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Best Steaks in Buenos Aires

Every traveler to Buenos Aires wants to know one thing- where is the best place to have a steak? Here’s a short list of my favorites to point you in the right direction…

Steaks by Luis:

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Here at The Reserve we rent out our space to a very talented Asador (or grillman) named Luis. Born in raised in Argentina, Luis grew up making barbecues and says he was in charge of his first parilla (grill) at the young age of 11. At this closed-door style dinner you will try probably the best cut of Bife de Chorizo (New York Strip Steak) of your life.  And that’s only after trying many other exciting Argentine specialties such as provoleta (grilled cheese), chorizo (sausage) morcilla (blood sausage), and molleja (sweetbreads).  Luis starts of the night with a traditional antipasta called a picada, with meats and cheese and a glass of bubbly.  And then moves on to serve a typical argentine ensalada mixta (mixed salad), the grilled starters, that incredible steak and finally a melt in your mouth surprise dessert.  My favorite part is that all the courses are served with a glass of Anuva’s very own boutique wines! Steaks by Luis is definitely a must for those who love meat and are curious to know all the ins and outs of a traditional argentine barbecue.

Don Julio:

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My family just came to visit and in two weeks we went to this steakhouse 3 times.  Yes, that’s how good it is.  From the warm bread rolls at the beginning to the incredible tiramisu at the end, every part of the dining experience was superb.  Their fresca salad with blue cheese and pear was a hit with my family, and we all decided the best cuts were the Bife de Lomo and the Ojo de Bife.  Mmmm so delicious! Plus for those who enjoy a steak much more with a glass of malbec, they have a great wine list as well.

Miranda:

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In the heart of Palermo Hollywood, this steakhouse has a great atmosphere and great food. The portions are large so don’t be afraid to share! I recommend getting a side of mashed potatoes with the bife de lomo, it makes for a stellar accompaniment.  While you are in the neighborhood take the time to walk around and check out the nightlife afterward.  There are some excellent bars to be stumbled upon.

If you have any other recommendations for the best steaks in Buenos Aires please feel free to comment! I tend to stick around Palermo Hollywood/Soho, which is why my recommendations are limited to this area.  But I’m always up to try something new.

Now go out and get yourselves one of those delicious grass-fed steaks!

 

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Finding Your Park in Buenos Aires

One of my favorite things about living in Argentina is that it is 100% A-OK to spend the day in a park, doing nothing.  In the USA I rarely ever do this.  It’s not to say that I don’t go to parks, it’s just that when I’m at one I’m usually there to hike or swim or camp or play frisbee. I would never just go to a park and drink tea with a funny straw and eat pastries.  But while being in Buenos Aires I’ve come to realize that this is one of my favorite things to do.  I could sit in a park with friends for hours, drinking mate and eating medialunas.  I love watching all the people and I love that the entire city seems to be outside on any weekend when the weather is nice.  Sometimes in the states I have the feeling that I always need to be doing something.  Even if I’m just enjoying my Saturday outside, I still need to be active.  In Argentina “doing something” could purely just be drinking mate.

I also love the parks in Buenos Aires because it is a way to get away from the city without actually having to leave it.  It’s overwhelming to be surrounded by so many people and so much concrete all the time. Just spending a couple hours in the park is a great way to release and relax.  Mother nature is our natural Prozac! Since there are so many parks to explore in Buenos Aires, I’ll list some of my personal favorites here:

Parque Centenario: If you asked an Argentine about Parque Centenario a couple years ago, they would have told you never to go there.  But over the past centenariocouple years the city has done a great job cleaning up the park and making it safer by locking it down at night.  For me, this park has it all- trees, ponds, outdoor amphitheater, big space but small vibe, plenty of people watching opportunities, and it’s located at the intersection of some wonderful neighborhoods- Almagro, Caballito and Villa Crespo.  These neighborhoods have a much less touristy vibe than the other neighborhoods of Palermo and Recoleta.

Plaza Francia: The best part of Recoleta! A park on a hill right next to the Recoleta cemetery and the Recoleta cultural center.  The hill provides excellent back support and a prime people-watching position.  On weekends you can check out the artisanal fair that happens around the park as well as listen to some local music.  I’m actually convinced that there is only one man that plays, but hey it’s nice to have some background music while doing absolutely nothing.

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Parque Las Heras: The hippie haven! This park is where acrobats of all kind flock to show off their stuff.  You can watch people do aerial acrobatics with faparquelasherasbric hanging from the trees, or walk from tree to tree while balancing on a slackline, or do magical hand tricks with crystal balls.  It was right around this park where a psychic started a conversation with me about two years ago and said some things I still can’t forget!! So be open when you enter this park, interesting things could happen to you…

Bosques de Palermo: This is the park of all parks.  The biggest and the baddest.  It’s huge, it has a running trail, rollerblading paths, multiple ponds, a beautiful rose garden and tons of places to sit.  It might be difficult to find someone in this park, but it’s a great place to get some exercise.  My only issue is the concrete.  I just need to have it completely out of my vision sometimes and this park doesn’t quite fulfill the 100% green quota.

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Parque Lezama: A great park for those who stay on the other slezamaide of the city.  This park is located in San Telmo/La Boca.  I like this park because it is more dimensional.  You have to walk around it quite a few times to really understand it’s shape, and it’s located on a slope which gives it some cool viewing spots.  I’m also partial to this park because it has drum circles and is right next to my favorite vegetarian restaurant: La Hierba Buena.

I hope this list was diverse enough for everyone’s interests.  The truth is there is a park for everyone in Buenos Aires.  Go out there and find the one that fits your fancy!

Celebrating the Red Moon in the Southern Hemisphere

I’m sure you all heard about the red moon lunar eclipse last Monday.  But if you were passed out by 3:45am and missed the show, like myself, don’t worry there’s good news. We get three more chances!

The lunar eclipse that took place on April 14th-15th was the first of a lunar eclipse tetrad, which is fancy word for a group of 4 lunar eclipses.  Roughly every six months for the next 2 years we will get to see this cool space magic… so mark your calendars now and start getting ready if you need some mental preparation to be awake by 3:45am!

The next three lunar eclipses will take place on:

-October 8th, 2014

-April 4th, 2015

-September 28th, 2015

The good news is we will be able to see at least part of it in Argentina because it will be nighttime.  Don’t plan a trip to Europe, Africa or Central Asisa if you are really excited about this event or else you will miss it! And if you miss any of these blood moons you’ll have to wait until 2032 to see the next one.  So unless you are an extremely patient person, or you don’t really care about space stuff, you probably shouldn’t miss it.

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Now some of you non-astromony folks might be wondering, what exactly is a lunar eclipse? Here’s a little stargazing 101.  This phenomenon only occurs when there is a full moon, and the sun, the Earth and the moon are all aligned with the Earth in the middle.  In the eclipse the moon passes directly behind the Earth, blocking itself from the sun’s light.  It kind of looks like the lunar cycle sped up into about 3 hours, and then turned red.

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What is so special about these four lunar eclipses is the fact that they are also red, or “blood” moons. Last week it didn’t show up as deep red as people were hoping, but more of an orange-reddish color.  The color has to do with light from the sun shining through the earth’s atmosphere and reflecting upon the moon.  It’s basically the same as when the sky turns red during a sunrise or sunset.  And if the atmosphere is especially dusty, say for example right after a volcanic eruption, the moon would look very dark red in color.

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(photo credit: Zach Epstein http://bgr.com/2014/04/22/blood-moon-photo-gif-eclipse/)

A lunar eclipse is unlike a solar eclipse in many ways.  First of all, the lunar eclipse can be seen from any part of the Earth that is on the nighttime side, whereas the solar eclipse can only be viewed from a very small area. A solar eclipse happens when a full moon passes between the Earth and the sun.  And this event usually only takes a few minutes, while the lunar eclipse can last a few hours.  The lunar eclipse is also safe to see without special eye protection.

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For me, one of the most exciting parts of a lunar eclipse is the opportunity to watch it among hippie festivals with drum circles and full moon dancing.  I don’t know about other parts of the world but Buenos Aires sure knows how to welcome in the “Luna llena” (full moon).  Every month people gather at the Planetarium, in the forests of Palermo, to celebrate the full moon.  This past Monday was particularly exciting due to the lunar eclipse and the red moon.  Fire dancers, drummers and curious star-gazers flocked to the park to see this incredible site.  The Planetarium was open and let people line up to see the eclipse through their giant telescopes.  The lunar eclipse caught me by surprise last week and I wasn’t prepared to take on the Luna Llena party in all its glory.  But I know where I’ll be this year on October 8th!

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