“The press is the best instrument for enlightening the mind of man, and improving him as a rational, moral and social being”
– Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. President
Buenos Aires – Although we had advance notice, it was still exciting to see Casa SaltShaker show up in print in The New York Times, in tomorrow’s Travel section (page 4, from what friends back in NYC tell me). Part of an article written by local freelancer Ian Mount on the new trend in Buenos Aires for opening private clubs, speakeasies, and closed door restaurants, we were singled out in the last category:
But perhaps the most exclusive place to flaunt one’s status are the puertas cerradas (or restaurants with closed doors) that have recently boomed in Buenos Aires.
Among the insiders’ favorite is Casa SaltShaker (www.casasaltshaker.com), held twice a week at the ground-floor rear Recoleta apartment of Dan Perlman, an American chef and sommelier, and his Peruvian companion, Henry Tapia. The five-course menu is built around a theme, often wacky, like the Great Moon Hoax of 1835, or the film “Babette’s Feast.” Dinner is 60 pesos and up to 12 can be seated.
“There’s something kind of cool about knowing what’s behind the secret door,” Mr. Perlman said, “of being in on something that no one else knows.”
[Addition: I haven’t been able to find a copy of the NYT here today – doesn’t help we’re in the midst of a major thunderstorm. If kind souls would be willing to either scan a copy of the printed article and e-mail it to me, or, even mail a clipped out copy of the article or the page, I’d be delighted. Even in the modern world of digital media, there’s something pretty cool about a real newspaper clipping…] Found!