After our return to BA we were searching to find wines that we had learned about during our visit to Mendoza. We headed out early for the antique market and street market. I found several things to purchase in the antique market but since they only accept cash I was limited on my purchases. There were no cash machines around so go prepared. there is a lot to buy.
We had a crazy lunch at “la Brigada”. La Brigada has been the go to restaurant of all those soccer players of past and present teams. The owner is a past player himself and the walls are draped with every type of memorabilia you could imagine. They are famous for their beef, we shared a large steak and when was servedour waiter cut the meat with a spoon before being passed around our table. We did find one of our new wines on the menu for $22.00.
Be sure to check out the underground eating, dinner served in private homes. The top pick seems to be “Casa Salt Shaker”, we did not make reservations far enough ahead and they were full for the two nights that they serve, another hot underground spot is ” Casa Felix”.
We walked for hours each day making sure to visit the Evita Museum and a true walk back in time. We also took a cab over to their modern museum, well worth a visit.
We did attend a tango show at the Hotel Faena, this is a small venue compared to show that are in a grander space. The hotel is worth seeing, a true showcase of work by Phillipe Stark. Back at the hotel we sat out on the deck at midnight and shared a light supper with many others.
Shopping again took on a life of its own. There is a great handbag store next door to the Hyatt called “Humawaca” we bought several bags called a mail bag worn over one shoulder, great for traveling.
Do not miss the famous ice cream at one of the many “Volta” ice cream shops. The flavor touted by all is their Dulce de Leche. You will find this thick carmel in one form or another on every desert list. The Argentine people eat huge amounts of dulce de leche so you have to try it.
Be sure to make time to go to “Guido’s for a beautiful pair of hand made moccasins. This company has been making shoes and moccasins for over 120 years and they really do fit like a glove, for about $70 dollars.
Back to the hotel we had to walk a couple of blocks to the most famous empanadas places in BA, “El Sanjuanino” , 1515 Posadas Street. You can try several types, a caraf of house wine all for $10.00 and head out to dinner later.
On the last day we walked the Soho area, a young hip area with great shops. Shoes seemed to be the real bargain and we took advantage of the assortment before taking a time out for lunch. We ate at a place called Mott, very clean white walls, L.A. type food but fresh and perfect after so much meat.
Back to the hotel for a late check out and a process of getting all our great purchases into our bags. We used Silver Star Transport for our return trip to the airport., e-mail ahead to firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a good service that you can use world wide. www.silverstarcar.com
We loved every minute and will return in the near future.