Hola and welcome!

I’m Liza, a New Orleans girl, kind of spastic, mostly happy.  I cook professionally and live in Buenos Aires.

Before Argentina I was in New York City for five years and before that in the dirty South aka New Orleans my hometown aka the greatest city in the USA.

These days I run my own business!  It’s exhausting.  And I love it!!  It’s an underground restaurant (puerta cerrada) in Palermo, Buenos Aires called NOLA.  It’s exclusive, exotic and the center of my universe.  Make a reservation and come see for yourself!

My dream is to have an international life, enhancing peoples lives through food and sharing moments all over the world with the people who mean the most to me.  Food is so powerful, I want to heal people through it!  Yes.  This is what I want!  And possibly to host a music festival somewhere in Central America, hopefully the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica.  ¡Vamos Liza!

This blog is a way to share my adventures with my friends and family who are scattered all over the world.  I love you to pieces.


FAQs  ::

What camera do you use?

Lumix GF5 with a pancake lens.  In my earlier posts, and still sometimes to this day, I use my iPhone as I am big fan of Instagram.

How do I make a reservation at NOLA?

Send me an email at NOLAbuenosaires@gmail.com

What does NOLA stand for?

New Orleans, Louisiana, duh!!

Where were you before Argentina?

Before Argentina I was living in lower Manhattan in New York City for five years where I worked in the restaurant scene and attended the French Culinary Institute.  Prior to the big apple I was in New Orleans, Louisiana, my magical hometown studying international business and working in the service industry.  

How did you end up in Buenos Aires?

I went backpacking in Central America in 2010 for what was suppose to be a 6 week adventure with my bff.  My first day I met a cute Argentino and we wound up traveling together for 5 months.  After the trip I knew I didn’t want to be in NYC so I packed a bag and bought a one way ticket to Buenos Aires.  You say crazy, I say brave!

Where are some of your favorite places you have traveled to?

San Blas Islands in Panama, Colombia, Italy (specifically Puglia), Paris and Amsterdam.

Where do you plan on traveling to in 2014?

Mendoza, Argentina to celebrate my beau’s 30th, New York & NOLA for cooking events, Jazz Festival and friends & family time, and possibly South East Asia if I can escape BA for long enough!  Uruguay road trip in March.  Hopefully New York & NOLA sometime during the BA winter.  Too many projects in the works, wont be able to escape for too long.  I’m okay with that.  Focus 2014.

How do you stay so thin being a cook?

I listen to my body in regards to what it wants and doesn’t want and try to move around and much as possible, get that circulation going!  I was an avid tennis & racquetball player back in the states and now I mostly do yoga and ride my bike.  I also eat like I’m supposed to. Word!

What do you miss most about the states?

Nut butters, spice, street food, everything working efficiently, customer service, H&M, New York City, Southern hospitality, cheap flights, music festivals, falafel, caesar salads, sister, organic sheets, Trader Joes, reliable postal system, Chinese take out, Mexican food, iced coffee and last but certainly not least, cracking up & causing mischief with my amazing friends.

What do you love about life in Buenos Aires?

People work to live not live to work.  It’s not all about high salaries & consuming consuming consuming.  Long vacations are common and the empanadas are really good.  And the trees.  There is something really great about the trees.

What’s your contact info?

You can write to NOLAbuenosaires@gmail.com or write to me on twitter here.



  1. Romina says

    Hello Nola,
    i really enjoy your page.
    If you want to eat a good Falafel in Buenos Aires, you can try Falafel One, in Araoz 587, one block from Salgado. Is runned by Roula, a sharming sirian woman

  2. says

    Baby Lady and I truly enjoyed Buenos Aires when we were there in October 2010. It’s a lovely city, with good food and choripan is one of my favorites. We stayed in Palermo Viejo at Hotel Ulta. It was a wonderful trip. We met some very nice people. ate some fabulous foods, drank very nice wines and saw the sights. We look forward to reading your blog.

  3. says

    mmm yum – really looking forward to following your blog – sounds a heady mix – new orleans and argentina – like the sound of blueberry chipotle sauce! keri – humble cottage

  4. says

    Hi Nola! Thank you so much for visiting and following my site. I’d love to see more of the food you make. That GOOD MORNING biscuit sandwich sure is interesting. You know what, I’ll show your blog to one of my friends who’s also a chef but could not get enough inspiration to continue her blogging. I’m sure she’ll be able to follow your good example. Looking forward on your next post!


  5. annabanana says

    hey nola where yat? here is a big hello from another new orleanian that the tides of life turned up in buenos aires. i’ve ‘been living here 17 (!) years now. would love to get to taste your cookin — when might you do another new orleanian gig in town?

    • says

      HI!! So glad you wrote! Thursday night (el 7) I will be hosting a Mexican night in Palermo that is open to the public. Saturday (el 9) I will be serving NOLA red beans & rice at the BA Underground Market that the Argentina Independent is hosting! You coming?!!

  6. leilablue says

    LIZA your site -let alone your spirit, and ideas- is absolutely wonderful!!!!

    Absolutely loving all of it. And don’t be too modest; your writing is as brilliant as your experimental dishes are.

    fave section: DEALS ON MEALS.

    … remember me whenever cooking up spicy things, and make a note!! I’ll be having it all, thankyouverymuch.


    • says

      How amazingly kind you are, Leila!!

      Thanks for lifting my spirits as I slave away over Bolillo bread in the kitchen this morning!

      More DEALS ON MEALS coming soon.


  7. Ami says

    I’m super excited to have found this blog! I’m a displaced Brooklynite spending the next 5 months in BA and am thrilled to have found food recommendations from another New Yorker and foodie. Your Puerta and Cerrada and Tegui have just jumped to the top of my short list!

  8. says

    Hello Liza, we are an Austrian event agency organizing an event in BsAs in November and would like to include Puertas Cerradas Dining. When looking for places I found your blog here (and I am fascinated by your story). How many people can you serve in your restaurant?
    Thank you for coming back to me!

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