The Colombian Breakfast/Hangover Cure

I’ve written a few times about Colombian breakfast, especially in the country, where breakfast is done BIG…But if you’re spending only a few days in Bogota and you want to maximize your cultural experience and eat like a local (good for you!). Here’s the secret: ditch your hotel breakfast and go for a walk.

Walk around Bogota in El Centro or El Parque 93, Quinta Camacho, Zona G, Usaquen, Zona Rosa… where ever it is that you might be staying and buy a fresh juice on the corner or fruit cup to enjoy in the sunshine and try not to get by cab driver.

A truly authentic experience would include stopping by a local bakery (my favorite: Colombiano Pandebono on 95 and 15th) for piping hot pan de yuccas, pan de bonos, almohabanas, or areaps con queso (all various styles of cheese breads and the most typical Colombian thing you can eat) (yay carbs!) and enjoy one or all of them with a coffee. Remember gringos: if you order “un cafe“, they will serve you a coffee with milk (cafe con leche). If you order “un tinto“, you will get a black coffee. If you’re really feeling the vibe, go ahead and order “un avena”. It’s an oatmeal drink thats kind of like a cross between an spiced oat smoothie and horchata (but not made of rice). I promise you’ll like it! And it’s cheap! (5 mil pesos for 2 pan de yuccas and a tinto).

But maybe you’re kind of hungover and really need some solid food to start your day… in that case, I would recommend walking (or Uber-ing) your behind to the nearest Andres Carne de Res (which I’ve mentioned in this post). AndresCDR is a Colombian party institution with roots just outside the city, but has grown into various locations around Bogota (Andres DC, La Plaza de Andres, and Andres Express) for both the food and the party! The menu offers every typical dish in Colombia from regions like Antioquia to Boyaca. The breakfast menu is solid… with some standard dishes like scrambled eggs, calentado, caldo de costilla or arepas–pero wait! You said you wanted to eat super local and you had a hangover?

Skip the tourist menu and ask for: un consomme (like a caldo, although little lighter and with shredded meat and potato and cilantro), arepa de choclo (sweet, yellow corn, pancake-like and filled with cheese), and some coffee. All for about 15 mil pesos ($5)

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As soon as you finish that consomme your hang over will be long gone and you’ll be ready for another day of touristing!

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The Colombian Breakfast/Hangover Cure

Foodie Adventure: Paloquemao

I’ve been sitting on this lot of photos for over six months and decided to finally share with all you foodie adventurists… Last July I took a day trip to Paloquemao, an indoor food market-bazaar in Bogota. From the wee hours of the morning to the afternoon people are hollering and haggling over piled of every kind of food product you could imagine.

It’s off the beaten path if you’re in Bogota for a visit, but worth it if you’re a foodie looking for the real deal. Be prepared to walk a lot and the butcher room is not for the weak at heart. (Gory and awesome and definitely disturbing!) Be sure to stop and have breakfast or lunch at a local food stand. Caldo de costilla hits the spot after a long morning of haggling.

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Foodie Adventure: Paloquemao

Back Again

Yeah, I did it again. I took a three month hiatus and left this blog by the wayside. All it’s thoughts and adventure put away for a another day, nearly forgotten. In fairness, the last few months have been a wild and busy blur; feeling like both yesterday and years ago. Isn’t that weird how that happens? Thanksgiving feels like ages ago, but it was really only 2 months back.

Anyway, a lot has happened to me since I last wrote.

In October, I was on the cusp of packing everything up again and ending this journey to head back someplace I wasn’t absolutely sure I wanted to be. I found my self tangled with “what-ifs”and “I don’t knows”, like any good 20-something should experience. I also felt defeated by the thought of “giving up” before anything got started. Then I met some pretty amazing people who (whether they know it or not) convinced me to take this wild adventure I created for myself and grab it by the horns.

I began to see my new home in a different way (as reflected in my essay Change In My Pocket) and wanted to take advantage of all the opportunity it could give me.

So here I am. Colombian Passport in hand (I became a citizen in October. Funny how two weeks before I was granted dual citizenship, I had a flight outta this joint scheduled!) and ready to continue exploring and loving in Colombia!

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So here’s to writing more. And being more consistent. And sharing these adventures with you so that you might be inspired to go explore life too!

Back Again

Museums: Bogota, DC.

It’s been a while since I’ve been to a good museum exhibit. In the states, I would try to get out as often as possible to my favorite museums and lose myself in my thoughts for the day.

There are some great museums in Bogota, but for whatever reason, I haven’t spent much time exploring them. Luckily, my fabulous and amazing friend Collin ventured across the sea to come see me for two weeks! 

Both in need of a heavy dose of culture (especially after more than a few days of consistent partying) we trekked into El Centro (remember when I wrote about it here?) and escaped from the bustling city for a bit.

Our first stop: Museo Del Oro. Honestly, I’ve been to this museum a few too many times but it does hold the largest collection of gold in the world and if you’re visiting Bogota for the first time, it’s absolutely a must-see. It’s only $3.000COP to get in (About a dollar) and is rich in pre-Columbian history. Go get your knowledge on people.

After a great photo op, we schlepped a few blocks and headed for a bite at my fave-not-so-secret-spot La Puerta Falsa (remember my post!?). It was filled with gringos. I guess between my blog post and Anthony Bourdain’s Bogota episode, that shit blew up. You’re welcome Puerta.

After splitting some Ajiaco and a tamale, we headed over to the Museo de Botero. If you’re a fan of Colombia’s most famous artist, head there asap! If you like Picasso and other amazing works also head there! It’s located in a beautiful old house, rich in— you guessed it!–Colombian history and art!

Next door is the Museo de Arte del Banco de la Republica. We rolled over to peruse and ended up stumbling on one of the greatest exhibits I’ve seen since Pierre Huyghe at the LACMA last year… (remember the post!? 😉 )

The exhibit was one by Argentine artist Graciela Sacco. It was an amazing installation exhibit reflecting on social issues and movements, particularly migration and finding your place in the world.

The best part was a room made to feel like you were crossing a foot bridge over deep water. Talk about a psychological thrill! I was afraid to look down!

After that, there was more fun to be had exploring all the modern and contemporary art rooms. You know I’m a huge fan of Kinetic art and was more than delighted to play with some of the pieces that I found!

The Sacco exhibit has since closed but stay tuned for more fun art adventures! 

Museums: Bogota, DC.

Lunch: H{ }ME Burgers.

Wanna eat a delicious burger in Bogota without paying $30.000 pesos or sacrificing gourmet-goodness? Than you need to get to H{ }ME Burgers, asap!

If you’re in Bog, you probably have heard of them! The brand new burger joint opened up on Cr.9 with 81st. Tucked away in the perfect garden patio, H{ }ME is making burgers cheap and fast, without sacrificing any of the freshness you expect from a quality burger.

The menu is simple: Sencillo o Double (single or double)? Queso, Tocienta, Veggies, Home Sauce? (Cheese, Bacon, Lettuce, Onion, or Home Sauce?). I said yes to everything and picked a seat on the patio.

Our burgers came out shortly after that and I was in HEAVEN!  H{ }ME. 

They were everything I could ask for in a burger (juicy, fresh, satisfying, cheesy, bacony, perfectly cooked, etc etc), without being overwhelming or requiring an immediate nap.

Look at that beauty! Go on, lick the screen… no one’s looking!

And be sure to order fries and a coke with it. You really can’t get a more classic burger combo in Bogota than H{ }ME.

The vibe is super cool and laid back, so I know it’s going to become your new favorite lunch spot. Pick a spot inside or out and enjoy the best burger in town right now! And did I mention it costs less than $20.000 pesos for a loaded burger, fries, and coke?? ((For the gringos: That’s like $6 at the moment)).

Yeah, so you’re welcome. I just changed your life. 😉

Lunch: H{ }ME Burgers.

Lazy-Girl’s Breakfast Bowl and Thoughts.

Can someone tell me when September happened!? It feels like yesterday that I was popping champagne (Morgan, if you’re reading this, than you know the incident “HAPPY NEW YEARS!”)… now, 8 months later I’m like, where did the time go? And, just six months ago I was saying goodbye to a lot of people that I love and left on an adventure, full of ups and downs, which I’m really thankful for.

Recently, I looked back on my New Year’s “desos” (goals and wishes) and realized I’m on way to having completed most of them. That was pleasantly surprising. That’s the thing I like about New Year’s goals: a seed is planted when you write them down and, subconsciously, your mind begins to work on them until they finally rise to the surface. Some years are more proactive than others, sure; but other years, no matter how hard they may seem to be, are a result of you’re heart and mind working together to be a little more productive. That’s what happened to me this year. I grew leaps and bounds by–literally– taking leaps and bounds into the unknown. This is what being in your 20s is all about, isn’t it?

These are just some things I think about while eating my breakfast…

Lazy-Girl’s Breakfast Bowl:

  • 1 c. plain yogurt (non-fat, greek or whatever your go-to is)
  • 1 tbsp homemade chai-spiced gluten free granola (recipe coming soon), or your favorite.
  • 1 tsp marmalade (I used berry-coffee marmalade, new favorite of mine!)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 golden delicious apple, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp raw honey, drizzled
  • cinnamon, sprinkled

Mix your marmalade* into your yogurt until smooth and well combined. Top with apples, granola*, and chia seeds. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with cinnamon. TA-DA! Super easy, delicious, healthy, and hearty to start your day quickly. Enjoy it with tea on the porch or in any other place you like to sit and spend your mornings. 😉

*I prefer homemade, sugar free compotes, but whatever you have on hand will work. I also prefer my homemade GF granola to those weak store bought ones, but I haven’t shared my recipe for that yet so stay tuned! 😉 In the meantime, store bought is fine (Ina Garten moment).

Lazy-Girl’s Breakfast Bowl and Thoughts.

Atma in Suesca, Colombia

Shortly after arriving in Colombia, I decided to spend a couple of days with my Aunt and her family at their farm in Suesca (about an hour and a half from the city). It’s a beautiful valley full of trails, rolling hills, and rock climbing. Plus, the silence of being aware from the city is refreshing.

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The farm is called Atma, which means “soul” in Hindi. It was fitting because I felt myself doing a lot of soul searching while I was there. (It was so peaceful and calm that it was impossible NOT to soul search!).

Their home is the epitome of farm to table. Much of their food is grown right there on the farm or milked from their cows, or baked in their kitchens. Lettuce, fruits, honey, eggs, cheese, ghee, bread… you name it, they probably make it.

One night, we made fresh cheese (with milk from their cows) with home grown lavender, freshly baked bread, and honey they cultivate from their Africanized beehives. It was a simple and beautiful dinner, made even more beautiful by the fact that it was made at home with lots of love. #appreciate

My days were spent riding, hiking, meditating, doing yoga, or hanging out with my cousins in a beautiful place.

Isn’t that a spectacular sunset? How do you get away?

Atma in Suesca, Colombia