Bogotá || food tour

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We joined a food tour the first day we were in Bogotá. It is a great way to ease into a first time visit to the city. We went on a leisurely tour through the Chapinero neighborhood sampling dishes and sipping refreshments over a 2.5hr adventure. The focus was on traditional foods and of course showcasing the amazing array of fruits Colombia has on hand.

Here is a quick whizz thru what we ate & drank on tour ….

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The drink above is called ‘Refajo‘. It is a popular Colombian cocktail made with beer and coke or the local version called ‘Colombiana’, and it is frequently an accompaniment to ‘Asados‘ bbq’d meat. To be tried, but not sure I am a fan – too sweet.

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The soup above is so delicious it is called ‘Ajiaco‘ comfort food for the soul [here is a recipe]. You can’t come to Bogota without trying this hearty meal, but you might want to be prepared to take a nap afterwards.

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After empanadas [see above], the crispy little morsels that are a hugely popular item on the menu [they ring up more than 1/2 the revenue at Las Margaritas], soup & beer it was time for some sweets. We popped into a little cafe & sampled fermented rice & almond milk along with sweet bread with guava paste. Great little sugar hit to power us onto the next location.

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Next stop was a Fruit Shop. The fruit alone is worthy of a visit to Colombia, there are so many fruits that are unique to this part of the world, and all are delicious, with wonderful smells and textures. MMMMmmmm so dashed-darn-good.

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This fruit is called the ‘guanabana’ and I can’t help but sing this song in my head when I say the word. Delicious tasting, great as a juice, or shove it in a cocktail.

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There were so many things to try, but not enough time. The favorite was the Lulu fruit, who’s juice also makes a great cocktail, and we can never turn down a passionfruit. The avocados are huge and also sweet. Yep Colombian’s have a sweet tooth that is for sure.

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Then it was onto sample some more empanadas, ’cause you can never have too many. These were served up with the delicious peanut sauce. There was a final stop, but we were not allowed to take pictures [why I have no idea they sell these all over the place] of the wafer thin round waffle sandwich with caramel sauce in the middle. My palate tends to go to salt, and this point I was in sugar overload – but the bite I took – it was good. OK so I didn’t do a good job recalling all the fine details – I just know it was a tasty walk worth taking. Check it out here.

For all things Bogotá click here & see my fellow travelers – here & here.

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