Posted by Cool Your Jets IV on April 22, 2011
What can I say about Hanoi other than WOW – this place truly rocks and already I feel like this is the place to be. The hustle and bustle, the noise – motorbikes coming at you from all directions, cars tooting their horns, the streets teeming with people – locals squatted on the pavement cooking over hot stoves, this is what I left London to experience, I’m so happy to be here I cannot begin to describe!
Arriving late night and if truth be told, pretty exhauseted, we were met by Jamie and Lisa our friends from back home – also recently engaged (congrats) we grabbed a quick shower and headed off into the night. Several beers later we were safely tucked up in bed for a good nights sleep. Today, we’ve been exploring, we’ve almost been run over several times though we’ve now perfected the knack of crossing the road… You give just a cousery glance and step off the pavement into traffic – the idea being is that if you walk in a straight line not hesitating then the traffic will move around you! Daunting at first, it really does work – keep your head down, feel the force (or direction) and you’ll safely cross the road!
We’re in the old part of town – it reminds us very much of down town Delhi, everyone going about there business, street food, hawkers and general bonkers stuff to see. We/’ve just had a great lunch, cooked at the table by the owner – some beautiful fish with fresh vegetables and noodles, several beers which all came to about £12 for four people. On the way back to our hostel/hotel we stopped off at a street stall selling ‘young-beer’ – supping this on tiny chairs until the military police turned up and at which point the old lady owner dragged us onto the path to stop us being arrested!
Hanoi is the nuts!
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Posted by Cool Your Jets IV on January 17, 2011
Occupying one corner of el Salvador y Angel J. Carranza is this newly opened American Grill.
Owned by the same chap that up until recently ran a very successful Peruvian restaurant is this welcome addition to Palermo Hollywood. Specialising in American fare; think wings, burgers, ribs and good old lemon pie is Bar BQ.
On a not so busy Monday evening this place was filling up nicely so we decided to stop and check it out.
On offer were the baby pork ribs which we ordered along with a bottle of the house white…
On being told that the house white was a tad warm we were offered a complimentary cocktail which for us was a first in Argentina – mostly when we order white wine it’s served at BsAs temperature, with an ice bucket as an afterthought!
The pork ribs were superb!
Now I make these in the UK (I’m a broiler rather than a smoker) and these were superb. The sauce, a mix of dry rub then steamed in their own packets containing honey, Worcester sauce and several other ingredients(!) were superb – the pork fell from the bone and to coin a phrase ‘…were finger licking good!’
We’ll definitely be going back and we wish the Nico and the crew good luck and thanks you for the great ribs!
Bar BQ Steaks & Ribs
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Posted by Cool Your Jets IV on December 24, 2010
The crew at El Bonpland
Used to be 400gms of Ribeye!
Three blocks from our apartment, on Soler y Bonpland, is this family run parrilla – El Bonpland, they have also reccently celebrated their second anniversary. Yesterday, Shelley and Christiane did what ladies do and headed into Palermo Soho for a spot of lunch and to be pampered!
So with time on my hands I thought about lunch and finally getting round to checking out El Bonpland.
Only it was closed for lunch!
So home I came, had a picante pot noodle, several pieces of fruit and a large packet of cheesy wotsit types of crisps. imagine my surprise when Shelley rolled in at 7pm, looking very beautiful and suggesting we head to Bonpland for dinner…
mmmm Spanish Omelette...
Arriving early (for Portenos at least) we were shown our table though quickly opted to sit outside due to heat coming off the Parrilla – they did have the air con on though the entrance was wide open so wasn’t very effective. The restaurant was very nice inside. As mentioned, a large Parrilla with several meats already cooking, a dozen or so tables, bare brickwork and black walls, mostly black chalkboards – all very cool.
For starters we had the Provoleta, a local round cheese which is baked on the Parrilla, this with a mixed salad was a great way to start our meal. Not willing to break with tradition I opted for the 400gm of Ribeye – Shelley being Shelley and on her ‘save-the-cow’ tip first ordered Ravioli before settling for a Spanish Omelette…
The beef was fantastic – I’d heard a rumour that the beef at Bonpland is so soft that they give you a spoon rather than a fork to eat with, alas this wasn’t the case and not sure how I would’ve felt, eating my main course with a spoon! One of the best steaks so far (still not a patch on El Desnivel
but close!) Very juicy, melt in the mouth steaks and coupled with a very good 2009 Malbec, it was a perfect meal, not more than 200m from our apartment.
Definitely worth a visit.
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