Today I was slapped across the face by a cold stark reality. I enjoy so many fine restaurants and bars in Buenos Aires and yet I never write about them. There are countless blogs out there devoted entirely to the pleasures of travel and food, but I haven’t joined the club. Granted I’m not a foodie, but still, I should be writing more about places to eat because people visiting Buenos Aires might find it useful, and far be it from me to keep any secrets. I have the biggest mouth of anyone I know!
Antares is my favourite place to grab a beer in Buenos Aires. There are two locations, one in Palermo and one in Las Cañitas. For the first time this evening, I stepped my foot, and then my entire body, into the Las Cañitas establishment. It’s a little less showy than its Palermo counterpart but that’s a welcome change after a long day at work, or if you’re a tourist, walking from one landmark to the next.
Antares offers real beer, in pints, with seven different varieties to choose from, including Scotch ale, honey beer and cream stout, with an eighth brewmaster special edition that changes every three or four months. I usually enjoy the Kolsch, but tonight they had IPA, which I relished like a fat kid on a ham sandwich.
There’s usually a happy hour from 7 to 9 p.m. so there’s no excuse not to drink your face off and then grease up on your Spanish language skills by gibbering nonsense to the terrible waitress who keeps forgetting to ask if you want more cerveza. Of course you do!
The menu consists of hearty pub fare, including hamburgers and pizzas, so if you’ve come all the way from North America or the U.K., you won’t be disappointed. Not sure if there’s any fish n’ chips though.
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
2011 Pride and Remembrance Run
June is pride month in North America. Toronto’s gay pride parade will take place on Canada Day this year. The day before, on June 30th is the Pride and Remembrance Run which starts at 10 a.m. I have participated in the pride run for the last 5 years. If you’re in Toronto that day show your community spirit and register. It’s a lot of fun, and trust me, you will not be disappointed. Look at how much fun Lisa and I are having in the in the photo above! SO MUCH FUN! Ha.
Also on that day is the Dyke March, and a whole lot of other fun activities. Find a patio in the village and drink yourselves silly!
The Sunday parade is the centrepiece of an entire week of festivities starting on June 22. Church St. (a.k.a the village) is closed to traffic and becomes a pedestrian thoroughfare so bring your family and have a blast! Oh yeah, don’t forget to dance!
To celebrate Pride 2012 I have added the rainbow flag colours as my background. It’s kind of bothering me already but I’ll change it when June is over. I hope I can last that long. It’s very… LOUD!
Here’s a video of last year’s celebrations. I think it was made by a guy in Brazil or something. Everybody interviewed in the video are drunk. I apologize on their behalf. You’ll be pleased to know that I cherish pride and remain sober. Okay, no I don’t.
There’s a part two to this video if you want to watch more. That’s assuming you could get through the one I posted.
UPDATE: I already got sick of the rainbow background and removed it. Perhaps I’ll put it back up during pride week.
I love the band Beach House. Their album Teen Dream is one of all-time favourites, and their second album, Bloom, which was released in May 2012, is a worthy rival. Here’s the music video from the album’s third track titled, Lazuli. It’s lovely.