An expat Californian building a new life via the tango in Buenos Aires since 2003, including information on learning the tango and where to dance it in Buenos Aires.

Saturday, June 30, 2007



AND EVERYTHING NICE!

Frank Almeida hosted a Blogger Fest last Thursday at his beautiful cookie shop in Palermo, Sugar and Spice. It was a glorious day, and it was such fun to squeeze into the colorful store and be surrounded by incredible edibles and fun people, previously only acquainted in cyberspace.

I don't have a camera, so I'll have to steal some photos from other bloggers, but here we are, yakking with our mouths full of yummy crumbs: Stephen (from the new expat magazine, BAinsider), Marcela, Alan, Nathan, Diva (with a frog), Frank, me & Sarah (BAinsider).
Since blogging is a solitary pursuit, it did me in particular a lot of good to connect with like minded folks. Life is not lived by Tangazos alone!

6 comments:

Alan Patrick said...

Hi Cherie,

Thanks for the link, and once again, it was nice to meet you and the others... a tango bloggers event in Boedo also sounds like fun!

Cheers,

Alan

PS - I wonder, have you ever been to the Cochabamba 444 milonga? If so, what are your thoughts on it?

nathan said...

Great meeting you!

COOKIE MONSTER said...

AHH, MORE COOKIE EATERS. DID YOU LEAVE ANY COOKIES FOR ME? I WANT TO COME TOO NEXT TIME.

COOKIE MONSTER said...

COCHABAMBA 444?

DO THEY HAVE COOKIES?

Cherie said...

Hi Alan,

So great to meet you the other day, and in fact, I want everybody to come to Boedo for an Empanada Tucumana Blogger Fest, what do you think? Maybe during the week for lunch??

Anyway, about Cochabamba, I was somewhat surprised to see a post saying this is the "real milonga" of Buenos Aires, etc., because -- and I have never been there mind you but plan to check it out this Thursday -- it really isn't. It's more of a practica than a milonga,and that's why I haven't gone.

In fact, there is no "real" milonga in San Telmo, one where the milongueros go to dance. There's a milonga at the Dandi Hotel, El Indio's at the Plazs Dorrego, and then, the most "real" in San Telmo is Los Bohemios, which is a club de barrio, where the people all know each other, eat dinner, and no one really dances that well.

The most authentic and well-known milongas in the heart of Buenos Aires are those in Gricel, Club Region Leonesa, Chique, Canning, La Ideal, Maipu 444, El Beso, Porteno y Bailarin, La Viruta (for the kids), Viejo Correo, and Lo de Celia.

A lot of people would probably argue with this list and what is "real," but after dancing tango here for ten years and seeing milongas come and go, that's my opinion. I'll let you know if I change my mind on thursday! :)

I'll also let Cookie Monster know if they have cookies!

Alan Patrick said...

Great Cherie, thanks for your in depth response, and for not being knocked off your stride by the Cookie Monster ;-)

Just to make sure you know, the Cochabamba 444 post on my blog was by my new guest poster Rachel... she likes Tango, but is by no means, of her own admission, a Tango dancer or expert.

Also, I don't think she ever said it was a 'real' milonga, at least not in those words. But maybe we have got the terminology wrong in terms of milonga and practica, so I might have to change that.

Well, let me know what you think of the place (I have never been myself - as I have said before, I don't have a huge interest in Tango).

Best,

Alan