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Lake Placid updates?

Liquids and Solids is our fave restaurant in the region! Amazing cocktails, with generous pours. And always top notch food. Always go with charcuterie - that's the chef's specialty. Beef heart tacos= amazing. Seriously.

Buenos Aires coffee houses

Hi Rella! I could talk about this topic all day! My wife, daughter and I have been living here for a year. And we've made it a hobby to go to all 73 "café notables", designated by the city government. We have just 10 to go. Here's a map I made of all of them...

As for your questions, café culture is varied and diverse. There are historic ones, slick ones, hip ones, and everything in between. People go to chat, to eat, to read books, do work on a laptop, or just sit and ruminate. Many, mant have wifi (you ask the waiter for the password ("clave"' or "contraseña"). The ambiance ranges from lous music to no music at all and quiet. Once you order a coffee, the unwritten rule is you can stay as long as you want, and you'll never be bothered by a waiter, until you ask for your bill.

Except at the fancy, new places, there are few choices: a black, espresso-like (see below) cup, a café con leche, which you can get with just a drop of milk, "cortado", or half milk, "mitad, mitad", and a couple others. When it's served, it usually comes with little cookies, biscuits, and a shot of seltzer water or a little pitcher of water and a glass, or even sometimes with orange juice or orange "drink". Most people will also get a "medialuna", a sweet croissant, or toast, or another kind of many pastries available, especially at breakfast. A regular coffee these days costs around $10 pesos, or US$2.50, but can range from $6 pesos to 15 or more. A medialuna costs around 3 pesos, or 75 cents.

The coffee, for such a great café city, is pretty bad, by italian or american/starbucks standards. It comes from cheap beans from Brazil that are washed in some sort of sugar solution to make them more drinkable - "torrado" - A lot of expats complain about the quality of coffee here.

Well, hope some of this helps. If you're planning to come here, I'd be happy to give you suggestions of which cafés are the most unique.


Best eats in Buenos Aires

We have a vegetarían visiting now, so I'm fresh on this!
Baraka in Palermo is a must stop, fresh, delicious, inventive, many veg options.
Territorio in San Telmo (USA & Bolivar) has great salads. And for great fresh filled pastas, try Salgado Alimentos in Villa Crespo. Also Mamma Rossa in Villa crespo is top notch Family style Italian in a traditional argentine bodegón setting. Have fun!

26 Hours in Buenos Aries

Sure. Other suggestions: get out of Puerto Madero and go down to San Telmo. Two of the classic parrillas there are La Brigada (Estados Unidos btwn. Defensa and Bolivar) and La Gran Parrilla del Plata (Chile and Peru). For a nice historic cafe, Poesia (Chile & Bolivar) and Bar Seddon (Chile & Defensa)

Empanadas are everywhere. Go into a random panadería and grab a few...

Have fun!

26 Hours in Buenos Aries

Re: 3) Anuva wines will hook you up with fine wines you can't get in the US. They even have a subscription option.