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16Oct
2012

A local guide to Buenos Aires

The editors at the online magazine The Culture-ist contacted me to pen the Buenos Aires installment of their “Get Cultured” city guides. For this, I was on the other side of the interview, answering rather than asking, and you can check out the full piece Get Cultured: Buenos Aires – A Guide to Exploring the Best of the City on their site. Below is what I had to say. On your first day here, seeing this is a must: Buenos […]

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10Nov
2011

San Gimignano Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Once monthly from here on out I’ll be featuring a different Argentine wine, and first up is the San Gimignano Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 . While Malbecs are usually my red wine of choice, I really enjoyed this Cabernet Sauvignon. I often find Cabernet Sauvignons to be too powerful or overwhelming, but I thought this one to be a good balance of fruity and spicy. San Gimignano actually is a town in Italy, but Bodega Mevi in the Maipú region of Mendoza […]

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17Aug
2011

Mendoza, Argentina wine tasting with Anuva Wines

Last week I had the pleasure of attending an Anuva Wines tasting to sample some of Mendoza’s finest grapes. Dan Karlin, one of the personalities behind the previously blogged-about BA Cast, invited me to the event, which was held at the sweetly French Rendez-Vous Hotel in Palermo Hollywood. Five other Americans traveling through Buenos Aires were also present for the tasting, and we were all seated together at a table, filled with Anuva wine glasses and large, triangular white plates […]

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15Apr
2011

What to Bring When Moving Abroad

Packing for a trip is always an undertaking. Packing for a trip abroad, even more so, and packing for an extended trip—or even a move—just compounds the crazy. Whenever people put me in touch with people they knew who had lived in Buenos Aires, I always asked them the same question: “What should I bring?” You have the basic necessities, of course, but what you really need to know is what you might not realize you need until you’re there. […]

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26Mar
2011

Mardi Gras 2011: Get More Swag!

Mardi Gras is all about sharing. When you want something your neighbor caught four of, you’ll believe me. But there are some items you won’t give away, no matter how much little kids stare and adults drool. Ladies and gentlemen, TKGO picks the top throws from Mardi Gras 2011: So how do you catch these awesome things? A few tips: Beggars can’t be choosers. A sign that reads “Mini Hurricane Glasses, Please!” will only get you angry glares. But at […]

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24Feb
2011

Beers from El Bolsón

Patagonia’s Tastiest Products part 3: beer In addition to jams, El Bolsón also boasts some seriously flavorful artisanal beers. The eponymous Cerveza El Bolsón wins for most inventive beers. Flavors include chocolate and strawberry, and all manage to retain their brew dignity while also tasting undeniably like chocolate, strawberry or whatever the flavor is. Otto Tipp, which was started by a German immigrant of the same name, is the original, and serves up complimentary tastings. Araucana is another local favorite. […]

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23Feb
2011

Chocolates from Bariloche

Patagonia’s Tastiest Products I spent the Christmas holiday in the Patagonia Lake District, about a 20-hour drive south of Buenos Aires. It was the perfect time to be in the area, as the relative cold and snow-capped surrounding mountains gave the place the wintry, festive feel I am used to around Christmas, though it was still early summer. Another major reason I was in my typical holiday spirit was thanks to the rich regional goodies, specifically chocolates. Some of the […]

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18Nov
2010

Saving Money in Buenos Aires

It is easy to live big on American dollars in Buenos Aires. My first weeks in the city I got continual thrills out of evaluating the prices of things in pesos and dividing by four, which is the current approximate conversion rate. But, a traveler’s mentality toward money is different from a resident’s, and I have finally begun evaluating prices pesos against pesos, rather than pesos to dollars. Now my thrills come from saving pesos while still enjoying all Buenos […]

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9Sep
2010

Jersey Tomatoes Fresh Off the Farm

It’s time for tomatoes, vines and buckets full of plump, ripe Jersey tomatoes. Ask us New Jerseyans about our tag as the “Garden State,” and right now is when we most passionately can back up that designation. Growing up, I never consciously realized when tomato season came around, but I registered it on some level. For a time each year, the tomatoes on our counter were a deep red and more luscious than ever. They burst with color and looked […]

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