December, 2014 Monthly archive

Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires main concert hall, has just released the program for 2015 Opera Season. Tickets are not yet for sale for the general public: priority is given to past seasons’ subscribers. For every individual, tickets are usually on sale around two months before the show.

If you are wondering how to get tickets, please see our oldest post: how to get tickets for Teatro Colón Opera.

Buenos Aires 2015 Opera Season at Teatro Colón


Opera in four acts by Jules Massenet (1892)

New production by Teatro Colón

Romantic opera based on Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther. Young, inexperienced and in love, Werther is one of the most emblematic characters of the first romanticism.

Werhter - Jules Massenet

From April 14 to April 21st




Comic opera in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti (1832)

L’Elisir D’Amore is one of the most charming pieces of Italian Bel Canto genre. It combines a touching love story and humoristic scenes with beautiful music and duets.

Buenos Aires 2015 Opera Season - L Elisir D'Amore

For May 8 to May 14



Epic Opera by Luca Francesconi (2011)

Production by Scala de Milán and IRCAM Paris

Buenos Aires 2015 Opera Season - Quartett -Fura Dels Baus

Luca Francesconi is a disciple of Berio y Stockhausen and a very innovative music composer. Quartett, base on play by Heiner Müller, may be one of the most interesting new opera creations. The production was conceived by La Fura dels Baus.


From June 16 to June 23



Melodram in one act by Pietro Mascagni (1890)


Opera in a prologue and two acts by Ruggero Leoncavallo (1892)

Production by Liege Opera

Two short operas about passion and jealousy, with an excellent cast of Argentinean artists.


From July 14 to July 21




Opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi (1867, rev. 1872/1886)

One of the most expected production of this 2015 opera season is Don Carlo. Seen as Verdi’s most ambitious operas, Don Carlo is a story of power and love during the Spanish Inquisition. Great international cast.

Buenos Aires 2015 Opera Season - Don Carlo - Verdi

From September 20 to September 29




Opera in five acts and seven scenes by Serguei Prokofiev (1927)

The story of The Fiery Angel has a culturally taboo subject: demonic possession. Largely, The Fiery Angel is considered, despite lack of productions, as Prokofiev’s strongest and most dramatically intense scores.”

 The Fiery Angel - Prokofiev

From November 3 to November 10




Drama in three acts by Richard Wagner (1882)

The magical music of Wagner comes back once again at Teatro Colón. In Parsifal, the great German composer revisits the story of the Saint Graal.

Buenos Aires 2015 Opera Season - Parsifal

December 4 to December 11


Hope you will enjoy Buenos Aires 2015 Opera Season! If you are wondering how to get tickets, please see this post.

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If you are staying in Buenos Aires for Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve, you should definitely book your restaurant in advance. For Christmas, the offer is limited as many places are closed. We have contacted many restaurants to find you the best menus for these special dates! You will find a detailed list below.


If you have a reservation at Palo Santo Hotel for these dates, please do not hesitate to contact us so we can help you arrange a restaurant table.


Restaurants opened for Christmas Eve and New Years Eve in Buenos Aires


Palacio Duhau Restaurant (Recoleta)

Palacio Duhau New year's Eve Dinner

Mood: 5-star Palace Hotel

Opened for: Christmas Eve, Christmas Brunch, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Brunch

Price: AR$ 3.100 to 3.400 (Christmas Eve), AR$3.900 to AR$4.890 (New Year’s Eve, including party), AR$1.200 (brunch)

What: 7-courses menu with high-end wines and champagne; complete brunch with entertainment for children

Our opinion: Palacio Duhau has a beautiful terrace and 5-star service


Hilton Puerto Madero

Hilton Buenos Aires

Mood: International Hotel

Opened for: Christmas Eve, Christmas Brunch, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Brunch

Price: AR$1.680 (Christmas Eve), AR$2.535 (New Year’s Eve, including party), AR$560 (brunch)

What: 5-courses menu with very good wines, special menu and entertainment for children

Our opinion:


Casa Cruz (Palermo)


Mood: Elegant Restaurant

Opened for: New Year’s Eve

Price: AR$1.800

What: 4-course menu (wine included) and party


Crizia (Palermo)


Mood: Elegant Restaurant

Opened for: New Year’s Eve

Price: AR$2.350

What: 6-course menu (wine included) with live jazz band


Il Gran Caruso (Palermo)


Mood: Traditional Italian Restaurant

Opened for: Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

Price: AR$900 (Christmas), AR$1000 (New Year)

What: 3-course menu (wine included)


Lo de Jesus (Palermo)


Mood: Argentinean Grill House

Opened for: Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

Price: AR$890 (Christmas), AR$990 (New Year)

What: Fixed menu (to be defined)


Café de los Angelitos


Mood: Tango Show and Dinner

Opened for: Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

Price: USD400 – 550 (VIP placement)

What: 3-course menu with wines and music until 3am


Rojo Tango (Puerto Madero)


Mood: Over-the-Top Tango Show in a 5-star hotel

Opened for: Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

Price: USD700

What: 4-course menu with wines and party until 3 am


Please remember that if you have a reservation at Palo Santo Hotel for these dates, you can contact us to help you book a table. Most restaurants are fully booked days before the event, so plan in advance!

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Happy Holidays

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This week-end in Buenos Aires:

Tango Concert at La Usina del Arte

Buenos Aires Tango Orquestra

Buenos Aires Tango Orquestra will share the scene with Pipi Piazolla jazz sextet. The concert will end with Astor Piazolla tango repertoire.
See this blog post for more info about La Usina del Arte.

Friday Dec 12 – 8:30pm
Free entrance
La Usina del Arte
Caffarena, Agustin R. 1 (at Pedro De Mendoza Ave) – La Boca
Taxi highly recommended from Palermo


Antonio Berni exhibition at MALBA


For this exhibition, MALBA museum brings together over 150 works around Juanito and Ramona characters: paintings, collages and bi-dimensional constructions.

See our complete post about this exhibition.

Until Feb. 02 2015
MALBA Museum
Ave. Figueroa Alcorta 3415

Margaret Bourke-White photo exhibition at Centro Cultural Borges

Margaret Bourke exhibition Buenos Aires

Centro Cultural Borges presents a selection of pictures of famous newyorker photograph published in Life magazine.

Centro Cultural Borges
Viamonte 525 (next to Galerías Pacífico)
Mo-Sa 10am-9pm / Su 12am-9pm

El Mercat design fair at Ciudad Cultural Konex

Author’s design fair: adults and children apparel, home decoration, stationary, etc.

Ciudad Cultura Konex
Sarmiento 3151
Sunday 2pm-9pm

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Located in the not-so-glamourous area of Constitución, Aramburu Bis is a gem in Buenos Aires gastronomical scenery. It is the second restaurant of chef Gonzalo Aramburu and constitutes a more accessible alternative to his original restaurant, Aramburu. If you want to discover Argentine Cuisine further than grilled meat and empanadas, we highly recommend it!

Aramburu Bis

Aramburu Bis is located in Constitución, a popular area not far from San Telmo. The setting is very modern and rustic at the same time: the large steel ceiling lamps contrast very nicely with the raw wood chairs and table. Some cooking equipment and pots hang over the tables. There are some individual tables and other communal tables, fit for several groups of 2 to 8 diners.

Aramburu Bis - Buenos Aires

The menu is a modern take on Argentine Cuisine: Ojo de Bife Ahumado (smoked ribeye with kabutia pure, sweet potatoes chips, pesto and braised leak), Raviolones de Conejo (rabbit ravioli with mushrooms, herbs and tomato), Churrasquitos de Higado de Ternera (veal liver steaks with truffled potatoe pure, grilled peppers and fried egg) are some of the main courses. For desert, the arroz con leche (rice pudding) is absolutely stunning.

Aramburu - Ojo de Bife

Finally, the service is friendly and efficient and the breadbasket – served with a delicious olive oil – is great. And they have a very nice wine list too. For now, price is very accessible: around USD25 per person. Let’s enjoy it while it lasts!


Aramburu Bis

Humberto Primo 1207


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Of course, as in all family reunions in Argentina, asado (barbecue) is a very popular option. But many Argentineans have Italian and Spanish ancestors and have inherited their culinary traditions and traditional Christmas dishes.

The Argentinean Christmas table often include:

Vitel Toné (vitelle tonnato)

Vitel Tone Christmas Dish

Vitello tonnato is a well-known Italian dish of cold, sliced veal covered with a creamy, mayonnaise-like sauce that has been flavored with tuna. In a country were meat is delicious and unexpensive, vitel toné is a popular first course for a Christmas meal


Roast suckling pig (lechón asado)

Argentina Christmas Dishes

This typical Spanish dish consists in a whole pig usually cooked in a bakery oven and served cold. In the old days, bakeries used to lend their ovens so the neighbors could cook their pig.


Pan dulce

Pan Dulce Argentina

A delicious sweet brioche with lots of nuts and almonds. Combines perfectly with a glass of champagne!

“Pan dulce” is the Spanish variant of Italian Panettone. From November to January, all bakeries and even supermarket sell their pan dulce. It is also a common tradition that employers give their employees a Christmas basket include one “pan dulce”.


Turrón and sugared almonds


Also a tradition inherited from Spain.


Christmas Eve dinner usually ends long after midnight. Young people then use to go out with their friends and most clubs are open and crowded. Families use to gather again for lunch on Christmas day, for yet another day of overeating!


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