NORTH EASTERN BRAZIL : CANOA QUEBRADA

Canoa Quebrada, meaning broken canoe, is a tiny little beach side town in the Northeastern state of Ceará, Brazil. I found it the way I often find random little towns to visit - by zooming in on google maps. I did a little research and decided it would make for a great little stop over between Fortaleza and Natal...

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MEXICO PART 1 : PLAYA DEL CARMEN

This one is going out to my lovely friend Jane, Misceo Alumni and fellow adventurer, soon to embark on a little trip to the magical land of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. I started this post quite a while ago but never got around to posting it but since Jane reached out for some tips on visiting Mexico I thought it was high time I did. 

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VISITING THE IGUAÇU FALLS

One of the great natural wonders of the world and one of most well known and visited attractions in Latin America, the Iguazú Falls are not to be missed. If I am honest I was really only luke-warm about making the detour to visit the falls but in the end they turned out to be one of my greatest experiences in South America so far.

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EATING MY WAY AROUND CHILE

Chile is a country that offers it all! Glaciers, mountains, vineyards, beaches, deserts, big cities and cute little towns, you name it, Chile has it. And yet all of this would mean nothing to me if the food was not good, for what better window into the soul of a society than through their cuisine...

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MACHAS A LA PARMESANA

This recipe was created fifty years ago in the Chilean coastal city of Viña del Mar by an Italian immigrant and it is now considered a Chilean classic. The perfect entrée, Chileans serve the razor clams in their shell, lightly baked to perfection in a decadent creamy white wine sauce and covered in parmesan. 

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COOKING CHILEAN CUISINE IN VALPARAÍSO

My newest travel obsession is cooking classes. For me, foraging the bustling markets for fresh and local produce and learning how to cook a nation's classic dishes is like an express pass to the best kind of cultural experience possible. 

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KEEPING FIT WHILST TRAVELING; professional tips from personal trainer Laura Court

Laura is a professional photographer and qualified personal trainer based in Auckland, New Zealand.  Her love of travel has lead her to live overseas several times, most recently in London where she was working as a photographer for Net-a-Porter followed by a stint working on the super-yachts.  She has recently turned her life long passion for health and fitness into a career by launching her own personal training business. I got in touch with Laura to pick her brains on the best ways to maintain healthy habits, even whilst living out of a suitcase. Here's what she had to say... 

You were living as an expat in London when you decided on a career change to Personal Training, what inspired you to make the leap?

I have always been interested in health and fitness, being active has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. It has been in the back of my mind for a while now that I wanted to study again although it wasn’t until I moved back to New Zealand after several years in London that I finally put my thoughts into action and enrolled to study.  I still love photography, so rather than a complete career change, I like to look at it as a progression into doing and hopefully combining the two things I love.  Well, that plus travel so the three things I love.

You’ve always been an athletic and fit person but have you ever found yourself falling off the wagon or lacking motivation? How do you motivate yourself? 

I stay motivated by mixing my workouts up each week - weights, spin, swimming, yoga, running and walking.  If I don’t feel like doing a specific workout on that day then I change it by doing something different, as long as I’m moving I’m happy. While I do spend the majority of my training time in the weights room, yes leg day is my favourite day, I change up my workouts by changing the sets, reps and the order of exercises, this keeps my body guessing.  Lastly, it’s important to set yourself goals whether they are long term or short term as it helps to have something to work towards.  Once you have achieved that goal, set another.

You’re mad keen about fitness but you’re almost as keen on traveling. Where have you been and what were your most memorable trips?  Do you have a favourite country/city? What do you love about it? 

I started traveling straight out of high school and have relocated several times now, living in Canada, America, London, and the South of France for a short period of time before working on a super yacht.  There have been many holidays in-between these periods too so it’s hard to pick a favourite as each trip is different and memorable in it’s own way.  I am quite adventurous, so any travel involving diving or snowboarding is top on my list – living in Canada was perfect for this as I was in BC and the ski fields there are amazing.  A recent trip to Bali was amazing for diving.  On my last dive I was lucky enough to see eight manta rays which was incredible.  Being a photographer I love to travel and photograph anywhere that is completely different from New Zealand, Asia is amazing for this, in particular Cambodia’s Angkor Wat which is one of my favourite destinations. 

They say losing weight is only 20% exercise but 80% diet, do you agree?  What is your diet like and what would you typically eat in a day? 

Yes I agree, you can exercise all you like but if you’re not eating the right foods it makes it very hard to reach your goals.  You may achieve them in the end but it will take you a lot longer.  For me, a typical day usually consists of muesli for breakfast which I make myself.  A combination of toasted oats, chia seeds, dried fruit and chopped nuts.  I have this with some yogurt and a banana, then a hard-boiled egg on the side for my protein.  I usually have carrot sticks and/or a piece of fruit mid morning for a snack.  Lunch is a salad of some description depending what I have in the fridge at the time.  Salmon, chicken, tuna or beef, depending on what I have cooked the previous evening with a mix of spinach, tomato’s, peppers, grated zucchini, corn, roasted kumara ( sweet potato for those outside of NZ), quinoa and dressed with balsamic vinegar.  In the afternoon I will have another snack, a piece of fruit, some nuts or a homemade slice.  Dinner is generally the same as lunch, in winter I often substitute the salad for a stir-fry or homemade soup.  It’s a bit of a joke I have with my flatmates actually, “salad for dinner again tonight” but I love it and it’s super easy to prepare so it works for me.  I have a bit of a sweet tooth too so I like to have healthy sweet treats around, usually some dark chocolate or my oat slice which I make.  This is all on a good day, to me life is to be enjoyed so moderation is key – I won’t say no to going out for dinner or a drink with friends, I’ll just make sure the rest of the day or week is as healthy as possible.

It’s one thing eating a balanced diet when at home and in a routine but it can be a lot harder when travelling. What tips can you give for eating clean whilst traveling overseas?  

It all depends on where I’m going and what I’m going to be doing.  If I can I will always head to a supermarket and stock up on fresh fruit, vegetables and a selection of nuts.  At least that covers my breakfast and snacks for the day then I will generally try and choose the healthiest option on the menu if I eat out. 

It’s also very easy to let exercise fall to the way-side when travelling; can you suggest some good ways to add a bit of fitness to your day when travelling? 

It’s definitely harder when you are away from home and your routine.  When packing my bag for any trip away the very first thing that goes into my bag is my workout gear so I can go for a run, there is nothing better than going for a morning run in an amazing new city.  If I’m going to be in a country where I am unsure on whether it is safe to run or it’s not possible then I will always have my skipping rope tucked away in my suitcase or pack as an alternative.  Another option is a circuit-based session or tabata, short bursts of high intensity intervals that can be done in limited space and at any time.  Stay tuned for my upcoming travel workouts.

What are your top exercises that can be done anywhere, no equipment required? 

Running is on the top of my list as it’s the perfect way to explore your new surroundings.  I often try out new gyms when I’m traveling if I’m going to be somewhere long enough, it’s a great way to see what is popular in a different country and to try out some new classes.  I’m a strong believer that resistance training mixed with cardio as the perfect way to shape and transform your body to create a well-balanced physique.  When I don’t have access to a gym I do body weighted exercise instead, I’m a huge fan on squats and lunges so they are always in my sessions.  There is nothing like some jumping squats or lunges to get the heart rate up and burn calories.

Any last words of wisdom for fellow travel lovers who like to keep looking and feeling their best even when on the road? 

Walk whenever you can, explore each new city by foot rather than jumping on a bus or in a taxi - this way you really get a feel for what a city is like rather than observing it from the outside.  Also, moderation is key, enjoy your travel but remember you don’t need to have a drink at every bar or have gelato on every street corner to enjoy yourself.  Lastly, exercise is a time when you get to focus on yourself, everyone is different and it’s about finding what works for you in the time you have available.

For more fitness inspiration you can follow Laura on Facebook and on Instagram at @lauralcourt

 

BUENOS AIRES THROUGH THE EYES OF A LOCAL; Cindy Wagner from Turista en Buenos Aires - English Version

Cynthia (Cindy) Martinez Wagner is a Buenos Aires native and the founder and writer of the successful blog Turista en Buenos Aires. A lover of travel herself she realised, as most of us do, she was taking her own city for granted by falling into the routines of life. When we are travelling abroad we make the most of getting out and exploring a city so that’s what Cindy decided to do, but in her own backyard. She documents photos of her beautiful city of Buenos Aires on her Instagram account @turistaenbuenosaires as well as running a bilingual blog (Spanish with English translations) with lots of great tips on exploring and enjoying Buenos Aires that serves both locals and tourists alike.

A fan of the blog, I reached out to Cindy to meet up and learn about Buenos Aires through the eyes of a native who loves her own city so much she writes about it, sharing her passion for Buenos Aires with all. 

Did you have to travel abroad to appreciate what you have at home or have you always been in love with this city?

I have always loved to travel and I have had the opportunity to visit many places. The feeling of visiting a new country is a unique experience. When I visited cities like Madrid and Paris, I had moments where I felt as though I was walking through the streets of my own city. In other places I visited, I noticed the pride felt by the locals for their cities and I also met many foreigners who told me how fascinated they were by their experience visiting Buenos Aires. So then I asked myself “ what are they seeing that I am missing? That was when I started to go out wandering (with my camera in hand) to see new things. The funny thing was when I started to make plans to explore my city I realised that I really didn’t know it, and that many of the things that tourists like about it (visiting La Boca, watching a tango show, visiting an iconic café) I had never done myself. The experience from that day till now has exceeded my expectations in every way. More than once I have found myself dazzled and excited to share my experiences with others. The key is to have the same attitude as when you are traveling. I know it’s not the same but it’s the first step to re-ignite a love for your own city.

Can you share some fond memories you have of growing up in Buenos Aires?

The lasting impression that Buenos Aires leaves on anyone who has lived here is one of affection. It’s a city where anyone (whether local or not) can garner friendships. We have certain customs that you don’t encounter in other places. From our manner of greeting (a hug and a kiss) to our extended meal times spent sharing stories with our family or friends. Coffee dates with friends and rounds of mate at work, these are moments that I have always (and still do) enjoyed a lot. These experiences, and nights out dancing till the small hours of the morning are typical for all Porteños. I also remember the excitement of the day I learned that the Pope would be an Argentine. I remember the moment, I was in bed with the TV on in the background.

Tell me about your lifestyle as a young woman living in Buenos Aires.

Always on the go. Buenos Aires is a fast paced city (sometimes too fast). I am 28 and married. I am a graphic designer, I work full time and work out twice a week (swimming). Before I go home at night I pick up some groceries from the shops near home ( being only two we just get what we need). The weekends are when I get to enjoy being a tourist in my own city. In spring and autumn I like to go bike-riding. Dining out with friends or going to the movies with my husband are other things i enjoy (I am a big fan of popcorn). Sundays are for family and we all get together (siblings, in-laws, nieces and nephews) at my parent's place, which ends up being a huge table of people and we really enjoy ourselves.

What makes Buenos Aires a unique city in your opinion?

Everything! For starters the people and our customs that I mentioned already. We are the most European city in Latin America, especially the architecture. There’s an amazing cultural scene and in addition to that we are open minded about many issues so anyone who visits can integrate themselves into the culture quickly. Furthermore, you will find Buenos Aires to be a very eclectic city with modern suburbs like Puerto Madero within a short distance of the historic quarter, which is really fascinating, and then not much further there are suburbs like San Telmo and La Boca which are like a time warp. Even the craziness of day to day life here ends up being part of the attraction for visitors. From the honking and the chaos of traffic, to the effusive way that we speak (similar to the Italians) and where patience is not an common attribute; it all adds to the amusement for outsiders looking in.

Let’s talk about food. I believe experiencing the cuisine of a new country is one the best ways to experience its culture, do you agree? Tell me all about the cuisine of Buenos Aires. What do you love? Is there anything you hate? What is the best area for dining? What is the must-try food for visitors? What is the best thing your parents cooked when you were growing up?

I agree 100% with you that while experiencing the food of a place you also experience its culture. Personally I find it really fun to explore supermarkets in other countries, seeing their different products and trying new things. I also try to try the signature dish of any city that I visit. When it comes to my country, it’s common knowledge that Argentina is renowned for its meat, its dulce del leche, mate, schnitzel and empanadas. You can’t visit Buenos aires without trying a classic barbecue. What makes us unique from other places is that we heat our grills with either coal or wood and we serve the bbq in stages.  First we serve the “achuras” which includes things like chorizo, blood sausage and sweetbreads(the latter two are my favourites) before moving on to stage two and three which will usually include different cuts of steak, ribs and pork accompanied by salad or grilled veggies. If you are lucky to be invited to a barbecue in someone’s home you’ll be served all of this. In a restaurant you should be able to order a mixed grill so you can try a few different things.

Dulce de leche is my Achilles heel (I love sweets) and although they try to imitate it abroad with caramel, I’m sorry to say it just doesn’t compare. While you can try dulce de leche straight from the spoon I recommend having it within some context. Flan (creme caramel) with dulce de leche is a classic for us. You can also try an alfajor (Havanna and Chachafaz make the best ones) or in the form of a candy. Another delicious way to try dulce de leche is in a slice of chocolate cake or a pancake. Regarding Mate, there’s no particular time of day for having it, it can be at any time. Some people like it sweetened but I prefer it bitter. Usually you drink it in a group, sharing the same mate gourd. In the workplace people sip on it all day. For people new to mate I recommend trying a yerba suave which is milder blend of tea leaves.

It’s worth noting that Buenos Aires has various key areas for dining. Puerto Madero (a modern area with view of the river) Palermo (a young and casual area) are the most busy. There are also some great places to eat in San Telmo and there’s a lot of variety throughout the city from Mexican, Italian, Sushi, Armenian and Arabic to whatever else you can think of. The offerings outweigh the demand.

Vegan and health food deserve their own paragraph. In recent years there has been a boom in health food with increasing numbers in places specialising in this cuisine. In my blog I have many recommendations for good places to eat although I suppose one should be mindful that what I like may not appeal to others.

Regarding my parents, it was my dad who taught me to cook. He taught me how to make flan with dulce de leche and cream. Delicious!

Argentine cuisine has long stuck with stock standard items like bbq, pasta, pizza and pastries but I have noticed a few new trends, especially around the hipster areas in Palermo of gourmet burger joints, vegetarian and vegan, Peruvian cuisine, and Asian cuisines like Thai, Vietnamese and Indian. Do you think young Argentines are becoming more adventurous with their tastes?

Yes and I celebrate it. I’m so glad we are evolving and that there are these kinds of offerings. As I said before, there are many options and the gastronomy of Buenos Aires won’t disappoint.

A visitor only has 3 days to explore Buenos Aires so they can’t see everything. What MUST they see and do?

Day 1: Casco Histórico + San Telmo
- Plaza de Mayo (Casa Rosada, el Cabildo, la Catedral)
- Av. De Mayo (Café Tortoni, Mirador Barolo, the Congreso building)
- Av. 9 de julio and Av. Corrientes (the Obelisco and the Teatro Colón)
- Calle Florida + Galerias Pacífico (shopping)
Night: dine in San Telmo. There is block I love Balcarce (between Belgrano and Venezuela) and the surrounding area. Choose a nice place and if there's a tango show all the better!

Day 2:  Recoleta + Palermo
- Have breakfast at Café La Biela + Cementerio Recoleta
- Flor Genérica + Puente Facultad de derecho
- Av. Alvear and Patio Bulrich (shopping)
- Av. Santa Fe (up till Callao) to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the shopping district.
- Bookstore El Ateneo Grand Splendid
- Take the subway to Plaza Italia, explore a Palermo Soho
- Plaza Serrano and Plaza Armenia for artist markets, bars, restaurants, and a lot of street art.
Palermo is always buzzing, you can go there to dine, just for a few drinks or to continue on for a night of dancing.

Day 3:  La Boca + Parks + Puerto Madero

- Morning: take a walk through the parks in Palermo (Rosedal and Jardín Japonés)
- Afternoon: La Boca (Caminito + La Bombonera)
- Evening: Dine with a view of the river in Puerto Madero and get a photo of the Puente de la Mujer (the women's bridge)

Of course that's cutting it all a bit short but if you only have a few days  I recommend fitting in the above things depending on what you like (museums, shopping, bar hopping).

What have been your favourite travels overseas? What country are you dying to go and visit?

I love New York, it’s a city that constantly reinvents itself and every time I go there is something new to discover. Furthermore I can speak enough of the language which makes it easier to arrange things. On the other hand I am dying to visit Japan and learn about its culture.

There is a lot of street art in Buenos Aires, what is the culture behind this trend?

I love it and every day there is more. I’m actually writing an article about it at the moment. Street art has a long history in our country. It started in the regrettable time of a dictatorship when public spaces were used to denounce the huge number of disappearances that occurred. From there continued a tradition of graffiti of political protests(again in the crisis of 2001) and in more recent years it has moved more towards design, murals and general graffiti. There has been an unprecedented visual explosion of street art to the point where artists are now commissioned to paint murals on buildings. By now you could say that it has become part of our culture and you can see examples all over the city, in the subways, bridges, buildings etc.

River Plate or Boca Juniors?

BOCA!

Besides Bs As, where is your favourite place in Argentina?

Baricloche/Villa la Angostura. The south of our country is one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen in my life, I recommend it just as much in summer as in winter.

Is there anything else you would like to share with travellers thinking about visiting Buenos Aires?

That they are more than welcome and that we love to have people come to see not just Buenos Aires but the whole country in general. Regarding safety, while there are always recommendations for travellers in South America, don’t be scared, just enjoy it. You need to take the same precautions as in any cosmopolitan city. Stay in tourist friendly areas and mind your belongings. When you need to exchange your money you’re better to do it at the bank. Finally, people drive very badly in Buenos Aires and it’s not like other countries ( I.e London) where you set foot on the road and everyone breaks (and practically put down a red carpet for you to cross). Here you need to be very mindful when crossing the street.

Having said all that we await your visit. And if you can’t physically travel you can at least come with me on my blog www.turistaenbuenosaires.com Or on Instagram: @turistaenbuenosaires

A big thanks to Cindy for taking the time to share with us!

En Español - Buenos Aires por los ojos de Cindy Wagner del blog Turista en Buenos Aires - Spanish Version

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¿Tuviste que viajar al extranjero para apreciar lo que tienes en Buenos Aires o quizás siempre has estado enamorada de esta ciudad?

Siempre me ha gustado viajar y he tenido la posibilidad de conocer muchos lugares. La sensación de estar conociendo un país nuevo es una experiencia única. Cuando me tocó visitar ciudades como Madrid o París, hubo momentos donde me sentía caminando por las calles de mi propia ciudad. En otros lugares que conocí, me di cuenta el orgullo que sienten los locales por su ciudad y muchos extranjeros me hablaban de lo fascinados que estaban por haber conocido Buenos Aires. A partir de esto me pregunté ¿Que están viendo ellos que yo me estoy perdiendo? Este fue el punto de inicio para salir a caminar (con cámara en mano) y conocer cosas nuevas. Lo curioso fue que cuando empecé a planificar conocer mi ciudad de cero, me di cuenta que realmente no lo conocía, que muchas de las cosas que les encantaba a los extranjeros (visitar la Boca, ver un show de tango, conocer algún café emblemático) yo no las había hecho nunca. La experiencia hasta el día de hoy ha superado mis expectativas en todo sentido. Más de una vez vuelvo deslumbrada y con ganas de compartir mi experiencia con los demás. La clave es tener la misma actitud que cuando uno viaja. Sé que no es lo mismo pero es el primer paso para volver a enamorarte de tu ciudad.

¿Puedes compartir algunos recuerdos cariñosos que tienes de crecer en Buenos Aires?

La huella que deja Buenos Aires para quienes han vivido acá es la del afecto. Es una ciudad donde cualquiera (sea o no de acá) puede cosechar amistades. Tenemos costumbres muy definidas que no se encuentran en todos lados. Desde nuestra forma de saludar (abrazos, besos) hasta nuestras sobremesas (eternas) compartiendo anécdotas con nuestra familia o amigos. Los cafecitos con amigas y las rondas de mate en el trabajo, son momentos que he disfrutado mucho y que sigo disfrutando. Las previas y salidas a bailar son un clásico de todos los porteños que abarcan casi toda la noche. También recuerdo la emoción del día que me enteré que el Papa era argentino mientras hacia la cama con la TV de fondo.

Hábleme de su estilo de vida como una mujer joven que vive en Buenos Aires. 

En constante movimiento. Buenos Aires es una ciudad con ritmo (demasiado por momentos). Tengo 28 años y estoy casada. Soy diseñadora gráfica, trabajo y hago deporte 2 veces por semana (natación). Antes de llegar a casa hago las compras en los almacenes del barrio (al ser 2, vamos comprando lo necesario). Los fines de semana es donde aprovecho para ser turista en mi ciudad. En primavera y otoño me gusta hacer las salidas en bici.  Comer afuera con amigos o ir al cine con mi marido es otra cosa de las que disfruto mucho (soy bastante fanática de los pochoclos). Los domingos son más familiares y nos juntamos todos (hermanos, cuñados, sobrinos) en lo de mis papás, lo cual termina siendo una GRAN mesa donde nos divertimos mucho. 

¿Que hace Buenos Aires una ciudad única en su opinión? 

Todo!! Por empezar su gente y nuestras costumbres como te conté antes. Somos la ciudad más europea de América Latina sobre todo por su arquitectura. La movida cultural que hay es increíble sumado a que somos abiertos en cuanto a un montón de temas hacen que quien visite la ciudad se sienta al poco tiempo integrado. Además te vas a encontrar con una ciudad muy eclética: barrios super modernos (como Puerto Madero) y a poca distancia el Casco Histórico que es realmente fascinante y no mucho más lejos, barrios como San Telmo o La Boca que son como un túnel al pasado. Inclusive la locura con la que se vive día a día en la ciudad termina siendo a la vez una atracción para quienes nos visitan. Desde los bocinazos y el caos del tránsito, hasta lo efusivos que somos para hablar (parecidos a los italianos) y donde la paciencia no es una cualidad; son un complemento por momentos divertidos para quien los ve de afuera. 

Vamos a hablar de la comida. Creo que experimentar la cocina de un nuevo país es una de las mejores maneras de experimentar su cultura, ¿estás de acuerdo ? Dime todo sobre la cocina de Buenos Aires. ¿Qué amas? ¿Hay algo que odias? ¿Cuál es la mejor zona para comer? ¿Cuál es el deber- probar la comida para los visitantes? ¿Cuál es la mejor cosa que su madre cocinaba cuando estaba creciendo? 

Coincido 100% con vos en cuanto a que al conocer la comida de un lugar se conoce también su cultura. Personalmente me divierto mucho en supermercados de otros países, viendo sus productos y probando cosas nuevas. Siempre trato de probar algún plato autóctono de la ciudad que me toca visitar.  En cuanto a mi país, es sabido que Argentina es mundialmente conocida por su carne, por el dulce de leche, el mate, la milanesa y las empanadas. 

No podes irte de Buenos Aires sin haber probado un clásico asado (barbecue para Uds). A diferencia de otros lugares del mundo, nuestras parrilladas se hacen al carbón o leña, y por etapas: 1º están las “achuras” como el chorizo, las morcillas o las mollejas (estas últimas son mis preferidas), antes de pasar a la 2º etapa donde podes empezar con una colita de cuadril (al plato o en sándwich), o probar un vacio y así terminar con la 3º etapa, a base un lomo y/o matambrito de cerdo, acompañado de ensalada o verduras a la parrilla. Todo esto si te invitan a un clásico asado argentino en un casa. En un restaurante seguramente te traigan un mix de lo mencionando arriba, en una mini parrillita, para que degustes. El dulce de leche es mi talón de Aquiles (amo los dulces) y aunque afuera quieran imitarlo con el “Caramel”, lamento decirles que está muy lejos de superarlo. Si bien el dulce de leche se puede probar da manera directa con una cuchara, yo les recomiendo hacerlo dentro de un contexto. El flan con dulce de leche es un clásico para nosotros. También podes probar un alfajor (Havanna y Chachafaz los más ricos),  o en forma de golosina (Vauquita). Una porción de chocotorta o un panqueque son otra forma muy sabrosa de probar este producto.

Respecto al mate, no hay un momento del día para tomarlo, puede ser en cualquier momento. Hay quienes lo toman dulce aunque yo lo prefiero amargo. Se suele tomar en grupo (es una tradición) y se comparte del mismo mate. En los contextos laborales todo el mundo está tomando mate a toda hora. Para los primerizos les recomiendo usar yerba suave.

Vale aclarar que Buenos Aires cuenta con varios polos gastronómicos importantes. Puerto Madero (barrio moderno y elegante con vista al río) y Palermo (barrio juvenil y descontracturado) son los más concurridos. En San Telmo también se encuentran lugares muy buenos para comer y existe una gran variedad de opciones por toda la ciudad que van desde comida mexicana, italiana, sushi, comida armenia y árabe, hasta lo que se te ocurra. Por lo cual la oferta es más grande que la demanda.

Párrafo aparte merece la comida vegana o natural. En los últimos años se vive un boom de la comida saludable y cada vez hay más lugares especializados en este tipo de comida. En mi blog hago muchas recomendaciones de lugares para ir a comer. Aunque hay que tener cuidado porque lo que me puede gustar a mi, puede ocurrir que a la otra persona no.

Respecto de mis padres, el que se destacaba en la cocina era papá. Con el aprendí a hacer flan casero acompañado de dulce de leche y crema. Riquísimo!

La cocina argentina siempre ha ofrecido elementos tradicionales como la barbacoa , pasta, pizza y pasteles , pero me he dado cuenta de algunas nuevas tendencias , especialmente alrededor de las áreas de hipsters en Palermo de lugares de hamburguesas gourmet, vegetarianos y veganos , la cocina peruana y cevicherías y Asia cocinas como Tailandesa, Vietnamita e India . ¿Crees que jóvenes Argentinos son cada vez más aventureros con sus gustos? 

Si y lo celebro! Me encanta que innovemos, que nos animemos y que haya propuestas de este tipo. Como te comenté antes, existen tantas opciones, que la gastronomía de Bs.As. no los va a decepcionar.

 Un visitante sólo tiene 3 días para explorar Buenos Aires, entonces no puedan ver todo. ¿Qué deben ver y hacer?

Día 1: Casco Histórico + San Telmo
- Plaza de Mayo (Casa Rosada, el Cabildo, la Catedral)
- Av. De Mayo (Café Tortoni, Mirador Barolo, El Congreso)
- Av. 9 de julio y Av. Corrientes (Obelisco y el Teatro Colón)
- Calle Florida + Galerias Pacífico (shopping)
Noche: cenaría por San Telmo. Hay una cuadra que me encanta: Balcarce (entre Belgrano y Venezuela) y sus al rededores. Eligieria algún lugar lindo y si es con show de tango mejor!

Día 2:  Recoleta + Palermo
- Desayuno en Café La Biela + Cementerio Recoleta
- Flor Genérica + Puente Facultad de derecho (vista aérea)
- Av. Alvear y Patio Bulrrich (compras)
- Av. Santa Fe (hasta Callao) para vivir el bullicio de la Avenida de la moda
- Librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid
- Subte hasta Plaza Italia, rumbo a Palermo Soho
- Plaza Serrrano y Plaza Armenia para feria artesanales, bares, restaurantes, y mucho streetart
Palermo tiene un ritmo constante, por lo que pueden ir de copas o cenar ahí mismo y hasta ir a bailar.

Dia 3:  La Boca + Parques + Pto Madero
- Mañana: Recorrida por Los Lagos de Plaermo (Rosedal y Jardín Japonés)
- Tarde: La Boca (Caminito + La Bombonera)
- Noche: Cenar con vista al río por Puerto Madero (fotos en el Puente de la Mujer)

Lógico que me quedo corta, pero si sólo contaran con 3 días, recomendaría esto que te mencioné arriba.
Después queda a gusto de cada uno (los que prefieren los museos, los que prefieren las compras, los que sólo quieren ver arquitectura o los que les gusta ir de bar en bar, etc.)

¿Cuáles han sido sus recorridos favoritos en el extranjero? ¿En qué país estás muriendo para ir a visitar ?

Nueva York me encanta, es una ciudad que constantemente se reinventa y siempre que voy, hay algo nuevo por descubrir. Además manejo el idioma y eso también facilita las cosas. Por otro lado, tengo muchas ganas de conocer Japón y toda su cultura.

Hay mucho arte de la calle en Buenos Aires, lo que es la cultura detrás de esta tendencia?

Me encanta y cada vez hay más. Justo estoy escribiendo un artículo sobre esto. El StreetArt tiene muchísimos años en nuestro país. Comenzó con una época lamentable que fue la dictadura donde el espacio público fue utilizado para denunciar la gran cantidad de desaparecidos que había. Luego se mantuvo la tradición en contexto de protestas (crisis del 2001) y en los últimos años se volcó mas para el diseño, ilustraciones surrealistas y graffitis. Hay una explosión visual sin precedentes a tal punto que muchos comerciantes solicitan que hagan murales en sus establecimientos. A esta altura puedo decir que forma parte de nuestra cultura y se ve reflejado en la ciudad: en sus subtes, puentes, edificios, etc.

¿River Plate o Boca Juniors?

BOCA

¿Sin incluir Bs As , donde es su lugar favorito en Argentina?

Bariloche/Villa la Angostura. El sur de nuestro país es una de las cosas más lindas que vi en mi vida (tanto en verano como invierno, lo recomiendo)

¿Hay algo más que le gustaría compartir con los viajeros pensando en visitar Buenos Aires ?

Que son más que bienvenidos y que nos encanta que haya parte de todo el mundo conociendo no solo Buenos Aires sino nuestro país en general.
Respecto de la seguridad, si bien siempre existen recomendaciones para los viajeros en cuanto a los países  de América del Sur, no tengan miedo y disfruten. Hay que tomar los mismos recaudos que cuando se decide visitar una ciudad cosmopolita. Mantenerse en las zonas turísticas, no descuidar los objetos personales (por los arrebatos). A la hora de hacer el cambio de divisa hacerlo en los Bancos.
Por último, en Buenos Aires se maneja (conduce) muy mal y no es como en otras ciudades (Ej. Londres), donde pones un pie en la calle y todos frenan (y casi que te ponen una alfombra roja para que cruces). Acá hay que estar atentos a la hora de cruzar las calles.

Habiendo dicho eso, los espero! Y si no pueden viajar físicamente, al menos háganlo conmigo a través de mi blog: www.turistaenbuenosaires.com. O por instagram: @turistaenbuenosaires

Muchas gracias a Cindy por compartir con nos!

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