Monthly Archives: September 2014

Gourmet Premium – Olive Oil – Aceite de Oliva

gourmet-premium-olive-oilThere are a lot of choices in Buenos Aires when it comes to olive oil.  Some oils that are imported cost $300 or more per litre.  That is expensive!

We used to buy Carrefour brand olive oil; it tasted good, came in a nice glass bottle and was within our price range at $34.00 a half litre. We had to start looking for a different brand because Carrefour stopped stocking it.

We bought a couple of different brands in the meantime and finally discovered Gourmet Premium brand; it is of comparable quality to the Carrefour brand but it is much cheaper.  The only drawback is that it comes in a plastic bottle; we transfer then, the oil into a glass bottle that we reuse.

We buy Gourmet Premium brand olive oil at Más Pollos on Calle French.  Their retail price is the best we have found in the city – $20.00 per bottle (500 ml).

Hay muchísimas clases de aceite de oliva para elegir en Buenos Aires.  Algunos aceites importandos cuestan $300 pesos y más el litro.  Esto es caro!

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Our Cactus Family


The cactus family we rescued out of the trash – La familia cactus que rescatamos de la basura

We found our cactus family on the sidewalk a couple of months ago.  Someone had thrown them away after their pot broke.  From two came three; the cactus that had its head broken off now has six new heads sprouting.  Pretty neat.

Hace un par de meses encontramos tirada en la calle a nuestra familia de cactus.  Alguien los habia tirado después que el macetero se quebró.  De dos se hicieron tres, el cactus que estaba decapitado tiene ahora seis cabecitas floreciendo.  Bastante primoroso.


DIY: Icing Sugar – Azucar Impalpable


Home-made icing sugar – Azúcar impalpable hecha en casa

Icing sugar is expensive! It costs up to three times more by weight than regular white sugar.

We put regular white sugar in our coffee grinder and grind it up to make icing sugar – it works like a charm and saves us money and a trip to the store.

Azúcar impalpable es cara!  Hasta tres veces más que el azúcar común por kilo.

Nostros ponemos azúcar común en la moledora de café y la molemos hasta el punto de impalpable; es mágico, ahorramos dinero y un viaje a la tienda.

La Casa De Rio Negro


Handcrafts and products for sale – La Casa De Rio Negro – productos y artesanías para vender

We visited the Casa De Rio Negro the other day and inquired about products for sale there and information about that province.  They gave us some brochures and maps.

As far as tourist destinations go Rio Negro has many attractions.  It is a province in the the south of Argentina with a lot of natural beauty; it comprises many different ecological zones; it spans from the Atlantic Ocean to the Andes.

We were told that the train ride from Viedma, their capital, to San Carlos de Bariloche during a full moon is especially spectacular.  Bariloche is home to a world famous ski resort.  The coast is also a favorite destination as the water in the Gulf of San Matiás is said to be very warm.  Rio Negro is home to many wineries, orchards, ranches and farms;  the well known “El Bolsón” where many people live a simpler and more self-reliant way of life, producing much of their food and making handcrafts.

This province is an area very rich in fossils; there is a world renowned museum of paleontology.


Wool products and handcrafts for sale – La Casa De Rio Negro – artesanías de lana y hilada a mano

The Casa Del Rio Negro is a super place to buy jams, jellies and concentrated fruit juice; they have the best prices in the city of Buenos Aires for Frutas del Sur products.  We bought a cherry jelly there and we are really enjoying it.

The Casa sells beautiful hand made wool crafts and wool as well as very attractive clay pottery – all at very competitive prices.

Everyone we met at the Casa de Río Negro were warm, patient, friendly and helpful; we plan on trying most of the conserves and concentrates for sale there. Our visit to this Casa was a good introduction to the people and products of that province and we are now interested in visiting there some day.

Hace unos días visitamos la Casa de Río Negro y preguntamos por los productos que allí venden e información sobre la provincia.  Nos dieron algunos folletos y mapas. Cómo destino turístico la Provincia de Río Negro tiene muchísimas atracciones. La provincia, de Este a Oeste corre desde el Océano Atlántico hasta los Andes y la diversidad natural es inmensa.

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Our Bag Plant – Sansevieria trifasciata

bag-plantWhen we have plastic bags that are a bit soiled we throw them in the washing machine.  To dry them we place them on the leaves of our snake plant.

Sansevieria trifasciata is the scientific name of the plant; it is also commonly known in different parts of the world as mother-in-law’s tongue, tiger tail and Saint George’s sword among others.

Some of the more commonly known relatives are asparagus and agave.  It is native to Africa but has been distributed to all parts of the world.

Some people believe that the snake plant keeps away evil spirits; NASA did a study that found that is one of the best plants for improving indoor air quality.  It passively absorbs such toxins as nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde.

Snake plant is a good addition to any home: it cleans the air, rids the space of evil spirits and can serve as a dry rack. 🙂

Cuando tenemos bolsas de plástico un poquito sucias, las tiramos dentro del lavarropas.  Para secarlas las ponemos en las hojas de nuestra Planta Serpiente.

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New Page: Correo Argentino

We have finished putting together our Correo Argentino page.  The relevant information includes the locations, phone numbers, hours of operation and whether they offer post office boxes.


El Tren de las Nubes – Salta, Argentina – Correo Argentino Postal – Dakar 2011 Edición

We like the post office.  Telegrams and Western Union money orders can be sent within Argentina through Correo Argentino; you can pay bills and recharge your SUBE card there as well.

Correo Argentino produces nice stamps and they often create special edition stamp collections which usually includes a post card.  This year they produced one featuring the FIFA World Cup.  The South American Dakar rally is another favorite theme for special editions.

Terminamos de armar nuestra página de Correo Argentino.  La más importante información incluye, lugares, teléfonos, horas de actividad y si ofrecen casillas de correo.

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Niní Marshall – Los Enredos De Una Gallega


Niní Marshall mini mural on Avenida Corrientes near Callao

The other day we were crossing Avenida Corrientes near Avenida Callao and we noticed a small mural of Niní Marshall.  We have been enjoying some of her movies recently on Youtube.

Niní Marshall was an Argentine comic actress and humorist; she was well known for playing with the meaning and pronunciation of words.

Two of her more well know characters are Catita, a working class Porteña of Italian descent and Cándida, an old fashioned Galician.

She was known as The Chaplin with a skirt and the Lady of Humour.

Los Enredos De Una Gallega,” was made in 1951 in Mexico and is an entertaining introduction to Niní Marshall and Cándida.  There are some pretty funny scenes and a surprise ending.  Enjoy!

El otro día estábamos cruzando la Avenida Corrientes casi Callao y llamó nuestra atención un pequeño mural de Niní Mashall.  Ultimamente, en YouTube, hemos estado disfrutando de sus películas.

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