I love food. And the amazing combination of a great exchange rate and delicious food means I gained a bit of weight while traveling. Whoops --
It's funny that Colombia is not well known around the world for its cuisine. But the country has so many delicious traditional foods that you can't miss. Also, you should know that each region of Colombia has its own individual dishes and individual takes on the country’s typical cuisine. I was in Cartagena and Santa Marta so I had a lot of fish.
Regardless, here are things I think you should try.
America has no idea how to make ceviche so even if you think you don't like it give it a try in colombia. Fish with milk and some sort of acidic (lemon or lime usually) make it delicious and refreshing on a hot day.
Colombia's version of an Americano. Coffee and water.
Tamales can be found all over Central and South America, served in a variety of ways with a variety of ingredients. Colombians traditionally eat tamales with meat, vegetables, fruits or cheese and this corn based delicacy is served and cooked wrapped in a plantain leaf.
Chocolate con Queso
Exactly what it sounds like. Cheese dipped in hot chocolate. Particularly popular in the capital, Bogotá.
Arepas are perhaps the most commonly served food in Colombia. Arepa is basically a kind of bread made from cornmeal which is often served with butter or corn.
There are many variations of this Colombian black cake throughout the country, every person and family having their own recipe, using different combinations of wine fruits and nuts in their cake.
Also known as tostones, patacones are a popular Colombian appetizer or side dish made green plantains
Caramel pastry served in many shops.
This can be found all over South America, but each country has made it its own version of the dish. Basically, the empanada is like a small pasty which is baked or fried. These treats contain many different fillings that vary according to the region.
Pan de Yuca
A small cheesy breads made with, you guessed it, yuca flour.
Pan de Bono
These are small, baked, cheese bread rolls, perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack with hot chocolate or coffee.
I saved the best for last.... fried bread. It tastes like a cake donut minus any sugar. I was obsessed, I hope you are too.
Enjoy all the food and one last thing... even though researching ahead of time is great, I definitely recommend bringing a guidebook along with you. Here are some books I recommend...
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