Villa Crespo

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  • Day13

    Buenos Aires, Here We Come

    February 28, 2018 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    After two lovely days in Iguazu, and some nice time sitting poolside with yummy drinks, Buenos Aires beckoned. So, we headed for the airport and we were off.

    Our arrival in BA was quite eventful. After careful research on the internet, Arie determined that we could take an Uber to the apartment that we had rented. I was not super enthusiastic, given my extreme dislike for Uber, but since the cost was 20% of the cost of a taxi ride, I said ok. The first hurdle was finding the parking lot in which Uber picks up customers. As is true in the US, Uber drivers are not welcome in the taxicab lines, so we had to locate the lot for short term parking. Once we found the right spot, the driver couldn’t find us. Finally, we found each other and jumped in the car. Unlike in Santiago, where the Uber driver had informed us that if we were stopped by the police, we should say the driver was our friend, this driver said nothing. About 2 blocks past the airport we were pulled over by the traffic cops. Our driver had to exit the car and show his license and car registration. We were asked questions in Spanish, and played dumb. Then a cop who spoke English came over and asked how we had summoned the car. Arie said we had used the app, and we were told that Uber was illegal in BA, and we had to get out. The driver handed us our bags, and told us in Spanish to meet him down the street. Since we had just told the cop that we didn’t speak Spanish, I didn’t think that we could follow the Uber driver’s directions. So, back to the airport we went, where we found a cab and proceeded to the apartment.

    The flat is in a 5 story building on the edge of Palermo Hollywood. It is pretty, basic, but clean and has plenty fo room for Arie and I, and our pal Kelly who will join us for the week. After scouting out coffee and snacks for the house, we went to dinner at a restaurant call “I Latina.”

    The restaurant started as a private restaurant in someone’s home, and is now a hot spot on the culinary scene. The restaurant is housed in a lovely old mansion, with a big iron gate outside at which you must buzz to be granted entrance. We arrived at 9 pm, and were one of the first parties to be seated. Over the course of the evening, the restaurant filled, with many people arriving after 10:30 pm. We feasted on 7 courses, with dishes representing countries throughout Central and South America. There was a ceviche with a tomato bisque, sweetbreads, beef cheeks, quail with the best mole sauce I’ve ever eaten, a delicious selection of breads, margarita sorbet, and a chocolate mouse with chocolate nibs, sea salt and a sprinkle of olive oil. I also a fantastic gin and tonic, which was flavored with thyme and pineapple. At some point in the evening, we met Chef Santiago, who was quite charming. As the evening came to an end, they brought out a dessert and asked if we were celebrating an occasion. I had forgotten that I’d said it was our anniversary (I think hitting 25 years gives you a year of celebrating). But, we graciously accepted, I explained to Arie, and we tucked into a twist on a carrot cake. Delicious.

    I am looking forward to eating in this country which is known as a foodies paradise.
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  • Day64

    Buenos Aires, La Capital

    April 3, 2018 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Mit einer "Mitfahrgelegenheit" der besonderen Art sind wir gestern nach Buenos Aires gekommen. Es war so günstig, dass uns das lieber war, als nochmal Stunden an der Straße zu stehen. Philipp hat sich erkältet, so dass wir es erstmal langsam angehen lassen. Wir wohnen in einem etwas nobleren Viertel bei Santiago einem weiteren Argentinier, der mit uns und unseren Gastgebern Pato und Marcos aus Bahía Blanca zusammen auf dem Zeltplatz war.

    Wir hatten eine tolle Zeit in Buenos Aires. Eine sehr schöne und kontrastreiche Stadt, die den einstigen Reichtum des Landes und den Gefallen an der europäischen Kultur und Architektur wiederspiegelt. Und an vielen Stellen sieht man eben auch Zerfall und Armut. Bevor wir den Bus nach Uruguay genommen haben, waren wir noch im berühmten Kolumbus-Theater im Ballett "Le Corsaire" - wir hatten Stehplätze im 7. Rang für 4,50€. Ein beeindruckendes Haus, 2700 Plätze, in Sachen Opernakkustik weltweit auf Rang 1 und wegen Premiere und ausländischen Gasttänzern komplett ausverkauft. Jeder kleine Zwischentanz wurde mit starkem Beifall honoriert - eine Bombenstimmung!

    Wir nehmen aber nicht nur viele Eindrücke mit, sondern auch ein Mate-Besteck und ein selbst gebackenes Dinkel-Vollkornbrot. Die Großstadt hat mich kulinarisch verwöhnt, ich bin selig und (Dinkel)genudelt!
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  • Day3

    Haute cuisine

    November 9, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Im I Latina, gerade als eines der besten Restaurants der Welt ausgezeichnet, haben wir heute ein supercooles Degustationsmenü mit 10 Gängen (und ordentlich Wein... 😇) genossen.
    Das passende Thema: eine Reise durch Lateinamerika von Mexiko bis Patagonien.
    Unbedingt hingehen, wenn sich mal die Gelegenheit bietet!
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  • Day3

    Buenos Aires & San Telmo

    November 5, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Left Fontezula for Buenos Aires, after spending the morning sitting in Noras garden in the sun with Silvina, Marianna, Patricia and Nora - drinking 'mate' and talking about everything- they like to chat :)
    Lunch in the car, delicious leftovers, tortilla (which Nora is going to show me how to make), empanadas (even better cold), and pizza.
    Arrived in Buenos Aires, and off to San Telmo - old colonial area of BA, lovely old ornate buildings with wrought iron balconies. Market selling leather belts, bags, shoes, antiquities from all over, and silver. Some tango in the street, and another dance...
    Quick car tour around some sights, then to Victoria's who is very welcoming and has given up her bed for me and had the bedroom painted especially! Empanadas for tea.
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  • Day20

    Day in Caballito

    November 22, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Took taxi to Victoria's from Fontezuela.
    Went for a walk around the park and streets, first time in BA on my own! Asked for directions got lost, bought wine and a pastry. Lots of street art.
    Victoria cooked steak for dinner and marinated aubergine :)Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Villa Crespo, ビジャ・クレスポ, Vilja Krespas

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