A new and trendy eating and nightlife area is Las Canitas, located between Avenidas Luis Maria Campos and Libertador in the Palermo District (named because there were once wild sugar canes growing here). Some of the cool restaurants and clubs you'll find here are: Nina Wok, Soul Cafe, Morelia, Club Zen, Lotus Neo and my favorite, Campo Bravo, which I've reviewed on the restaurant pages.
Sharing mate, an integrated Indian custom, part I
Sharing a mate with an Argentinean (mate is also used in Uruguay, Paraguay & South Brasil) is what you have to experience, otherwise you have not been here...!
It is a stimulating herb of a bush growing in esp. Missiones, served with hot (but not too hot) water in a bowl of "calabaza" (kind of pumpkin, from which also music instruments as maracas are made), wood or other material, but original from "calabaza", representing the womb of Mother Earth or in general the feminine principle (from indigenous source). The "yerba mate" or herb is prepared according to some rituals of which most of the Argentinians have their own way of expressing. Extra herbs can be added, as well as pieces of dried orange skin and sugar. You have people who love it bitter, the original style, or more sweet with sugar. You drink it with a "bombillo" (metal reed, best of silver) representing the male principle, in the bowl, uniting with the feminine. The one who serves gives it through the circle (should be clockwise to energize the gift...!) one by one, as it should be as a sharing of the moment and friendship. There is one person in the circle who serves and tastes as the first to try. You receive from this person your mate. There are also several rules how to prepare the mate well, how to drink and serve. Just discover ! Is a very old Indian ritual from the Guaranis, adopted later by the gauchos. One of the most lovely rituals for sharing that I am aware of in Latin American society of today and still very alive. If you purchase a mate of calabaza, it has to be prepared by an expert ("curar", otherwise it cracks open due to the hot water), with sugar that gets caramellised by a few small pieces of hot charcoal and by shaking the mate; or by 3 days of filling the bowl and alternating the yerba regularly. Best & quickest way is by caramellised sugar, fire and a local master.
Check out a South American futbol match while in B.A. I went to see Boca....who seems to be a popular team. The atmosphere of the match was great. You can get a guide if you want....we had one escort us to the match for safety reasons......that just takes the fun out of it though.
Step back into history
This pharmacy s the oldest in all of Buenos Aires, and dates back to the year 1834. It's still a working homeopathic pharmacy so you can go inside and take a look at the incredible woodwork throughout. It's like stepping back in time. You can easily stop by here if you are walking from Plaza de Mayo to San Telmo along Defensa street, as the pharmacy is located at the corner of Defensa and Alsina.
Si algo define a BsAs es su vida 24hs, eso sí, por ser un pueblo muy católico olvídense de hacer algo el domingo, no hay nada, sin ser ese día hay de todo.
Mis lugares favoritos:
-Tequila, pasan música house comercial, sitio muy exclusivo concurrido por modelos y gente del fashion, no entra cualquiera. El lugar que más me gusta.
-Pachá, para los más fisurados, electrónica pesada y mucha droga, no me gustó ni el ambiente ni la música.
-Amerika, boliche gay, muy buena música, canilla libre de alcohol toda la noche, les recomiendo sólo tomen Septiembre, sino carán dados vuelta. No sólo va gente gay a ese lugar.
-Tea Dance en Palacio, funciona los domingos desde las 19:00, es un club gay con muy buena música.
-Big One, en el mismo lugar que Palacio pero funciona los jueves y sábados pienso, muy buena música.
Hay otros lugares pero más escondidos y no tan promocionados. Tequila, por ser un lugar chic no entra cualquiera y la ropa es una connotación fundamental para que te permitan o te nieguen el acceso.
El resto de los lugares no hay problemas, tampoco vayas de short y de ojotas.