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Restaurant Review: Sucre, Buenos Aires

There's a variety of hipness that's universally understood in the early twenty first century, at least among first-world nations. Expressed through the convergence of modern industrial architecture, deep house music, exotic cocktails, great wine and great food, this essence of contemporary culture springs up in every major city, and attracts the beautiful, the adventurous, and the well heeled like moths to the flame. Its street address in Buenos Aires is Sucre 676. Sucre Restaurant, ripped neatly off its foundations and settled down intact and operational, would be an instant success in every major metropolitan area I've ever been to, from... continue reading


Restaurant Review: Cabaña Las Lilas, Buenos Aires

If there's not already a saying, there should be one, and it would go something like this: "You can eat incredibly well in Argentina. As long as you like meat." Judging from the listings in the phone book and the signs on the street, every other restaurant must be a steakhouse. OK, so I exaggerate a bit, but seriously, these people eat a lot of meat, and when they do, they consume it in mass quantities. At the lower-end places, they sometimes put pictures of their steaks in the windows, and some of the slabs of meat are so monstrous... continue reading


Restaurant Review: Cambalache, Buenos Aires

A friend of mine has a theory which is best expressed as "every culture has its version of burrito." He means that no matter what country you go to, the local ethnic food will include a dish that involves wrapping some tasty filling up in some bread or bread substitute (tortilla, seaweed, bread, rice paper, lettuce, crepes, etc.). Why he has this theory, I have no idea, but I have yet to find an exception. Perhaps its because this sort of eating is fast and filling for the hard working lower classes in every culture, who leave early, come home... continue reading

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