February 2014

COOKING WITH FIRE IN JOSE IGNACIO

Each time I go back to either Argentina or Uruguay I’m amazed at the variety of methods they use with cooking with fire. We’re not talking about just wood fired grills or pizza ovens, but truly unique engineering feats to draw the best of wood, fire and iron.  The more I eat, the more I like. I’m going to start this file and keep updating with the different fire types I run across and from learning by seeing (and eating). JOSE IGNACIO — PARADOR LA HUELLA           JOSE IGNACIO — MARISMO   JOSE IGNACIO — LA SUSANA       A TASTE OF JOSE IGNACIO  This year we were completely lucky that the town (organized by the owners of La Huella) organized

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MY FAVORITE PLACE TO BE IN THIS WORLD

[JOSE IGNACIO, URUGUAY] — This is my FIFTH trip to this perfect little beach town, in the perfect little hotel — Posada del Faro. This last time in late February of 2014 where I finally dragged two couples that are my best friends and world travelers…and after years of hearing me yammering on and on about Jose Ignacio, they finally got to experience it firsthand. I think it’s a good sign that my friends Jim and Paula sent me this VRBO rental the week after we got back to start thinking about when we can go back again…and stay longer. I pretty much guarantee that the next post you see from me from here will be at this spectacular house on the beach. When you think of beaches

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You Should Go Here in Buenos Aires

[BUENOS AIRES] — I recently got to go back to Buenos Aires in late February 0f 2013. You can read all the guidebooks about what to do, (and my previous posts) but here are updates on where I think you should go, do and see. So many great neighborhoods and sights…these are my favorites. THE PALERMOS All the Palermo neighborhoods — Palermo Hollywood, Palermo SoHo, etc. Great low-rise neighborhoods of restaurants, the best shops and tons and tons of restaurants. The perfect part of the city for just walking block by block, meandering with no destination in mind, picking up the cool vibe and taking some nice meals. Some cool small and reasonably-priced hotels here, too.   RETIRO — Quiet upscale, leafy neighborhood with embassies and

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You Should Eat Here in Buenos Aires

[BUENOS AIRES] — There are lots of amazing restaurants in Buenos Aires. Here are some of my new finds on my last trip in late February of 2014. We were just in and out on this trip, heading to Uruguay, but these are my favorites…the others were just okay. All of these are good. Add them to your list, but here’s how they look: SUCRE This was probably our favorite — we had many great meals at “let’s eat here” spur-of-the-moment local places, but Sucre was really special and better than the TripAdvisor reviews…typical. Extremely nice people. Great central location. Nothing more than burger on the sidewalk. We had fun. Go late.   CAFE TORTONI I’ve posted before and this is a revisit. Sure, Cafe Tortoni

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Like having your own luxury apartment in Buenos Aires

[BUENOS AIRES] — On a very quiet street in Recoleta lies your own private mansion. The Algodon Mansion. It’s an all-suite hotel that’s more like an upscale private apartment building. Built in 1912 with classic French lines, the inside is all brand new, with clean modern lines and layers and layers of browns and beiges. I never got a true read on how many suites are tucked in here, but I’m guessing less than twelve, which makes the whole experience very intimate and private. And the exceptionally friendly front desk staff are like your own private concierges, helping plan your day, finding restaurants and directing you to the coolest spot. My suite had one of the largest bathrooms I’ve ever seen, with soft marble floors, cool

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