In Cafes, Drink n Sip & Lick on March 23, 2011 at 7:17 pm
Coffee to go
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.
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.
- delicious wraps
- hip easy-going atmosphere
- their concept: taking things to go
- muffins, bagels, cookies didn’t look very appetizing (though it may very well taste good)
In Cafes, Drink n Sip & Lick on March 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm
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.
Echeverría 3220, Belgrano R, Buenos Aires 455 8887
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.
- 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
In Cafes, Drink n Sip & Lick on March 13, 2011 at 2:26 pm
Melt in the mouth roll
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.
Vera 699, Villa Crespo, Buenos Aires 4855 3771
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.
- fresh delicious baked goods
- soft, cake-like brioche french toast, with berries, and syrup
- cinnamon roll
- bacon and eggs
- 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? 🙂
In Cafes, Drink n Sip & Lick on February 9, 2011 at 6:32 pm
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.
Cuba 1985, Belgrano, Buenos Aires 4783 9000
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.
- 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
- nothing really, although their paper menu is a bit run down. 🙂
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!
In Cafes, Drink n Sip & Lick on October 14, 2010 at 9:46 am
Making the Territory
Nouveau 19th Century Architecture
An overwhelming touristic destination for me, but having the reputation as the oldest cafe in the country, we had to step foot in here; the same place that politicians and international figures like Albert Einstein and Hilary Clinton has sipped their coffee at.
Avenida de Mayo 825, Centro, Buenos Aires (http://www.cafetortoni.com.ar/index_ingles.html)
Cafe Critic: We never stayed for their coffee, but it is worth the visit for the history of this cafe; imagining past politicians and international figures meeting in this room. It is one of those places where I can say, “Check, I’ve been there.”
- oldest cafe in the country..really?
- like the architecture
- great history read
- bad service
- skip the shows!
- expensive/not impressive menu
- too touristic
In Cafes, Drink n Sip & Lick on September 27, 2010 at 10:59 am
The famous decorated counter
We were wandering around San Telmo on the beautiful Sunday morning being tourists with our map and camera on our hand; and as a tourist, it seems like a must do, stopping by the famous ‘notable bars’ for a drink. Plaza Dorrego Cafe was stuffed with people so we decided on El Federal, a quieter cafe tucked in the corner of Perú and Carlos Calvo- one of the oldest cafe in the city.
Notable Bars (Cafes) in Buenos Aires: http://www.palermonline.com.ar/noticias_2007/nota447_bares_notables.htm
corner of Perú and Carlos Calvo
Cafe Critic: This cafe presented the history with great old wooden tables and a grand ornamented bar stuffed with pastries and alcohol. It is a great feeling to sit at a cafe that dates all the way back to 1864.
- historical setting
- extensive menu
- not overpriced
- quiet location, just around the corner from the crowded sunday market
Cons (didn’t try their food, just their beer)
- artesenal beer wasn’t great
In Cafes, Drink n Sip & Lick on August 25, 2010 at 10:30 pm
And accompanying me were endless men at the counter
I walked in this cafe, ready to find a nice spot right by the window to enjoy my coffee; before I realize it, my motor neurons were controlled by the pastries at the counter. And here I was standing right at it, talking to the waiter, “Un chico cortado y medialuna por favor.” Then, I looked around and realized I was THE petite asian girl surrounded by endless men at the counter sipping away, as they throw me side glances. Of course, the women were all properly sitting at tables with their fellow friends chatting away. Wait y’all, let me pull out my canon camera that is half the size of me and draw more attention as I try to find the perfect angel for my pictures. It was great.
Florida 899, Buenos Aires 11-4312-7902
Cafe Critic: It is one of those traditional cafe with waiters in their white suits giving spectacular service. The environment, coffee and pastry were all excellent. It was a surprisingly great break from the touristy Florida street and I willingly paid a very affordable 10 pesos.
- my first time trying the medialuna filled with strawberry jam. I liked it.
- local ambiance in a touristy area
- endless pastry choices
- great people watching place
- one block away from St.Martin Plaza- a beautiful big park
- not a fan of the people haggling at the tourist area, Florida street
- I’ll probably go next time just for the cafe but not the area around it
In Cafes, Drink n Sip & Lick on August 19, 2010 at 5:06 pm
Salmon Wrap and Chocolate Mousse Cake covered in layers of Cacao Powder
This gastronomical tea-encounter happened a few weeks ago- it was our first venture into the city by ourselves. We met up with friends as one of them suggested this newly open place near her apartment. I love it. It was one of those places similar to what I love and miss in San Francisco:chic and healthy! Most importantly, the food was sabroso! Tasty!
Echeverria 2101, corner of Arcos, Belgrano, Buenos Aires 5411-4784-5545
Tea Critic: Great selections of tea from all over the world: Argentinian’s yerba mate, Taiwanese gaoshang tea, great selections of various English tea as well as Chinese green and black tea. Very affordable, and yes they have coffee.
- 5 minutes walking distance from Belgrano train station
- a great change from the yawning-usual orders of coffee, croissants, sandwiches or sweet unhealthy desserts
- love the healthy oriented menu: tea, salad, wraps, sandwiches, and ‘healthy’ desserts