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

The Wedding of the Year.

After we awoke from our long foodie/shopping day, we met early at our aunt’s house to catch a shuttle that would take us to our other aunt’s farm for the wedding. But first we had to snap a pic of Tyler and Santi dressed as opposites!

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The wedding was no small affair. A hundred friends and family of Grandpa and Tina, along with sixty horses gathered for this countryside wedding. When we got there, everyone was sipping sangria or whiskey and getting ready for the pre-ceremony ride.

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How great is my grandpa’s outfit?

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There were beautiful horses everywhere, including 2 Clydesdale’s which carried a carriage for those who weren’t up to riding.

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Half way through the ride we finally climbed to the top of the hills with one of the most spectacular view.

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It was made even more spectacular by a wine and liquor station, that made me a lot more comfortable during the second half of the ride.

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Look at how happy Gramps is! He’s the best grandpa in the world and I’m soo happy for him! He was shining all day!

Also please note Aaron behind him.

As we got back to the farm, everyone drank a little more and the kids had a go on the horses.

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We snapped a couple photos with our horses…

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…before moving into the courtyard for the ceremony.

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Just look at Gramp’s smile!! 🙂 So big!

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My uncle’s and my dad looking great and very proud.

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After the vows we toasted to a happy and wonderful marriage! And went to the other courtyard to continue the merry making and eat (surprise!)

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Around the yard, my uncle hung large frames in the trees so we could take fun pictures. Such a great idea!!

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My camera died as soon as the food arrived!! (Food bloggers nightmare)… But it was basically a series of delicious tapas including hummus, ceviche, octopus, wine, roast pig, paella, soups, and steak.

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The wedding went into the night with lots of dancing (with a live band!) and drinking and all around smiles. It was a great night and I’m sooo happy for my Gramps and Tina! Congratulations to the happy couple, you both deserve the happiest and best of lives together!! ❤

 

The Wedding of the Year.

Travels Abroad: Colombia

Well, as promised to various family and friends, I’ll be blogging about our (me and Tyty) trip to Colombia!

My grandpa is getting married at the end of our trip, so we decided to fly down, do a bit of exploring in Bogota and outside the city while hanging out with my family. The journey’s about 8 hours by plane, so we watched a lot of inflight TV and ate snacks. (Btw, Broadchurch on BBC, is a brilliantly addictive and suspenseful show!).

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I got a fancy new blogger’s camera for my birthday this year (thanks Dad!) and figured it was the perfect excuse to dive back into blogging…. however, I’m still trying to figure the camera out and learn all the settings. Bare with me, I promise the pictures will improve over the week.

When we landed, it was 5 til midnight and we were greeted by my uncle and grandpa at the gate. The biggest  surprise? It was soo warm! Bogota is not known for tropical, sunny climates like the rest of the country. It’s typically rainy and a little cold, so the warmth was a pleasant surprise coming from 30 degree weather in Boulder.

We tried our best to fall asleep quickly so the next day we could begin exploring. After a simple and delicious breakfast (fresh juice, cheese and arepa), we were off! We started with a long walk through a popular neighborhood, called La Zona G, that was pretty close to my grandpa’s house. Tyler pointed out something I’ve always noticed but never thought about: constant construction. It’s a true sign that  a lot is happening in this city and it’s continuing to grow exponentially in very positive ways. Each neighborhood here is beginning to take the shape of its inhabitants, reflecting subcultures, socio-economic backgrounds, and cultural interests–much like you might find in NYC or LA.

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Soon after we found ourselves in front of Bogota Beer Company, a local microbrewery with a couple British-style pub locations around the city. The beer was excellent (similar to an Oscar Blues brew), and we may have underestimated the power of altitude…

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Afterwards, we caught up with some family and later headed to my birthday dinner (yup, my bday was yesterday) with my gramps and aunts and uncles in a great part of town called “Usaquén”. It’s considered a historic district in Bogota, so very few changes have been to the infrastructure. Cobble stone streets leading to old colonial style homes and buildings, with high walls and courtyards, now house shops and chic restaurants. It has become a foodie mecca with all the hottest restaurants and bars opening in this area.

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The next day was spent playing golf at the country club and hanging out with my little cousins before a big lunch (of traditional Colombian dishes) at my great-grandma’s house. Needing to digest such a big lunch, we slowly made our way back home, stopping for ice cream at one of my favorites: Crepes and Waffles (seriously, best pistachio ice cream ever), and a wine and cheese night with the fam.

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So far, I think Tyty’s enjoying his time….But maybe he should do a guest blogger segment this week?

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Travels Abroad: Colombia