Friday, April 27, 2012

April 28 Long Weekend Events

Festival season is upon us. It's way too hot during a Buenos Aires summer to do anything but migrate to the beach or seek refuge in the air conditioning, so there's not a whole lot of events, especially outdoors. Now that it's cooled down and everyone's back to school and work, we crave weekend festivities and special events. This weekend is a 5 day weekend. Tuesday May 1 is a holiday, and thanks to Argentina's lax work ethic, Monday is a "bridge holiday" (best.invention.ever) and is also off. If you're looking for something interesting to do, check out one of these two events.
On Saturday, April 28 there is a sustainability festival at the Rosedal in Palermo Woods. Entrance is free, and if you ride your bike there you get a free water. The ad doesn't make it sound epically exciting, but the MTV sponsorship should at least promise some good music and an interesting crowd. If you don't have anything better to do, check it out, listen to music and confirm that in fact, some people in Buenos Aires do care about the environment.
 
The second event is downright irresistible, a farmer's market/food feria in San Telmo on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm, at 400 Avenida Caseros. Calling all foodies, this event sounds fenómeno. According to the poster, "during two days, 40 producers of healthy foods present more than 400 products to taste and buy at promotional prices." We'll see about the promotional prices... Anyway, the event seems to span the entire food world including beer and wine, produce, spreads, pastas, breaks, snack, kitchen equipment and more. FYI, the rain date is May 5 and 6, and there's rain on the forecast.  

Ultra Music Festival

The first ever Ultra Music Festival in Buenos Aires is next weekend! (Get in on it before it becomes ghetto in a couple years.) Headliners including Justice, John Digweed and Kaskade will be here next Saturday, May 5, at Costanera Sur in Puerto Madero. There will be a main stage, a trance stage and a techno stage. Tickets were sold by Ticketek and were A$R 310 with all fees included, but they're sold out now. Try you're luck on Mercado Libre.
Check back in 2 weeks for pics and video.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Free McDonald's Coffee

It's that time again... for free McDonald's coffee. The Golden Arches are offering you a deal you can't resist, free small coffee, latte or cappuccino before 11 am at all McDonald's in CABA. No purchase necessary! One of the most legit promos you'll ever find in Buenos Aires. It ends April 29, so you've got two more mornings to post up at Mac D's from open til 11 and get your free coffee and free wifi on.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Wasabi's Promo

Wasabi's is one of my go-to sushi spots made even sweeter by their legit promos on the regular. This weekend (April 20-22) it's a free Campari when you eat (*with previous reservation, paying in efectivo). Check it out, and sign up for the email list on their site to get the promos in your inbox.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Photo worthy moments

 2 out of 3
 "Shit fell"
 "Friends no, friends with benefits, yes. This Valentine's Day tell your friend that you don't want to be her friend."
 "Smile. You look prettier that way."
 "Be careful with your belongings. The state will try to steal them through taxes and inflation."
The bus stuck...
Pay easy? Really?

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Supermarket Sweep

Everyone knows American supermarkets are the shit. They are big and bright and carry not only food, but all kinds of crap you want like toys and pharmacy products and heck occasionally outdoor furniture. The vast selection is amazing. The prices are usually pretty legit to start with, but the promotions are bomb. Produce is usually pretty fresh looking. The milk and eggs are refrigerated. The meat is neatly package with all the fat trimmed, and doesn't even resemble the animal it once was. Check out lines are usually quick, but self check out and portable scanners can make it even faster. Those are the qualities I love in a supermarket: bright, sterile, wide variety and employing technology.
Argentine supermarkets on the other hand work with an M.O. of tradition, simplicity, humor and just a bit of dysfunctionality intrinsic in nearly every aspect of Argentine culture. So grab your milk off the shelf (buy 8 pay for 6 promo!), weigh and price your produce before you get to the check out line, and let's play Argie supermarket sweep! 
(Look at it ... Offer! Before you paid A$R 6.85. Now you pay A$R 7.45!)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012