July 9 is independence day in Argentina, and I wanted to celebrate by re-sharing the story of a taxi adventure that led to what became one of my favorite things to eat in Buenos Aires.
If you're living in or traveling to the Metropolis of Beef, there are quite a few non-bovine treats that are unique to Buenos Aires and totally worth tasting. Here are my ten taxista-recommended favorites.
In the universe of epic rivalries - Pepsi vs. Coke, Microsoft vs. Apple, Leno vs. Letterman - the ongoing war between yellow cab drivers and the NYPD may not seem all that significant. But it's a very real part of New York's culturescape.
If you're wondering why the Empire State building is lit up in blue and white tonight, it's in honor of the Argentine bicentennial. I didn't plan it this way, but it seems only fitting to break down the latest quest for a great Argentine empanada in New York on the country's 200th birthday.
My expectations were as high as my hopes when I met my co-adventurer at La Porteña, a butcher shop turned Argentine steak house in Jackson Heights, for another round of empanada testing last week. I'd heard rave reviews about their empanadas from near and far...
I didn't think it was a coincidence that my last passenger on my last shift was an endocrinologist from Argentina. When she climbed in next to me after helping her family into the back seat, I apologized for the smell, "I'm sorry - there's an empanada in that bag, and it's very fragrant."
I was hopeful when I spotted Spanish League soccer games on two flat screens, black and white photos of Buenos Aires in its golden era and an entire wall dedicated to pictures of tango singing legend Carlos Gardel. But when it came down to empanadas...
“Driving a taxi is the most stressful job I’ve ever had,” Diego said on a recent ride from Ezeiza airport. But after three years behind the wheel, the thirty-year-old cabbie with a rhinestone in his ear has developed some coping mechanisms. He’s traded psychotherapy for gardening. He plays soccer for at least two hours