Monthly Archives: October 2018

Azafran, Mendoza, Argentina.

October 2018 This small bistro is just a drop-dead classic Argentine delight. It was highly recommended online and that was fully justified. It’s located in the south Godoy Cruz residential neighbourhood of this sensuous city. The storefront is unassuming and when … Continue reading

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1884 Francis Mallmann, Mendoza, Argentina.

October 2018 Absolutely stunning high class Argentine restaurant. We needed help getting a reservation and were only able to make it for 10 PM which is well past our bedtime. Standing around in late-the evening Mendoza traffic trying to flag … Continue reading

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Maria Anoineta, Mendoza, Argentina.

October 2018. Recommended by our winery guide, this lovely little place unassumingly presents a perfect light lunch in the downtown Mendoza barrio of Santa Maria. It’s outdoor scene is set on a wide sidewalk under South American springtime oak-like trees … Continue reading

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The Patriots. Sana Krasikov.

Krasikov, Sana. The Patriots. Penguin Random House, New York, 2017. F;10/18. I’ve recently run into a couple of novels where someone (usually like the author) leaves Russia for the United States. Here the opposite happens with huge consequences. Krasikov’s knowing … Continue reading

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Barrica 94, Santiago, Chile.

October 2018. Wandering the Bellavista neighbourhood of this sophisticated urbane city, we walked up the main drag Pio Nono which block by block became a worsening pseudo-american club (“Idaho”; “Harvard” huge concrete spaces) tourist trap, but we made a right … Continue reading

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Mariscos, Mercado Central (Main Fish Market), Santiago, Chile.

October 2018. I can’t resist open fish markets in strange cities: the huge Tokyo Tsukiji Market (recently moved, I haven’t been to the new one), lively Huangsha in Guangzhou China, and urbane Les Halles in Lyon. This covered market built … Continue reading

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Lo de Jesus, Buenos Aires.

October 2018. This was the third parrilla for us in this extremely beefy town. I think we were spoiled by the fairly dazzling quality of Don Julio, but in any case things here were not in the same league at … Continue reading

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Trattoria Olivetti, Buenos Aires.

October 2018. We wanted a break from the local staple of beef, and had had a pretty good Italian lunch at Sottovoce two days previous so we went for this street-corner bistro, well-reviewed by a variety of sources. It was in … Continue reading

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Parrilla Don Julio, Buenos Aires.

October 2018. I think we hit the mother lode opting for this steakhouse in a nondescript Buenos Aires neighbourhood. At last we understand Argentina’s claim to fabulous beef, and the physical plant and staff emphasize the carnivore orientation of the … Continue reading

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Chila, Buenos Aires.

October 2018. Here we have one of the top two or three Buenos Aires versions of haute cuisine. It was impressive and like everything else in town well-priced by North American standards. The doors open at 8 PM, apparently closing … Continue reading

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