Ivan and I went out at 10:30 am on December 19, 2012 to the Brazilian Embassy. There was a long line, but it turned out that a few of the people were picking up their passports. I’m glad the lady remembered me from yesterday. I showed her the new statement with December transactions. She crossed out Doesn’t Have In on my form. She charged me 883.25 pesos which Ivan says is 200 more than it should be. I guess she charged me more since I didn’t have my entry ticket and for not having my bank statement the first time. I still think the lady is really mean. The lady said that my passport would be ready tomorrow. I asked her what time I could come and she said from 11 am to 1 pm.
I had to go to the Itaú bank nearby to pay the money for my Brazilian visa.
We went to the vegan restaurant Picnic for lunch. Ivan got a wok while I got a falafel sandwich. My sandwich was tasteless and needed hummus or something. Ivan’s wok was okay. I ate some of his since mine was so bad. There were only two falafels in the sandwich which wasn’t even real falafel. The restaurant has 8 things on the menu and Ivan thinks that they should make sure every dish is delicious since they ONLY have 8 items on the menu. I would definitely avoid this restaurant unless you’re into bland food.
Ivan wanted to do a self guided walking café tour in Buenos Aires. He picked a few cafes from the café crawl that’s listed in the Lonely Planet’s Best of Buenos Aries guidebook. Ivan thought it would be good to get one or two things at each of the cafes we went to. I thought it was a great idea especially since I was still a bit hungry after the light lunch I had.
Our first stop was Café Tortoni which is the oldest café in Buenos Aires opening in 1858. The décor is great with the colorful stained glass ceilings.
Ivan and I each had an espresso.
We walked to the next café City London. Ivan ordered a gancia batido for us to share. This Italian apertif made with soda and lemon is tasty.
The café is known for its pastries – tried to order a flan, but they didn’t have any available.
Next stop was Café La Puerto Rico. Ivan and I had a tasty slice of strawberry pie and a sparkling water.
I noticed a Malfada statue and thought it was really cute. Malfada is an Argentine cartoon character.
We walked to Bar El Federal which has a cool wooden arch over the bar. The bar is lowered so that the barmen are eye to eye with the seated customers. At first, Ivan thought the barman was a midget but then he remembered the description he read in the guidebook. Here, we shared a tasty apple strudel.
Our last café stop was Plaza Dorrego Bar which has been visited by Robert DeNiro and Eric Clapton.
The wooden walls have lots of writing carved into it. Ivan and I each had an espresso.
We walked around San Telmo where we browsed the unique shops. There’s also lots of antique markets, but we didn’t check out the markets.
Later, we went to the Anuva Wines wine tasting. Ivan and I were in a group with 5 other people for the wine tasting. I was into writing down notes about each wine such as the color, aroma and taste of the wine that I forgot to take pictures. We had 5 wine tastings which were paired with 5 Argentine tapas.
Daniella told us about the wine which were limited edition wines. The first wine was a sparkling wine called Hom which was very light and airy. It was paired with a bruschetta with cheese, apple, arugula and walnut.
The next was a white wine made from the Torrontes grape. This Las Perdices wine was floral and bitter. I have really liked Torrontes wine in the past at the Etchart winery, but this one didn’t have the best flavor. Two lovely sorbets were paired with the wine: strawberry and banana and peach and orange juice.
The third wine was a Bonarda red called Mairena. It was a smooth tasting wine that was paired with salami, grueyere and fontina cheese.
It was nice that it was unlimited wine pourings if we liked a wine.
The next two wines were presented by an English girl named Poppy who’s training. The fourth wine was a red Malbec called Carinae Gran Reserva. This was our favorite wine of the night which was oaky and plum in color. This wine was paired with a beef and potato empanada.
Our last wine was a red called Caluna. This was a another tasty wine that looked like dark red paint. It was paired with 2 types of delicious chocolate, one from Ecuador and the other from Venezuela.
Here’s Ivan and me with Poppy and Daniella for one of our project pictures.
The wine tasting was great. At the end, we got a price list of the wines which were expensive wines. Ivan thinks the wine tasting is worth the $52 USD per person since the wines are pricey and you can drink as much as you want.