That home video is of me, Allie Lazar, 4 years old, in 1989 (yes, I was a large kid). Ever since a very young age, growing up in the mean streets of suburban Chicagoland, I’ve had a passion for cooking, flavors, eating and food — intensely devouring all things edible like a possessed chubby demon child. Since I’ve always spent my days planning my next meal, it was only fitting to channel this unhealthy food obsession in the form of something a bit more socially acceptable: eat a lot, take photos of food, test recipes, study ingredients, learn from the best in the industry, and then write about it, AKA become a food writer.
I came to Buenos Aires in 2006 to study Political Science in the Universidad de Buenos Aires during a semester-long exchange program, and eight years later I’m still here, crazy enough to have fallen in love with this wonderfully chaotic country. I started writing Pick Up the Fork in 2010 as a hobby to document my love-hate relationship with food in Argentina, attempting to liven up traditional restaurant reviews with a little bit of honesty and a lot of bit of silliness. I have been lucky to have awesome hungry people who read the site, along with fatty praise of my Buenos Aires food expert knowledge from publications like Rolling Stone Magazine, NY Magazine, Travel + Leisure, The Daily Beast, The Travel Channel, and Saveur. And now, I have a TV series discovering some good eats in BA.
Basically I scored my absolute dream job working as a restaurant critic and freelance food writer — living abroad, excessive eating, drinking too much, legit excuse for not dieting, cooking, traveling. I’m currently the Food & Drinks editor at Time Out Magazine, and I also have contributed (writing & photography) to publications such as New York Post, Eater, Vice Munchies, Serious Eats, La Nacion, Clarin, Roads & Kingdoms, The Latin Kitchen, BBC Travel, Wallpaper, National Geographic, Travel + Leisure, The Infatuation and The Real Argentina. Sometimes when cool food obsessed travelers come to Argentina I organize super customized Buenos Aires food tours. I also have plans to start culinary school, when I can find the time.
From dirty street food vendors to top chef tasting menus, I don’t think I’ll ever stop my endless quest searching for the great foods around the world, and meeting the people behind those products, ingredients, and dishes.
So, in this land of beef, wine, and eating disorders, this is my guide to Argentine good food, not so good food, restaurants, food related shopping and overall irreverent food nonsense. I hope you enjoy reading my labor of love and find it as a useful guide, just as much as I have fun eating and writing it. And if you don’t like it, go suck a chorizo.
– I have taken all of the photos on the site (unless otherwise noted/linked to), so please don’t steal them. Or if you do, give me credit for being the fab photog I pretend to be.
– I also get off on reading comments, so feel free to tell me if you want to be my new best friend…. or if you think my drivel is full of shit.
– I’m also one of “THOSE PEOPLE” who post photos of food (and maybe sometimes cats, dogs and Seinfeld references), so if you don’t roll your eyes at #foodporn posted at a healthy rate, twatme, likeme, and insta-assme on da world wide social media webz.
– Questions, comments, complaints all welcome. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org