Destiny in the Most Beautiful Bookstore in Buenos Aires

Ateneo bookstore

Ateneo bookstore

Sometimes you are destined to meet someone or something in your life.

On this rainy Sunday, we decided to head over to the most beautiful book store in Buenos Aires, el Ateneo Grand Splendid. It used to be a theater “Teatro Grand Splendid” since 1919, that was converted into a gorgeous bookstore in 2000. We were walking around flipping through books here and there. As we passed by the cafe, where customers can freely bring in books to read while they have coffee, my boyfriend pointed out a book that a couple was looking at, a big beautifully illustrated book. I looked over. “Yes, it is beautiful.” I remarked, and we walked along. Continue reading

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Sunderland Performance with Maestro Carlos Copello

After the intense La Virtuta, Misterio Tango Festival performance, Carlos Copello gave me some very special opportunities. Should I have known this was about to come around, I wouldn’t have believed it. But you know, sometimes you win the lottery in life. Sometimes, there are things in life that are incredibly and amazingly “Dreams coming true”. And sometimes, all of it comes at you, all at once.
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Feeling right, letting go, and welcoming new changes! Feliz 2015!

obeliscoHappy New Year!

Another year is going by, seemingly quickly but yet filled with events that weren’t quite expected. This New Year’s eve was spent here in Buenos Aires, my second time here since 2003/2004 New Year’s. I vaguely remembered that there were lots of local fireworks in the neighborhood, unlike the organized fireworks in the US or the solemn countdown in Japan. Well, just like the other celebrations that I had experienced here for the soccer world cup semi-final and finals celebration or the 25 de Mayo celebration, you’d think you’re in some kind of war zone or ad mist a riot. Before 00:00 comes around, the anxious Argentineans started throwing their fireworks into the street with loud snapping and booming. After 00:00, the skies were filled with fireworks and it sounded just like a riot. Supposedly, the fireworks aren’t cheap, but they go up for at least half hour, probably close to an hour all over the place. The view from the higher apartment balcony was great. No one needs licenses to use these and kids can even buy them as well, quite a difference from the US where they are illegal. I found it amusing and yet it was refreshing to see the liberty that people were having to celebrate the New Year.

Personally, 2013 was a year of many changes, with lots of goodbyes and hellos. Continue reading

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UNIK Restaurant, a Designer’s Culinary Paradise!!

The restaurant

The restaurant

It’s been a busy few weeks and I haven’t been able to blog for awhile. One of the things that kept me busy was dining out for my birthday! Thank you to all my friends who invited me to these yummy expeditions!

So here is one restaurant that can’t be missed! UNIK Restaurant at Soler 5132 in Palermo Soho. You arrive to the restaurant and the doors are locked, thankfully to glass windows, you figure out that it is open and ring the doorbell. The waiter comes to open up and you walk into a magnificent “trendy” place. All the furniture and interior decorations are by unique designers of the 60s and 70s. That said, the designed items are timeless pieces because they are of great design. You can tell, each chair, shelf, table, lamps, paintings, objects, and dinnerware is not just any mass produced item and were chosen with utmost attention and detail. The place was designed and created by Marcelo Joulia of Naço Architectures. All of the items in the restaurant are originals and it took Marcelo over 30 years to collect them. This is a designer’s place to die for “Designer’s Paradise”. I was just happy to be there… Continue reading

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Sushi that Hit the Spot! at Ichisou!

Sushi/Sashimi combo at Ichisou!

Sushi/Sashimi combo at Ichisou!

I’ve been coming down with a rough cold the past few days so I took my day off from dancing in Caminito today. My body definitely needs some rest and good food! I didn’t want to be cooking at home or buying a milanesa, I needed my kind of comfort food. I had just gotten a recommendation for a good Japanese restaurant in Buenos Aires, so with Delia we decided to check it out.

Entrance to Ichisou

Entrance to Ichisou

We went to Ichisou located at Venezuela 2145. It is located in the Congreso area which is not the best area at night, but you can get there by taxi (we actually took the bus there that dropped us 3 blocks away). The doors discreet, you get the sense of walking into a traditional Japanese restaurant. I’ve been seeing a lot of “sushi” restaurants around town nowadays, which have big signs saying “sushi”, but somehow it doesn’t seem authentic enough. It was exciting walking through the doors, and once inside there’s soft lighting and a bunch of tables filled with Japanese customers. Continue reading

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Stolen Choripan and the Characters in Caminito!

The other day my half eaten “Choripan”= an Argentine version of a hot dog, got stolen while I was dancing my fifteen minute set. I know my Choripan was still there after the 2nd song we danced because I was really wanting to eat the rest of it. After we finished our 5th song, I came back to the table where I left my Choripan on a paper napkin to find that it was completely gone…! Leo’s empanadas were still there on the table. Someone stole my Choripan!!!

You get a lot of interesting people and events that happen in Caminito. The events could be a normal daily life thing for a Caminito local, which could be kind of hilarious for a visitor. In front of our restaurant, there is the railroad track. There is a trash dump on our side of the track. On some of the days there are a bunch of people that are pushing/pulling carts with tons of trash on it, trying to roll it across the railroad tracks to get to the dump. It takes each person like 5 minutes to cross. The wheels of the carts keep getting stuck in the holes, then the trash falls off the cart. They pick up the trash and then continue struggling to try to get the carts to move. Sometimes they don’t move an inch and repeat this at least 5, 6 times. It’s kind of like watching comedy. Continue reading

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Getting around Buenos Aires!

IMG_5588I can still see myself driving in Santa Monica under the bright Los Angeles sun and blue skies, the ocean right near by. Driving to whole foods or Trader Joe’s, the dance studio to teach, the drive-thru ATMs, or looking for parking as I try to head out to the beach. The cleanly and spacious city fits perfectly with the bright sunshine. I do miss LA, my life style there and the feeling of freedom as I go about the city.

Buenos Aires gives a whole different feeling as I go around the city. There’s more interaction with people, buildings, chaotic traffic, and other people’s business. Things seem to be more in your face, not necessarily with a negative connotation. Los Angeles seems to be poised and “there”, where you can stay in your own bubble unless you decide to reach out. Buenos Aires is “here” and it demands you to be present. Continue reading

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