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 working and studying in gastronomy, and before that in New Orleans, Louisiana my hometown and the most magical city in the USA.
These days I run my own business. It’s exhausting, but I love it!!
What started as an underground restaurant in 2012, NOLA has turned into Buenos Aires first gastropub focusing on the flavors of New Orleans and local craft beer made by my Argentine boyfriend/business partner Francisco. We met back in 2010 in a hostel in Juayua, El Salvador and wound up traveling Central & South America together for five months. After returning to NYC I decided it was time to fulfill my ‘living abroad’ dream and bought a one way ticket to Buenos Aires. He’s mentioned on the blog often, sometimes as Francisco, Fran, or Ticol, a nickname his brother gave him when he was born.
My goal is to have an international life, chasing Summer, enhancing peoples lives through food and sharing moments all over the world with the people who mean the most to me. Maybe a jungle house in Costa Rica? Or an apartment in Amsterdam? Or something in the mountains? Somewhere warm and by the water. YES.
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 and miss you dearly.
What camera do you use?
Sony DSC-RX100M II these days. Prior I used a Lumix GF5 with a pancake lens. In my first posts, and still sometimes to this day, I use my iPhone as I am big fan of Instagram.
How do I eat at NOLA?
Just come by! We don’t take reservations and we’re cash only. Send me an email at info@NOLAbuenosaires.com if you need any other info.
What does NOLA stand for?
New Orleans, Louisiana.
Where were you before Argentina?
Lower Manhattan in New York City for five years where I worked in the restaurant scene and attended the French Culinary Institute where I completed the culinary arts program. Prior to the big apple I was in New Orleans, Louisiana, eating like a beast, 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. 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, Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, Colombia, Italy (specifically Puglia), Paris and Amsterdam.
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 as 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 mostly vegetarian and am a whore for fresh fruit, black beans, avocado and quinoa.
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.