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Pork and Política at Don Justo

Buenos Aires – and Argentina in general – is still enveloped in the conflict that unfolded over two weeks ago when farmers began their strike against the government’s latest export tax increase. Roadblocks in the provinces have prevented food from entering the city, and grocery store shelves once overflowing with ...

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Holy Week – A Metropolitan Pause

It’s Semana Santa, and Buenos Aires is throwing itself into holy week with characteristic gusto. Seafood shops have been mobbed for the past several days; empanadas de vigilia (seafood empanadas) are everywhere. Those with means have fled the city for the Atlantic coast (in the midst of roads blocked by ...

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Bife at the Bodegón

“The rich man isn’t the one who has the most, but rather the one who needs the least,” Juan the taxista said, “According to that criterion, I’m a very rich man.” He weaved in and out of the Friday afternoon traffic on Avenida 9 de Julio, sipping mate from a ...

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Salvation and Gnocchi

Your soul is worth more than all the treasures of the world. So concludes Pastor Orlando Loredo’s “God’s Plan for Salvation” brochure, which he handed to me upon dropping me off in front of La Cantina de David for lunch. Pastor Loredo, who drives a cab four days a week, ...

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