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bureks and baclava and babaganouge, oh my!

 

Somehow it came up in one of my timid attempts at breaking the cubicled silence: Argentines only eat sweets for breakfast–nothing rich and savory like in “The Old Country.” (Darko and I have built a tenuous office bond over our shared Serbian heritage–I’m not sure if I mentioned that I’m only one eighth and that, aside from my college graduation trip to a burned-out, dusty little town outside of Belgrade, my family’s Balkan brethren have been all but forgotten about for over 90 years). Regardless, Darko agreed that sweets in the morning are not to be tolerated, we embraced heartily, and he let me in on the secret.

Apparently these two gems are the only places to find Turkish, Armenian, and Balkan-style sundries in Buenos Aires. I haven’t scoured the city to back up my words, instead trusting Darko’s gruff assertion that these are the only places to get real “burek” (meat pies), acelga-filled pastry balls, falafel, hummus, baba ganoush (“babaganouge”), and most importantly, real Balkan-style yogurt liquido.

 

Panadería Armenia: This tiny bakery and sundry goods store is surprisingly easy to spot: look for the large letters on a giant shining silver sign, the scale of which gives the appearance of a marquee. Inside find fresh falafel, pan arabe, (pita-like flatbreads), burek, hummus and baba ganoush, in addition to a glass display case filled with baklava and various variations on the honey-sweet, layered philo confection. Try the pistachio nutty -thing with kataifi. You’ll know when you see it. Behind the counter and ringing the walls are a wide array of every Armenian drink and canned good that only Armenians know, so try a couple and get back to us. I say go for the Anise liquoir. Scalibrini Ortiz 131/21.

 

Damasco Confitería: Just half a block up Scalabrini Ortiz sits Damasco Confitería, the Turkish and Greek grocery. Much larger than Armenia, it has a pleasant Old World ambiance (which comes as no surprise, considering that it’s been there for over 50 years), with shelves lining all the walls to the ceiling and glass cases filled with dried fruits, olives and sweets, as well as assorted bureks and savory pastries. The best thing about this place has got to be the yogurt liquido: thick, drinkable yogurt indistinguishable from that of the Balkans. Better even than anything I’ve found in New York, and I have most certainly searched. Order something from high up on the shelves and watch the old man (the second of three generations of Greeks tending to the store) get it down with a curious long, tong-like contraption and, finally, watch him meticulously wrap your purchases in patterned wax paper, finished  with a twine bow. Scalibrini Ortiz 1283. –WESLEY

 

July 5, 2007 at 12:51 pm Leave a comment

lecciones

 

Among the many albums being released this winter, few have been more highly anticipated at the soy so lindo headquarters than Boreales’ Lecciones. We first saw Boreales perform in August 2005, in La Casa de Rock, a post-Cromañón era house-turned-music venue in Belgrano. But between outside obligations and line-up changes, the quartet wasn’t able to focus on the album until a year later. The result, Lecciones, proves that it was worth the wait.

The band cites Joy Division and the Cure as inspiration, but really, this is an album inspired by the angst of 90s rockers– from the sorrow of Nirvana to the grit of PJ Harvey. Singer Melisa Monge adds depth to the murky guitar strums and steady drum beats from her backing bandmates Chino and Andres Centrone, reaching both the steeliest and softest of notes in mere seconds. At times it’s surf rock on downers, at other times it’s space rock stuck on earth; in both instances, angst and heartbreak serve as a sonic blanket.

Quite fittingly, Lecciones includes a cover of The Lemonheads song “Style,” adding their own down-tempo twist to the 90s indie rockers’ tune. The other standouts on the album are “Al Caer” and “You Escape,” which you can listen to at the Boreales myspace page.

For more information on the band, to buy a copy of Lecciones, and look for future concert dates, check out their fotolog page.–REBECCA

June 28, 2007 at 7:07 pm Leave a comment


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