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Layne Mosler

Go Where Your Reader Takes You

For months now, I’ve been itching to try many of the restaurants that you’ve been recommending – and now I’m finally going to get around to it. I’ll report back soon on my first reader-inspired food adventure. In the meantime, you might be relieved to know that the police caught ...

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Zen and the Art of Driving a Taxi

After it was clear that our first cab driver of the day couldn’t guide us beyond the fancy restaurants in Puerto Madero – and that he wasn’t quite ready to take us to his house for milanesas – we climbed out of his taxi and hopped into the yellow and ...

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Alberto’s Lunch Haunt

By the time Alberto dropped me off at the gargantuan buffet at Maizales on my last food quest, I was hungry – but not ready for the adventure with the charming taxista to end. Luckily, Alberto gave me the skinny about another restaurant where he often spends his lunch hour: ...

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Alberto & the Crazy Crepe Guy

12:00pm: You are standing at the corner of San Juan and Boedo, one of the most famous intersections in Buenos Aires. Across the street, tourists snap pictures of the Esquina Homero Manzi, the now famous cafe where tango composer Homero Manzi wrote “Sur,” an ode to his adopted neighborhood on ...

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The Dark Side of the Adventure

Last week, a 21 year old English girl was raped and robbed by a taxi driver in the middle of the night. When the cabbie realized she didn’t speak Spanish and somehow intuited that she was carrying a large amount of cash, he drove to a deserted side street, threw ...

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Jorge & Don Zoilo

“I wish I could eat with you,” said Jorge the taxista, “But I really can’t. My wife would kill me.” “You’re right,” I agreed, “You can’t.” “Yep, it’s just too dangerous. I’m a handsome guy. My wife doesn’t let me go out alone. When I get fixed up, you better ...

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Taxi Tension

Thanks to a new city proposal to ease traffic congestion and cut down on rush hour chaos, cabbies and bus drivers are at war in Buenos Aires. Bus drivers favor the new measure, which would create dedicated right-hand lanes for buses and occupied taxis. However, the statute would require unoccupied ...

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Gnocchi on the Other Side of the River

Since the 1970s, Argentines – and their Uruguayan neighbors – have used the word ñoqui (“lump” in Italian) to describe public sector employees who only bother to show up for work at the end of the month to pick up their paychecks. To this day, in a mocking celebration of ...

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Taxistas vs. Urbanspoon

I admit it – I’m not a gadget person. So I don’t quite connect with all the buzz surrounding the release of the new iPhone, a contraption as appealing to a Luddite like me as blood sausage to a vegetarian. However, like any persistent seductress, iPhone tries its darndest to ...

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No Nonsense at Pablin’s

Every passenger I pick up Is a strange book I learn to decipher. People in their own heaven, in their own hell, With their desire to laugh or cry. – Rodolfo Taboada, Taxi Mío (Tango) To Ricardo, the taxista from Villa Devoto, my Australian co-adventurers and I were indeed strange ...

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