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A Good Beer

In Drink n Sip & Lick, Over 18 on March 31, 2011 at 3:25 pm

English pub ambience

Good ole' rich beer

Gibraltar

Perú 895, San Telmo, Buenos Aires 4362 5310

Bar Critic: An English pub style, their wooden interior decor brings this already small space to another level of warmness and coziness;  the center of this pub has a well- stocked bar, blackboard menus hanging, and a long wooden counter to hangout. My kind of place for a good beer.

Drinks: I love me a good beer, not to say it is surprisingly affordable during happy hour: ales, stouts, lagers. Mmm. Frothy, cold beer and only dropping down 15 pesos ($3.75) during happy hour. We all know it’s not easy to get good cheap beers here- I almost thought about packing my bags and moving to San Telmo, especially when I hear they serve a mean spicy curry.

Pros

  • straight-forward service
  • love their beers
  • affordable
  • easy-going ambience

Cons

  • makes me think: why doesn’t this exist everywhere else in the city?
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Coffee to Go

In Cafes, Drink n Sip & Lick on March 23, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Coffee to go

small space

Veggie wrap

It seems this week is all about cafe. I couldn’t resist- here’s another one- this time a tiny cafe in San Telmo. Their philosophy is taking coffee to go- a completely different concept from the coffee culture in BA. The hip young style of this place reminded me of coffee shops of the Mission District, San Francisco, where one goes not only for their daily addictions, but also for the people who work behind the counter.

Maltilda’s Cafe

Chile 673, San Telmo, Buenos Aires 4300 2216

Cafe Critic: Though the space is small, it manages to pack in a comfy sitting area, a standing counter, and a window counter displayed with muffins, cakes and scones- above all- the fun buzz of the small kitchen.

Wrap Critic: Other than just serving coffees and pastries, they are known for their wraps. For 22pesos ($5), this huge wrap can be consumed by 2 people. Easily. My delicious huge veggie wrap overflowed with veggies: bell pepper, grilled onion, eggplant, carrots etc. I also like how they dress this wrap with generous globs of hummus, instead of the typical cream cheese filling.

Pros

  • delicious wraps
  • hip easy-going atmosphere
  • their concept: taking things to go

Cons

  • muffins, bagels, cookies didn’t look very appetizing (though it may very well taste good)

Cafe @Plaza Castelli

In Cafes, Drink n Sip & Lick on March 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Cookies?

Counter of Desserts

A bite of sandwich

big big tart

This cafe, despite being owned by a television celebrity-chef, doesn’t at all seem chic or pretentious. This small cafe seemingly represents her style: the overflowing of baked goods, sweets and a staff of all smiles.

Maru Botana

Echeverría 3220, Belgrano R, Buenos Aires 455 8887

(http://www.marubotana.com/)

Cafe Critic: The location is another wonderful element to this cafe. This bustling cafe overlooking the park, Plaza Castelli at Belgrano R- great way to spend a lazy afternoon..lingering and people watching.

Food Critic: This place has drooling desserts, various lunch/snack options and generous petit fours to go with their coffee. The price ranges around 22 pesos($5.25) for salads/sandwiches and a bit less for a piece of sweetness. Big portion, good price.

Pros

  • big size of quiche packed with veggies and chicken: not too eggy, dense or creamy
  • vegetarian sandwich: whole wheat and stuffed with grilled vegetables and cheese
  • free generous portion of petit fours with coffee
  • great service
  • beautiful location

Brunching

In Cafes, Drink n Sip & Lick on March 13, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Melt in the mouth roll

breakfast spread

Still hungry?

Brunch. The best meal of the week. Imagine a beautiful spread of scones, muffins, pancakes, waffles, eggs, bacon, sausage,  syrup, croissants, unlimited mocha, and biscuits…*salivating.  In BA, a good brunch place, like Café Crespín, is like a rare jewel- a true treasure for breakfast addicts like me, as Sunday mornings come around and I find myself back in that cafe again, and again.

Café Crespín

Vera 699, Villa Crespo, Buenos Aires 4855 3771

(http://www.cafecrespin.com.ar/)

Cafe Critic: Stashed away in a quiet part of town, the endearing cafe holds a slight resemblance of a local diner; the waiters with aprons delivering coffees and milkshakes, the laughter and noise coming from the kitchen, and the smell of bacon and fresh pastries wafting in the air. I also can never forget a place that has a display of mouth-watering desserts.

Breakfast Critic: All good. Need I say more? French Toast-good. Eggs cooked to perfection-check. Cinnamon Bun- soft, melt-in-your-mouth good. Coffee- great. Price: 75pesos ($18) for mimosa, coffee, pastry of your choice, eggs, french toast, bacon or smoked salmon. A la carte also an option.

Pros

  • fresh delicious baked goods
  • soft, cake-like brioche french toast, with berries, and syrup
  • cinnamon roll
  • coffee
  • service
  • ambiance
  • bacon and eggs

Cons

  • bagel sandwich with smoked salmon and cream cheese was mediocre, more so the bagel itself.
  • more breakfast options; how about bagel with poached egg in hollandaise  sauce? Omelets and pancakes of all sorts? 🙂

 


Another Lick

In Drink n Sip & Lick, Heladerias on March 7, 2011 at 6:46 pm

thick and creamy

My devil’s advocate in frozen yogurt was long lost when my eyes caught one right next door to where I was. One more try.

Zog

Costa Rica 4560, Palermo, Buenos Aires (http://www.meencantazog.com.ar/index.html)

Heladeria Critic: I’m beginning to notice the white interior trends in frozen yogurt stores, similar to the States, but there is something empty and cold that I can’t seem to grasp upon. Interiors aside, I’m happy to give frozen yogurt a try. This one wasn’t disappointing: rich, creamy, and very flavorful. A small cup+ 1 topping +1 syrup options: 10 pesos. ($2) Good deal. For a sweet craving, I have to say I’ll be coming back. Say goodbye to my devil’s advocate.

Pros

  • natural and maracuya flavors were excellent, my favorite is the maracuya (passion fruit)
  • fruit toppings were very fresh

Cons

  • peanut nuggets were disappointing
  • toppings uninspiring


Healthy Ice Cream

In Drink n Sip & Lick, Heladerias on February 28, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Frozen Yog

Awhile back in San Fran, everyone was talking about frozen yogurts+ toppings. To me, it was fresh and interesting in the beginning. I liked it: a few renovating topping and I even contemplated about how ‘healthy’ it was. Unfortunately, all positive thoughts fizzled when store after store opened everywhere- a bit too much. I’ve heard about this trend of frozen yogurt starting up here; after reading BA Foodies‘s recent article, it got me inspired to give it a try. I’m curious. If frozen yogurt can survive in one of the best cream cities in the world, then it must be smackingly good.

Pinkfrost

Maure 1884, Las Canitas, Buenos Aires 4779 1384 (http://www.pinkfrost.com.ar)

Heladeria Critic: The space is clean, white and spacious. They have enough varieties of toppings and the frozen yogurt comes in three flavors: natural, chocolate and passion fruit. I liked the natural yogurt with oreos and fruits. Though I much rather prefer to take 2 huge bites out of the Banana Split in Volta. For a small healthy cup + 3 toppings: 12 pesos ($3). Not bad, for a healthy snack.

Pros

  • creamy thick texture of the frozen yogurt
  • good space and price
  • options of coffee and smoothies

Cons

  • Meh topping choices: the fruit toppings were not ultra-fresh, and the fun toppings didn’t stand out. (I heart the mochi nuggets at Red Mango.)
  • chocolate frozen yogurt was okay.

Cafe Natural

In Cafes, Drink n Sip & Lick on February 9, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Juicing

Tart

This is a great find for anyone who is a food snob and with an odd addiction to being healthy. (That’s me.) Simple menu and fresh fresh ingredients. An easy place to trek back for some juices, dessert or something to eat. Funny how one of the investors in the restaurant is the Green&Go company, the salad cafe that I didn’t enjoy too much a few weeks back.

Cafe Mooi

Cuba 1985, Belgrano, Buenos Aires 4783 9000

http://www.mooirestaurant.com.ar/

Cafe Critic: Intimate colorful environment. In one corner there are comfortable booths; the other side with sofas. Whole place is surrounded by colorful textiles and wooden chairs.

Juice: They have wonderful big glass of juices, ranging 9~19 pesos (2~4.50dollars), berries with kiwi, orange juice, apple with ginger etc. I love the little side notes on the menu about sugar or without sugar, honey etc.

Pros

  • loads of veggie options- veggie burger is the next try
  • juices are highly recommended
  • varieties of breakfast menu
  • fresh fresh salad, with simple olive/vinegar on the side. Two thumbs up for the alfafa sprouts.
  • menu options for non veggies and veggies
  • affordable prices, ~20($5) pesos for sets of breakfast, 40($10) pesos for lunch deals, and 25~30(6~7.50) pesos for sandwiches, salads, rolls, tarts

Cons

  • nothing really, although their paper menu is a bit run down. 🙂

Cream of the Crop

In Drink n Sip & Lick, Heladerias on January 26, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Licklicious

One of the things Buenos Aires did well for their people is providing the abundance of ice cream to melt all their worries away. Combine that and their incredible door-to-door deliveries, ensuring that a lick of happiness is just a call away. Though ice cream is everywhere to be tasted, I am still stuck with Volta and Persicco. Ah. Persicco, I have finally gotten around to it. One taste of the rich creamy flavors just may replace my all-time favorite, Ici in Berkeley. Last night, all four of us licked away a whole box of ice cream. (70 pesos ($18) for 1 kilo) After two bowls, the withdrawal creeps upon me; didn’t help knowing that with just one phone call, I can have my addiction all over again.

Persicco

http://www.persicco.com/ (locations all over)

Heladeria Critic: The openness and the bright color combinations of the ambiance just puts a smile on my face.

Pros

  • W-O-W: words cannot described the exquisiteness of their flavors
  • we tried chocolate with almonds, dulce de leche with chocolate, tramontana, and banana split

Cons

  • if only they had waffle cones like Ici: that chooclate bite in the end of the cone
  • playful curious flavors
  • a bit expensive in comparison to other local places

King of Alfajores

In Cafes, Drink n Sip & Lick on December 13, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Addictions

Double shot of coffee with cream on top. 🙂

Sweets culture is an afternoon pass-time here, from munching on a big piece of chocolate bar, to siting down with some sort of dessert and coffee. Alfajores being one of the most convenient and common sweets eaten everywhere. Personally, this treat is a little too rich for my palate, though I admit very satisfying when I am dying of hunger.

Alfajores are in my opinion, two crumbly crunchy fist-size cookies glued together by a thick layer of sweetness; as if it is not enough, they decide to dip these devils in dark chocolate. This gruesome journey of gluing and dipping is then packed neatly into a crispy wax paper, ready to be unfolded like a present into one’s eager hand. My hand. Involuntarily this cookie is sent straight between my big teeth, as the crunch is accompanied with the melting chocolate. The teeth’s final destination sinks into the chewy, sticky, gooey fillings. Price? Affordable: 4 pesos ($1). Calories..Who’s counting?

Havanna

http://www.havanna.com.ar/

This chain of cafe/chocolate vendors are scattered all around the city, noted as the elite alfajores of Argentina. Their assorted flavors of alfajores, wrapped in beautiful colors convince pedestrians that these devil cookies are a necessity, not a choice. The great thing about Havanna is the assorted flavors, ranging from white chocolate coating, dark chocolate coatings, to their varieties of fillings-a far cry from the too-sweet dulce de leche fillings local brands carry. Though my favorite of theirs are the chocolate bars: almond dark chocolate, dark chocolate, hazelnut dark chocolate. They are so far the best dark chocolate I have ever had, and the most expensive: 16 pesos ($4).

Also notable are their coffees. 🙂


Chocolate Submersion

In Cafes, Drink n Sip & Lick on December 6, 2010 at 7:41 pm

A Bar of Chocolate

Melted Creamy Chocolate

Chocolate milk is as commonly ordered as coffees in this cafe culture of Buenos Aires.

Submarino is chocolate milk taken to another level: rich, creamy and do- it yourself fun. This is the funnest drinks I’ve ever had. The equation? A warm frothy cup of milk+ a piece of chocolate+ stirring spoon +patience = milky, foamy, creamy, rich, chocolate milk. If only they continued to build on this, by adding a few twists to the drink: a few dashes of sichuan peppers, or nutmeg and cinnamon, or maybe even almond powder. Voila!

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