Buenos Aires on Day Seven

I spent the seventh day in Buenos Aires in truly classic form: I was mainly in restaurants. After my lecture to journalism students, I went to a farewell luncheon with the wonderful faculty of the Univerisad del Salvador. I then walked around the city and ended up at the most popular pizza restaurant in the city.

My class with the journalism students was extremely interesting, The students speak excellent English and we had a long and frank discussion of the changing market and perils of the new media. These students are in a very difficult positions in a country where newspapers and television stations are openly partisan. While we complain (for good reason) about bias in our own coverage, it is nothing like what one encountered in Latin America where there is often no reliably neutral local publication. These students want to do honest journalism but face the prospect of echo-journalistic assignments. I was incredibly impressed by every one of these students. They are incredibly smart and eager to do good work as reporters. I truly hope that they are given the chance.

I then went to Chiquilín for lunch, a great bodegón porteño founded i 1927, It is a bohemian style interior with rioplatense elements. The food is excellent and there is a large antipasto bar for lunch. We spent hours eating and talking over a great classic Argentinian meal.

After walking around more of the city, we ended up for a late dinner at one of the most popular pizza places. The huge Italian influence in Buenos Aires is evident from the Italian pronunciation of the Spanish and certainly the food. After beef, pizza is viewed as one of the classic Argentinian meals. We went to Guerin which was packed with locals. The pizza is divine. Fresh provolone drips from the pans with fresh tomatoes, olives, onion and other toppings. We had a stuffed pizza with a thick topping of onion as well as a Napolitano pizza. We loved it. We also had their signature Guerin cake which we happily shared among the four of us. We were as stuffed as the pizza in the end. This is a must for a visit to Buenos Aires. It is a no frills place but full of the sounds and smells of Buenos Aires.

5 thoughts on “Buenos Aires on Day Seven”

  1. Professor……..You should seriously consider taking summers off, and away, from the law.
    Since you love food, travel, and people, you could seek out and critique cafes around the globe, and write a Tasty Travels-type column for publications (even Bar Journals?😊)
    Your passion for regional cuisine, Bohemian venues, and stimulating conversation with locals, is a winning recipe for such a venture……..The Turley mise en scene.

  2. JT I’m concerned

    7 days of “I was mainly in restaurants” & “getting stuffed”

    Take another 7 days off & hit some hiking trails in Patagonia. It would be a crying shame to see you come back looking like Rep. Jerry Nadler….Aka Fat Jerry.

  3. “These students are in a very difficult positions in a country where newspapers and television stations are openly partisan. While we complain (for good reason) about bias in our own coverage, it is nothing like what one encountered in Latin America where there is often no reliably neutral local publication.”

    In the US is there any publication that could be considered neutral? I don’t think so. Neutrality is based on perspective. We ofter consider a coin two sides of a story. Could we create a neutral side out of both sides of the coin?

    1. There used to be people of integrity in the news business, e.g. Ted Koppel and MacNeill / Lehrer and AM Rosenthal. The quality of human being we generate in this country has suffered a vertiginous drop, and you see that in one venue after another, the news business and academe in particular.

      1. DSS, most people are consensus followers so they gravitate to those that seem to have the most power behind their actions. I don’t know if the people of yesteryear were any better because the center of gravity at that time might have been located in a different place and that location determined who the players were and how they acted.

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