Argentina, Summer 2016

Argentina, Summer 2016

My wife’s family lives in Buenos Aires, and we try to visit every year.

After spending time with family and friends, the second best thing about visiting the country is the food.

As anyone who lives or has visited there would likely agree, the food is fantastic. Not only the beef for which the country is most famous….

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But much more.  The Italian food in particular is excellent.

Many people outside the country are surprised to learn that over half the Argentine population is of Italian descent.

It’s less surprising if you think of the family names of famous Argentines … Messi, Maradona, Bergoglio (a.k.a., Pope Francis) Ginobili, Del Potro. To put it in perspective, more Italians emigrated to Argentina than to the much larger U.S. (total population 318 million vs. 41 million).

One result — pasta shops where you take out freshly made pasta and sauces to heat at home.

Or, in many cases, just call up and they’ll motorcycle your order to your door.

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You can get all types of food directly from vendors this way. The best is moto delivery ice cream:

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Butcher shop delivery:

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Although the desserts have a way of calling you into the shops:

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Moving on from food, here’s public art we found in San Antonio de Areco:

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Buenos Aires….

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July = winter

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If you’re interested, I previously posted photos from past trips to Argentina here:

Candy From Trees

Buenos Aires, 2015

Writing this has made me hungry for a snack…

Buenos Aires, July 2015

Buenos Aires, July 2015

After half a year without a post, I’m back at the keyboard.

Where was I? Mainly in Los Angeles, adjusting to a new job and also busy at home with my family.

Luckily family time also included a recent trip to Argentina. As mentioned in an older post, we try to go as often as possible to visit family and friends.

After the last trip I posted a handful of photos, including a few examples of Buenos Aires’ colorful street art.

This time I’d like to share more photos — an attempt to capture a tiny glimpse of the aesthetics of the neighborhoods we visited (mainly Belgrano, Palermo and Barrio Norte).

Hope you enjoy them — and please share any comments or feedback, including about your own experiences there.

 

I wish everyone reading this post a great summer (or winter, for my Argentine and other southern hemisphere friends).

More posts to come…. in less than half a year’s time.

Candy from trees

Candy Tree installation art

I wanted to share the above photo from Buenos Aires (which I recently visited, as mentioned in my previous post). What great storefront marketing! It’s hard to miss this chocolate shop thanks to the whimsical candy tree. How can you not stop and look in the window?

Since I’m sharing, why stop at one quirky marketing-related pic. Check out this vintage beer ad, found in an old restaurant that’s something of a time warp to the 1950’s.

Viintage Quilmes beer ad

As some readers know, one of the interesting things about Buenos Aires is the amount of colorful (and sometimes sinister-looking) street art. Here are a few random examples.

Grouchy Smurf!?!