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Buenos Aires Food Adventures

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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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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Formica and Fish on Friday

If you’re interested in reading the story about the journey to Marta Corsico’s gas station cafe, please send me an email at layneattaxigourmet.com, and I’ll be happy to share it with you. In the meantime, here’s some information about where to find Marta’s food in Buenos Aires: Where to find ...

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Lazy Lunching at La Vaca Pampa

Two twenty-something men slice into steaks at a sidewalk table, their mugs of beer half empty, their conversation on pause. Inside, a family of four chatters around a bottle of wine and ignores the basket of rolls growing stale beneath cold blasts of conditioned air. At the table next door, ...

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To the Plaza Mayor via Montevideo

“They were going to kill me, so I had to leave,” Fernando said matter-of-factly. “It was during the dictatorship in Uruguay. I decided if they hit me, I was going to hit back, so I got involved in the student movement,” the taxista continued, “I was studying engineering. But I ...

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Simple and Glorious: El Puestito del Tío

If you’re interested in reading the story about the journey with Luis to the this popular sandwich stand in the Bosques de Palermo, please send me an email at layneattaxigourmet.com and I’ll be happy to share it with you. In the meantime, if you’re looking for a fabulous steak sandwich, ...

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Ode to the Pit Stop

Not 60 seconds after picking me up in front of a tire store in the far reaches of Belgrano, the cabbie with the aquamarine eyes knows exactly where we’re headed for something good to eat. “They’ve got everything at this place,” he says, “Really good pastas, steaks, even pizza. But ...

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A Compromise at El Imperio

“It’s all taxistas and all they serve is fast food,” Guillermo, the thirty-something cabbie, shakes his gelled head, “It’s not a place for you. There’s no way I’m taking you there. ” “There” is Guillermo’s usual lunch spot: the gas station on the corner of Thames and Charcas in the ...

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Metropolis in the Tangopolis

My homecoming taxi adventure was starting out with a bang. “I have colon problems,” the taxista said when I threw out my would-you-please-take-me-someplace-good-to-eat request, “So I haven’t eaten out in months.” “Besides,” he added, patting his slim belly, “You don’t eat what we eat.” “Excuse me?” I said. Who was ...

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