“25 de Mayo” Celebration in Plaza de Mayo

Time flies when you’re busy! Thanks to all my friends who have started to worry about me since I haven’t been posting much recently. I am alive and doing well 🙂 The days have been completely full with taking a lot of classes for the past two months or so, rehearsing for the past few weeks, going out to the milongas few nights of the week, and then maybe some few outings with friends to get a bite of yummy stuff. I am currently focused on Tango Escenario and running around various studios to take advantage of the challenging yet exciting classes that are given out here. 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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Variety of flavors at Quimbombo!

Our meal at Quimbobo

Our meal at Quimbobo

One of the things I really miss about Los Angeles is the variety of food we get there. When we decide to eat, we start with “What type of food do you want to eat? Japanese? Mexican? Italian? Thai? Indian?” and etc. It’s pretty normal to be able to enjoy cuisine from around the world. The great thing is, because of all the immigrants in the city, the food is pretty true to its origin. Here in Buenos Aires, it’s tough to find this variety. If you are willing to pay foreigner prices, you can get a bunch of hip and delicious restaurants in the Palermo area. If you are living here like a normal citizen, the variety stays pretty narrow if you want to eat out: Pasta, pizza, empanadas, fries and steak. This time around, I am trying to live my life more like a resident here, which could get tough sometimes. Other than the food that Delia and I cook at home, I’m lacking the assortment of flavors that I am accustomed to.

Sunday being the first day off, it’s really decompression day. Claudia and I decided to hang out and head out for some good food. We ended up going to Quimbombo which is located on Costa Rica 4562 at the Plaza in Palermo Soho. I’ve been staring at their menu for awhile now as I’ve passed it several times. Continue reading

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Ron Mueck Exhibit at PROA and Dinner at ALDO’s

Ron Mueck exhibit at the PROA. Photo by Thomas Salva courtesy Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain. http://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/mueck-1.jpg

I had a day off from Caminito on Friday, but I ended up going to La Boca anyways, but for a very fun outing to the PROA museum with the girls. The famous Ron Mueck was exhibited there. I had seen the notice for this when I was still in Los Angeles, so I was excited to know I would get to see it when I got here.

These are life like sculptures in various sizes. Some were smaller than life scale, and some are huge. All of them have expressions on their faces that are not loud and pull you in, making you think of what they might be sensing or feeling in the moment captured. The details of the tone and color of the skin, the texture of it, are incredibly meticulous. You just wonder how they aren’t real. I can feel myself getting dizzy looking at one of his famous work of an older couple under a beach umbrella. It’s so real that you can almost feel them breathing and moving, but they are not moving, which confuses the mind. Continue reading

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Sagardi Tapas Restaurant in San Telmo

Tapas at Sagardi

Tapas at Sagardi

We went out to celebrate Robin Harrington’s birthday last night at Sagardi Restaurant in San Telmo. The original restaurant is in Spain. They have a tapas bar and a restaurant. We went to the tapas bar which is a fun concept. The tapas are placed around the counter. Most of the tapas were some type of bread with tuna, cheeses, ham, chicken, salmon, and etc. Each cost 15 pesos. You sit at the counter, you have a plate and you can take as many tapas as you like onto your plate. They count the toothpicks from each tapas to sum up your bill at the end. Since people are sitting around the counter, you need to reach through people to pick up the tapas, which gives you a nice opportunity to say hello to people and start up conversations. I would say you can be pretty satisfied with about 7-8 tapas. Continue reading

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One of those days… ending up in Arepas!

Fooling Around at La Bachita

Fooling Around at La Bachita

Since we practiced pretty hard yesterday, I woke up today with my body aching all over. It was one of those days where your body feels like it’s carrying tons of weight and all the muscles in the body feel like it’s been covered in thick plaster. I can also feel the humidity in the air. I knew it was going to be a long day in Caminito.

I wake up at 8:30am to get ready, do my make-up, do my hair. Hop on the “colectivo” or “bondi”, the bus, at around 10am to get to Caminito around 11am. We start dancing about 11:15am-ish. The sun is hitting really hard at this hour. I’ve turned at least 5 shades darker now over the past 2 weeks of working here, my shoulders are much darker than my face. The sun is too bright for Tangueros. Continue reading

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