Plantain, cheese, yuca, beans and chocolate. The main ingredients to some of the best Colombian dishes. Oh and their favourite means of cooking is deep frying. I guess you can stop reading now, I’ve pretty much covered Colombian cuisine.
But for those curious chefs, the question is, how do they use these ingredients to give flavour to Colombia…
Everyone is unique. Yet there are always little traits uniting people in the same region. There is no way I could unify Rolos (Bogota), Costeños (Caribbean Coast), Caleños (Cali) and Paisas (northwest Colombia: Antioquia and surrounding areas). They’re four different regions producing very different people. However, I’m going to attempt to bring together what I feel are the ingredients for a Paisa.
Colombia has the second highest biological diversity in the world, according to conservation and environmental inspirers and educators, Mondabay (and other sites), coming in just after Brazil. However, if you actually look at the statistics, they aren’t too far behind Brazil, while China, in third place, is obviously lower. Think about how big Brazil is in comparison to Colombia. Colombia has it all crammed into a tiny space and they still beat Brazil with the highest amount of bird biodiversity!
Arriving in Medellin I was surprised by how green it was. A city in Medellin… one of the biggest cities in the country! Imagine the rest of the country. Consideringa large portion of the country is amazon, there’s a lot of biodiversity.
So what did I do to enjoy Colombia’s biodiverse market?
I was given every possible sign not to go. Two planes actually turned around and brought me back to where I started. Yet third time lucky right? So I ended up in one of the most beautiful places on the Colombian Caribbean coast -Parque Nacional Tayrona, Santa Marta.
I’ve been around Latinoamérica for a year and a half now, so I’ve had my fair share of latin adventures. Obviously this post is extremely biased. I’m basically judging and rating everything I’ve done on this side of the world. But I thought while I’m here, in my last month, I may as well put everything together. So what has been the best of the best for me here in Latinoamérica…
I’ve just been pondering why the Gold Museum of Bogota is so important. It actually comes up as number 1 in the top things to do in all of Colombia. Of course I paid it a visit, but why was it worth my time?
Capital Cities are usually the capital for a reason. Whether they’re located in Asia, the Americas, Australia, Europe or whichever continent in the world, they have something in common.
Technically this commonality is defined by wikipedia as:
A capital city is a city or town, specified by law or constitution, by the government of a country, or part of a country, such as a state, province or county. It usually serves as the location of the government’s central meeting place and offices.