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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, Louisiana my hometown and the greatest city in the USA.

These days I run my own business!  It’s exhausting.  And 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 lover and business partner Francisco of Broeders Artesanal.  We met back in 2010 in a hostel in Juayua, El Salvador and bounded over plantains, rum and deserted beaches.  We wound up traveling together for five months and after returning to NYC I decided it was the time to fulfill my ‘living abroad’ dream and bought a one way ticket.  He’s mentioned on the blog often, sometimes as Francisco, sometimes as 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.  

For daily mishaps feel free to follow me on Instagram!

 ^_^  

FAQs  ::

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, 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 where I completed the culinary arts program.  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 2015?

No idea!  I think I want to play on new territory but all depends on work.  Brazil, possibly the South of Argentina or perhaps back to Mexico.  We want to do Southeast Asia, but we want at least 6 months for that trip so we might have to wait a bit longer.

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.

What’s your contact info?

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

Comments

  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!

    Oats

  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.

      <3

  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!

  9. says

    looking for some mom and pop/ home cooking / restaurants in Buenos Aires -

    Here in Brooklyn NY we have may ethnic neighborhoods with mom and pop restaurants cooking their native dishes and its awesome .. You know where the 85 year old gma comes into the kitchen once in a while to see how her kids (now 65 ) are cooking her dishes…

    Thanx

    Philip

  10. says

    Hi Liza,
    My brother Nicolas had dinner at NOLA and would not stop talking about your wonderful dishes and what a great time he and his four Argentine friends had. Cant wait to experience this for myself.
    Reading your blog made me want to go even more!
    You sound very real , and that is rare. Congratulations on all of this!
    Salud to letting things go! We all need to learn this and life will sometimes force us into doing so!

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