aires Neighborhood Guide section adding 24 new Neighborhood guides.
The following neighborhoods have been added.
With its lavish stately homes and plush hotels, Recoleta is considered by many to be the most affluent neighborhood in Buenos Aires. It is also an area of immense historical interest, namely the impressive Recoleta Cemetery.
Nuñez is the northernmost barrio of the Capital Federal zone of Buenos Aires, after which begin the northern suburbs of Buenos Aires Provincia. The neighborhood is well-known for possessing a large following of River Plate Football Club, aka Los Millionarios (The Millionaires).
Buenos Aires has a lot to offer, but something that it has always lacked are fast, convenient places to eat something healthy-ish on the go. For example, a deli that makes a sandwich with fresh ingredients, healthy wraps, salads, etc. For a lot of us, we don’t want to spend a lot of time on eating lunch, we just want to be able to get some fuel in us and not have to worry about sitting in a restaurant and waiting a half an hour for a dish. For a long time in Buenos Aires, the only fast food options (besides mcdonalds, burger king, etc) were to grab a pancho or hamberguesa or a gross ham and cheese or milenesa sandwich from a kiosko. Obviously not things we want to be stuffing our faces with everyday.
Buenos Aires is well known for its fashion shopping in Recoleta and Palermo Soho, but as one begins to wander around the many streets and barrios of BA, they may start to notice certain streets containing stores of the same category, for example a street where all the stores are computer stores. There is no specific name for these kinds of streets, the closest I have found is called “Calles por Rubros” (Streets by item). The same is true for Galerías, which can be considered “mini malls” and are often hard to spot. Some of them might contain stores all pertaining to the same type of goods, for example, electronics. There is not a lot of information on “Calles Por Rubros” or Galerías on the internet, so this guide is a result of personal experience over the years. I have come across these streets by either accident (passing in a taxi or walking by) or from recommendations by people when I was searching for some specific item.
AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko
Argentina is definitely not as cheap as it once was due to continued inflation each year. While the value of the peso has gone down in relation to the dollar over the years (when I first arrived in Buenos Aires 3 years ago 1 US dollar = around 3.9 pesos at the official rate, today 1 US dollar = 4.6 pesos.), the rapid rate of price inflation has made the effects of a stronger dollar vs. the peso minimal. For example, let’s say a beer cost 10 pesos in 2009 and today it costs 20 pesos (I am not using exact data here, just hypothetical.). That beer that was 10 pesos in 2009 cost 2.56 dollars. The 20 peso beer of today costs 4.33 dollars. So while the peso has gotten weaker in relation to the dollar, someone’s purchasing power who has converted their dollars to pesos is still weaker.
Posted in Events on July 18, 2012
Recently moving into a new private loft in Palermo Soho, The Anuva Wine tasting is a perfect way to sample the many amazing wines that has made Argentina one of the most popular wine producers in the world.
Gringo In Buenos Aires contributor Emily shares her collection of notes about Things to Do In Buenos Aires!
Things to Do -Finding Inspiration in Buenos Aires
Firstly – ever dreamed of being a superstar and performing in front of thousands of people? Well, I have just discovered the ‘Buenos Aires Flash Mob’ group today and very soon you too could be part of this fashionable, fun and free craze. A flash mob is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and sometimes seemingly pointless act for a brief time (e.g. pillow fight or dance), then disperse…all for the purposes of entertainment, satire and artistic expression. Ok, so you won’t be on a stage in front of screaming fans, but it’s a seriously cool thing to be part of and the next one should be pretty fun so check it out by visiting their Facebook page.
Posted in Events on June 28, 2012
The Second Annual BA Chili Cookoff is taking place this Fourth of July Weekend! Sunday, July 1st, 2012 at 2pm at Maxim Borges 1750 y Russel in Plaza Serrano, Palermo. The Event is 10 Pesos which goes to Charity and is from 2pm to 5pm!
Many folks may have noticed the lack of new posts around these parts the last couple months. We have been hard at work on creating some new Kindle books that we are very excited to share with you all. We have finally finished a series of books called “The Gringo Guide to Spanish” for the kindle! If you have a kindle, the books are a great way learn Spanish and especially Argentine Spanish. Don’t have a kindle? You can still view it on your computer, iPhone, Android Device, etc using Amazon Reading apps!