My expectations for meals in Colombia weren’t excessive. I envisaged fairly a little bit of meat and loads of black beans! I used to be very pleasantly stunned by the standard of the meals in Colombia – and it’s usually wonderful worth! I visited Bogota, Cartagena, Medellin and La Macarena in my time in Colombia so the checklist beneath accommodates my consuming highlights!
The obleas is a wafer primarily based snack that’s offered on carts on the street throughout Colombia. Nevertheless, Bogota claims to be its pure dwelling. The obleas can have as many layers as you prefer to. The usual obleas is three wafers with sauces in between. The 2 key sauces are the scrumptious caramel sauce Arequipa and a blackberry jam of kinds. As that is Colombia grated white cheese can be usually added to the core providing.
Nevertheless, there is no such thing as a must restrict your self! Your Obleas can have 6, 7 layers and many various toppings from fruit spreads to cream choices.
One among my favorite Colombian tales considerations the advertising of the obleas. Some years in the past The Rolling Stones did a live performance in Bogota. Apparently, throughout their keep, Mick Jagger tried an Obleas and was an enormous fan. Phrase received out. Now, nearly each obleas stand in Bogota has a poorly Photoshopped picture of Mick Jagger holding an obleas and claims to be the stand from which he made this authentic and memorable buy! Nobody is saying who was the true maker of the Jagger obleas!
The tasting menu at Carmen Medellin
Carmen is likely one of the prime eating places in Medellin. Its chef, Carmen, is Cordon Bleu skilled. The restaurant is in a beautiful dwelling within the El Poblado neighbourhood of Medellin. It’s fairly a big area with sized bar space. There may be outside and indoor seating.
Carmen is finest identified for its tasting menu. I loved the 7-course tasting menu – it was completely scrumptious! I selected to have this with the wine sampler which labored very properly – it’s usually the one means I’ll strive new wines and the alternatives have been wonderful. Portion sizes are beneficiant so have a light-weight lunch – and ensure you guide forward as Carmen fills up.
Cartagena on the Caribbean coast of Colombia is legendary for its seafood. And its most well-known type of seafood is ceviche. The tiny restaurant Cevicheria was plucked from obscurity by well-known chef Anthony Bourdain. By this well-known reference has not gone to its head!
As you’ll count on many of the menu is seafood. There are ceviche platters on supply which is what I attempted and it was completely scrumptious. The steadiness of the menu was cooked seafood affords which additionally seemed unbelievable.
It’s fairly a small restaurant and doesn’t take reservations. There may be an inside space with a small bar and a small variety of beautiful outside tables. Do attempt to arrive on the early facet for dinner to attenuate your wait. There’s a good albeit dear bar actually throughout the highway.
Crepes and Waffles, throughout Colombia
I seldom embody a sequence once I discuss nice consuming experiences however I’m making an exception for the unbelievable Crepes and Waffles. The primary motive for that’s due to their hiring coverage. They solely rent ladies who’ve been in tough conditions and need assistance which I very a lot assist.
The second motive is the crepes. They’re wonderful – and the menu is so in depth! It could onerous to search out one thing on the menu that didn’t match any meals craving you could be having. The third motive is, in fact, the waffles. Identical because the crepes however I at all times really feel that waffles are higher on the candy vs savoury facet. They do wonderful waffles with caramel or Arequipa.
The fourth motive is the ice cream. They’ve wonderful ice cream and you should purchase it takeaway – once more don’t miss the salted caramel. The ultimate motive is you may have breakfast, lunch and/or dinner at Crepes and Waffles. The in depth menu caters for all meal events!
This was my favorite restaurant in Colombia! The chef Laura skilled on the Paul Bocuse Institute in Lyon and has cooked throughout Europe and Asia. She then frolicked in Sydney refining her experience in fusion delicacies. She has used this expertise to craft an fascinating and scrumptious supply at Oci. All the pieces is ready at Oci and so they focus on lengthy gradual cooks.
I had a very wonderful lamb shank once I was there – gradual cooked in fact! And the tempura bananas with Arequipa have been wonderful for dessert.
There’s a good little bar as properly the place you may order from the menu. The ambiance is relaxed and pleasant and there’s a good wine checklist. Total the worth for cash is wonderful – Oci would simply maintain up in London and would be capable to cost greater than double the worth and nonetheless be wonderful worth.
Oci is within the El Poblado space of Medellin.
Maria’s Mangos Medellin
The fruit in Colombia is wonderful! It’s virtually pretty much as good as chocolate – virtually! There may be fairly a little bit of fruit on supply on the subject of avenue meals. A avenue meals vendor usually has a number of totally different brightly colored fruits in slices and plastic cups. The spotlight for me was the mango.
The seller provides salt and recent lime/lemon to the slices, pops them the other way up to coat the salt and lime throughout the mango slices after which serves them up. They’re completely scrumptious! Locals are likely to want their mangoes inexperienced or unripe. As a foreigner, I most popular mine ripe and juicy. The very best individual to purchase mangoes from in Medellin is Maria. She has a stall simply exterior the principle entrance to San Antonio station and never solely gives an incredible mango expertise she is nice enjoyable!
La Macarena/Cano Cristales pork BBQ
La Macarena is actually a one-horse city in Colombia. That horse has a cart and takes the bags off the small planes that carry individuals into the bottom for exploring the wonderful Cano Cristales or the Rainbow River. Locals placed on a present for the vacationers on Calle four eight the place one of many native academics is the MC (in Spanish) and sings. He’s then adopted by the cutest youngsters you’ve ever seen doing essentially the most unbelievable dancing after which the grown-up model. So cute!
Nevertheless, the important thing spotlight was the wonderful pork that we have been served! My expectations have been reasonably low primarily based on the fundamental arrange however gosh was I mistaken! The pork was barbequed and completely scrumptious.
Medellin brunch at Al Alma
There are various nice brunch choices in Medellin – particularly across the El Poblado neighbourhood. Medellin is sensible at a kind of fusion brunch – the standard smashed avocado with poached eggs sort brunch choices however with plenty of fascinating twists. At Al Alma, they’ve essentially the most wonderful brioche fashion bread. It isn’t fully brioche – extra a robust contact of brioche. It provides a lot to its already in depth and really tasty brunch providing.
In addition they do nice espresso – they’re a espresso roaster. And their juices and pastries are additionally fabulous.
Paisa Bandeja Guatape
Hungry? Ravenous? Then the basic paisa platter is for you! I imagine this dish was designed for individuals who had spent an extended onerous day working within the fields as it’s positively not for these on a weight loss program! It’s also not for vegetarians.
It usually accommodates: rice, plantain, arepa, chorizo, avocado, mincemeat, black sausage, one thing pork and an egg on the highest. The servings of every of this stuff are usually reasonably beneficiant. Sharing generally is a good choice! Paisa Bandeja is out there throughout Antioquia however we had a superb one in Guatape.
Popsicles in Cartagena
As I discussed earlier the fruit in Colombia is wonderful – so flavoursome! So it ought to come as no shock that this fruit creates wonderful popsicles! Cartagena is scorching – actually scorching. It makes loads of sense for there to many popsicles on sale. There are a number of tremendous cute little shops focusing on popsicles and so they have essentially the most wonderful vary of flavours – far past simply fruit.
My favorite was La Paleteria within the previous city of Cartagena. I extremely suggest making an attempt their passionfruit popsicle. They’re additionally comparatively small so there’s in all probability no hurt in making an attempt a few flavours!
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