Monday, June 22, 2009

Argentina fashion, Etiqueta Negra label lands in SOHO NYC this year

Love the Argentina stylish, casual elegance of Etiqueta Negra. Polo and tango are reflected in the brand. Glad that are going global with their first flagship store in the epicenter of the fashion world New York.

Thursday, May 21, 2009


A warm and gentle climate coupled with the Spanish influence has made Buenos Aires the hottest destination in South America for gay vacationers seeking a genuine Latin experience—from Tango dancing and historic architecture to elegant dining and vibrant nightlife. The city’s original European settlers came mostly in the nineteenth century from Spain, Germany, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom. Exploring Buenos Aires, you will sense a sort of déjà vu of Europe while you explore the splendid boulevards, classic architecture, plazas everywhere, extensive parks, and ever-changing style of Argentina’s stunning capital city. You will quickly understand why this city is known as ‘The Paris of South America’, populated by sophisticated Porteños---as the local residents are affectionately known.

Perhaps one of Argentina’s most valuable tourist attractions today is the low cost of living and shopping bargains to be found here. Here you can enjoy a low-cost vacation without sacrificing any pleasures or comforts. If a bottle of good wine or a liter of beer for two dollars sounds appealing, then you will also be pleased to rent a cozy vacation apartment from for as little as four hundred US dollars per week. This summer Lan Airlines is offering round-trip flights from Toronto, New York, Miami, Vancouver, and Los Angeles from as low as US$477 plus taxes. This is probably the lowest fare possible to enjoy a get-away in Buenos Aires. Even gourmet restaurant dining is affordable when a three-course dinner with wine can readily be enjoyed for less than fifteen dollars per person.

Although there is no specific gay village in Buenos Aires, the community is spread throughout the center of the city. The districts of Recoleta, Palermo and San Telmo are very gay and the local bars, restaurants and clubs are found mostly in these areas. However, many gay places are within an inexpensive taxi ride of each other. These districts of Buenos Aires are some of the safest zones of any major city in South America and visitors should feel secure walking around day or night—however, sensible precautions should never be abandoned.

Sidewalk cafes, Argentine beef Parilla grill-restaurants—renowned for the best
beef in the world—and cheap shopping make this a totally fabulous, affordable gay destination.

Buenos Aires now has over sixty gay discos, restaurants, cafes, bars, hotels, saunas, and movie theaters frequented by the best-looking Latin men you will see anywhere. The gay scene in Buenos Aires, in common with other cities in South America, starts very late. Apart from one bar (Flux) and the cruising bars and movie theaters, nothing really starts until around midnight.

Very few people arrive at discos until 2:00 AM, but then the discos quickly fill to capacity and line-ups occur, particularly on Saturdays. The principal discos and bars mostly operate from Thursday to Sunday, but there are show bars with comedy drag and strippers which open seven nights a week. Most of the cruising bars, cinemas and saunas are open seven days a week, with some being open twenty-four hours throughout the weekend.

So if you are trying to find a place to enjoy a fun gay vacation but these economic times have restricted your budget, then check out the discount flights to Buenos Aires and enjoy the Paris of South America. The temperate climate in South America makes Buenos Aires a year-round gay vacation destination.

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Argentina Experience Circuit Party for Charity

Well, the time for the big event is upon us. My good friend Rob Lemagno has been working tirelessly for the last 9 months to get this first year event off the ground. The Argentina Experience Circuit Party for Charity is a 3 day event filled with dinners, dances, and parties that coincide with the arrival of the Atlantis gay cruise coming from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ending in beautiful, cosmopolitan Buenos Aires. RefreshMed is participating by hosting a botox party at the event headquarters, Axel Hotel in San Telmo on Saturday. We are expecting a nice turnout, which will help create brand awareness for RefreshMed. As we have all experienced, people almost always want to return to Buenos Aires to explore it more thoroughly since it has become one of the top 10 gay destinations in the world. For more information on the part please check out the event's website:
Argentina Experience
We will give an update after the event to let people know how it went and what they can expect next year. Saludos!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Return from self-imposed holiday exile (or at least escape the heat)

I am back after 3 weeks vacation in the states, visiting family and friends in Texas and California. I enjoyed getting out of Buenos Aires in what always seems to be the hottest part of the year....the week between Christmas and the New Year. I did miss my boyfriend Anibal terribly though, as it is not so easy to get him a visa to travel to the United States these days. When I was landing here in Buenos Aires on this most recent flight, I felt in my heart that I was home...I am becoming Argentine. I have been relatively busy despite the fact that both my primary plastic surgeon and dermatologist are still on vacation. Lots to do to prepare for the upcoming circuit party that coincides with arrival of the gay cruise from Rio de Janeiro.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Classical musical festival outdoors

It is the summer music concert season here in Buenos Aires, and the local classical music radio station AMADEUS is hosting their outdoor concert for the next 18 hours in the park by my house across from the US embassador's palace and the amazingly beautiful Spanish fountain. The weather is threatening to not cooperate, as we just had a little bit of a shower that cooled things off a bit. Crowds overall have been undeterred though. TheOne of my favorite things about Buenos Aires is the large selection of free cultural events sponsored by the city. This allows all porteños (citizens of Buenos Aires) access to culture irrespective of their socio-economic background. Here is a link to the festival for more information:
I plan to go have dinner at an Italian restaurant in Las Canitas, and then venture over afterwards to see what wonderful music I can experience in my cultural bastion of Buenos Aires.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Loves me some waiting in doctor offices

I spent the better part of yesterday afternoon sitting in Sanitorio de la Trinidad yesterday. I had awoken to find one side of my face swollen to the size of small lemon, so I went straight away there. While I waited to see the resident doctor on duty, I studied the other patients waiting there as well. I played a little game to entertain myself called "Guess the Infirmity". I determined after some study that some had general aches & pains, one muscular guy was probably there for a torn ligament, a rather mousy woman was there for an allergic reaction to her 42 cats, another with bone cancer making it difficult to move, and me with my small new tumor. He he. It kept me entertained, along with cruising the 20 something hottie across from me. Finally, I saw the doctor and she ordered a sonogram (ecografía) of the area and determined that is was my thyroid gland was swollen and infected. She prescribed what I later found out was a potentially lethal dose of penicillin, until I later confronted her after realizing it. I was indignant that she had not asked me if I was allergic to penicillin. Anyway, the swelling is subsiding and me and my tumor face are hiding out at home in the meanwhile.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Thanksgiving in Buenos Aires

It started out as a sunny 75 degree spring day here, strange for me to experience the traditional North American cold holidays as hot here.

I was planning on making my granny's sweet potato pudding for the potluck Thanksgiving dinner at my friend Wendy LP's apartment in Las Canitas, but gave up after not being able to find buttermilk here in Buenos Aires. Sometimes, simple ingredients that we as expats take for granted are elusive.....sometimes found under obscure strange names or just plain unavailable.
However, our friend Terry was able to locate a turkey from Brazil through his restaurant supplier. Terry is the owner of the fantastically hipster restaurant 647 in San Telmo area.
If you are visiting Buenos Aires and you get bored with the usual Argentine suspects of bife de lomo, milanesa, and pasta....try his most eclectic menu that rotates every season.

Anyway, I digress....back to T-Day....we had about 20 ex pats in total attending the soiree and it was lovely with a nice touch of home and everyone contributed. I ended up spending 2.5 hours cutting fruit up to make a fresh fruit salad that everyone loved. Of course we didn't have the requisite football games to fall asleep in from of the TV, but the ladies at the party did make the men-children wait for dessert. Someone has to be the mother, I guess....he he.

Our hostess has recently announced that she will be returning to the U.S. now that her husband has his green card as has the green light from Homeland Security. We will be sad to see her leave in February likely as she has become part of the fabric of our expat community here. She will be sorely missed, but I imagine she will be back often to visit her in-laws.