Topic: Food & Wine in Argentina
Perfect day in Buenos Aires
Perfection is something to look up to but hardly achievable by itself. I try to run my mind according to this precept, because otherwise life is too unapproachable. Some unique events, moments, things, gestures are intrinsically perfect, not with regards to a perfection standard, but within themselves.
Those who have children would know that about their child’s first word, smile and even poop… yes, that’s the way the world turns sometimes.
Buenos Aires is a city faraway from perfect. It’s gorgeous and appealing, but complicated like a one of those Escher paintings. Sometimes it’s hard to say if we’re going up or down…
However, I truly believe there are perfect moments in the city of good airs, the capital of tango, Maradona’s hometown. Those labels are not perfect, don’t get me wrong, but they synthesize in some way what this city meant to the sense of what’s perfect to someone else.
There’s a stupendous Argentine story writer who lived in Paris for a long time, his name is Julio Cortazar, and in one of his stories (Las Babas del Diablo in English translations by Paul Blackburn, under the title End of the Game and Other Stories (in later editions the title was changed to Blow-Up and Other Stories) he describes what at the beginning is a perfect day.
A sunny winter- autumn morning is what he first describes. And its funny how Buenos Aires and Paris share that intrinsic atmosphere. The smell of the cold wind mellowed by the rays of a shiny sun open the door to an amazing day from my point of view. And since we’re approaching that time of the year at the moment in Buenos Aires, the idea just poped into my mind.
Today, what a perfect day… I’ll get up early in the morning, have breakfast with the local treat of Mate and some good home-made medialuna croissants.
Then, into the car and off we go to the historical quarter of Buenos Aires, San Telmo-Monserrat. That’s the corridor that goes all the way from the Pink House in Mayo Square to Lezama Park neaby Boca Juniors stadium.
Lunch at Petanque is without a doubt a must in this perfect day trip. And though Petanque is French, and this is my perfect day in Buenos Aires, I think we shouldn’t go too into the “argentine feel”… But if we needed to, well,…
We Argentines enjoy great food as much as an outstanding tango move, it’s a treat to our souls and palate. To match the top notch Resto cuisine, nothing better than a true Argentine Malbec.
Lunch and a great conversation carried on will lead us out of Petanque on Defensa Street, and I would stroll my way thru the artisan and crafts shops and antique stores all the way to Dorrego Sq. The perfect spot for a perfect coffee. The ancient cafe on the corner of Defensa and Humberto 1st is the perfect setting for the afternoon to settle. On the background, the music of our master of bandoneon: Astor Piazzola.
As the sun goes down and the stars being to shine in the clear and cold sky, our day is coming to an end. The setting changes, like those theatre scenographic walls. We’re off to a true tango show.
The Fernandez Fierro Traditional Orchestra is playing downtonw. This gang of young talented musicians put our tango ideal to test, for they don’t appear as the true real thing… However, patience is a virtue. Hold on, go beyond their rock n’roll aesthetics and wait to hear them at their arts, at their bests….
Asado, as our barbeques are known here in Argentina
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