One of the funnest and yummiest things we did in Buenos Aires is join a food tour. This was all thanks to Jason – he read about Fuudis in a local events magazine.
Quoted from their website: “Fuudis is a brand new concept bringing together uber cool people who love looove food, and surprising dining experiences. We create ‘experiences’ for you to enjoy food in unusual settings, away from the norm, combining gastronomy and art in new creative spaces.”
Founded by food-loving Argentinian and Aussie business partners, Marine and Anne, Fuudis offers many food-themed events. We decided to try their dinner food tour.
We emailed them right away and asked whether they had room on their next dinner food tour. Unfortunately they were booked solid but they said they would add us to their waiting list. The night before, they emailed saying that they had room for us! Woohoo!
We were instructed to meet at an intersection in the Puerto Madero district at 8:30pm (an early dinner time for most Argentinians). Puerto Madero is right on the canal and is Buenos Aires’ most modern neighbouhood, home to exclusive restaurants, luxury hotels, and expensive apartments.
We met the group of foodies (or fuudis) and the organizers, Anne and Marina, who were so friendly and bubbly.
The group consisted mainly of locals but we were told that the mix changes from week to week. We immediately struck up a conversation with a Brazilian man of Jewish descent who was serving in the Israeli army, and his Argentinian mother. We all walked to the first restaurant together (Campo y Mar) for the appetizer course.
Once we got in, we were seated with three Argentinian locals: Tatiana; her mother, Sophia; and a Fuudi veteran, Evo. It was Evo’s eighth food tour.
We had some great conversation about the food scene in Buenos Aires and enjoying food while travelling. The good thing about being seated with locals is that we received lots of great local restaurant recommendations.
For our first course, we enjoyed marinated octopus and a refreshing glass of malbec rose. The octopus was delicious – slightly tart and a perfect consistency.
On the way to the second course, we bumped into a Kiwi couple who had just arrived in Buenos Aires: Craig and Sarah. We hit it off right away (being native English-speakers probably helped) and when we reached our second restaurant, La Rosa Nautica, we sat together to continue the conversation
I had the whitefish with artichoke sauce and blue cheese cream and Jason had the BBQ beer-battered salmon. And also a couple of glasses of Malbec. Anne (one of the organizers), walked by and whispered: “the faster you finish your glass, the faster they’ll refill it” 😛
Jason won. His salmon was delicious.
Our third and final stop was Bice for Italian desserts.
We were seated at a long table across from a hilarious Argentine lady who wanted to practice her English (Laura) and her husband (Paolo). Laura was a doctor who loved food and travelling. Her next travel destination was Prague, Czech Republic.
Fuudis was such a great concept – a great opportunity to meet locals who share a passion for food, enjoy a delicious three-course meal, and have great conversation. They held a draw at the end of the night and I even won a bottle of wine! Great way to cap off a great night.