This week’s #FriFotos theme is shopping. My photo is from a jewelry stall at Plaza Serrano, located in Buenos Aires’ trendy Palermo Soho neighborhood.
Jewelry for sale in Plaza Serrano, Buenos Aires

This post is part of my weekly travel photo series, inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter. This week’s #FriFotos theme is FOR SALE, and people are sharing photos of markets, souks and stores around the world. Now I’m not a huge shopper. But I do indulge once in a while when I’m on the road, particularly on jewelry, […]


Visiting La Alboroza, home of Mendoza artist Sergio Roggerone, during the Park Hyatt Masters of Food & Wine Festival
La Alboroza, home of artist Sergio Roggerone, Mendoza

One of the more glamorous events of the Park Hyatt Masters of Food & Wine festival that I attended  last month in Mendoza was a decadent brunch at La Alboroza, the luxurious home of artist Sergio Roggerone. Sergio Roggerone greeted our group as we entered the front gate of his hacienda. Definitely not a struggling […]


Winery hopping in Mendoza, part II: Visiting the Bodega Catena Zapata Winery
Catena Winery, Mendoza

  A Mayan pyramid in the middle of Argentina? Huh? That’s the first sign you have that Bodega Catena Zapata winery sees itself a little differently than the other Mendoza wineries. Luckily when you turn around, you get a sweeping view of the Andes….and the vast holdings of the Catena family. The winery, started by […]

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Winery hopping in Mendoza, Argentina, part I: visiting Familia Zuccardi with lunch at its restaurant, Casa del Visitante
Winery Mendoza

The highlight of any trip to Mendoza is leaving the city and heading out of town to the wineries. When you see the fields of grape vines up against the Andes, you realize that this is why you came all this way. The province of Mendoza has more than 1,000 wineries and produces 70% of […]


A report from the 2011 Park Hyatt Masters of Food and Wine event, held in Mendoza, Argentina.
Masters of Food and Wine

I’ve had some gluttonous experiences in my day. A four-hour extravagant dinner at Guy Savoy Paris. A multi-day rampage through New Orleans’ po-boy shops. A tasting menu with wine pairings at Le Bec Fin in Philadelphia that cost half our mortgage. But for sheer richness of food consumed, as well as the amount of time spent at […]

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Meat & Malbec: A Day in Buenos Aires

by Chris on April 11, 2011

What to do in Buenos Aires, if you have just a day? I managed to visit the San Telmo antique market, have lunch in Palermo Soho and see Eva Peron’s grave at La Recoleta Cemetery.
Things to do in Buenos Aires

My trip to Argentina can only be described as whirlwind. With only 3 1/2 days on the ground, I saw as much as I could – and that included an action-packed day in Buenos Aires. When time is short, it helps to have a good guide. Luckily, my traveling companion Nicole Rodriguez (cousin to John […]


Finding the perfect leather bag at Prune, Argentina – that South American country’s answer to Coach.
Prune Argentina

Leather goods are almost synonymous with Argentine shopping. It makes sense; after all, the country has the world’s largest consumption of beef and there’s about 50 to 55 million head of cattle kept mostly in the Pampas. That’s an awful lot of hide to have left over. I heard about Prune at the Park Hyatt Masters of Food […]


Do you have a favorite “meal of a lifetime?” For guest poster Natalie Pompilio, a private feast served at Cava de Cano in Mendoza, Argentina comes close.
Appetizer spread, Cava de Cano, Mendoza, Argentina

By Natalie Pompilio, contributing writer To put it nicely, my husband and I are healthy eaters, so we fully expected our two week trip to Argentina to feature steak, steak and more steak. So imagine our surprise when our favorite meal of the entire trip — Jordan says the best meal of his lifetime — […]