Welcome to IAE Business School | One-Year MBA program 2010
• IAE ranks among the world’s top 25 Business Schools and first in Latin America for open
executive programs, according to the UK’s Financial Times Executive Education ranking.
• IAE is also one of the four Latin American Business Schools -and the first in Argentina- to
have three international certifications granted by renowned institutional quality
• One-Year MBA ranks among the The Top M.B.A. Programs if You're in a Hurry by Wall
Street Journal: 8th in the world, and the best in Latin America.
• Its Academic Advisory Council, including faculty members from Harvard Business School
(Boston, U.S.) and IESE Business School (Barcelona, Spain), meets every year to ensure and
promote top academic standards for IAE’s research and teaching areas.
• With over 31 years of experience in regional executive education and more than 10´000
alumni living in more tan 43 different countries.
• IAE has a strong relationship with the best Business Schools in North America, Latin
America, Europe and Asia.
• Its faculty 50 full-time professors, trained at the world’s most. IAE offers ongoing
learning. Alumni receive permanent training that enables them to stay abreast of the latest
breakthroughs in management, effectively building one of the most significant regional
• In recent years, IAE has become a meeting point for multinational companies operating
in Latin America, providing solutions for their executive training needs. IAE’s vision is to
“act as a bridge to integrate Latin America and the Global World.”
One-Year MBA Program
Fact Sheet 2010
IAE, Management and Business School,
Mariano Acosta s/n° y Ruta Nac. 8, Derqui (1629) PILAR, Pcia. Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
Tel.: 54 2322 48 1000
FAX: 54 2322 48 1174
Web site: http://www.iae.edu.ar
MBA Assistant and Exchange Programs Coordinator
Tel.: 54 2322 481168
IAE MBA Program operates on a Module Basis (// Semester)
EXPECTED ARRIVAL DATE:
Students are recommended to arrive at least one week prior to the beginning of courses in order
to get settled in, and to become familiar with the language.
The Campus of Austral University is in the district of Pilar, 50 km. away from the city of Buenos
Aires. It can be easily accessed from any part of Buenos Aires city and its surroundings -It is about
45 minutes by car from downtown Buenos Aires to IAE.
APPROXIMATE COST OF LIVING: (all the “$” signs are referred in Argentinean pesos)
Argentina does not have a fixed exchange rate. The exchange rate for Argentinean Currency is
approximately 3,97 Argentinean pesos ($ or ARS) for 1 US$. For updated information go to:
Housing: Off-Campus rental rates: could go from US$ 500 –U$D 1000 (monthly) –services included.
Food: A meal in the student dinning hall is about: $ 15
A course meal off-campus: $ 40 (Tips: a 10 % is customary at Restaurants).
Supermarket: $ 600 (monthly), aprox.
The Plan de Salud del Hospital Universitario Austral (Classic Plan from the Austral University
Hospital).“Plan Clásico”. This medical insurance it’s being offered by one of the best hospitals
in Argentina, which it’s located right next to our campus. The Classic Plan has a full coverage “in
and outside our country”.
You can always check the hospital Austral website at: www.australsalud.com.ar or
• OSDE Medical Insurance, plan 210-: www.osde.com.ar
• Computer Center (e-mail and Internet services)
• E-mail: Students will be assigned personal e-mail account when they arrive at IAE.
• Cafeteria: From 8 AM to 7 PM. Coffee service all day.
• Photocopies: With special tickets
• Telephones: Coin Operated Telephones –only for local calls-.
• FAX: free for students
• Automatic Credit Card Cashier (from Banco Río Santander)-ATM Machine
• Sporting Facilities: Sporting facilities are available under the Management of the Student
Sports Office. There is an equipped sports complex, including tennis courts and playing
• Pecom Turist Agency on campus.
• Housing Availability: We do not have “on campus” accommodation, but we facilitate
information regarding housing options near IAE, or downtown Buenos Aires.
• Agencies for Temporary Rentals in the city of Buenos Aires -we recommend the following
areas: Palermo, Recoleta, Retiro, Nuñez-:
1) Marcelo Cabeza Propiedades email@example.com
2) Reynolds Propiedades: www.reynoldspropiedades.com
3) B&T www.bytargentina.com
4) Bahouse www.bahouse.com.ar
5) Apartments Rental www.apartmentsrental.com.ar
6) Bs. As. Housing www.buenosaireshousing.com.ar
7) Flats & Rooms www.flatsandrooms.com
8) Argentina Travelnet www.argentinatravelnet.com
9) Apartments Buenos Aires firstname.lastname@example.org
• Agencies for Car Rental:
1) Club Rent a Car www.clubrentacar.com.ar
2) Rent a Car www.rentacarargentina.com.ar
3) Drivers Rent a Car www.driversrentacar.com
4) Hertz www.hertzargentina.com.ar
How to get to our campus if you come from downtown Buenos Aires?
1) Shuttle Services: $18 - Minibus (one round trip)
2) Private Taxis Agency
• Remises First: Tel. (02322) 47-3210, 47-3220, 47-3031. open 24hs.
• Buenos Aires 2000: Tel: (02322) 48-0514
• La Unión (Junto al supermercado Jumbo): Tel: (02322) 47-2898
• El Cruce (ruta 8- dir Derqui): Tel: (02322) 48- 0475, 48-0943
• Elite Remises 24hs: Tel: (02322) 47-3888/89
3) Regular Bus
The bus “Number 57” leaves you by the “panamericana hightway”, 5 minutes away from our
4) By car: with other students. We usually recommend our students to set up groups so they can
come together, specially with those who doesn’t have vehicle at all.
TRANSPORTATION WITHIN BUENOS AIRES CITY:
Bus: $1,25 –bus- (It is quite advisable to take a bus or a private taxi, rather than a cab, for safety
The subway: $1,10 (one round trip-argentineans called it “subte”)
The train: up to $1.25 depending where you are going.
SHOPPING AND CINEMA IN PILAR
Paseo Champagnat Shopping
PHARMACY IN PILAR
MBA PROGRAM INFORMATION
The following is the interpretation of the grade scale used for the MBA / EMBA Programs at IAE,
Management and Business School, Austral University
A 10 Excellent
A- 9 Very Good
B+ 8 Good
B 7 Average
B- 6 Satisfactory
for one "C"
C+ 5 Fair
C 4 Minimum
Mainly based on Case Method
Active Class Participation is required
Class attendance mandatory.
Students can drop 20% of the whole course.
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION:
Spanish / English (indicated with the Academic Contents-50% and 50%)
50-60 students (only one class per year)
SOME FACTS ABOUT ARGENTINA
SOME GEOGRAPHY. Located in the southeast tip of South America, Argentina encompasses
1,452,236 square miles and is populated by 40.3 million inhabitants, over 15.9 million of which
claim home to the capital city of Buenos Aires. The dominant language is Spanish..
Argentina is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Brazil and Uruguay to the east, Paraguay and
Bolivia to the north, Chile to the west, and Antarctica to the south. The vast Argentine territory
has a diversity of landscapes, where ice fields contrast with arid zones; mountains (the Andes)
with valleys or plateaus; fluvial streams and lakes with large oceans, broad grassy plains with
woods and forests. The southern area is the Patagonia region. The climate is generally arid in
north and west, Mediterranean-type climate in the center-east of the country, and damp and
cool in the south.
In 1816, the United Provinces of the Rio Plata declared their independence from Spain.
Eventually, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay went their own way, but the area that remained
became Argentina. The country's population and culture were subsequently heavily shaped by
immigrants from throughout Europe, but most particularly Italy and Spain, which provided the
largest percentage of newcomers from 1860 to 1930. Up until about the mid-20th century, much
of Argentina's history was dominated by periods of internal political conflict between civilian and
military factions. After World War II, an era of Peronist authoritarian rule and interference in
subsequent governments was followed by a military junta that took power in 1976. Democracy
returned in 1983, and has persisted despite numerous challenges, the most formidable of which
was a severe economic crisis in 2001-02.
Argentina’s GDP is $608.8 billion (2006) with a per capita GDP of $15,200. Argentina benefits
from rich natural resources, a highly literate population, a diversified industrial base and an
export-oriented economy. Main destinations of exports in 2006 were Brazil (16.8%), Chile (8.8%),
US (8.3%) and China (7.2%). Although one of the world's wealthiest countries 100 years ago,
Argentina suffered during most of the 20th century from recurring economic crises, persistent
fiscal and current account deficits, high inflation, mounting external debt, and capital flight. The
most formidable challenge was a severe economic crisis in 2001-02 that led to violent public
protests and the resignation of several interim presidents. The economy has recovered strongly
since bottoming out in 2002. With the reemergence of double-digit inflation in 2005, the
KIRCHNER administration pressured businesses into a series of agreements to hold down prices.
The government renegotiated its public debt in 2005 and paid off its remaining obligations to the
IMF in early 2006. Real GDP growth averaged 9% during the period 2003-06, bolstering
government revenues and keeping the budget in surplus. This trend is expected to continue at an
estimated growth rate between 4-5% for the next 2 years. Argentina’s unemployment rate hovers
around 10.9%, with around 26.9% of the population below the poverty line (2006).
% of Major % of
Major exports 2006
total imports 2006 total
Processed agricultural Intermediate
Manufactures 31.8 24.8
Primary 19.2 11.6
Fuels&energy 16.2 Fuels 5.1
GOVERNMENT The country is a representative federal and democratic republic with Buenos Aires
as the Federal Capital and 23 provinces. The national president and vice-president, as well as the
head of government of the city of Buenos Aires, the provincial governors and the members of the
legislative bodies are chosen by the universal, secret and compulsory vote of citizens of either
sex above the age of 18. Presidential re-election is allowed for one consecutive 4-year period.
Our current president is Cristina Kirchner of the centre-left Frente para la Victoria (FV), who has
won the election at the presidential poll on Oct. 28th 2007.
RELIGION. There is complete religious freedom in Argentina although the official religion is
Roman Catholic. There are also other religions such as Protestant, Jewish, Moslem, Greek
Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, etc.
TWO HISTORIC DATES.
25th May, 1810: the first "Patrio" or Home Government Assembly was constituted.
9th July, 1816: Proclamation of Independence by the United Provinces of the River Plate. Birth of
the Republic of Argentina.
CULTURE. It is seen in all its manifestations, cinema, theatre, visual arts, music and literature,
with outstanding personalities. The Colon Theatre is ranked among the top three opera houses in
the world. Painting and sculpture have a key role in cultural life. The country´s principal cities
have prestigious art galleries. There is popular and folklore music and special mention should be
made of the urban music typical of the River Plate area: the tango. Its idol, Carlos Gardel, was
turned into a legend by millions of fans. With regards to science and culture, Argentina has five
Nobel prize winners: two for Peace: Carlos Saavedra Lamas (1936) and Adolfo Pérez Esquivel
(1980); two for Medicine: Bernardo Houssay (1947) and Cesar Milstein (1984); and one for
Chemistry: Luis Federico Leloir (1970).
FOOD. Meat and wine have given the country an excellent reputation. Particularly popular is the
"asado", beef cooked over a coal or wood fire which can be enjoyed at any restaurant.
SPORTS. One of the great obsessions of Argentines is soccer. The City of Buenos Aires has 17
stadiums, many of them seating more than 40,000 spectators. In recent years, other sports have
won thousands of people: such as tennis, polo, rugby, ski, volleyball, golf, mountain climbing,
beach sports, etc. In sport, some names and achievements are noteworthy, such as Juan Manuel
Fangio in car racing, Roberto De Vicenzo in golf, Gabriela Sabatini in tennis, two soccer world
cups and the outstanding soccer star, Diego Maradona. In rugby, the national team, known as the
"Pumas", has earned a reputation.
enero febrero marzo abril mayo junio julio agosto septiembre octubre noviembre diciembre
25°C 23°C 22°C 18°C 15°C 11°C 11°C 12°C 15°C 17°C 20°C 23°C
The average temperature in Buenos Aires is 18 degrees celcious, except during the summer
where reachs high 35°C or in the hardest winter could be 3° C.
Electric power in Argentina is 220 volt, 50-cycle alternating current. Power outlets have 2
cylindrical holes or 2 flat holes with ground connection. It is convenient to bring an adaptor for
these outlets to use your electric devices without problems.
The use of appliances or electric devices designed for 110V need a transformer. Most travel
appliances like laptop computers have an auto volt (110V-240V) transformer that will adapt to
LOCAL TIME: Time difference with Argentina:
Argentina 12 hs.
New York -1
TOURISM IN BUENOS AIRES / ARGENTINA
A BRIEF LOOK TO BUENOS AIRES
POPULATION: 17.000.000 people
DISCOVERING BUENOS AIRES ----------------------------------------------
This quick guide gives you our
recommendations for making the most out of
your trip to Buenos Aires (“Baires”). We
provide you with our top recommendations
to explore the city, visit museums, and take
advantage of Baires’ best restaurants and
pubs. If you would like additional
information on any of these suggestions,
please do not hesitate about asking me.
Unless indicated with the icon , I
recommend you take a taxi or the Metro
(subway) to these locations.
INTRODUCTION TO THE CITY --------------------------
The residents of “Baires” are known as
“porteños” because they live by the port. BA
is easy to love and hard to forget. While the
belle époque of cattle money, café society,
tango salons and literary grandeur is just a
rueful memory - more so thanks to the
economic and psychological scars left by the
2001 economic crisis - contemporary Buenos
Aires has a seize-the-night party spirit and
genius for hospitality that more prosperous cities and more genteel eras would find hard to
match. Baires is worth a visit for itself - it is exciting, entertaining and an education too.
MUSEUMS AND LANDMARKS -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
RECOLETA CEMETERY: was opened for ordinary people in 1822
but as Recoleta’s reputation improved, so did that of the cemetery.
Now many presidents and historic figures important to Buenos Aires
history are buried there. The architecture styles of the tombs range
from neo classic to art deco and the some of the sculptures have
declared national historic monuments. Eva Peron (Evita) is now
buried in Recoleta Cemetery after her remains endured quite an
adventure. Her dead body was stolen, copied, hidden, and then
stolen again. Junín 1790 / +54 11 4804 7040 / Open Hours 7a -
5:45p M-Sa; 7a-2:30p Su
PUERTO MADERO: Up until the epic restoration in 1994, the brick docks
lining the old port of Buenos Aires remained abandoned. The area now
thrives with modern residential and business lofts and offices, bars,
restaurants, an eight-theatre cinema complex, and a university while
retaining the original English redbrick facades. The 15-block area runs two
kilometres along the river bank dotted with fine dining, such as the
Parolaccia di Mare. Two historic ships from the Argentine Armada, the
Corbeta Uruguay and the Fragata Sarmiento, are moored quayside as floating naval museums,
their approximate operating hours are 10am-midnight. Avenida Alicia Moreau de Justo 200 /
email@example.com / http://www.puertomadero.com/
SAN TELMO: In 1871, with the outbreak of Yellow Fever, these mansions
were soon overtaken by squatters, creating the city's historic conventillos
(tenement houses). Indeed, it was not until 1970 that an edict stipulated
protection for property owners. Today the neighborhood of San Pedro Telmo
is an important historic corner of the city. Locals and tourists alike flock to
the Plaza Dorrego on the oldest street in the city, for the antique market and
vibrant street performances, including tango, held on Sunday from 10am to
6pm. On the corner of Independencia and Balcarce streets is El Viejo Almacen, a traditional
tango establishment. Defensa 1200 / +54 11 4312 2232
MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires): Founded in
2001 and started with just the permanent collection owned by its director,
Eduardo Constantini, MALBA aims at promoting Latin American art in all its
disciplines. Constantini donated to this post-modern gallery works of art
that take us on a journey through the history of Spanish American art, from
the beginning of its avant-garde movement at the turn of the century to
the present. The collection is arranged in such a way to expose the
similarities as well as the differences between the artists, other than in
chronological order. There are workshops, children activities, temporary exhibitions and work
experience for students. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415 / +54 11 4808 6500 /
firstname.lastname@example.org / Open Hours Noon-8p M; noon-8p W-F; 10a-7p Sa-Su /
OBELISCO AND AVENIDA CORRIENTES: The Obelisco monolith is a meeting
place for political demonstrations, musical performances and celebrations over
victories of the national soccer team. It was dedicated in 1936 to
commemorate the anniversary of Buenos Aires first foundation. It measures 70
meters high and is made of reinforced concrete. In its interior a 200-hundred-
step stairway is used to perform maintenance jobs from the top. Corrientes
avenue used to be the centre of Porteño nightlife and retains the initial
bohemia immortalized in popular lore. In the 1930s it was widened and
numerous cinemas, theatres, and restaurants quickly lined its sidewalks.
Antique, rare and used bookstores are clustered here as well, interspersed with
the traditional Porteño cafes. +54 11 4312 2232 (Tourism Information
CASA DE GOBIERNO Y PLAZA DE MAYO: Built in 1580 by Garay, this was the
city's first fort. In 1882 after many modifications, an archway was
constructed to unite twin structures. Today it is home to the administrative
and government seats. The primary entrance is found on Avenida de Mayo.
And the pink color paint, ordered by President Sarmiento in 1813, only
remains on one side of the building. This building is truly an emblem of the
Argentine aristocracies, including those of Peron and his famous wife, Evita.
Balcarce 50 / +54 11 4343 3050 / Guided tours: 5p M-F
MUSEO CENTRO CULTURAL BORGES: The fundamental intention is to present a precise
panorama of modern culture in a context of quality and coherence. The visual arts, design and
media are given a space here in the arena of the Galerías Pacífico (Pacific Shopping Gallery)
without leaving aside the art of tango, photography or fine arts. Exhibits, auctions and
international competitions are held here in this space named after the Argentine literary icon,
Jorge Luis Borges. There are scheduled literary-cafe chats, music cycles and video projections.
Viamonte and San Martín St. / +54 11 43195449 / Open Hours 10am-9pm Mon-Sat; midday-
9pm Sun / http://www.ccborges.org.ar
LA BOCA – CAMINITO: This open-air "museum" brings the brushstrokes of painter
Benito Quinquela Martín to life in its colours, sculptures and ceramics. In fact,
more than a museum, it is an art market where a constant exhibit of works
inspired by the surrounding port area and neighbourhood are sold. A stroll
through here is sure to thrill the tourist for its uniqueness and air of bohemia.
Humble dwellings painted in vibrant colours frame the pedestrian street known
as el Caminito and immortalised in a tango tune of the same name. Its first
inhabitants were the working-class Genoese immigrants who settled along this
path, which led from the river to the railroad tracks and is now home to
innovative artists and Boca Juniors Football Club. Italian cantinas can be found in
the surrounding vicinity near the port area. La Boca neighborhood / preferably
do not visit during the night
MUSEO NACIONAL DE BELLAS ARTES: Opened in 1896, the National Museum of Fine Arts has 32
exhibit halls with state of the art technology for both traditional and multimedia shows. Its
permanent collection—the oldest piece dating from the 12th century—includes European masters
such as Goya, Renoir, Van Gogh, Rodin and Bourdelle. Works by Argentine masters date from the
19th and 20th centuries, including Juan Carlos Castagnino and Benito Quinquela Martín. There is
a library open to the public and workshops for art restoration and editing of audio-visuals.
Admission is free. Avenida del Libertador 1473 / +54 11 4803 4691 / Open Hours 12:30p-
7:30p Tu & F, 9:30a -7:30p Sa-Su / http://www.aamnba.com.ar/
AREAS AND MALLS:
RECOLETA is the city's most expensive neighborhood and the shopping that is offered in
Recoleta is highly upscale. This is one of the few areas that has maintained significant prices
even after the fall of the Argentine economy. All the goods there are European quality, with
many of the stores actually selling you European made clothing and shoes. Patio Bullrich Mall
right across from the luxurious Caesar Park Hotel is a delight for both shopping and sightseeing.
Many stores are very nicely decorated, and the prices are not that outrageous for tourists
converting from other currencies.
SAN TELMO: Buenos Aires’s main antiques fair takes place every Sunday (10am-5pm) in the
bohemian neighborhood of San Telmo. Established antique vendors line the actual Plaza Dorrego;
elsewhere, you will find jewellery, tango collectibles and other bric-a-brac.
DOWNTOWN: The Avenue Florida is the biggest shopping street in Buenos Aires lined with
clothing, sporting goods, banks, electronics, gifts, cafes, and leather goods stores. The
pedestrians-only street is also the home of some of the best bookstores in the city. The Galerias
Pacifico shopping center is a beautiful multi-level shopping center at the corner of Florida and
Cordoba. The mall is quite upscale by Argentine standards having a number of beautiful murals at
PALERMO: The neighborhood offers wonderful boutiques that sell very creative items and gifts.
The Paseo Alcorta shopping center has chic clothing stores for both sexes along with great cafes
and a movie theater. Alto Palermo Shopping Mall is the biggest shopping centre in the city.
Hundreds of shops, cafes, and a movie theater offer their services to thousands of customers.
PLACES TO GO TO EAT?-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Buenos Aires offers a great selection of dining options. Listed below are some of our favorites.
Café Tortoni ($)
Av. de Mayo 825, +54 (11) 4342-4328, No reservation needed except for tango nights.
You cannot come to Buenos Aires and not visit this important Porteño institution. This historic
cafe has served as the artistic and intellectual capital of Buenos Aires since 1858, hosting notable
guests such as Jorge Luis Borges. This is the perfect spot for a coffee or a small snack when
wandering along Avenida de Mayo. Twice-nightly tango shows at 7:30 and 9:30pm in a cramped
side gallery where the performers often walk through the crowd are worth stopping in for.
La Qurencia ($$)
Junin and Juncal St., +54 (11) 4821-1888
Excellent regional food and service. Please try the great variety of “empanadas” offered and you
will be delighted. A simple and effective place to enjoy food… no more words needed.
La Cholita ($$)
Rodriguez Peña 1165, +54 (11) 4815-4506
Often described as the place where “regional food becomes chic”, La Cholita is a very nice place
with amusing ambiance (noise and people everywhere). You should be ready to develop your
artistic skills over the table as the tablecloth is a white piece of paper (crayons are provided by
Juana M ($)
Carlos Pellegrini 1535 (basement), +54 (11) 4326-0462
This amazing little parrilla is easily overlooked, but you shouldn't miss it. A family-owned affair,
it takes its name from its owner and is known almost solely to Porteños who want to keep this
place all to themselves. Located in the basement of an orphanage, which was once the city's
Catholic University, this neoclassical building is one of the few saved from the highway
demolition that created the nearby La Recova area where Avenida 9 de Julio intersects with
Libertador. The menu is simple, high-quality, and amazingly inexpensive, with a free unlimited
salad bar with several healthy options.
La Brigada ($$)
Peña 2475, +54 (11) 4800-1110
See description under SAN TELMO area.
Clásica y Moderna ($)
Callao 892, +54 (11) 4812-8707
This restaurant represents an interesting way to save an important bookstore from extinction by
opening a restaurant inside. The bookstore opened in this location in 1938, though the company
dates from 1918. In 1988 books were relegated to the back to make way for diners, but this is
one of the best bookstores for English-speaking tourists in the city. You'll find Buenos Aires photo
and history books, as well as Argentine short-story collections, all translated into English.
Decorations overhead include old bicycles and signs, but it is a pleasant relaxed space where it's
easy to chat with the staff as you dine or sit at the bar. There are many light and healthful
choices like salads and soy burgers on the menu, though since all come with fries, it evens out
the caloric content. Events of all kinds are held here too, from literary readings to plays, dance
shows, and art exhibitions. Shows are held Wednesday to Saturday around 10pm, and there are
sometimes two shows, the second one beginning after midnight. Show prices are not included in
the price of dining here.
La Cabrera ($$$)
Cabrera 5099, Buenos Aires, +54 (11) 4831-7002
In the shopping-friendly district of Palermo Soho lies this French bistro that takes Argentina’s
amazing steaks in a new direction. The chef, Gastón Rivera, serves classic beef cuts like juicy ojo
de bife, but serves it alongside an impressive array of untraditional side dishes including mashed
pumpkin with raisins, beet purée and baked pearl onions in red wine. Arrive early to take
advantage of the free champagne at the sidewalk waiting area, while you listen to tango-themed
electronica music and watch the beautiful crowd of jet-setting locals and trendy visitors. Do not
hesitate to share the 600 grams steak!
Guido's Bar ($$$)
República de la India 2843, +54 (11) 4802-2391
More than a third of Argentina’s population is of Italian descent, and this bar fulfills all the Little
Italy tropes, from “Volare” on the stereo to the New York City skyline on the ceiling. But the
crowd is Argentine and the food is varied and tasty. There is no menu and after one question —
“Red or white?” — the waiters bring a seemingly random assortment of plates, like a cold
appetizer of spinach and red bell peppers in a paprika mayonnaise sauce, followed by Spanish
tortillas, stuffed eggplants, penne in red sauce and pignoli nuts. How the waiter figures your bill
remains a mystery.
Gorriti 5870, +54 (11) 4776-7677, Reservation recommended.
Sunday brunch at this restaurant has become a mainstay of expatriates, filmmakers and wealthy
Argentines by offering two Buenos Aires rarities: brunch and ethnic food. The décor is pure
Scandinavia, with curvy plywood furniture and 60 types of vodkas. Dishes include herring and
smoked salmon with Argentine bondiola (pork tenderloin). Call ahead to get an outdoor table on
the heated deck, or on the couches around the fireplace (avoid the frenetic tables near the
kitchen). In a concession to Argentines’ overheated night life, brunch goes on until 8 p.m.
Cabaña Las Lilas ($$$)
Alicia Moreau de Justo 516, +54 (11) 4313-1336
Served here is grass-fed beef, raised on the vast ocean of chlorophyll called the Pampas. It’s
different. With a rounder flavor, leaner texture and sweet fat. You eat in a handsome wood-and-
leather room and drink from a wine-wall stocked with fine Mendoza reds like those of Nicolas
Catena. Octavio Caraballo, the owner, supplies all the beef from his own ranch, or estancia. The
sugguested selection is medallón de lomo (tenderloin) and cuadril (rump) and ojo de bife (rib-
eye) covering every inch of the big grills. Little “bombon” sausages and sweetbreads, too.
Warning: They will ply you with so many delicious breads, so many salads and such superb cheese
and olives and peppers, that you might not be able to do justice to the beef. Which would be
La Brigada ($$)
Estados Unidos 465, +54 (11) 4361-5557
This parrilla is reminiscent of the Pampas, with memorabilia of gauchos (Pampas cowboys) filling
the restaurant. White linen tablecloths and tango music complement the atmosphere, with an
upstairs dining room that faces an excellent walled wine rack. The professional staff here makes
sure diners are never disappointed, and service is outstanding. Chef-owner Hugo Echevarrieta,
known as el maestro parrillero, carefully selects meats. The best choices include the asado (short
rib roast), lomo (sirloin steak, prepared with a mushroom or pepper sauce), baby beef (an
enormous 850g/30 oz., served for two), and the mollejas de chivito al verdero (young goat
sweetbreads in a scallion sauce). The Felipe Rutini merlot goes perfectly with baby beef and
El Obrero ($)
Agustin R. Caffarena 64, +54 (11) 4362-9912, Reservation recommended.
Grandfathers are not on the menu in this place, but they come free with every meal. Two old
brothers from Barcelona, Spain, who own the place - Marcelino and Francisco - putter around
dressed the same as their waiters, making sure everyone is okay. Did you have enough to eat, do
you need more bread, are you being taken care of? These are just some of the questions they ask
as you dine on thick, juicy, perfectly cooked steaks. Italian food, fish, and chicken are also in the
offerings. Lots of Boca Juniors and other sports memorabilia hanging on the walls remind you
that you're in one of the most important soccer/football neighborhoods in the world. Tables fill
up rapidly once 9pm hits, so reserve or come earlier than that.
SPANISH –ENGLISH LANGUAGE COURSES
1) CENTRO ALPHA email@example.com
2) CEDIC firstname.lastname@example.org
3) María Inés Moldes, private email@example.com
4) Ana M Vellegal, private firstname.lastname@example.org