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Thursday, 22 December 2005
Our quest to discover a great Indian restaurant in Buenos Aires
Topic: Food & Wine in Argentina
In our quest to discover a great Indian restaurant in Buenos Aires, after a first not so good experience we finally found a great place… Actually two, though both places are owned by the same family. Mumbai and Katmandu are two great Indian restaurants conceived, organized and run by an Indian family living in Buenos Aires. Mumbai is in the Retiro district, much frequented in weeknights and lunchtime by local businessmen working in the surrounding area of downtown, and several foreign visitors who in search of great Indian food head to were the entire magic takes place… Katmandu, on Cordoba Av, is in the nearby area of Palermo Soho, a bit further towards Palermo Viejo, but very easy to access by any public transport or cab. Both places are beautifully designed and decorated, soft background music creating a peaceful atmosphere in which to delight oneself with greatly done traditional Indian food.

While Mumbai opens day and night, Katmandu only opens during the evening, so don’t even bother to go there during the day for lunch or brunch… it’s so closed that it might even seem just out of business, but no… at night it opens, and during weekend evenings it’s sometimes full, so reservations are a good option, if not, they will set you up in a table nonetheless, but it’s a possibility that you’ll have to wait. Unlike other ethnic restaurants in the Palermo area, Katmandu is big and if you show up with no dinner reservation, this is not a huge problem.
We visited Mumbai for lunch and Katmandu for dinner; both were great and delighting experiences.

Mumbai –which we visited many times since then, for it’s good and at lunch as a pre fixed menu for A$ 22, featuring entrees of pakora and samosa (one of each) and a main course of 10 vegetable curry with homemade cheese, chicken curry and basmati rice (all in one plate) plus a beverage. The menu is brief; there are three/ four options for entrees, main dishes, vegetarian main dishes, basmati rice, and deserts. A complementary dish of chapattis –one per customer- and a set of two dips, one of tomato and mustard seeds, the other of conserved lemons and tomato are offered. The naan is charged on the side. These are made in a traditional tandori oven according to the waitress.

In order to compare different restaurants and menus, we once again ordered Rogan Josh, with Patagonia lamb, Mumbai Fish curry. The curry servings were small portions that should be accompanied by rice as the waitress suggested, so we ordered Veg Biryani –excellent rice, well spiced and with fresh vegetables-. We also ordered the pudina nan. We asked what the traditional drink to have with such meal was and she said either Lassi yogurt or water, we ordered one of each.
Food was good, the curry mix was not too hot but hot in the after-mouth, and the lamb was tasty though a bit too salty; while the fish was good. It was a good eating experience, the Indian chef from Northern India seems to know what he’s doing, and the dishes show his passion for food and Indian traditions.

We visited Katmandu on a Friday evening, one of the hottest days for dinner parties in Buenos Aires specially for working middle class couples, -that use this day as the couple day while kids stay at home-, friends hanging out after work…
We arrived there at 9 PM, by car, thought this is a place easy to access in several means of transport, cab, bus, underground.

From the main door to the left is the kitchen, featuring a huge window that shows what goes on inside, the kitchen seemed busy; however we peaked inside to check the kitchen material, to see if we found the Tandori oven and may be we got hold of some secret techniques of Indian cuisine.
This idea of open kitchen is also a main attraction in a variety of local restaurants such as in Sudestada, and for example, Buenos Aires top notch grill house Cabana Las Lilas, featuring their grill and kitchen at the entrance as a quality sign. The place is well sized, and the tables are big enough to fit all the plates for naan, chapatti, main course and beverages without feeling cluttered.
Unfortunately, our waiter, a charming young man, did not provide a professional enough service… I think he was mostly interested in picking up and chatting with the group of young ladies sitting near us. This was a very off point, because it delayed the service and explanations and irrupted our dinning experience… All and all, I think this was mended by the owner –son of the owner of Mumbai- who approached us, and worked out the situation to the better.
As in Mumbai, there’s a complementary dish of chapattis and traditional dips as a starter, this was as good as in the downtown restaurant.
We then ordered chicken and lamb tandori, vegetarian rice, somosas and pakoras, once again Indian yogurt was our choice for beverage… it tastes fantastically with the spicy food!
The whole experience was very interesting and fulfilling. We were very pleased to have found good traditional Indian restaurants in Buenos Aires. These are great proof of the broadening of the gourmandize option range in the city, not only in terms of numbers of options, but more significantly in terms of great quality food, through which to explore the feel and sensitivity of faraway cultures.
Before the 2001 breakthrough, most middle class educated Argentines traveled around the world and explored first hand distant and exotic cultures. Nowadays, with a 3 to 1 peso-dollar exchange rate, traveling abroad has become a luxury not everyone can afford. But those who back in those days did discover a whole new world, and those who recently found Buenos Aires to be their new home, had the good eye of translating their experiences, transforming them into windows that open from Buenos Aires into fascinating faraway traditions and flavors, thru means of one of humanity’s first arts: the art of cooking.

My passion for Indian Food:

                                                 
Link to Photo Album Curry in the Kitchen

Please feel free to contact us for more details and insight information, addresses and whatever you shall need, as well as to share with us your experiences in these places. All comments are very welcomed!

Interested in buying antiques and collectibles from Buenos Aires or for that matter any other item that I have mentioned in any article you have found on this my web site, you can buy Toys from my museum and threw eBay, threw the Toy Museum on eBay press here; Toy Museum on eBay and threw The Buenos Aires ArtDealer, press here; Art Dealer on eBay From Art to Antiques. Or contact me direct. For more information :Email Bob Frassinetti. Press here to go to The Buenos Aires Art Dealer is a webzine magazine on Art, Antiques & Collectibles made or found in Argentina. The Buenos Aires ArtDealer, Argentina.



Link to Photo Album Architecture, Buenos Aires. Argentina

Bob Frassinetti. Copyright 2005. Roberto Dario Frassinetti. Argentina.



Posted by bob frassinetti at 8:00 PM
Wednesday, 21 December 2005
Dinning out in Buenos Aires .........
Topic: Food & Wine in Argentina


Argentina’s passion for food is worldwide known. Frequently identified with grilled meat and barbeque Argentina’s gourmet experiences go way beyond that. In previous articles we’ve pointed out how broad is traditional Argentine cooking, exceeding the world of grilled meat and sausages… From empanadas and Argentine tamales, to Andes potatoes, goat cheese and corn, “locro and carbonada”… The variety within is fabulous in the world of spices and exotic Latin American flavors. Our gourmandize world is as much of a melting pot as it is our society, featuring strong Spanish and Italian influences, together with Arab, Jewish and Taiwanese exotic flavors.
In this sense, as it happens all around the world, what we eat reflects throughout a variety of shapes, colors and aromas, what we are as argentines.
Whilst other worldwide countries received early exotic influences from India, Asian Southeast, Japan and North African regions, it wasn’t till recent years that Argentina’s culture and society began to establish solid grounds of encounter with those that seem distant and exotic cultures from our everyday culture point of view. That’s why visitors and locals were not exposed in our culinary options and experiences to those flavors.
Recently, thanks to the ever-developing globalizing world we have become closer and closer to distant cultures and their cooking. Atop this international trend, a group of edgy and trendy locals, aiming to explore cultures throughout their kitchen and uses, have set out superb ethnic exotic restaurants throughout the city. These Bobos of the gourmet world based their choice of food upon their own personal and cultural experiences, therefore these restaurants are not only a reflection of a determined culture and society, but also the impact that culture had on a singular individual who transformed his or her life experience into a restaurant in which they could share their passion for food and a certain culture. At the same time, and given the profound success of these new businesses, immigrants from around the globe, coming to Buenos Aires to live and work began to choose more and more the road of restaurants and food experiences as a mean to earn a living, retain their traditions and develop within their new chosen society profiting out of the best of each culture.
What we’ve said before is indeed evident around our city, for locals and visitors the gourmet option has broadened to a greater extent. Hence we chose to pick from the crowd the most significant and interesting of these restaurants, visit them and review their food, environment and sense of originality. We hope this is not only of help for the upcoming visitors seeking variety in their food options, but also, a window through which world wide readers can discover the modern melting pot Argentina.

Interested in buying antiques and collectibles from Buenos Aires or for that matter any other item that I have mentioned in any article you have found on this my web site, you can buy Toys from my museum and threw eBay, threw the Toy Museum on eBay press here; Toy Museum on eBay and threw The Buenos Aires ArtDealer, press here; Art Dealer on eBay From Art to Antiques. Or contact me direct. For more information :Email Bob Frassinetti. Press here to go to The Buenos Aires Art Dealer is a webzine magazine on Art, Antiques & Collectibles made or found in Argentina. The Buenos Aires ArtDealer, Argentina.


                                                       
Link to Photo Album San Telmo Vegtable & Antiques Market Place
Bob Frassinetti. Copyright 2005. Roberto Dario Frassinetti. Argentina.



Posted by bob frassinetti at 10:19 AM
Sunday, 4 December 2005
Eating Pizza at ?Las Cuartetas? Buenos Aires, Argentina
Topic: Food & Wine in Argentina

The world of food in Argentina is as much of a melting pot as it is our society. Immigrants from around the globe found another land of opportunities way south the Equator when the United States was developing in the North.

Spanish and Italian were the strongest influences back in the days were the nation was being constructed. After a century of development and evolution the Argentine society is still a wholesome rainbow of cultures societies, all of which chip in their own features to the great Argentine feel.

It may seem like a forced comparison, but food can be a strong standard upon which historical comparisons can be made. It’s because this cultural nourishing activity mostly finds its ways through contradictions and evolves accordingly to the mainstream line.


               
Link to Photo Album Eating Pizza at “Las Cuartetas” Buenos Aires, Argentina


Argentines are known for their passion for “asado”, grilled meat of all kinds [1]. Statistics even position Argentina atop the list of meat eating countries, in which the average percentage of consume per individual is overwhelming. However this does not mean that all we eat is meat all the time. The strong Italian influence is evident when we check upon the food pantheon for Argentines: Meat, Pizza and Pasta. Being the last two strongly Italian.
Our Pizza is Argentine-Italian Pizza. I don’t think there’s still a country around the world in which pizza is not a hit, a top choice within good and fast food! At the same time, each country has added and takes out some ingredients, changed a bit the flavor and transformed it from foreign to national food “property”.
For worldwide pizza lovers, in Argentina Pizzeria “Las Cuartetas” is home to one of the best pizzas ever! This is a typically 1940s restaurant that has changed little from those early days, still using their original oven, still working out pizza in the traditional ingredient way… Still, in this place the celebrity of the show is the food, not the atmosphere, not the location, not the background music. In this huge closed space that without trying (for they’ve maintained the original style, not because they chose to upgrade to the retro trendy style at peak at the moment) is oddly interesting. Hundreds of tables, a light green paint on the wall, some hanging plants and many, many customers chatting and eating fade away the minute you take a bite of this wonderful pizza. This is not fat free, not organic, not trendy, it’s original, savory and simple yet fantastic.

A feast to the senses, a treat to the palate, a wonderful traditional eating experience that is a must these days.



[1] Check our stories on food and “asado” for further information and detail. Press here to read information on Food & Wine in Argentina:Asado, as our barbeques are known here in Argentina
Topic: Food & Wine in Argentina
It was a beautiful bright blue sky day this Friday; the sun was shinning right out of my office window. I began to go thru my work files to work out the days’ plan, and it suddenly struck me that a couple of months ago I had written a couple of articles on Argentine food, “asado”, as our barbeques are known as, and the great pleasure we Argentines, take in enjoying a wonderful meal.









Interested in buying antiques and collectibles from Buenos Aires or for that matter any other item that I have mentioned in any article you have found on this my web site, you can buy Toys from my museum and threw eBay, threw the Toy Museum on eBay press here; Toy Museum on eBay and threw The Buenos Aires ArtDealer, press here; Art Dealer on eBay From Art to Antiques. Or contact me direct. For more information :Email Bob Frassinetti. Press here to go to The Buenos Aires Art Dealer is a webzine magazine on Art, Antiques & Collectibles made or found in Argentina. The Buenos Aires ArtDealer, Argentina.


                                                 
Link to Photo Album Asado, as our barbeques are known here in Argentina
Bob Frassinetti. Copyright 2005. Roberto Dario Frassinetti. Argentina.




Posted by bob frassinetti at 11:20 AM
Updated: Sunday, 4 December 2005 11:35 AM
Saturday, 24 September 2005
And Uruguay as well.
Topic: Food & Wine in Argentina
Uruguay may be one of the smallest countries in Latin America, though in this case, size does not matter. As French perfume makers usually say: good things come in petit bottles. And when talking about Uruguay that is certainly true. World wide known as Uruguay, this beautiful country is actually named Republica Oriental del Uruguay, Oriental Republic of the Uruguay.

This is a very important reference for Uruguay is a nation independent from Argentina and Brazil, only after a rough conflict that lasted many years. The Argentine Republic’s independence on the Western side of the Uruguay River was the opposition reference upon which this nation’s name was conceived, Republic in the Eastern or Oriental bank of the Uruguay river.

Time went by and ROU (Repubilca Oriental del Uruguay) or just Uruguay, grew and developed to be a solid and strong nation within the South American concert, featuring an important weight within the area’s activities whether these were cultural, political or economical. Uruguay is one of South America's most interesting countries, with charming colonial towns, the hilly interior (true gaucho country) and a cluster of internationally renowned beach resorts. The country enjoys 500km (300 miles) of fine sandy beaches on the Atlantic and the Rio de la Plata, woods, mountains, hot springs, hotels, casinos, art festivals and numerous opportunities for sport and entertainment.

The Uruguayan culture is in many ways similar to that of Argentina, sharing not only musical productions such as folklore and tango but also traditional trade marks such as “asado, mate and dulce de leche”… though at each side of the Uruguay River these cultural similarities go way back into the culture and feature unique styles that –especially for locals- set the tone as well as them apart.

During the last couple of decades, the Uruguayan country side -in many ways is so different form the Argentine and Chilean broad geography so favorable to wine making- has began to step strong with a superb wine production. Their celebrity wine is a strong and bodied Tannat. This is a true passion that Uruguayans share with those up in the country of the North in the Virginia Area. With the aid of advanced viniculture and winemaking technology, the Uruguayan Tannat is a distinctive quality and trademark feature of the local winemaking and a strong statement all over the world.

Comparing features is always a very good way of achieving a proper definition of something, and this case is no exception. If for Argentina and Chile’s wine industry France and Castilian Spain was the main influence, for Uruguay’s wine passion the key word is Basque influence. According to experts it was in the 19th century when the Harriague family brought not only the grapes but also the technique to initiate their journey to wine distinction and excellence.

Tannat wines of Uruguay are soft and approachable young comparing them to the more bodied versions from southwest France. The distinction is born in the blending process.

During the 90s Uruguayan winemakers to a walk on the wild side and blended their Tannat with Muscat Hamburg, and occasionally with the hybrid Isabella, exploring led them to the contemporary blend with Bordeaux varieties that provide more structural balance as well as a new aroma complexity.
There’s no question about it, the Uruguayan wine world is growing and developing at a great rate… It’s time for you to discover it in all its greatness.

See Information on trip to Uruguay here:Press here to go to photos and info on Buenos Aires,Argentina and Colonia, Montevideo, Jose Ignacio and Piraplos, all in Uruguay. Pascal Debusschere & Michele Travelling with Pascal Debusschere & Michele ( Paris, France) threw Buenos Aires, Argentina and Uruguay.South America.






Interested in buying antiques and collectibles from Buenos Aires or for that matter any other item that I have mentioned in any article you have found on this my web site, you can buy Toys from my museum and threw eBay, threw the Toy Museum on eBay press here; Toy Museum on eBay and threw The Buenos Aires ArtDealer, press here; Art Dealer on eBay From Art to Antiques. Or contact me direct. For more information :Email Bob Frassinetti. Press here to go to The Buenos Aires Art Dealer is a webzine magazine on Art, Antiques & Collectibles made or found in Argentina. The Buenos Aires ArtDealer, Argentina.



Bob Frassinetti. Copyright 2005. Roberto Dario Frassinetti. Argentina.



Posted by bob frassinetti at 12:01 PM
Tuesday, 13 September 2005
Mood Food and Wines from Argentina
Topic: Food & Wine in Argentina
Mood & Food

A new revalued interest in the multiple added values of a good meal is favoring the enjoyment of one of life’s true and greatest pleasures.

Scientists from the UK and the US have lately proven thru means of through research works the impact of food on mood swings. This was first illustrated for people showing eating disorders, but now, these new insight proves that all of us are influenced by the way we nourish our bodies.

If this is somewhat new news for us Westerners, but ancient cultures from the Far East or the American continent pre Columbian peoples had that tie bond between mind, body and soul that it’s coming back in these post modern days.

The ingredients with which we cook, the chosen combinations and the surrounding environment are the raw material for a sublime sensitive experience.

It is common that when we feel a certain way, we choose a specific type of food that will enhance our mood. The fact that comfort food is so in vogue right now has much to do with this prevalence of mind, body and soul trinity so in need in these days of modernity and synthetic aliment.

Bringing back our most essential roots, the deepest sense of human sensitivity to this impersonal world is one of the substantial inputs to revalue mankind’s social and emotional side.

Restaurants are in many ways trying to turn the wheel towards comfort, homey environments of sophistication that provide the customer not only top quality inventive dishes but a specific atmosphere specially created for the customers’ comfort.



This is a new sense of enjoyment and full sensitivity pleasure to take the most out of our gifted full life.



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