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Argentina Polo Tour 2014 at Campo Argentino de Polo in Palermo

Argentina Polo Tour, the fall tournament created eight years ago by Adolfo Cambiaso and Gonzalo Pieres, presents its first tournament of the year 2014, with matches that will be held at Campo Argentino de Polo in Palermo (Av. Libertador and Dorrego), starting February 25th, 2014, with the participation of eight teams up to 16 goals handicap.
This is a great opportunity to enjoy the best polo in the world with free entrance for all public, in the heart of the city of Buenos Aires.
Participating Teams:
ZONE A:
RH: Ben Soleimani 0, Alfonso Pieres (Jr) 4, Gonzalo Von Wernich 7, Santiago Von Wernich 5.
Patagones: Pablo Avalos 1, Gonzalo Avendaño 2, Ignacio Negri 6, Valerio Zubiaurre 7.
Jai: Pandi Iraztorza 4, Santi Zubiaurre 4, Celine Charloux 0, Jaime García Huidobro 8.
El Milagro: Federico Tomasevich 0, Pedro Lusardi 3, Juan Pedro Harriet 4, Ignacio Novillo Astrada 9.
ZONE B:
Tom Tailor: Uwe Schroder 0, Tomas Reinoso 5, Bautista Bayugar 5, Gaston Maiquez 6.
Punta del Este Polo Club: J C Adrogue 1, I Alberdi 2, Santiago Solari 6, Diego Araya 7.
La Natividad: Norberto Dabas 0, Eulogio Olariaga 4, Lolo Castagnola 9, Ignacio Kennedy 3.
Puesto Viejo: Hernan Dopzel 1, Federico Von Potobsky 6, Pedro Soria 5, TBA.

Fixture:
Tuesday February 25

3.00 PM: Jai vs. RH (1)

5.00 pm: El Milagro vs. Patagones (2)
Wednesday February 26
3.00 PM: Tom Tailor vs. Puesto Viejo (3)
5.00 PM: La Natividad vs. Punta del Este (4)
Friday February 28
Winner 1 vs. Loser 2
Winner 2 vs. Loser 1
Sunday March 2
Winner 3 vs. Loser 4
Winner 4 vs. Loser 3
Wednesday March 5
Loser 1 vs. Loser 2
Winner 1 vs. Winner 2
Loser 3 vs. Loser 4
Winner 3 vs. Winner 4
Friday March 7
3 zona A vs. 3 zona B
4 zona A vs. 4 zona B
Saturday March 8 – Finals
1 zona A vs. 1 zona B
2 zona A vs. 2 zona A
The schedule is subject to change depending on weather conditions, so keep checking for updates.
Free entrance.

Organic and Healthy Food Market in Palermo

The main producers of organic and healthy food in Argentina will gather again in a large market in Buenos Aires, on Saturday, February 22nd, and Sunday, February 23rd, 2014, from 10 am to 7 pm, with free access to the public. Visitors will have the opportunity to taste free samples and buy at a promotional prices natural foods and beverages at El Dorrego, located on Zapata 50 (between Dorrego and Concepción Arenal), Palermo Hollywood.  The event is organized by Planeta Joy magazine and sponsored by the city of Buenos Aires.
More than 40 stands will be installed, where the participating producers will offer products in the following areas: Oils; Alcoholic drinks (organic wines, beers); Soft drinks and natural juices; Cereals and seeds; Spices; Nuts; Fruits & Vegetables; Farm produce; Delicatessen; Gourmet food; Flour and derivatives; Mushrooms; Infusions; Vegetables; Dairy; Bakery; Jams; edible Flowers; Pasta; Herbs; Snacks, and more.
Some activities will be held in a specially equipped space, like lectures and cooking classes by some of the main references of this culinary trend.
There will be special menus for visitors and food to go, with communal tables inside the picturesque market
For more information visit Buenos Aires Market website.

Organic and Healthy Food Market in Palermo

The main producers of organic and healthy food in Argentina will gather again in a large market in Buenos Aires, on Saturday, February 22nd, and Sunday, February 23rd, 2014, from 10 am to 7 pm, with free access to the public. Visitors will have the opportunity to taste free samples and buy at a promotional prices natural foods and beverages at El Dorrego, located on Zapata 50 (between Dorrego and Concepción Arenal), Palermo Hollywood.  The event is organized by Planeta Joy magazine and sponsored by the city of Buenos Aires.
More than 40 stands will be installed, where the participating producers will offer products in the following areas: Oils; Alcoholic drinks (organic wines, beers); Soft drinks and natural juices; Cereals and seeds; Spices; Nuts; Fruits & Vegetables; Farm produce; Delicatessen; Gourmet food; Flour and derivatives; Mushrooms; Infusions; Vegetables; Dairy; Bakery; Jams; edible Flowers; Pasta; Herbs; Snacks, and more.
Some activities will be held in a specially equipped space, like lectures and cooking classes by some of the main references of this culinary trend.
There will be special menus for visitors and food to go, with communal tables inside the picturesque market
For more information visit Buenos Aires Market website.

BAFWeek – Buenos Aires Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014

The most important event for the Argentine fashion industry, BAFWeek, brings together the most established brands in the fashion world and the independent designers, for the launching of their Fall/Winter 2014 collections.

For this edition that focuses on “Argentinian Territories”, top designers and renowned brands such as Prüne, Vicki Otero, Las Pepas, Amores Trash Couture, Kosiuko, Bendito Pie, Cosiendo Redes, Daniela Sartori, Andrea Urquizu, Li Torres, Juan Hernandez Daels, Ay Not Dead, Juana de Arxo, Cora Groppo, Desiderata, Nous Etudions, Kostume, Bolivia, Garza Lobos, among many others, have confirmed their presence.
BAFWeek Fall/Winter 2014 will feature daily fashion shows, and around 25 showrooms where designers will showcase their creations in an exclusive space, including accessories, shoes, bags, jewels, underwear, and men’s and women’s clothes. 
BAFWeek supports University of Buenos Aires (UBA) students through the Seed Plot contest, so they can show their first collection together with the famous designers.

Dates: February 25, 26, 27, 28, of 2014
Location: La Rural Exhibition Center, Pabellón Amarillo. Av. Sarmiento 2704
Opening times: from 3 pm to 10 pm
Entry fee: $ 50 Pesos. Tickets on sale at the venue 3 pm to 8 pm. Having a ticket does not guarantee the access to the runway rooms, as this is subject to capacity.
More information:
BAFWeek official website.

Back to Paradise (garden update)

Finally, the weather is back to what I have called normal for the last 10 years.  What a (insert your favorite profane term here) relief.

I can make excuses as good or better than anyone …but my main and only excuse for not blogging over the past few months is the weather.

I know that you folks up north still shaking-off (or still shaking FROM) the polar vortex and Mega-Storm Pax, etc. don’t wanna hear about record heat waves …but that’s what we’ve been having down here while youse guys have been making all the news.

Argentina broke a 40 year record for heat this summer.  Brazil is getting pounded with both drought and heat …when the Amazon is dry, you know it’s dry.

I always say that I come from a place (Chicago) that has the worst weather of anywhere in the world that has all 4 seasons …and that I now live in a place that has the best weather of anywhere that has all four seasons.

But this year has been different, shall we say.

Most of my friends and relatives think (or thought) that living here meant living in a jungle …monkeys, toucans, the works.  When they heard that the temperature here never gets to 100ºF and rarely hits freezing, almost everyone started to adjust their mental picture of my chosen land.  I really got to brag a lot about how sweet the weather was.

WAS.  I hope it’s not permanent but this year was scary to both me and my wife who has lived here most of her life.

It always gets to almost 100ºF (38ºC) in the big city but in out in the country it almost never does.  Heat waves have always been easier to handle in the campo for lots of reasons: it cools down at night better than Capital and there is very little to obtruct breezes coming across the pampas.

This year, however, it was just as hot in the countryside as in Buenos Aires.  Brutal.

Our big old ranch house, with its big ol’ thick walls, did all it could to keep the overnight cool throughout the day.

The poor ol’ ranch house could not keep-up this year.

We closed all the doors and windows and shutters at the first sign of warmth in the morning …and just hibernated for weeks.

Refreshing cold showers that we actually look forward to each summer …could not cut the mustard.  We sat in the dark (or as dark as possible!) and read by kindle or napped or just plain stewed in our own juices.

Siesta expanded from 2 or 3 hours every mid-day to 5 or 6 hours.  In order to work, you had to get up before dawn, wait for enough daylight to see what you were doing, and start to quit about 10:30 …or risk your health and/or the health of your horse.  Thank the good lord that we did not lose any cattle from the heat …we heard some bad stories about neighboring ranches.

It was like being sick in bed for weeks …except that we weren’t sick!

That came later.

After all that “enforced bed rest” and brutal temps, my dear missus and I felt cooked.  We’re just now starting for feel better.  At least for me, that kinda prolonged heat makes me feel like my guts are cooked.  Plus, some of the most active weeks/months of the year became the most inactive!  My winter waistline did not contract this summer!

We don’t know how the people in the big city of Buenos Aires survived this year …especially with all the inevitable power outages for many neighborhoods.

I think we’ve only started to feel better within the past few days.

We got a break about the 1st of February …but it came with a pounding!

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryhR3kcGEMY&feature=youtu.be)

The big heat wave, however, was GREAT for our garden’s melons!

These melons are of two great open-pollenated varieties: Petit Gris de Rennes and Charantais.

Smallish French melons that are famous for their melony perfume and intense flavor.

My Missus and I had a hard time deciding which melons were the more delicious.  As expected, we disagreed …at least a little.

I found the Petit Gris to be a little more refreshing and juicy …but, still, the second-best melon I’ve ever tasted.

The BEST melon I’ve ever tasted has to be the Charantais.  It wasn’t an easy decision.

In the end, my criterion was, “which melon would you garnish a glass of champagne with?”

Charantais …at least from this year’s crop.

The flavor was as intense as a garden-ripe strawberry.

It was a tough call, though.

They even survived the hail without too much damage!

Lots of big beautiful green leafy plants got machine-gunned by the hail, tho.

It’s still a little bit too early for reviews on the pelted tomato plants…

…but the very first examples of our “Paul Robesons” are exciting!

Along with the classic Brandywine and Tennessee Green, I wanted to plant the Black Krim tomatoes again this year …but, sadly, the seeds weren’t available …so I went with the Paul Robeson as a second choice.

 It turns out that, among the cognoscenti, the Paul Robeson is considered maybe the most delicious in the world!  Who knew?

The melons are all gone …we ate them all and adored them!  Of course, we saved seeds for all of you in Argentina, where heirloom garden seeds are difficult to find.

The watermelons are still ripening, however …and we have a few Moon & Stars which are incredible.

Back to Paradise (garden update)

Finally, the weather is back to what I have called normal for the last 10 years.  What a (insert your favorite profane term here) relief.

I can make excuses as good or better than anyone …but my main and only excuse for not blogging over the past few months is the weather.

I know that you folks up north still shaking-off (or still shaking FROM) the polar vortex and Mega-Storm Pax, etc. don’t wanna hear about record heat waves …but that’s what we’ve been having down here while youse guys have been making all the news.

Argentina broke a 40 year record for heat this summer.  Brazil is getting pounded with both drought and heat …when the Amazon is dry, you know it’s dry.

I always say that I come from a place (Chicago) that has the worst weather of anywhere in the world that has all 4 seasons …and that I now live in a place that has the best weather of anywhere that has all four seasons.

But this year has been different, shall we say.

Most of my friends and relatives think (or thought) that living here meant living in a jungle …monkeys, toucans, the works.  When they heard that the temperature here never gets to 100ºF and rarely hits freezing, almost everyone started to adjust their mental picture of my chosen land.  I really got to brag a lot about how sweet the weather was.

WAS.  I hope it’s not permanent but this year was scary to both me and my wife who has lived here most of her life.

It always gets to almost 100ºF (38ºC) in the big city but in out in the country it almost never does.  Heat waves have always been easier to handle in the campo for lots of reasons: it cools down at night better than Capital and there is very little to obtruct breezes coming across the pampas.

This year, however, it was just as hot in the countryside as in Buenos Aires.  Brutal.

Our big old ranch house, with its big ol’ thick walls, did all it could to keep the overnight cool throughout the day.

The poor ol’ ranch house could not keep-up this year.

We closed all the doors and windows and shutters at the first sign of warmth in the morning …and just hibernated for weeks.

Refreshing cold showers that we actually look forward to each summer …could not cut the mustard.  We sat in the dark (or as dark as possible!) and read by kindle or napped or just plain stewed in our own juices.

Siesta expanded from 2 or 3 hours every mid-day to 5 or 6 hours.  In order to work, you had to get up before dawn, wait for enough daylight to see what you were doing, and start to quit about 10:30 …or risk your health and/or the health of your horse.  Thank the good lord that we did not lose any cattle from the heat …we heard some bad stories about neighboring ranches.

It was like being sick in bed for weeks …except that we weren’t sick!

That came later.

After all that “enforced bed rest” and brutal temps, my dear missus and I felt cooked.  We’re just now starting for feel better.  At least for me, that kinda prolonged heat makes me feel like my guts are cooked.  Plus, some of the most active weeks/months of the year became the most inactive!  My winter waistline did not contract this summer!

We don’t know how the people in the big city of Buenos Aires survived this year …especially with all the inevitable power outages for many neighborhoods.

I think we’ve only started to feel better within the past few days.

We got a break about the 1st of February …but it came with a pounding!

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryhR3kcGEMY&feature=youtu.be)

The big heat wave, however, was GREAT for our garden’s melons!

These melons are of two great open-pollenated varieties: Petit Gris de Rennes and Charantais.

Smallish French melons that are famous for their melony perfume and intense flavor.

My Missus and I had a hard time deciding which melons were the more delicious.  As expected, we disagreed …at least a little.

I found the Petit Gris to be a little more refreshing and juicy …but, still, the second-best melon I’ve ever tasted.

The BEST melon I’ve ever tasted has to be the Charantais.  It wasn’t an easy decision.

In the end, my criterion was, “which melon would you garnish a glass of champagne with?”

Charantais …at least from this year’s crop.

The flavor was as intense as a garden-ripe strawberry.

It was a tough call, though.

They even survived the hail without too much damage!

Lots of big beautiful green leafy plants got machine-gunned by the hail, tho.

It’s still a little bit too early for reviews on the pelted tomato plants…

…but the very first examples of our “Paul Robesons” are exciting!

Along with the classic Brandywine and Tennessee Green, I wanted to plant the Black Krim tomatoes again this year …but, sadly, the seeds weren’t available …so I went with the Paul Robeson as a second choice.

 It turns out that, among the cognoscenti, the Paul Robeson is considered maybe the most delicious in the world!  Who knew?

The melons are all gone …we ate them all and adored them!  Of course, we saved seeds for all of you in Argentina, where heirloom garden seeds are difficult to find.

The watermelons are still ripening, however …and we have a few Moon & Stars which are incredible.

Festival Shakespeare Buenos Aires 2014

The fourth edition of the Festival Shakespeare Buenos Aires will take place from Saturday 15 to Saturday 22 of February, 2014, sponsored by The British Council and the British Embassy in Buenos Aires. During those days the public will be able to enjoy performances and free activities which honor the great William Shakespeare, with the aim of disseminating the author’s classics and expand the cultural offer in the city of Buenos Aires.
Programming includes theatrical productions, workshops and special activities, all free of charge. 
The Workshops and Conferences will provide professionals, students or Shakespeare enthusiasts with a space to research and deepen their knowledge of his works:
Professor Stanley Wells, arguably one of the best experts in the life of William Shakespeare, will present a video conference about the true authorship of his texts.
Richard Twyman, an experimented Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and National Theatre director, will present the video conference “Shakespeare and his time”.
There will be two opportunities to meet Julian Bowsher, director of the team of archaeologists that work in the excavations of mythical theaters like “The Globe” and “The Rose” in London.
Tas Emiabata, actor and professor of the Globe Theatre in Londres will offer the acting workshop “Introducing Shakespeare”.
At The Medieval Village, that will be set at Plaza Republica de Chile (Av. del Libertador & Tagle), the public can time travel into the past and participate in activities typical of the era, such as: calligraphy workshops, fashion design, bow and arrow shooting, fencing, cooking, music and dance renaissance.

All the activities and shows of the Festival are free of charge
All the workshops and conferences require advance registration through the Festival´s website.
Free tickets for the Theater Plays and movies must be reserved in advance online from 9 am on February 13.
The Shakespearean Walk and Shakespearean Bike Ride also require advance registration as the number of participants is limited.

Venues:
Centro Cultural de la Cooperación: Av. Corrientes 1543
Centro Cultutal Recoleta: Junín 1930
Fundación Beethoven: Av. Santa Fe 1452
Plaza República de Chile: Av. del Libertador 1900 (y Tagle)
For more information, day by day program, and online registrations visit Festival Shakespeare Buenos Aires official website.

ATP Buenos Aires 2014 "Copa Claro"

The ATP Buenos Aires tournament “Copa Claro“, will kick off with the qualifying rounds on Saturday, February 8th, 2014. The traditional tournament will receive some of the greatest world wide tennis players, including World´s Number 1 Rafael Nadal, from February 10th to February 16th, 2014 at the courts of Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club.
The list of participating players this year includes:
Rafael Nadal – Spain – 1
Nicolás Almagro – Spain – 13
Fabio Fognini – Italy – 16
Tommy Robredo – Spain – 18
Jeremy Chardy – France – 34
Marcel Granollers – Spain – 38
Carlos Berlocq – Argentina – 41
Juan Mónaco – Argentina – 42
Robin Haase – Netherlands – 43
Pablo Andujar – Spain – 48
Joao Sousa – Portugal – 49
Pablo Cuevas – Uruguay – 54
Federico Delbonis – Argentina – 55
Horacio Zeballos – Argentina – 56
Alexandr Dolgopolov – Ukraine – 57
Guillermo García López – Spain – 62
Albert Motañés -Spain – 63
Pablo Carreño Busta – Spain – 64
Santiago Giraldo – Colombia – 69
Filippo Volandri – Italy – 71
Daniel Gimeno Traver – Spain – 77
Albert Ramos – Spain – 83
Julian Reister – Germany – 86
Schedule of matches:
Qualification: 
February 8th (from 10 am) and 9th (from 11 am) – Free entrance
Kid´s day: Sunday 9th, 5:00 pm
Monday 10 and Tuesday 11:
Day matches: 12:00 pm
Evening matches: 8:00 pm
Wednesday 12, Thursday 13, Friday 14:
Day matches from 2:00 pm.
Evening matches: 8:00 pm.
Saturday 15:
From 2:00 pm: 
First Semifinal Singles
Second Semifinal Singles
Semifinal Doubles
Sunday 16:
Final Doubles: 12:00 PM. 
Final Singles: 2:00 PM
Location: Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club. Olleros 1510.
Tickets:
At the stadium, Olleros 1510
More information: Copa Claro official website.

Carnaval Porteño 2014 – Buenos Aires Carnival

Every weekend of from Saturday February 1st until Tuesday Match 4th 2014, the “Carnaval Porteño 2014” (Buenos Aires Carnival) will take place at different neighborhoods, with the participation of 17 thousand artists, 112 “murgas” (carnival bands), and over one thousand drums and percussion instruments.
The parades will be held from 7 PM to 12 AM on Saturdays, Sundays and Carnival Holidays (Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th of March).
Murgas and carnival are the artistic expressions of the marginal neighborhoods, their songs and urban folk customs. The lyrics of these songs are called “criticas”, and combine the social denunciation with humor and dancing. What identifies the “murga porteña” from others are their costumes (frock coat, gloves, top hat, and stick), the drums with cymbals, and the various traditional rhythms used to differentiate every neighborhood.
Some of the locations around the city where to watch the parades:
  • Abasto: Av. Córdoba between Agüero and Sanchez de Bustamante: Feb 1, 2, 8, 9, 16, 22, 23, Mar 1, 2 
  • Almagro: Av. Corrientes between Medrano and Bulnes: Feb 1, 2, 8, 9, 16, 22, 23, Mar 1, 2 
  • Bajo Nuñez: Arias between Obligado and O´Higgins: Feb 1, 2, 8, 9, 16, 22, 23, Mar 1, 2 
  • Boedo 1: Av. Boedo between San Juan and Independencia: Feb 1, 2, 8, 9, 16, 22, 23, Mar 1, 2 
  • Boedo 2: Av. Belgrano between Colombres and Maza: Feb 1, 2, 8, 9 
  • Coghlan: Av Congreso between Donado and Mariano Acha: Feb 1, 2, 8, 9, 16, 22, 23, Mar 1, 2 
  • Colegiales 1: Av. Federico Lacroze between R. Freire and Martínez: Feb 1, 2 
  • Colegiales 2: Benjamin Matienzo between Freire and Conesa: Feb 8, 9, 16, 22, 23, Mar 1, 2 
  • Colegiales 3: Av. Federico Lacroze between Freire and Conesa: Feb 1, 2 
  • Fores: Gaona between Donato Alvarez and Boyacá: Feb 1, 2, 8, 9, 16, 22, 23, Mar 1, 2 
  • Palermo: Darwin between Cabrera and Gorriti: Feb 1, 2
  • Palermo Soho: Av. Scalabrini Ortiz between Solar and Costa Rica: Feb 8, 9, 16, 22, 23 
  • Saavedra: Av. Balbín between Plaza and Jaramillo: Feb 1, 2, 8, 9, 16, 22, 23, Mar 1, 2 
  • San Telmo: Av. San Juan between Balcarce and Peru: Feb 1, 2, 8, 9, 16, 22, 23, Mar 1, 2 
  • Villa Crespo: Av. Scalabrini Ortiz between Av. Corrientes and Padilla: Feb 1, 2, 8, 9, 16, 22, 23, Mar 1, 2  
All the events are free of charge.

Chinese New Year’s celebration in Belgrano

The Chinese New Year 4712 will be celebrated at the Chinese Quarter and Barrancas de Belgrano. On this occasion, to mark the start of the Year of Wooden Horse, a special two-day celebration will be held, on Saturday, February 1st, 2014, from 2 pm to 12 am, and Sunday, February 2nd, 2014, from 12 noon to 8 pm.
This is the most important celebration in the Chinese culture. More than 100 food and cultural stands distributed along Barrancas de Belgrano and the streets Arribeños and Mendoza will provide a festive, attractive and memorable environment for visitors. 
The mega event will be officially inaugurated on Saturday at 6 pm, with the traditional Dragon Dance and Lion Dance, followed by demonstrations of Oriental martial arts; Wushu Kung Fu; Tea Ceremony; Chinese calligraphy exhibition; Origami; Chinese Opera; as well as Tango Shows with live orchestra by the company of Esquina Carlos Gardel.
This year the Argentine Federation of Foreign Communities will also participate in the event, through the representatives of different communities residing in Argentina that will be presenting dance and music shows from different countries.
The closing of the mega event will be on Sunday 2, at 8 pm, with the presentation of an electronic pop show followed by a spectacular fireworks show.