My latest Restaurant Experiences in Buenos Aires

My latest Restaurant Experiences in Buenos Aires My latest Restaurant Experiences in Buenos Aires   |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  | After my week in Rio de Janeiro, I decided to take four days off and head to my native city of Buenos Aires, to visit my family, before heading back to, my new home, New York. One of my favorite activities, as you may know by now, is eating and checking out restaurants of all kinds, and that is what I did. I went to some of my classic ones like the Rodi Bar in Recoleta. I tried a new one in San Telmo and was invited by the Park Hyatt Hotel Buenos Aires, to enjoy their winter Fondue Nights at the Duhau Restaurant. See my comments and photos below.   Continue reading My latest Restaurant Experiences in Buenos Aires

Hotel Check IN Club Frances Buenos Aires

Hotel Check IN Club Frances Buenos Aires  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  Today I Checked IN for the next two nights at the Club FrancesBuenos Aires, in the neighborhood Recoleta, in Buenos Aires. During it’s more than 140 years of history, the Club has hosted personalities from politics, science, culture and sports world, always with an important presence and heritage of French origin. The hotel has 28 rooms, of with only two Deluxe Executive Suites like the one I am being hosted at.

It feels like old style traditional Argentina with true French heritage. The throw on my bed is Chinchilla, the furnitures are original, beautiful balcony, and a dry sauna in my bathroom. Suites on the front of the building have a very traditional and heavy French style, original French furnitures, wood floors, gold leaf wall plaques and heavy fabrics with prints. The back of the house is more modern in a contemporary Art Nouveau style.
The Club Frances itself, is the main building of the original house, which dates from 1866. On top of  the house, they have built a tower where most of the rooms are located. Stunning pieces of art, original wood work, marble fireplaces decorate with sophistication the club and the rooms.
The Hotel Club Francés Restaurant offers a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in a classic building full of history. Its setting is based on the restoration of antique furniture and works of art. The arrangement of the tables simulates a luxurious private dining room. Also on the second floor, the club has three rooms for events, with stunning chandeliers as the main protagonists.

I will be posting more comments and my full review on the hotel upon check out, after my two nights experience at Club Frances, during my stay in Buenos Aires. Stay tuned. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Customer Feedback Kathryn, Bob and Matt

Customer Feedback Kathryn, Bob and Matt  |  Trip to Argentina & Uruguay  |  It makes me beyond happy and proud when my clients send me texts like this. BTW the hotel they loved is the brand new HUB Porteño Buenos Aires, Argentina. (www.hubporteno.com) Now they are lounging in Jose Ignacio, Punta del Este, after spending New Year’ Eve in El Calafate and El Chalten. She quoted …” The trip has been the greatest. U have done and exceptional job!!!…” CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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Thank you for HELPING US HELP

Thank you for HELPING US HELP  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina |  Sneak peak of Haute Experiences and Carlos Melia Recommends cocktail last night at the Rooftop Terrace of the brand new boutique luxury HUB Porteño Buenos Aires. Thank you everyone for joining us, HELPING US HELP. We collected lots of toys to be handed today at one of the local hospitals, to draw a smile on this Christmas on child’s faces. THANK YOU and Happy Holidays everyone.

Special THANKS to Gonzalo R. – owner of HUB Porteño and all their staff for their support and help to make this happen and for a lovely evening.
Again lots of toys we collected, thank to all the attendees, to be handed today at a local hospital in Buenos Aires, for kids in need, with HIV/AIDS or Cancer. Because every child deserves a toy for Christmas, and you all made it happen. We know is a busy time of the year, lots of events, people traveling to see their families, so we extra appreciate taking the time to stop by and HELP. The best phrase I take onwards from this 2012, is from Aung San Suu Kyi, which I have slightly tweaked to my own believes …” Use your Freedom and Success to promote others…” Merry Xmas and Happy New Year.  CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Sirop & Folie Restaurant Casual Chic

Sirop & Folie Restaurant Casual Chic  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  Nestled at one of the most charming alleys of Buenos Aires, right in Recoleta, is Sirop & Folie, managed and run in a very casual chic style by Agus Numer.  They define themselves as contemporary Argentinean Cuisine. Open for lunch, hight tea, dinner, Brunch or your own private event.

Nice, relaxed and unpretentious ambiance, with a rather eclectic crowd, showing bits and touches of refinement, which made me think about the Casual Chic title. Tradition, simplicity and good taste. Service was a bit slow, but they were on a rainy Wednesday night totally sold out, and that should mean something right. Sirop comes from their origins as tea house and pastry lounge. Folie could be interpreted as madness or extravaganza, and both fit to their casual refined and eclectic style.

 My choice for the night was very healthy. I was there with my two local great friends, and we decided to share all plates and taste everything. But my own personal choices were the following: Cherry tomatoes, almonds, arugula, goat cheese and olive vinaigrette Salad. (USD 11)

As the Main Course I went for chicken breasts marinated with celery, toasted almonds, onion chutney and sweet potato chips. This was just what I wanted. It was strongly recommend it. (USD 12)
 To finalize our Contemporary Argentinean Cuisine experience, I could not help the tempting sound of a Tarte Tatin, caramelized apples with ice cream on Sablee dough. (USD 9) For more information or bookings www.siroprestaurant.com Buen Provecho CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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HUB Porteño homemade luxury experience

HUB Porteño homemade luxury experience  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  Their slogan is Live you own local experience in Buenos Aires, and this is the HUB and heart of this new project that opened only three month ago, in the heart of the district of Recoleta. They propose six experiences based on all or any of the following: Art, Entertainment, Countryside, Tango, Culture and/or Polo. From the moment you step foot into HUB Porteño, you can feel and experience the sophistication and exclusiveness, achieved by using only native elements, materials and creations.  Continue reading HUB Porteño homemade luxury experience

Porteño Gourmet Experience 101

Porteño Gourmet Experience 101  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  So today I was supposed to have dinner with friends and they cancel, then with family and they cancel on me too, no my lucky night. But hey I am very well used to travel solo and dine and wine on my own, and I must admit I ENJOY IT. So I decided to have my full down and dirty Porteño Gourmet experience and I did indeed. When was the last time in your life that you saw a real Sifon on a table, amazing right ?
Porteño Gourmet 101. Going local down and dirty. Milanesa con Papas Fritas, wine of the house and Soda. Can’t get better than this in Buenos Aires. No renown chef, no Zagat review, no Michelin Star, just plain, traditional and basic tasteful food on a plate. I came to El Rinco Bar & Restaurant, which is located in the neighborhood of Recoleta, but to be honest there are so many amazing local restaurants like this in the city, that you just need to find out the best at the area where you will be staying. Buen Provecho. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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My Chronicles of Buenos Aires at 429 Magazine

My Chronicles of Buenos Aires at 429 Magazines  |  429 MAGAZINE  |  Hi there my dear followers, my weekly column on Luxury Gay Travel for 429 Magazine at dot429 is OUT and Online. This week on my chronicles of Buenos Aires. Check it out. Till next week in full luxury. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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BEYOND Gay Martini Bar first round on Carlos Melia

BEYOND Gay Martini Bar first round on Carlos Melia  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  Hey dear travelers, here is a sweet deal for all of you living in Buenos Aires, or those planning to visit soon, all the way from warm New York. Visit the brand new Gay Martini Bar BEYOND that has opened its doors recently in Recoleta Buenos Aires. Snap the cold out of you, by mentioning Carlos Melia or CarlosMeliaBlog.com and get the first round of drinks on me. For more info www.facebook.com/BEYONDloungebar. Salut and Chin Chin everyone. !!! CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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BEYOND Gay Martini Bar Buenos Aires sneak preview

BEYOND Gay Martini Bar Buenos Aires sneak preview | Buenos Aires, Argentina | Will Buenos Aires get back on its feet and revamp a sophisticated, trendy and interesting Gay Night Scene, that somehow, sometime along the way, in the last two years, has totally  been lost ? Well judging from what I have seen today, the answer is YES. BEYOND, the first ever Gay Martini Bar of Argentina and of the city of Buenos Aires, right over Juncal street, meters away from 9 de Julio Avenue in Recoleta. Today, Edgar its owner – original from Chicago, US – invited me to a sneak preview of what by late May 2012 will become, hopefully, Tuesdays thru Sundays, into the hub of the Gay Scene of Buenos Aires. Continue reading BEYOND Gay Martini Bar Buenos Aires sneak preview