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From the Archives: The Way to Albamonte

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It's Independence Day in Argentina, and I thought I'd celebrate from afar by re-posting the story of one of my all-time favorite Buenos Aires taxi adventures. I've been back to Albamonte many times since taxista Antonio dropped us off here, and I've never been disappointed.

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Update: Dreaming of Choripán

© Jorge Royan / http://www.royan.com.ar / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Good news for choripán aficionados in Buenos Aires: Taxi Gourmet reader Rodrigo Varela Perarnau recently paid a visit to Mi Sueño, my favorite sausage sandwich stand on the Costanera Sur, and it turns out their choripán is as glorious as ever.

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Last Taxi in Buenos Aires

A photo I took at El Litoral in Balvanera, when I went back to Buenos Aires in August, 2012.

If I’d held a casting call for the ideal cabbie to drive my last taxi adventure in Buenos Aires, I couldn’t have found anyone to play the part more convincingly than Julio Verón. After 18 years driving a bus and 26 years as a taxista, the sweater-vested sixty-something oozed urban ...

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The Spanish Corner

Rincon Hispano

“I don’t have very sophisticated food tastes,” the taxi driver said, “I really like eating at the Coto food court in Ciudadela.” When I explained that we were looking for something a little more soulful than a superstore cafeteria, the taxista radioed his fellow cabbies for help. No one responded. ...

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The Golden Gnocchi

Don Carlos with Taxi

Buenos Aires, 1955. An Italian immigrant named Luigi opens a nondescript cantina on the corner of Billinghurst and Valentín Gomez in Almagro. Musicians and singers – including tango-singing legend Roberto Goyeneche – begin to gather there. Soccer stars, poets and painters follow. Don Carlos flourishes, but Luigi grows tired of ...

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Post-Crisis Pizza

If the Judeo-Christian world divides history between the periods before and after the birth of Christ, I’d venture that many Argentine taxi drivers divide their lives between the time before and after the country’s 2001 economic crisis. Marcelo, the blue-eyed taxista with a Tasmanian Devil suction-cupped to his windshield, counts ...

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Cantina Gone Bust

From time to time, my pursuit of all food that’s taxi-related goes bust, as was the case on today’s failed mission to La Cantina de los Taxistas. For weeks, I’ve been fantasizing about paying a visit to this cabbie-friendly restaurant, hoping to taste some authentic Italo-Argentine food (they’re allegedly famous ...

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A Taxi Adventure Marathon with The Guardian

A few Saturdays ago, The Guardian travel writer Vicky Baker and I embarked on a taxi adventure marathon in Buenos Aires. True to the spirit of the taxi adventures to date, we met three remarkable cabbies who showed us three excellent restaurants far off the city’s tourist circuit: El Viejo ...

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