Travels with a Gourmet

a food lover's travels, memorable meals, culinary trials and gastronomic experiences

Artesania Argentina Arandu – Avenida Ayacucho, 1924, Recoleta (Telephone: +54 11 4800 1575) Right smack in the tony neighborhood of Recoleta, Arandu has been in business since 1987 producing high quality traditional Argentinean arts and crafts.  From belts to ponchos, alpargatas to boots and all sorts of leather goods, pewter items to silverware, carriages to saddles …

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On Saturday, we had the whole morning and decided to explore 798 in Dashanzi.  This area of former factories and dilapidated warehouses, including the main Factory 798 which produced electronics, has been transformed into Beijing’s trendy art district over the years.  Most of the buildings and warehouses in Dashanzi were designed by the East Germans in …

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Word of Mouth is a multi-concept store showcasing design in fashion, furniture and architecture with a cafe inside the store.  The space is bright and airy with a wooden deck off to the side overlooking the street and a quieter and cooler space inside with racks of clothes and other design items scattered throughout the …

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> On our second to the last day, my mom and I met R for breakfast at Merci – Paris’ newest multi-brand concept store where a percentage of everything on sale goes to charity.  This bright, loft-like space has been converted into a carefully-edited shop showcasing design items: from notebooks to gently-used furniture to cult …

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