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    Fabled cafe La Biela likely to close permanently

    It surprises me that expats have so many complaints about Argentine culture; on this site it used to be the reverse: anything from the US (except the expats themselves, of course) was disdained and anything Argentine praised. Anyway, I think this topic is getting a bit tired.....
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    Fabled cafe La Biela likely to close permanently

    What is now the US was founded by Europeans. If you want to attribute the cultural differences to ethnicity you might argue that the US was founded by Anglo-Saxons and Argentina by Spaniards and Italians. The latter two groups are much more inclined to a cafe culture than Anglo-Saxons.
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    Fabled cafe La Biela likely to close permanently

    A few of the waiters at La Biela are arrogant but some ARE nice. In general in Argentina I find service slow, not usually surly or rude however. There is an advantage to this: they don't rush you out. I take my time eating. I can't imagine leaving a restaurant in less than two hours and when...
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    Fabled cafe La Biela likely to close permanently

    You didn't express your complaints about La Biela in the context that you did above, i.e. your criticisms can be applied to just about every cafe/restaurant outside of five star hotels. I mentioned the Petit Colon in a previous post. Actually it had closed down a number of years ago, to the...
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    Fabled cafe La Biela likely to close permanently

    Will it reopen as a confitería?
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    Fabled cafe La Biela likely to close permanently

    Look at the impact on the Barrio Chino. Says a lot of people are thinking about returning to China: https://www.lanacion.com.ar/sociedad/coronavirus-argentina-barrio-chino-locales-cerrados-mucha-nid2391035
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    Fabled cafe La Biela likely to close permanently

    There was another cafe/restaurant that I am pretty sure has disappeared, the King George on Avenida Santa Fe not far from Callao as I recall. They had to change their name during the war with Britain ! Sometime after they reverted to King George.
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    Fabled cafe La Biela likely to close permanently

    i'm happy to tell you that transatlantic crossings are not dead. The pandemic has put the Queen Mary 2 out of service for awhile but the ship is scheduled for frequent New York-Southampton crossings in 2021 and 2022. You do not have to eat in a buffet. Most passengers choose to eat dinner...
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    Fabled cafe La Biela likely to close permanently

    You are right about buffets. There are lots of health risks. It's also built on the idea of over consumption. Even if it's a place like the Alvear Palace I dislike the idea of eating more than necessary just because you're paying a high price. And I don't like having to serve myself. It's...
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    Fabled cafe La Biela likely to close permanently

    Why do you go often if you don't like it? Agreed that the WIFI is unreliable. Bathrooms? Acceptable in my opinion. They upgraded them some years ago. Paper towels and soap are always in supply. They also invested in all new chairs and tables. Considering the size of the place, that must...
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    Fabled cafe La Biela likely to close permanently

    The Ideal was architecturally spectacular but as long as I've known it - since about 1990 - it''s been a mess - desperately in need of restoration, dirty. I remember checkered tablecloths that seemed never to be changed. It was not a tango hall until later years. It was a confitería, not a...
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    Fabled cafe La Biela likely to close permanently

    I have already commented on the Richmond which I used to visit frequently. You must have missed my comments. I was very sorry to see it go. I am not sure what happened except that Calle Florida went downhill a long time ago and probably with the decline lost many customers. I really don't...
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    President's son speaks out

    I think you're right. I suspect he has suffered a great deal, hence his anger. Regarding someone else's comment about Cheney, George Bush's wife, Laura, has publicly supported same sex marriage. George Bush converted to Protestant fundamentalism so he may not have changed his views.
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    Fabled cafe La Biela likely to close permanently

    pivot to what? mini skirts? I have to REPEAT, before the economic crisis LA BIELA was a very busy place. They didn't need to attract hipsters. And everyone at LA BIELA is not 93 years old!
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    President's son speaks out

    I think there is a lot of resentment and hurt over past mistreatment. This is expressing itself in anger and what you call a sense of entitlement. Society is confused and in a transition but not clear where things are going.
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    A lot of advice needed

    Are you Argentine? British? l think you need to attend the interview and find out what the salary is. A lot of your questions about Quilmes are answered in previous posts in response to the Australian who took a job there. Whatever happened to her? A number of readers advised her not to...
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    Fabled cafe La Biela likely to close permanently

    I had forgotten about Florida Garden. Not my favorite (overpriced, a bit crowded and food is not impressive) but it has the advantage of not playing any music. Hope it can survive.
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    Fabled cafe La Biela likely to close permanently

    Strange. In hundreds of visits to La Biela over MANY years I never saw most of what you describe. Tourists? Yes, especially Brazilians, some Americans and others. Asians? Rare. The tourists usually come in and leave fairly quickly. Argentines linger. You can always tell the tourists by...
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    Fabled cafe La Biela likely to close permanently

    At La Biela if you're ordering a cafe con leech con media lunas you'll get coffee served from a coffee pot with milk added at the table. The coffee was pre brewed. If you want your Cafe Doble made from the machine ask for Cafe Doble con express which means they will make it fresh and charge...
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    President's son speaks out

    You have to listen for at least five minutes. In a way he has a point. He says he's being true to himself and honest whereas others just follow convention, do what their parents want even though it's not what they want for themselves. Says his parents were 99.99% supportive of all decisions...
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