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Gastronomic & Cultural Tour in San Telmo

The experience we’re about to tell you promises the best of Buenos Aires history and gastronomy in only 4 hours, so you better keep up!


There’s something about the porteños and their local markets, food, wine and coffee. Many corners in Buenos Aires meet these three relevant elements but one place puts them all together within a special environment: San Telmo, a historic and gastronomic neighborhood by excellence. A spot where immigration, architecture and antiques tell a story and merge with contemporary design and colorful street artists and artisans.

The tour begins at the traditional San Telmo Market, which opened in 1897 to provide the new European immigrants with the necessary provisions. The building still preserves its original inner structure, made by metal beams, arches and columns and glass and sheet ceilings. In the year 200 the market was declared Historic National Monument by the city’s government.

Nowadays, visiting the San Telmo Market is an adventure into Buenos Aires’ past; an eclectic experience where unalike options and shops are the main attraction: antiques, old toys, exotic fruits and spices, fresh vegetables and meat, patagonian products…one picture isn’t enough to cover the many shops and secrets inside this market!

After learning about the history of this unique place and walking around a bit, we stop at Coffee Town. It is known that porteños love to spend their time in coffee shops reading the newspaper, working with their laptops, catching up with friends or just relaxing with a hot cup of coffee in their hands. That is why -after years learning everything there was to know and becoming coffee experts- the Coffee Town team decided to settle at this market, being the first specialty coffee shop in Argentina. Their philosophy: to offer the best coffee in the world at the right price and to propose a journey along the sensorial route with every taste.

At this cute little shop we have a coffee tasting along with a talk about the coffee transformation process -from the green bean to the moment where it gains its aromatic and flavor characteristics- and the different forms of preparation.

Later, we leave the market and walk along the streets of San Telmo towards Sagardi, a Basque restaurant. Here, a professional sommelier will take us through a tasting of a selected variety of excellent and unique boutique wines paired with pintxos (bite-size appetizers served in the bars and taverns of the Basque Country).

With a wine reminiscent taste in our palates, we continue our way to the final stop of the tour: the Pulpería Quilapán. In the old days of the Río de La Plata region, the pulperías were a place that combined a grocery store, a bar and a spot where gauchos, natives, peasants, creole and black people reunited to drink, eat and have fun. Today, Argentine people still take our time to gather with friends and family around the famous mate, a picada, the traditional asado or with a glass of wine.

Pulpería Quilapán is a restaurant, bar, social club and grocery store that uses and sells national, natural and organic products, all of them specially selected. With a country flair, in an ancient refurbished house with rustic environment, fresh patios, an organic vegetable garden, an urban small farm and flower garden, the countryside is reflected recreating a nice and relaxed ambience for people to get together.

We have a guided tour of this historic house and -to end the soiree- the Pulpería delights us with an exquisite traditional creole barbecue with drinks and dessert, while enjoying a live folklore show. Definitely a “back to the countryside roots” experience!

For more information about this tour, please contact your Kallpa Tour executive.


 

The Argentine Experience Iguazú

A unique and different culinary experience in Iguazú, inspiring and willing to enrich travellers experience by showing and tasting our gastronomy.


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The Argentine Experience slogan is “Argentine culture, international perspective” and it truly represents it based upon a dinner party concept that involves teaching about Argentine culture and cooking, eating, wine tasting and having fun in the company of other guests from all over the world.

The idea behind this exclusive culinary service is to offer a different and original experience: the guest not only goes out to dinner but also gets to understand the local culture and gastronomy. The Argentine Experience proposes to maximize a trip to Argentina with good food, local knowledge, fun and interaction with other people in a relaxed atmosphere.

The Argentine Experience announces their opening in Puerto Iguazú from November onwards, so everybody that goes visit the Iguazú Falls will get to participate of this fun and unique event on this new location. 

Located in the downtown of Puerto Iguazú, the restaurant’s aesthetic will be very similar to the one in Buenos Aires, with a rustic and elegant style and design details such as wood and stone combinations, providing a warm and inviting environment.

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The original menu has been planned by Irish chef Edward Holloway and the experience is divided in different stages in between dishes and entertainment. After a welcome cocktail and snack, there is a cooking demostration where dinner guests will learn to prepare and close their own empanadas using the repulgue technique. Then, enjoy a typical Argentine picada with grilled provoleta cheese, sliced chorizo sausage and pork flank steak. The main course is a 250 g tenderloin that has been dried cured for 24 hs and mashed potatoes. For the sweet taste, the classic and regional queso y dulce and the evening will end making alfajores, our national treat.

Specially selected wines are chosen to enhance the dining experience, including a Torrontés from Salta and a Blend and a Malbec from Valle de Uco in Mendoza.

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Besides the delicious dishes, the highlights of the evening include the most creative empanada contest, a cultural introduction to Argentine hand gestures and a lesson about history and etiquette of mate tea.

There is no doubt that by the end of the soirée guests to The Argentine Experience will not only be satisfied but also have huge smiles on their faces after having such a great time and learning everything there is to know about our culture and culinary traditions.

For more information about this experience, please contact your Kallpa Account Executive.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • The Argentine Experience in Iguazú opens on November 7th 2016.
  • Bookings should be requested in advance.
  • From Moday to Saturday (Monday to Saturday available in English. Saturday only in Portuguese).
  • Dinner starts at 7:30 pm and ends approximately at 11:15 pm. 
  • Max. 28 guests.
  • Any dietary restrictions should be previously notified.
  • Vegetarian, pescetarian and celiac menu options are available upon request.
  • Transfers are not included.
  • Also available: The Wine Cocktail Experience, starting at 6:15 pm. Includes a lesson to learn to make three wine-based cocktails and a selection of homemade tapas chosen to perfectly complement each and every drink.

Cooking Class in a Chef’s Private House

Share your travel experience back home delighting your loved-ones with traditional Argentine dishes learnt at a professional Chef’s house.


In the porteño neighborhood of Palermo, a Chef and his girlfriend -a young couple specialized in culinary tourism- open their own home’s doors to tell you all about Argentina’s cooking & eating culture and teach you some traditional recipes that you will be able to recreate back home.

The class is pleasant and relaxed, in a private and intimate environment. The idea is to have a good time whilst drinking wine, learning about our country’s culinary customs, cooking and eating.

The cooking class begins!
The cooking class begins!

On this experience, you will meet other travelers and cooking apprentices and have fun exchanging facts and personal impressions of your visit to Buenos Aires. Sharing with the home´s local owners and also with other people will enrich your stay.

Learn how to prepare the dishes using the freshest ingredients and, after the class, enjoy them paired with specially selected Argentine fine wines. The menu includes: traditional empanadas from scratch -dough and all- with two different fillings and cooking techniques. Llajua, a typical northern spicy sauce used for empanadas. Flan, a classic inherited dessert traditionally served with dulce de leche, a sticky, sweet, caramelized milk and sugar sauce that you will also learn to prepare. During the class, you will try three different wines from three different wine-making regions of our country: Salta, Mendoza and Patagonia.

FIlling and finished Empanadas.
FIlling and finished Empanadas.

Once the class is finished and the food is ready, buen provecho (bon appetite) and let’s eat!

Bon appetit!
Bon appetit!

FACT SHEET

  • Half day regular shared excursion.
  • When: Tuesday & Thursday 6:00 to 9:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
  • Where: Palermo, Buenos Aires.
  • Pax requirements: from 2 up to 9 people.
  • Private lessons available upon request.
  • Classes are given in English.
  • Any dietary restrictions should be previously advised.

INCLUDED

  • Cooking class, ingredients and cookware.
  • Three course dinner after class.
  • Wine tasting during the class.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transfers from and to hotel.

Open fire cooking class in Mendoza

Imagine yourself by the fire, surrounded by the vineyards, a glass of Malbec in your hand and learning the secret tricks of a local Chef to cook Argentinean specialties and taste them afterwards.

At Finca Adalgisa in Mendoza, Chef Cristina Brino teaches how to prepare local traditional dishes that can be easily made at home.


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Using only fresh products, some of which are cultivated and recently harvested at the Finca´s own garden, Cristina prepares a three course dinner in a clay oven or on an open fire. You may participate in the preparation or just look and taste.

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The cooking class starts with the typical clay oven meat empanadas, learning to make the dough and the stuffing. Then, moving along to the open fire, we will prepare the main course: a rib eye steak with fresh chimichurri -an Argentinian sauce based on Arauco olive oil- and grilled vegetables. Last but not least, caramelized fruit in the clay oven as a dessert.

Cooking Demostration

No need to worry: all the dishes can be made at home in a conventional kitchen and with fresh products that may be found in any place of the world.

Cooking Class main course

Enjoy the experience with a Finca Adalgisa Malbec, share a warm conversation with Chef Cristina and take back home an apron as a reminder of this special cooking class in Mendoza.

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FACT SHEET

  • When: From October to May, any day of the week at 7 pm upon request (depending on Chef´s availability).
  • Where: Finca Adalgisa, Mendoza
  • Pax requirements: from 2 up to 8 people
  • Any dietary restrictions should be previously advised.

INCLUDED

  • Cooking class, ingredients and cookware.
  • Three course dinner after class.
  • Wine and water throughout the whole experience.
  • Gift amenities.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transfers from and to other hotels.