I'm warning you. This is going to be long, but I found all the previous trip reports to be so helpful, so here goes...
My husband and I just spent a week in BA and we had a wonderful time. The thing that struck me the most was how cheap everything was for us - we are both from Miami, Florida - and we felt like we were stealing. The dollar really does go a long way in Argentina. If you are thinking about a trip to Argentina - go now!
We rented an apartment for a week from ApartmentsBA and they were wonderful. I would definitely rent from them again. The apt was located on Las Heras and Junin in Recoleta and, although Las Heras is a very busy street, the apt had sound proof windows so you couldn't hear any of the noise inside the apt. Everything in the apt was clean and modern and we had no problems whatsoever. The woman who we dealt with spoke English which made everything a little easier for us (we speak some Spanish, but not much).
Restaurants: On our first night we followed Santi's recommendation and went to La Brigada in Recoleta - excellent! 2 steaks, fries, a bottle of wine, good service - and the bill came to $100 pesos for both of us - and, although it would be the most we would spend on dinner the whole week, it was well worth the price.
The second night we tried to go to Guido's - another TA forum recommendation, but we couldn't find it ... is it closed?? We went to what I thought was the address (near the zoo in Palermo), but only found what appeared to be a closed storefront - and this was a Sat night. So we went to Club de Vino. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. We peeked in to hear some live music, but we hadn't bought tickets. Seems like that would've been a cool thing to do.
Sunday night we went to an Italian place on the corner of Las Heras and Junin - Del Pilar I think it was called - and we had delicious pizzas, wine, and beer - again for an unbelievably low price.
Monday night we went to La Campechano in Recoleta. The service was very good. We had chicken and lamb. The chicken was excellent, the lamb was pretty good. Not a bad place, but if I were in Recoleta again and wanted a parilla, I'd go to La Bridada.
Tuesday night we had dinner at a tango show -El Viejo Almacen in San Telmo - the tango show was great, the dinner was ok. Despite the dinner being only ok, I'd still recommend it for the overall experience.
Wednesday night we went to a great local place in Recoleta - I just can't remember the name. It seemed to be a parilla and was just a block away from our apt on Las Heras and Junin. It was in the direction as if you were walking to the Posadas.
Thursday night we went to La Dorita in Palermo - another Santi recommendation - and I really loved this place! Very cool atmosphere, not touristy at all. 2 steaks, fries, wine, and beer - total bill for 2 was $50 pesos (including tip). You just can't eat this well for this money in the US. I figure that a good rough estimate of how the money converts is that, in Miami at least, you'd pay the same amount of pesos in dollars. In other words, this bill would be not 50 pesos, but $50 dollars.
Our adventures: Recoleta cemetary, craft fair, and Malba on Sat. All definitely recommended.
Sun: San Telmo street fair - a "must-see" even though it is touristy, it is so cool to see the tango dancing in the steets.
Sun night: Boca Juniors soccer game!!! This, along with the milongas, was the highlight of our trip. We arranged it with tangol.com. Definitely highly recommended.
Mon: shopping on Florida Street. I expected the vendors to be pesty - they weren't.
Tues: golfing in San Isidro. I was wondering how this would go - and it turned out to be lovely. The cab there cost $39 pesos, the return trip was $29. We were able to play without being a member. The greens fees and the caddies were not real cheap, but the cost was still less than you'd pay at most US golf courses.
Tues night: milonga!!! A TA member had given us suggestions and a website to check out, and I must thank gustavorosa again!! Anyone who is interested in dancing tango should check out that website - see my March 13 post for more info.
Wed: ferry to Colonia. One warning to those who want to go - BRING MOSQUITO REPELLANT!!! If you don't you will be miserable. Fortunately we had some with us so the day wasn't ruined. Cute town, nice to walk around, some might say it is boring, but I thought it was fun to go to another country. Also, I got to try mate at the "Drugstore" - a restaurant in Colonia.
Thursday: tour of Teatro Colon - excellent! I must say that I hadn't planned on doing this, but it was raining so we decided to go for it. I highly recommend this to anyone. We were lucky and were able to see the opera singers practice "La Boheme" for about 15 minutes!! Beautiful!! Anyone who even remotely likes the theater or opera and has the chance to go to this theater should definitely go. After this we saw the "Madres" in Plaza Mayo. Apparently they are only there from 3:30 to 4:30, so we were lucky to see them before they left.
Thursday night: one more milonga!
I realize this is a very long post, but before I left and even while I was in BA I really enjoyed the posts and also doing searches for specific topics was very helpful. I want to thank everybody in the TA Buenos Aires forum - you are all so helpful and really made my time in BA wonderful. Now I am in Mendoza where I will be until Friday. Thank you all again for all your help!