Polo: 2017 Tortugas Country Club Open Polo Championship

Tortugas Country Club Open Polo Championship will kick off on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017, with the participation of the six teams with the highest handicap in the world, that will be disputing the Emilio de Anchorena Cup. This is the first jewel of the three great Polo Open Championships that make up the honorable "Triple Crown" of Argentine Polo, together with the 124th Hurlingham Club Open and the 124th Argentine Open that will be played later this year.

Don´t miss the opportunity of attending this world class event and experience Polo the Argentine way. Contact me so I can arrange transportation for you, or a full Polo package including transfers, tickets and guide.

Participating Teams:

League A
La Dolfina: Adolfo Cambiaso Jr 10, David Stirling Jr 10, Pablo Mac Donough 10, Juan Martín Nero 10. Total: 40.
La Aguada Las Monjitas: Alejandro Novillo Astrada 8, Eduardo Novillo Astrada Jr 8, Miguel Novillo Astrada 8, Ignacio Novillo Astrada 8. Total: 32.
La Irenita: Juan Ruiz Guiñazú Jr 8, Juan M. Zavaleta Jr 8, Clemente Zavaleta 7, Matías Mac Donough 8. Total: 31.

League B
Ellerstina: Facundo Pieres 10, Pablo Pieres 9, Gonzalo Pieres Jr 10, Nicolás Pieres 10. Total: 39.
Alegría: Guillermo Caset Jr 9, Hilario Ulloa 10, Facundo Sola 8, Frederick Mannix Jr 8. Total: 35.
Cría Yatay: Valerio Zubiaurre Jr 7, Cristian Laprida Jr 8, Joaquín Pittaluga 8, Ignacio Laprida 8. Total: 31.

Fixture of matches (results in red):

Tuesday, September 19 
1:00 pm: La Aguada Las Monjitas 17 vs. La Irenita 8 (Match 1) - League A 
3.30 pm: Alegría 16 vs. Cría Yatay 13 (Match 2) - League B

Saturday, September 23 - League A
3:30 pm: La Dolfina vs  La Irenita

Sunday, September 24 - League B 
3:30 pm: Ellerstina vs Cria Yatay

Saturday, September 30 - League A
3:30 pm: La Dolfina vs La Aguada Las Monjitas

Sunday, October 1 - League B
3:30 pm: Ellerstina vs Alegria

Saturday,  October 7 - FINAL
3:30 pm Winner League A vs Winner League B

The schedule is subject to change depending on weather conditions. Check on this post online for updates in case of rain.

All matches will be played on the fields of Tortugas Country Club, Ruta Panamericana Ramal Pilar km. 38.5.
Tickets on sale at the Club only.

Regional Products Fair at La Rural

The National Ministry of Agriculture presents the Fair "Placeres Regionales del Campo a tu casa", that will be held on Saturday September 16th and Sunday September 17th, 2017, at La Rural Exhibition Center, from 11 am to 7 pm, with free entrance.

In this Fair small producers and artisans from all over the country will be offering their own produced crafts and food products, such as: Fruits from the Rio Negro Valley, Citrus from the North East, Nuts, Regional Jams, Cheese, Honey, Pork, Cold cuts, Olive Oil, Olives, Natural dressings and sauces, Tea, Yerba Mate, Spices, Wines, Chocolate, alfajores, preserved fruits, and more!

There will also be activities for kids, live music, cooking classes, a food court, arts and crafts, and tastings.

Entrance on Av. Santa Fe 4363
Not suspended for rain.

Free screening of La Traviata next to Teatro Colon

Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires celebrates its 160th anniversary with a live transmission of La Traviata that will be screened live on big screen on Sunday, September 17th, 2017, at 5 pm at Plaza del Vaticano, the square next to Teatro Colon (photo), located on Viamonte & Cerrito, with free access to the public.

The old Teatro Colon was inaugurated on April 25th, 1857 with the presentation of La Traviata, the celebrated Opera by Giuseppe Verdi. In this occasion the public will have the chance to watch for free the matinee performance of the Opera that is currently being presented at the Theater - with all sold out dates - in a production by Franco Zeffirelli from the Opera di Roma with musical direction by Evelino Pidò, staging by Stefano Trespidi, and starred by the Albanian singers Ermonela Jaho and Saimir Pirgu.

Chairs for free use of the public will be installed.

People around the world will also have the opportunity to watch this performance live and for free, through live streaming on www.teatrocolon.org.ar/en-vivo

Urban Rosh Hashanah 2017

The Jewish non profit organization LimudBA presents a new edition of the popular event "Urban Rosh Hashanah", celebrating the Jewish New Year 5778.  The festivities will take place on Sunday, September 17th, 2017. Visitors will enjoy typical food, talks, activities for kids, and a stage with live music and shows at the park on Av. del Libertador & Austria, Recoleta, from 11 am to 6.30 pm, with free entrance to the public.

Some of the programmed activities are:

° Music shows: by the winners of the contest "Youth musical bands" organized by LimudBA; Ensamble Sefaradi de Buenos Aires; Marina Wilensky; Gaston Said y Los Idishes; Linetzky Klezmer Trio; Lionel Mizrahi;  Orchestra Kef; Salam!
° Projection of films related to the Jewish and Israeli thematic.
° Activities for kids and the whole family, like story telling, board games, art workshop, street performers.
° Cooking workshops.

As every year the event will include a sector with stands selling Jewish dishes like Strudel, knishes, bohios, pleztalej with pastrami, baklava, among many other options.

*The event may be canceled in case of rain.

Ibero-American Gastronomy Fair FIBEGA Buenos Aires 2017

The first edition in Latin America Gastronomy Fair FIBEGA (Feria Iberoamericana de Gastronomia) will take place on September 15th, 16th and 17th of 2017 at La Rural Exhibition Center, as part of the activities for the selection of Buenos Aires as the Ibero-American Capital of Gastronomic Culture 2017. 

This is the first International Fair to unite the gastronomy of the different Ibero-American regions, with tastings, cooking demonstrations, products and drinks from countries like Mexico, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, Guatemala, Brasil, among others. Argentina as the host country will present the gastronomy of its different provinces, with German Martitegui from the renowned restaurant Tegui will be the chef representing the City of Buenos Aires.

The outstanding activities during the Fair are the Ibero-American Congress of Gastronomy and the 2nd Meeting of Ibero-American Chefs.

The Fair will be divided into a Gastronomic Area, where visitors will have the chance to try all kinds of Latin American dishes and drinks, and a Market Area where local producers will offer cheese, spices, coffee, artisan beer, and more. 

A special place will be dedicated to Wines, the Wine Tunnel, where 50 wineries will present 200 labels and special tastings to discover the wines from Spain to the Patagonia, with the outstanding presence of the sommelier Josep Roca, from Celler de Can Roca, selected as the best restaurant in the world (activities with extra cost. Tickets on sale through this link).

Location: La Rural Exhibition Center, Av. Sarmiento 2704, Palermo
Dates: September 15, 16,, and 17, 2017
Opening hours: 12 pm to 10 pm
General Entrance: AR$100. Children under 12: Free
Wine Tunnel: AR$400
More information: FIBEGA official website

Architecture and Interior Design Exhibition Casa FOA 2017

Casa FOA is the most important yearly exhibition in which decorators, architects, designers, and landscape architects, selected for their talent and prestige, showcase the local and international trends in architecture, interior design, and landscaping. This year´s exhibition will be held from September 15th through October 16th 2017, at Luis Maria Campos 1336. 

Casa FOA was born in 1985 as an initiative of Mercedes Malbrán de Campos and a group of ladies with the purpose of raising funds for the Argentine Ophthalmology Foundation "Jorge Malbrán" (FOA). With a growing success, Casa FOA has become one the most important events in the country´s cultural agenda.

The strategic selection of the venues and the careful and profound restoration of the chosen buildings give every edition of Casa FOA an indisputable value for the community. The selected location this year is an apartment building from the 1950´s in Belgrano that represents the eclectic spirit of the time, where 45 designers will showcase the latest trends in interior design.

On previous years Casa Foa made possible the preservation of buildings of great historic and cultural value, such as: Casa de la Moneda (1995), Hotel de Inmigrantes (2000), Monasterio de Santa Catalina (2001), Casa del Patio de la Reconquista (2003), Hotel Avenida de Mayo (1991), Puerto Madero Dock 5 (1993), Palacio Alcorta (1994), Tattersal de Palermo (1998) Apostadero Naval (2000), Terrazas de Buenos Aires (2002), Tribuna II Palermo (2004), Puerto de Frutos de Tigre (2008), Edificio Tornquist (2013), Abadía de San Benito (2014), among others.

Dates: September 15 - October 16, 2017.
Location:  Luis Maria Campos 1336, Barrancas de Belgrano, Buenos Aires
Opening hours: Every day from: 12 pm to 8 pm, except Fridays from 12 pm to 11 pm
Entry Fee: AR$ 180. Tickets on sale at the venue

More information: Casa FOA official website.

French Week in Buenos Aires 2017

The 9th French Week in Buenos Aires "Vivi Francia 2017" will take place from Saturday September 16th to Sunday September 24th, 2017, organized by the French-Argentine Commerce and Industry Chamber (CCIFA), and sponsored by the French Embassy and the Ministry of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires, with a series of activities to enjoy French culture, art, gastronomy, fashion, music and architecture, free and open to all.

Some of the most outstanding scheduled activities are:

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th, 10 am to 5 pm 
Joining the celebration of European Heritage Days (Journées Européennes du Patrimoine), the French Embassy in Argentina will open its doors to the public. This will allow visitors to discover the Palace Ortiz Basualdo, home to the French Embassy since 1939, built by French architect Paul Parter in 1912.
Besides the main entrance and the honor staircase, the public will be invited to visit the reception halls in the first floor, which make the Palace Ortiz Basualdo a significant example of the French influence in the Argentine architecture.

Accessing the second floor, visitors will admire the main dining room, the music room in a Louis XV style with Chinese decoration, the ball room, its mirrors and its painted boards, as well as the XVI century English style winter garden.
The visit is Free but requires previous registration online through this link:
* The registration opened on September 12th but there are no more available places.
The French Embassy is located in Cerrito 1399, Recoleta.

During these two days a French Market will be installed next to the Embassy, on Cerrito & Arroyo, offering typical French specialties, crafts and live French music:

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th, 10 am to 6 pm
Visitors will have the chance to taste and purchase French bakeries and different specialties of the French cuisine, such as boeuf bourguignon, blanquette de veau, croque-monsieur, crêpes, soupe à l’oignon, cheese, as well as pastries, tarte aux pommes, financiers, macarons, chocolate, viennoiseries, pithiviers, gateau au chocolat, and much more, in over 20 gastronomic stalls.
Cerrito & Arroyo
(The market will be suspended in case of rain)


Tuesday 19th and Thursday 21st, 3 pm
Palacio San Martin: Arenales 761. 
Free activity with limited capacity. Previous registration at: ehy@mrecic.gov.ar or cio@mrecic.gov.ar

Thursday 21st, 3 pm and 5 pm (in French)
Palacio Errazuriz (Decorative Arts Museum): Av. del Libertador 1902. 
Free activity with limited capacity. Previous registration at: vivifrancia@ccifa.com.ar

Wednesday 20th, 12 pm
Palacio Paz: Av. Santa Fe 750. 
Free activity with limited capacity. Previous registration at: vivifrancia@ccifa.com.ar

Friday 22nd, 11 am and 4 pm
Centro Naval: Florida 801. 
Free activity with limited capacity. Previous registration at: vivifrancia@ccifa.com.ar

Tuesday 19th, Thursday 21st, and Saturday 23rd, 3 pm
Palacio de Aguas Corrientes (Water Palace): Riobamba 750. 
Free activity with limited capacity. Previous registration at: vivifrancia@ccifa.com.ar

Friday 22nd, 8 pm
Avenida Alvear: Meeting Point: Cerrito & Av. Alvear. 
Night tour with previous registration through this link: 

Saturday 23rd, 3 pm
Hipodromo de Palermo: Meeting Point: Av. del Libertador & Dorrego. 
No registration required. Please arrive 10 minutes earlier.

Saturday 23rd, 3 pm
Museo de Arte de Tigre: Av. Victorica 972, 1648 Tigre. 
Free entrance with previous registration. Contact monnier.laurent@gmail.com
At the end of the visit, at 4 pm, Jazz menouche concert by Pelican Gypsy trio.

Friday 22nd, 11 am
Art Deco Tour around Microcentro: Meeting point: Marcelo T. de Alvear 801
Organized by Art Decó Buenos Aires Argentina. Limited capacity. 
Registration: adbaconsultas@gmail.com

Several French restaurants in the city will offer special menus at promotional prices during the week.
Visits to bakeries, cooking lessons and tastings. More info on this link.

The Festival will also feature a movie festival, art exhibitions, concerts, theater shows, French lessons, activities for kids, special visits to the Fine Arts Museum, conferences, and more. All the activities are open to the general public, most with free entrance but some of them with a limited capacity and admittance charge. 

For more information and complete day by day schedules, visit the official website: Viví Francia (in Spanish only).

Hi Matsuri, the Fire Festival at the Japanese Garden

Notice: Because of bad weather the Festival has been rescheduled to Sunday, September 17th.

On Sunday, September 17th, 2017, the Japanese Garden of Buenos Aires (Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Casares, Palermo) presents the festival "Hi Matsuri - The Fire Ceremony", one of the most important Japanese festivals of the year.

Upon entrance, the public will receive small wooden boards where they can write about those bad feelings or experiences they want to leave behind (the boards will be given out until 4.30 pm or until stock is out).

Through the ceremony of burning the boards, the energy of the fire will make all the negative experiences turn into positive energy to continue on the chosen path, to face new projects or continue those that are already underway.

Program of Activities:
2.30 pm: Judo demonstration with Juan Carlos Yamamoto
3.30 pm: Dojos Ken Nelson Nakazato
4.30 pm: Japanese Songs by Romina Shimabukuru and Carlos Ueharo, and participative dance by Asociacion Japonesa de Sarmiento.
5.00 pm: Hi Matsuri ceremony. Closing of the Festival, with burning of boards accompanied by Japanese Drums.

Entry fee: AR$95. Children under 12: Free

Buenos Aires Food Week - September 2017

Buenos Aires Food Week, the bi-annual event in which the best restaurants in the city offer lunch and dinner menus at promotional prices, will be held again from September 11th through September 24th of 2017.

The goal of this Food Week is democratizing access to haute-cuisine, offering the general public the opportunity to discover new restaurants and taste unique dishes at attractive prices.

Each restaurant will offer a fixed three step menu (starter, main course and dessert) with a fixed price of $ 250 Pesos for lunch and $ 410 Pesos for dinner (not including drinks, service charge, or tip) + an optional donation in a sealed envelope to the charity organization Fundación Banco de Alimentos.

The restaurants participating in this edition are: Acacia; Aldo's Restoran Vinoteca; Artesano (Alvear Art Hotel); Bahia Madero; Bice; Brasserie Petanque; Captain Cook; Casa Cruz; Club 31 Bar & Resto; Dashi Palermo; El Burladero; El Quinto; Fabric Sushi Nikkei; Green Bamboo; Happening; Inmigrante; Italpast (La Reserva); L'Adesso; La Cabaña; La Causa Nikkei; La Panadería de Pablo; Le Grill; Le Sud (Hotel Sofitel): Mizuki; Olaya; Paru Inkas Sushi & Grill; Puerta del Inca; Puratierra; Sagardi; Sexto; Sipan Nordelta; Sipan Palermitano; Pichon Nordelta; Sorrento Puerto Madero; Sorrento La Recova; Sottovoce Puerto Madero; Sottovocce Libertador; The Brick Kitchen; Trattoria Olivetti.

Furthermore many of these restaurants will offer a complimentary Campari or Aperol Spritz aperitif to each person that orders the Buenos Aires Food Week menu

For a complete list of restaurants, menus and online reservations, visit Buenos Aires Food Week website.

Some restaurants offer lunch or dinner menu only. Check the conditions of participation of every restaurant before making a reservation.
If places are left available, people may also attend the restaurant of their choice directly without reservation.
Payments can be made in cash, debit card, or credit card at the end of the meal.

The Jockey Club Polo Open 2017

The magnificent fields of Buenos Aires Jockey Club, located in the town of San Isidro, North of Buenos Aires, is home of one of the most important polo tournaments in our country. The 53rd Jockey Club Open Championship starts on Friday, September 8th, 2017, with the participation of 4 teams between 25 and 31 goals, and the presence this year of four 10 goal handicap players: Adolfo Cambiaso Jr, David Stirling Jr, Pablo Mac Donough and Juan M. Nero.

Participating teams:

La Dolfina Valiente: Adolfo Cambiaso Jr 10, Bob Jornayvaz 1, Pablo Mac Donough 10, Juan M. Nero 10. Total: 31.
La Dolfina Oriental: Pablo Spinacci 6, Gastón Laulhé 6, David Stirling Jr 10, Gastón Urturi 6. Total: 28.
Tortugas: Isidro Strada 6, Juan Ruiz Guiñazú Jr 8, Juan M. Zubía 6, Jerónimo del Carril 6. Total: 26.
La Dolfina Brava: Diego Cavanagh 7, Guillermo Terrera Jr 8, Tomás Lalor 6, Bautista Arrastúa 4. Total: 25.


Friday September 8 - Semifinal 1
2.00 pm: La Dolfina Valiente vs. La Dolfina Brava.

Friday September 8 - Semifinal 2
4.00 pm: La Dolfina Oriental vs. Tortugas.

Saturday September 16 - Final
3.00 pm:  La Dolfina Valiente vs Tortugas

Free entrance.
The Jockey Club is located on Avenida de la Unidad Nacional 2401 (Dardo Rocha) and Calle Panamá (San Isidro, Province of Buenos Aires).

The schedule is subject to change depending on weather conditions. Check for updates in case of rain.

Don´t miss the opportunity of attending this world class event and experience Polo the Argentine way. Contact me so I can arrange transportation for you, or your Exclusive Polo Experience with transportation and specialized guide.