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The residents of Buenos Aires are colloquially known as Portenos, which literally means 'of the port'. Buenos Aires being a port city, it had attracted migrants from around the world, especially during mid 19th century when its population tripled.

Most residents are European descendants. Buenos Aires has the largest Jewish community in Latin America and a significant number of Asian immigrants from China. Portenos are largely Catholic, but a minority of them practice other faith too.

With such a diverse ethnic community, Buenos Aires is home to many other religions like Buddhism, Islam, Judaism and more. Portenos are not unfriendly, just very busy people like locals of any metropolitan.
The famous argentine asado.

Buenos Aires is its people.


hey may take some time to open up, but when they do they are welcoming and hospitable.

Who we are.


We are “porteños,” the people of the port. We have immigrant blood, we are passionate, we give big embraces and we always greet with a kiss.
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Our tables are always crowded with friends, uncles and aunts, cousins, children, brothers and sisters, and we talk – perhaps sometimes argue – for hours. We express our emotions with enviable ease.

We are made of contrasts: between popular culture and sophisticated Culture, between the traditional and the modern, between old religions and modern idols, and our city is full of life and intensity, enriched with stories that are shared and entwined.



Here, we bump into each other in the street then sit for hours over a coffee. Here, we look each other in the eye. Here, the night is a new day, and the city lights up with its hundreds of theatres and thousands of restaurants and bars.

We don’t speak Spanish.


We don’t speak Spanish; we speak porteño, our own unique dialect that is part of the city’s identity.

Here, the taxi drivers are poets and philosophers. Here, a football match is a spectacle everyone must experience at least once.

Here, we'll introduce you to tango and dulce de leche. And we want to meet you, and get to know you. Because here we don’t receive tourists; we make friends.
Read also: Buenos Aires Street Art, discover the best murals in the city.
You may find us a little noisy, but, above all, you’ll find us to be authentic. And here in Buenos Aires, you can be sure about one thing: you'll feel part of the city.

And when you depart, you’ll leave your mark and take something of us with you.



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Buenos Aires is renowned for its vibrant street art culture, with both Fodor's and the Huffington Post listing it as one of the top cities in the world to see urban art.

Street art is highly valued and more socially acceptable than in many other cities, and laws are relatively relaxed, with artists usually only needing the permission of the property owner or residents' association to create their work.

This has attracted big name street artists from far and wide, as well as helping local artists make a name for themselves.

The Buenos Aires city government has commissioned several large-scale pieces itself.
Campos Jesses' Frida Kahlo at the junction of Dorrego and Cabrera, Palermo neighbourhood.


Buenos Aires Street Art.

MACA paint mural in Villa 21-24 in Buenos Aires.


The collective MACA together with volunteers completed a huge mural last week in the biggest villa in Buenos Aires.

The artwork of 370m2 in Villa 21-24 in Barracas took the 13 members of the Museo a Cielo Abierto (MACA)  collective six weeks to complete with help from from neighbours from the area.

The project was organised by Catalina Cabrera together with artistic coordinator Julian Zacariaz.
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MACA paint mural in Villa 21-24 in Buenos Aires.
This mural featuring a Maori with his tongue sticking out was completed by Niño de Cobre earlier this month in Palermo Hollywood, Buenos Aires.

Niño de Cobre is an Argentine street artist from Santa Fe who specialises in painting realistic portraits.

The face of the man is decorated with ‘ta moko’ or Maori tattoos that often contains ancestral tribal messages specific to the wearer.
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Maori mural by Niño de Cobre in Palermo.

Soda Stereo mural by Kiki in Buenos Aires.


Colombian street artist Kiki (real name Cris Herrera) finished a new mural in Chacarita, Buenos Aires dedicated to the Argentine rock band Soda Stereo a couple of weeks ago. The project was organised by BA Joven.



Kiki told BA Street Art: “For me Soda Stereo are one of the benchmarks of music in Latin America when I was growing up and I was really excited by the idea of painting a tribute to the band.

The idea is I chose to develop the mural was to represent the band with Latin American vibe and link it a little to what I like to paint that is nature relating to our ancestors and the spiritual world.”
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Soda Stereo mural by Kiki in Buenos Aires.

Alfredo Segatori paints trash mural in Palermo.


Alfredo Segatori has completed a spectacular new mural in Palermo made of recycled materials at a new bar in Palermo. Exclusive photos by BA Street Art.

The artwork featuring a portrait of an old man has been created out of recycled items such as a car parts, bicycle wheels,tyres, rusty cans, a computer, a telephone and scrap metal and was completed two weeks ago for the opening of Desarmadero Bar in Palermo Viejo.
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Alfredo Segatori paints trash mural in Palermo.

Owl mural by Paul Mericle in Buenos Aires.


Paul Mericle was in Buenos Aires a few weeks ago and painted this stunning new mural of a Great-Horned owl in Coghlan. The project was organised by BA Street Art.
Read also: Cueva de las Manos, a Cultural Heritage Unesco in Santa Cruz province.
Baltimore street artist Paul Mericle was staying in Buenos Aires for the second time in four months and this is the second mural he’s created, this time featuring an owl that is indigenous to the Americas.
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Owl mural by Paul Mericle in Buenos Aires.

New giant mural in Buenos Aires by Spear and Leticia Bonetti.


Belgian muralist Spear together with Argentine street artist Leticia Bonetti completed a new mega mural in Buenos Aires on Sunday. Project was curated and organised by Buenos Aires Street Art. Photos of the process by Adri Godis for Buenos Aires Street Art.

The artwork measuring 700m2 was organised and curated by Buenos Aires Street Art and took 18 days for the two street artists to complete.

The amazing mural has already helped transform the area and bring a smile to many people who live and work in the zone of Saldias. Many thanks to the project sponsors Alba Pinturas, Kuwait Aerosol Urbano and Maquinarias Pyramiz for their fantastic support.
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New giant mural in Buenos Aires by Spear and Leticia Bonetti.

Barrio Chino street art by Indigo Ars in Buenos Aires.


Indigo Ars has painted a new series of murals with a Chinese theme in Barrio Chino in Buenos Aires over the last few months. BA Street Art spoke with the Argentine street artist about some of his latest creations and how it all started.
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Barrio Chino, located in the neighbourhood of Belgrano (centred around five blocks along Arribeños Street) is a tourist attraction and famous for its Chinese restaurants, food stalls, stores selling imported goods from China and local businesses offering Chinese medicine, massages and acupuncture.

Over the last year, the Chinatown of Buenos Aires has also become well known for its street art.
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Barrio Chino street art by Indigo Ars in Buenos Aires.
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Gnocchi are various thick, small, and soft dough dumplings that may be made from semolina, ordinary wheat flour, egg, cheese, potato, breadcrumbs, cornmeal, or similar ingredients, with or without flavourings of herbs, vegetables, cocoa, or prunes.

The dough for gnocchi is most often rolled out, then cut into small pieces of about the size of a cork.
They are then pressed with a fork or a cheese grater to make ridges which hold sauce. Alternatively, they are simply cut into little lumps.

Gnocchi are usually eaten as a replacement for pasta as a first course, but they can also be served as a contorno (side dish) to some main courses.

Homemade Potato Gnocchi.

Homemade Potato Gnocchi.




Ingredients.

2 lbs potatoes
Water to cook the potatoes and gnocchi
2  tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon butter
1/8  teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup all-purpose flour
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Preparation.


  • Peel and cut the potatoes into medium-sized chunks.
  • Add enough water and a tablespoon of salt to a large pot. 
  • When the water comes to a boil, cook the potatoes over medium high heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until tender.
  • Once the potatoes are cooked, strain the water. 
  • Add the butter and nutmeg. 
  • Mash potatoes until they fall apart and let them cool.
  • Once the purée is cold, add the flour and combine gently and thoroughly, but don’t knead it so the dough doesn’t come out too elastic.
  • Divide the dough into 4 or 6 portions and form ropes using your previously floured hands.
  • Cut the ropes into small chunks. 
  • Shape each gnocchi by gently pressing against the inside of a fork with your thumb.
  • Put enough water and a tablespoon of salt in a pot and boil. 
  • When it comes to a boil, add the gnocchi and cook. 
  • Once the gnocchi floats to the top, wait one minute and it’s ready.
Read also: Classic and Easy Argentinean Recipes for Easter: Gnocchi for Luck.
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10 Easy and Tasty Argentine Easter recipes.

Celebrate Easter with family-favorite brunch, dinner and dessert ideas, including hearty breakfast casseroles, deviled egg appetizers, top-rated ham recipes, cute bunny-shaped treats, special holiday desserts and more best-loved Easter recipes.
Homemade Potato Gnocchi.
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Arroz con Leche y Pasas
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Argentinean-Style Grilled Swordfish with a Spicy-Orange Chimichurri, Pan-Roasted Peppers and Charred Sweet Potato Chips

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Rosca de Pascua Delicious Argentine Easter Cake with Orange, Lemon and Almonds from Jordan. 

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Dulce de leche is a confection prepared by slowly heating sweetened milk to create a substance that derives its flavour from the Maillard reaction, also changing colour, with an appearance and flavour similar to caramel.

It is very popular in many Latin American countries.

The most basic recipe calls for slowly simmering milk and sugar, stirring almost constantly, although other ingredients such as vanilla may be added for flavour. Much of the water in the milk evaporates and the mix thickens; the resulting dulce de leche is usually about a sixth of the volume of the milk used.

The transformation that occurs in preparation is caused by a combination of two common browning reactions called caramelization and the Maillard reaction.

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Pancakes with Dulce de Leche.

Total: 35 min
Prep: 20 min
Cook: 15 min
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Read also: Classic and Easy Argentinean Recipes for Easter: Oyster Ceviche in the Shell with Popcorn.

Ingredients.

     3/4 cup flour
     1/2 teaspoon salt
     1 teaspoon baking powder
     2 eggs
     2/3 cup milk
     1/3 cup water
     1 cup dulce de leche (caramelized condensed milk)*
     2 tablespoons melted butter
     Sugar, for garnish
     Whipped cream, for garnish
     Mint sprigs, for garnish
Classic and Easy Argentinean Recipes for Easter: Pancakes with Dulce de Leche.Click to Tweet

Preparation.


  • In a bowl combine flour, salt, baking powder, milk, eggs, and water. Stir to combine and refrigerate for 3 to 6 hours.
  • Preheat oven at 350 degrees F.
  • Heat a 8-inch non-stick pan. Pour about 3 to 4 ounces of batter into the pan and swirl the pan to coat the pan evenly.
  • When the edges begin to brown, peel the pancakes from the pan and flip over.
  • After 30 seconds, remove the pancake from the pan.
  • When all the pancakes are done, fill them with 1 to 2 tablespoons of dulce de leche and roll them up. 
  • Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar.
  • Warm in oven for 1 or 2 minutes. 
  • Remove from oven, sprinkle with sugar, and caramelize with a propane gas torch.
  • Serve with whipped cream and garnish with mint sprigs.



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Ceviche  is a seafood dish popular in the coastal regions of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Though the origin of ceviche is hotly debated, the dish is most closely associated with Peru.

It is typically made from fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices, such as lemon or lime, and spiced with ají or chili peppers. Additional seasonings, such as chopped onions, salt, and cilantro, may also be added.

Ceviche is usually accompanied by side dishes that complement its flavors, such as sweet potato, lettuce, corn, avocado or plantain. As the dish is not cooked with heat, it must be prepared and consumed fresh to minimize the risk of food poisoning.
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Oyster Ceviche in the Shell with Popcorn.

Oyster Ceviche in the Shell with Popcorn.


Total:20 minPrep: 20 min
Yield: 3 to 6 hors d'oeuvres servings
Level: Easy

Ingredients.

1 1/2 cups popped popcorn
1 red onion, minced
1 celery rib, minced
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1/4 quarter habanero, minced
4 lemons, juiced
4 limes, juiced
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Salt and pepper

Preparation.

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  • Pop your favorite popcorn right before party (no butter just salted).
  • Combine the onion, celery, ginger, chile, and citrus juice with cilantro. 
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Right before serving, top each oyster with ceviche mix and serve with a big bowl of just popped popcorn.



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