Two Pathetically Unrealistic Business Plans

1. I went to the San Telmo street fair yesterday and was thoroughly impressed. To digress, I am also thoroughly impressed by the fact that my keyboard contains keys allowing me to effortlessly type Portuguese´s ç and Spanish´s ñ. San Telmo on a summer Sunday consists of a sea of people swarming endless swap stands and antique shops. There were uncountably many lovely pieces of art and furniture. In fact, I even found a few beautiful antique globes and maps — things I am very interested in and would love to collect someday.

Argentina is filled with expatriate Spaniards, Italians and Germans. It had a higher per capita GDP than the United States at the turn of the 20th century. Moreover, many of the most successful and well-educated jews, that correctly navigated the pre-WWII political landscape, fled eventual persecution by emigrating to Argentina. As a result of this rich history, Argentina possesses many splendid 19th century antiques. Furthermore, as a result of its pathetic current economic state, it appears that many families have been forced to sell their family heirlooms and thus Argentina’s antique market is inundated with unique treasures. Unfortunately, this is a well realized fact by many Europeans and San Telmo’s streets overflow with people, making it difficult to find truly spectacular deals. However, I would imagine one could negotiate very successfully during off-peak travel seasons and steal some prices treasures.

Are there other city’s that contain opportunities like Buenos Aires? How about the ridiculous premise of leasing a tanker and purchasing massive amounts of antique Argentinian goods, and travelling up the Atlantic coast, stopping to unload items in Miami and NYC, crossing the Atlantic to dump in London and Lisbon. Restock in Tangier, Tunis, Palermo and Alexandria. Cross the Suez to sell in the UAE. Replenish in Mumbai. Enter the straight of Malacca to offload in Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, San Francisco and LA. Finish off the year back in BA and repeat.

An absolutely ridiculous idea, but a vehicle to describe San Telmo.

2. Copa viña is unbeatable. Delicious house wines that will only set you back $1.70 a glass or $5.00 a bottle. We need these in America. We grow plenty of wine in California, why have I never been to a restaurant where I can get a simple glass of wine for an accessible price. Wineries in California shoot aim for the fences when they grow wine. The deviation of quality in Chile in Argentina is very small. You will very rarely have a terrible or outstanding wine. Whereas in California, extremes are the norm. We need more vineyards to ignore striving for a full body at the risk of losing drinkability. Restaurants in California should have a wine option that is less expensive than Coke. I would love to start a restaurant selling the best simple peasant dishes from each of the countries I explore, with reasonable wine options. Pastelle de Choclo and Cazuela from Chile. Ceviche with corn and potatoes from Peru. Empañadas from Argentina. This list is going to be epic in eight months. I can buy a delicious bottle of wine for less than two dollars here. Incredible.


One Response to “Two Pathetically Unrealistic Business Plans”

  1. Boris Says:

    I’m a huge fan of the antique market… Maybe I’ll hit that in the summer… Anyhow, I’m glad to see you’re having a good time. The restaurant idea sounds pretty cool but it would be hard to find a chef who could cook all those different dishes.

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