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You can eat very well in Cartagena. It isn't cheap but there are some excellent restaurants to take your pick from.

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Must Try Foods on the Caribbean Coast


Colombia is a diverse country in every sense of the word, and the food in Colombia is no exception to this diversity. Like most things in Colombia, food is very regional—meaning, you will likely encounter very different “traditional” food as you travel to different regions of the country. Having lived almost two years on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia, I’ve come to discover some really amazing foods that any traveler should seek out in this region.

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  • Mark Iranago
    Mark Iranago says #
    The fish looks and sounds delicious. I have personally tried the san cocho of the coast which was with coconut milk instead of the...

Santa Marta Eats + Arepa de Huevo


Though I thoroughly enjoyed Santa Marta’s beaches and historical sights, let’s not pretend that one of my favorite things about my trip to Santa Marta wasn’t the eating part. Food is way up there on my list of reasons to travel, and Santa Marta has lots of great things both to eat and drink.

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Sundays in Pance


Though Cali is justifiably famous for its nightlife and salsa clubs, weekend days in Cali are noticeably more tranquil. Come Saturday and Sunday afternoon, it can seem like everybody is either at their mother’s house for lunch or at the mall, shopping (Cali’s second favorite pastime after dancing)— and many of them are.  A very large amount, however, are likely to be found down at the Pance River (El Rio Pance), in the southern part of the city.

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    John says #
    Is Pance a safe place to live?
  • David salas
    David salas says #
    Had my 18th b-day there.... THe best!!!!

How to make ají (Colombian hot sauce)


If you sit down at any neighborhood joint in Colombia for a bite, you will see small bowls filled with something that looks like a watery relish. This is ají, and it is delicious and not at all relishy. Ají is vinegary and salty and a bit spicy, and it is served with all manners of Colombian food, but especially with empanadas, papas rellenas and other fritanga, as it is a perfect complement to heavier fried foods. Along with hogao, the tomato and onion base used for much of Colombian food, ají is one of the defining sauces in Colombian cuisine.

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  • Johana
    Johana says #
    Thank you so much for this recipe. I never have tried ají made with lime juice, that doesn't sound right... I'm Colombian, my favo...
  • Eva Laura Siegel
    Eva Laura Siegel says #
    I'm sure everyone has their own way of doing it, but when I was taught to make this kind of aji the acid was provided by white vin...

Colombian Foods I Can't Get Enough Of


It's safe to say Colombian food often gets a bad wrap, but if you give it a chance, I'm confident you'll find at least five dishes you'll want to eat more than once.

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    clara cecilia velez says #
    me encantan las recetas ya que me gusta la culinaria por no hay nada mejor que cocinar lo que a uno le gusta
  • Brian Singer
    Brian Singer says #
    David, thank you so much for providing those recipes! I went to Colombia last year, and there are some specialties I'd like to try...

Arepas!

Though I normally find statements like the one I'm about to make annoying and overblown, in this case I find it entirely appropriate: if you haven't had arepas, you haven't really tried Colombian food.

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The land of the plantain

For various reasons, historical (see: United Fruit Company, CIA involvement in Latin America) and practical (hold up during long shipments, ripen after being picked), bananas are one of the most common fruits in the United States and Europe even though they are grown far, far away. Plantains, on the other hand, are rarely seen. Before living in Colombia, my interactions with them were pretty much limited to the sweet plantains that come alongside the moros y cristianos (black beans and rice) served in Cuban restaurants, and as much as I may have enjoyed them, I never gave them too much thought.

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  • Jennifer
    Jennifer says #
    Wow, these look and sound incredible!

Chocolate con queso

"Vea, se le cayo esto" - Look, you dropped this.

If you are one of those people who unwraps a candy bar and lets the wrapper drop to the street (and if you are, what is wrong with you??), and if you happen to be in Colombia while you do this, it is quite likely that someone will (ever so politely) tap you on the shoulder to hand you your wrapper, saying, "vea, se le cayo". Then they will smile (with only the slightest hint of passive-aggresiveness), and be on their merry way.

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