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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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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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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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Food Prices – Precios de Alimentos: Aug – Ag 2014

This is our third food price index.  We shop around a little bit but in general the stores we buy at have the best prices, discounts, promotions and quality.

In order to offer the most unbiased inflation index the prices of the respective food categories were taken from the same stores.  We have also included a few items from the government “basket”.  These items prices are set by the government.

We would also add that we do all dairy and deli shopping at Carrefour on Mondays and Tuesdays where we earn a 30% credit.  We buy our cooking oil, white flour, yeast and mate at Carrefour with our coupons every month.

Fruit and vegetable prices were taken from “Frutería y Verdulería Ayacucho“.

Bulk, “health” food products prices were taken from “Dietética Tomy“.

Meat prices were taken from “Frigorífico El Santiagueño“.

Dairy and deli prices are a sample of the prices that Carrefour offers.

Eggs were purchased at Coto.

Este es nuestro tercer índice de precios en alimentos.   Comparamos precios y elegimos las tiendas, asi finalmente compramos dónde encontramos: mejores precios, descuentos, promociones y calidad.

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Buenos Aires Transit – C.A.B.A. Transporte Público


SUBE card – tarjeta

If you want to get around city economically your best bet is to get a SUBE card.  The SUBE card is accepted on buses, trains and the subway in the Greater Buenos Aires region.

Another useful item for getting around is a Bus/Subway ‘Guide’.  The guides can be useful as they have an index of all the streets as well as maps of the entire city but as a bus guide they are confusing.

The best way to plan a trip on the bus in the Greater Buenos Aires area is by using the omnilineas.com.ar trip planner.  It will save you time and a headache.

Useful as a map – not so much as a bus guide

SUBE cards can be purchased (sans ID) at some kioscos but in general it is easier to find a SUBE card at National Lottery stores.  Post office branches are good places to recharge a SUBE card but usually they do not sell cards.

Some other considerations:

  • you need to “hail” a bus (colectivo)
  • buses fill up quickly – if you can, go to the back of the bus
  • often more than one bus line utilize the same stop – you might need to ‘jump’ ahead of the person in front of you in line to catch your bus
  • backpacks attract attention – better to use a reusable grocery bag
  • hold on!

Si usted quiere moverse económicamente en la ciudad, lo mejor es obtener una tarjeta SUBE.  La tarjeta SUBE es aceptada en óminbus, trenes y subterráneos en la zona del Gran Buenos Aires.

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Calzado Dasi – Uzzo – Desert Boots – Botines de Gamuzon con Suelo de Crepe – Update


Uzzo brand desert boots – Calzado Dasi – $349 – Marca Uzzo – Botines de Gamuzon y Suela de Crepe

We went back to Calzado Dasi recently and bought another pair of desert boots – this time brown.  Beige is the more classic colour, however, brown is a better choice for everyday wear.  As you can see, this is my second pair of desert boots from Dasi.

The price went up a little bit but that was expected; they now cost $349.

The owner is a really nice guy.  I’ve stopped in while wearing my desert boots to say hi and let him how comfortable the shoes are.

We have seen the exact pair of Uzzo brand desert boots for $500 in three different spots in the city; Avenida Boedo, Puerreydon y Santa Fe and Maipú street.  Dasi beats that price by more that $150 – and they are super nice people! Win – win.

Recientemente volvimos a Calzado Dasi y compramos otro par de botines del desierto, esta vez marrones.  El beige es el color más clásico en éstos botines, pero el marrón es una mejor elección para usar a diario.  Como puede usted ver, éste es mi segundo par de botines de Dasi. 

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Arrope de Chañar – Chañar Syrup


Dulces Valdez – Arrope de Chañar – $46 – 500 grams

We went back to the Casa de Catamarca a while ago to buy some more dulce de membrillo and we wanted to try some of the different arropes (syrups) that they have for sale there.  One of the arropes that we bought was “Arrope de Chañar” which is made from the fruit of the Chañar tree.

We sure are glad we decided to try Arrope of Chañar.  It is delicious!  We have been adding it to our home made natural yogurt.  On the one hand it reminds one of a combination of maple syrup and molasses and on the other hand the cough candy from Switzerland, Ricola.

Researching this article we found a very informative and interesting blog that describes and illustrates all the birds of Argentina and where the birds live. The Chañar is a very popular tree for birds.  They have links to another site where you can hear the birds’ calls and songs.  The name of the blog is: Compañeros de viaje.  Highly recommended.

Geoffroea decorticans or chilean palo verde

Geoffroea decorticans or Chilean Palo Verde (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The scientific name of the Chañar tree is Geoffroea decorticansIt is also known as the Kumbaru as well as the Chilean Palo Verde (green wood).

The wood of the Chañar tree is used to make furniture and fence posts.  The fruit of the Chañar tree is what is processed to make arrope which is used as a sweetener and is also used to alleviate sore throats and coughs.

Hace poco tiempo regresamos a la Casa de Catamarca ha comprar más dulce de membrillo y queríamos probar los diferentes arropes que allí venden.  El arrope de chañar fue uno de los que compramos y está hecho de la fruta del árbol del Chañar.

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