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Mendoza Wineries: how far in advance for reservations?

If you go with a guide, they should take care of all of that for you. Most of the wineries will take a reservation a day or two ahead. Are you driving yourselves? Do you know which wineries you'd like to visit? I would suggest as much planning ahead as you can, it's definitely not a Napa style situation where you can pull up, park, or walk or even bike ride, have a sample and move on. They want more of a tour and tasting, expect to do no more than 4 in a day. Also, larger wineries will fill up tours fast, so the earlier the better on reserving.
Hope that helps!

Gastronomic tour/gastronomic tour guide for Buenos Aires

I would recommend Liz Caskey, does BsAs, as well as other areas of ARG, Chile and Uruguay.

The Best Meal in Argentina? Look No Further than La Bourgogne!

Wow, what a write up! I've heard wonderful things about La Bourgogne, but we haven't been there yet. Have you tried 1884? What did you think?

where do buy fresh lard in Denver

I'd also check the lard at Rancho Liborio ( and at Carniceria Guadalajara (at 1st and Sheridan). Good luck!

Aug 30, 2010
Rebecca Caro in Mountain States

Hot Tamales in Denver?

Thanks, guys! I also wanted to add that I went to both La Popular and La Casita, but found a real tamale gem at Leobardo's, on Federal and Kentucky (on the west side of the street.) THey have a huge variety, and the tamales are more the kind you find in Veracruz--thick masa, very soft. But everything homemade, and they have red or green pork, chicken/vegetable, vegetarian cheese, corn (elote) and strawberry and pineapple for dessert--extraordinary!!
303-934-2722, they also have a huge menu of typical but hard to find this side of the border specialties--tacos de cabeza, etc.

La Casita
333 N Main St, Springville, UT 84663

Aug 30, 2010
Rebecca Caro in Mountain States

Denver - good eats near Convention Center

YES! Very authentic...we should check it out!

Aug 10, 2010
Rebecca Caro in Mountain States

Hot Tamales in Denver?

I was rereading an old thread from 2007 about where to get the best tamales in Denver...

Who has the best in 2010? Are there any new places that I should check out? And any I should forget about (like Zona's in Five-Points, which is closing because the octegenarian owner was also sellling crack....)?

( I'm looking for 'typical' Mexican-style tamales, corn husks rather than banana leaves, with more 'traditional' fillings and toppings)

Thanks, everyone!!

Aug 09, 2010
Rebecca Caro in Mountain States

Napoleons in Boulder/Denver

Le Delice in Cherry Creek, their pastries are wonderful. Are they still open, could anyone find out?

Jul 01, 2010
Rebecca Caro in Mountain States

Denver Pizza

Have to put in my two cents here about Buenos Aires Pizzeria--if you're wanting unique and authentic Argentinean toppings--blue cheese and hearts of palm, or proscuitto, for example, it's a nice change from some of the others mentioned.
Anthony's is good NY style, so are Robert's or Brooklyn MC's (in Littleton) if you're looking for something family owned in that area.
I've heard good things about Marco--yes, tatamagouche, not to be confused with Osteria Marco, which is amazing and not just for pizza!
Virgilio's is great, better than the oven. I'd pass on Pasquinis, and have to agree with the swankiness of the PS Lounge, which definietely adds to the betterment of the pizza at adjoining Enzos...the single roses handed out to tippling ladies is a nice touch, too....

Osteria Marco
1453 Larimer, Denver, CO 80202

Jul 01, 2010
Rebecca Caro in Mountain States

Viejo Domingo--NW Denver--thoughts?

I just heard about the newish Argentinean restaurant in NW Denver called Viejo Domingo--has anyone been there? And if so, how was it?

Jul 01, 2010
Rebecca Caro in Mountain States

I want to learn to cook Argentine food in Argentina

I was going to suggest Tersita, too. Can you post again after your experience? I'd like to take her classes myself sometime. Have fun!



What a great trip! Mendoza is definitely where you want to head--depending on the time of year you could work in processing olive oil, (June is olive harvest) or everything else (fruit and grapes) which happens mostly in March.

A few ideas for you: Vines of Mendoza ( has a vineyard in Uco Valley in the Andes, I'm sure Michael Evans would be happy to find a place 'interning' for you.
Molino La Tebaida is in San Martin, a half hour from Mendoza, they have a small pension and artisan olive oil press. Here's a link to a post I wrote with contact information:
1884 is a great idea, too, Francis Mallmann's head chef there is named Vanina Chimeno, she is on facebook and could hook you up with work at the restaurant. Mallmann's other restaurants, in BsAs and Uruguay may also be an option for you.

You could try contacting Gabriela at Finca Adalgisa, she runs a small B&B and vineyard near Mendoza, it's lovely. They also have a chaarity/community outreach project. Their wine is called Neu Horizons in the US, and is fair trade. Marc Weiss is their oenologist.

Or if you want a truly 'rustic' experience--you could visit my husband's family in Bowen! ;) It's 3 hours south of Mendoza, and they run a plum and fruit farm there. Everything in that area is like a trip back in time and focused on agriculture. Shoot me an email if you are interested, and I could put you in touch with the right people. (they also don't speak English).

Good luck and HAVE A GREAT TIME!!

Just Relocated to Poza Rica, Veracruz--suggestions?

Thanks so much for your recommends, Paul! I am having a great time exploring so far--we haven't yet made it to the coast, but will make Tecolutla a first stop!

Apr 24, 2010
Rebecca Caro in Mexico

Just Relocated to Poza Rica, Veracruz--suggestions?

Hello all,
I just relocated to Poza Rica, Veracruz and would love suggestions for places to eat out and shop in Poza Rica, Papantla and hour-drive radius around...

Also, if anyone knows of a health-food store in DF, pass that along, too! Thanks!!

Apr 15, 2010
Rebecca Caro in Mexico

Latin Markets in Southwest ?

Thanks, everyone for your great responses! These all sound wonderful.

Jan 26, 2010
Rebecca Caro in Southwest

Latin Markets in Southwest ?

Hi all--here in the Denver area there are some great places to find Latin products--Rancho Liborio, Avanza, Carneceria Guadalajara, Mi Pueblito, and Asian Seafood Market (seriously) in Boulder.

This thread started as a topic on my blog, because I so often get emails asking where people can find things like tapas for empanadas, yerba mate and dulce de leche where they live.

SO--Where are the places in your town that you like to go for ingredients needed in Latin Cookery?

Jan 21, 2010
Rebecca Caro in Southwest

Needed: classic dishes from South America

I would suggest empanadas, which are common all over South America in various forms, and barbecued steak, popular in Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Also, for your dessert, anything with dulce de leche--caramel--is a must! Alfajores, which are like shortbread cookies with dulce de leche sandwiched in, are a classic. I think the Peruvian suggestion of arroz con mariscos is great. It's tough to say 'this represents all of South America' because there are so many climate and regional differences! I write a blog about Argentinan recipes where you'll find good emapanda and dulce de leche choices. Good Luck!

Lechon in Denver?

Yes! Carniceria Guadalajara had the lechon, it cost around $100 for a 20 lb. one, they cut it for us so it would fit in our oven. Their info:303-937-7132 It's at 1st and Sheridan, 5185 W 1st Ave
Denver, CO 80219

Dec 21, 2009
Rebecca Caro in Mountain States

Lechon in Denver?

Thanks! I'm going to call around today, I also thought Carniceria Guadalajara (owned by an Argentinean) might have them--I'll let you know if I succeed!

Dec 14, 2009
Rebecca Caro in Mountain States

Wineries to visit in Mendoza?

Hi there. My husband's from Mendoza and we live in Denver and in Mexico but visit Argentina annually. I think you'll be happy with Achaval Ferrer and Ruca Malen. I'd also suggest Susana Balbo (you'll need a reservation) and Melipal, which are on Ruta 7 also. Check out the Vines of Mendoza tasting room, you'll be able to select a flight of wines of some bodegas you won't get to. I'm attaching a pic for you from Achaval Ferrer, there are more on my blog From Argentina With Love in the 'Bodegas' section. Have a great trip!

Lechon in Denver?

Does anyone have any bright ideas about where in the Denver area I can procure a suckling pig (Lechon) for Christmas dinner for my Argentinean husband?

Dec 10, 2009
Rebecca Caro in Mountain States