Whether you're studying abroad in Buenos Aires now, heading there soon and making your bucket list or just back in the United States and reminiscing about the food in Argentina, here are 10 resources you'll appreciate.
1. PICK UP THE FORK. Allie Lazar grew up in Chicago, but studied abroad in Buenos Aires in 2006 and never left. She's been eating her way through the city ever since and started her foodie blog, Pick Up The Fork, in 2010. She's since become one of the city's most respected food experts and has been quoted and noted in many well-known publications like The New York Times and Travel + Leisure. Check out her restaurant guide, drool-worthy feed on the 'Gram, and food-centric tours of Buenos Aires.
2.COOKBOOKS! If you're itching to make your own Latin American dishes, whether that's in your kitchen in Buenos Aires or back home when you're craving the tastes you miss from study abroad, you'll need some recipes. There are plenty online, but there's something about soaking up the inspiration from the pictures in a colorful cookbook that's unbeatable. Try Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way, Latin American Street Food: The Best Flavors of Markets, Beaches, and Roadside Stands from Mexico to Argentina and Empanadas: The Hand-Held Pies of Latin America, to name a few!
3. GUIA OLEO. If you're looking for the Yelp! equivalent in Buenos Aires, you'll find it in Guía Oleo, by far the most complete list of user-reviewed restaurants, cafes and bars in the city. Download the app or check out their website for the best information on local eateries. For some quick picks or to map out your culinary bucket list for the time you're in Buenos Aires, check out the 2016 results of the Premios Oleos - The People's Choice Awards, rounded up on The Bubble.
4. PEDIDOS YA. If it's a rainy night, you're cramming for exams or saving your pesos and you're more in the mood for eating in than going out, check out Pedidos Ya. It's an app and website that lets you browse and order from more than 3,000 restaurants that will deliver around the city. Once again, these all have user ratings and reviews, so even if you're struggling with the Spanish, 5-stars speak everyone's language. You can filter by discounts available today, neighborhood, type of food and type of payment taken.
5. RESTORANDO. Looking for the Argentine equivalent of Open Table? You'll find the closest match in Restorando, where you can make free table reservations at restaurants and find some discounts too. Download the app to use it from the convenience of your phone or check out their website. Click on "Cercanos a mi" and you can filter by what's nearby if you're looking for something in your area or you can search by type of food. Restorando is a favorite of locals and has connections with thousands of places to enjoy a meal in BA.
6. COOK APP. Discover a secret side of the foodie scene in Buenos Aires when you sign up with Cook App. It lets food lovers connect to passionate chefs and meet up with a small group of porteños for an in-the-know dining experience at closed-doors restaurants. Their philosophy is that the atmosphere is just as important as the food, so you're in for a memorable time all around. Be safe, do your research and stick with a friend in well-established locations with excellent reviews. (video)
7. SALT SHAKER. Dan Perlman, an American expat, is the voice behind the popular Saltshaker blog and chef of one of the closed-doors restaurants of Buenos Aires called Casa SaltShaker. He's also a certified advanced sommelier, trained pastry chef and baker, author (see number 8 below), food writer for other publications, world traveler and lover of conversation. That makes him an excellent foodie resource himself if you do check out Casa SaltShaker, but even if you don't physically go there, do have a look at his blog for recipes to reviews and plenty more.
8. SALTSHAKER SPANISH-ENGLISH FOOD AND WINE DICTIONARY. Spanish a little rusty? Don't let it stop you from taking full advantage of the foodie scene in Buenos Aires. Dan from Saltshaker (above) has released a pocketbook-sized Spanish-English dictionary (also English to Spanish) solely dedicated to expressions and vocabulary around food and wine to help you navigate your way to a delicious meal. With 7,000 entries, there's a good chance you'll be able to thumb through and find what you're looking for quite easily.
9. COOKING CLASSES IN BUENOS AIRES. If you want to impress your friends and family when you return to the States, sign up for a cooking class when you're in Argentina to learn how to re-create some of the country's popular dishes at home. There are plenty to choose from, but a couple on your list to consider should be Tierra Negra Cooking Classes in Palermo and Argentine Cooking Classes in El Centro - both with plenty of 5-star reviews from happy past participants.
10. #EATARGENTINA. YouTube has a huge library of videos that are dedicated to exploring Argentina, and Buenos Aires specifically. And many narrow that down even further, just diving into the food, like the brand new #EatArgentina series that just recently started at the end of March 2016. Travel bloggers Samuel and Audrey are temporarily based in BA and are spending as much time as possible eating their way through the city and documenting it for their YouTube channel, with new episodes coming out each Friday. Follow along here.