Mixing Business and Pleasure (Art and Steak) in BA
As you know, I have returned to this city for work.
Specifically, I am writing a Buenos Aires City Guide for Indie Travel Media.
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I have also come back for pleasure.
Although some of my friends from BA have moved on to new cities, countries, or continents, there are still some people here I know and a few more I’m looking forward to meeting.
So we’ll start with pleasure.
My first day back, my friend Nigel from 0800 Vinos had an asado.
The asado is such an integral part of the culture here.
I always feel extremely lucky to get the opportunity to go to one.
Good steak, good chorizo, good wine.
Good friends. Good times.
The next night I did another quintessentially Portena thing. I went to a parrilla for dinner with friends.
Donca is a new parrilla in Palermo Soho. The owners are friends of friends, and it’s an intimate, well-decorated space.
Here are some food photo highlights.
Love that they have 4 different types of tasty chimichurris/ salsas.
Argentine restaurants typically offer about 6 types of potatoes as a side dish, but never baked potatoes. I am quite certain the last time I had a baked potato was back in Ohio.
Friends ordered these tasty super-thin fries. Crispy and much better than the usual soggy, flavorless fries you find in Buenos Aires.
There are quite a few tours I heard about when I lived in Buenos Aires for 6 months last year, but at a certain point living in the city, you just settle into a routine and just do most exploring on your own.
Writing this guidebook is a chance to be a tourist in Buenos Aires again.
San Telmo Art Walk
The importance, diversity, and accessibility of art is one of the things I love about Buenos Aires. The San Telmo Art Walk is a great introduction to the street art and architecture of Buenos Aires, as well as the contemporary art galleries and museums in the neighborhood.
The owner of the company Rick is from the US but has lived in other parts of the world, settling in Buenos Aires for the past few years. His passion for art and his knowledge of the BA art scene was obvious from the start of the tour.
In addition to having a knowledgeable guide, there are four things that make this tour stand out for me.
Number 1: You spend a small amount of the tour in some of the grittier parts of San Telmo.
These are areas you probably don’t want to be walking around by yourself, especially if you’re newly-arrived to the city. Having a guide and being a part of a small group makes you feel safer.
Number 2: Because of #1, you see graffiti art you probably would never discover on your own.
I certainly didn’t see this stuff during the 6 months I spent here last year.
Number 3: You learn about different graffiti artists.
I have been on the Graffitimundo Bike Tour, which focuses on Palermo, Villa Crespo, and Colegiales barrios. I loved it.
And what is great about the San Telmo Art Walk is that you are introduced to a lot of different artists. A few of the same names from the northern barrios also have work in San Telmo, but I also learned about many other ones.
Number 4: Lots of great tips for the art scene (and anything else you want to know about BA).
For those who are really into exploring the art of BA (especially contemporary Argentine artists), Rick shares his knowledge of which artists to check out and the local galleries that have some of the best exhibits. He’ll share anything you want to know: restaurant tips, bar tips, insights into the culture.
So maybe work is pleasure sometimes as well
If you are in BA or planning to visit, go to the San Telmo Art Walk website to make a reservation. Tours are usually offered Tuesday through Friday afternoons meeting in Plaza Dorrego.
You can also check out Rick’s art blog Juanele AR to read up on the art scene.