Thursday, 22 January 2015

Top 10 pizza joints in Buenos Aires - Napoles - Villa Crespo

This one is also a non descriptive, non tourist facade pizzeria. Located in Villa Crespo close to Corrientes and Scalabrini Ortiz,
Here you will find one of the best examples of “media masa”. It’s a place to sit down and order a medium size, that feeds two people or the “Grande” for two hungry people or four humble eaters. Go for the Muzzarela or Margarita, and try the Faina, that is also very good, and the prices are very cheap too.

Located at Av. Corrientes 5588, villa Crespo (two blocks from “Malabia” subway station – Linea B

Otra pizzerìa clasica del barrio Villa Crespo cada vez mas amenazado por los comercios "chic" de palermo, otrora un barrio tranquilo tambièn.
A unas tres cuadras de Canning y Corrientes es una pizzeria que se mantubo inmune al paso del tiempo donde se puede comer una buena pizza de media masa o encargar para llevar. Los precios son baratos y no es muy concurrida por turistas.

Monday, 19 January 2015

From the Past - The lake of Xochimilco

You can call it the Xochimilco Lake or Lagoon, or just canals. In any case if you visit Mexico City, I do recommend you spare an afternoon to take a ride in the picturesque boats that ferry you around the different canals. Its like a cross in between Venice and the Aztec Empire.
See the Pdf here.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

The Lujan Basilica

The Lujan Basilica, located bout 80 clics from the City of Buenos Aires is a real Neo Gothic architectural jewel. Being the National Sanctuary of the Virgin of Lujan, which is the Patroness of the Argentine, it will probably be packed full on the weekends and national holidays, which abound in Argentina.
I had the blessing of going there on a weekday in which it was practically empty. Gothic buffs like me will surely enjoy the architecture that is 100 years old bur was recently renovated.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy 2015

Buenos Aire´s Middle Eastern conexion

I´m not one of going out to restaurants and I normally like to eat mostly local food when visiting different cities. Now when it comes to middle eastern food, I have developed a taste for it since it is practically a local food in places like New York,Ottawa, or Sao Paulo.
In Buenos Aires there is quite a big Colony of Lebanese,Syrians and Armenians, that used to live in the "Villa crespo" neighbourhood, around the Cordoba and Scalabrini Ortiz intersection.
Now the hood has changed and is an extension of the fancy Palermo hood. In any case you can still find good ethnic restaurants like "Sarkis" which specialises in Arab-Armenian food. If you crave for some sfiha or Kibe, this is the place to go. Located at Thames 1101 in Villa crespo, it serves most of the Armenian and Lebanese dishes that you probably know, and also the price is quite cheap considering its location.
Be advised that you will probably have to line up to get in, since the tourist crowds from Palermo also tend to go there.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

In Passing Snapshot - The street signs

Over the years I picked up a habit of photographing various objects in different cities like licence plates, traffic signs and street signs. Some I take for stock, or to remind me of the cities I´ve passed trough etc.
One consideration bout the street signs, something that is merely practical, but in many places they date back decades even centuries, is the way they replace the old with the new. Sometimes they keep the old ones, that as I said before have some historic value, and sometimes they just replace them with the new ones, or with new elaborate ones, and some times, like I´ve seen in south America, they just randomly ad them to the old ones that have´nt fallen off or been ripped off.