Colombian Cuisine
Jul 6, 2010Public
Photo: First and foremost, Colombia should be on the culinary map alone for its variety and quality of fruit.
Photo: Then you have the other end of the spectrum like this "Bandeja Paisa". It literally translates to Paisa Plate (Paisa being the nickname for those from Medellín) and will ensure you're full till breakfast the next day.
Photo: Another delicious Colombian custom is the all out "asado" where families and friends gather together to enjoy like and plenty of grilled foods.
Photo: But Colombia has elegant culinary tastes as well. Here you see a shrimp and whitefish ceviche from a 5-star Cartagena restaurant.
Photo: And no Colombian meal is complete without the country's primary edible export: coffee.
Photo: In the larger cities, huge food markets artistically display their fruits and vegetables in order to attract a hungry crowd.
Photo: One of our favorite restaurants in Colombia is called Queareparaenamorarte. It serves authentic dishes with top quality meats and home-grown vegetables and herbs. They cook everything in an open kitchen so you can literally watch and smell your food cooking while you wait.
Photo: The open kitchen at Queareparaenamorarte.
Photo: The herb garden at Queareparaenamorarte.
Photo: These red berries are called "carosos" and require a rock or nutcracker to open. Beside them are traditional cooking dishes that can be put directly into the oven or over a flame.
Photo: Queareparaenarmorarte takes normal Colombian foods and turns them into to-die-for-dishes.

This dish is grilled chicken breast, topped with homemade chimichurri with sides of creole potatoes and honey.
Photo: This dish is a freshwater trout and shrimp ceviche over rice, combined with a smashed plantain known as a "patacón", wrapped in a banana leaf and then steamed.
Photo: This dish is called chicharrón, a very traditional Colombian food similar to pork cracklings, with steamed yucca on the side.
Photo: This dish is stacked seabass with sides of homemade salsa, mashed potatoes, and plantain chips.
Photo: This dish is skewered medallions of tenderloin beef, covered in homemade chimichurri, with a side of oven roasted potatoes and cheese.
Photo: And this might just be heaven on a grill. Su Casa Colombia guide Noah's absolute favorite food in Colombia is the "arepa de chocolo". Imagine moist corn bread that's lightly cooked on both sides like a pancake, then top it with a little butter and two thick slices of cheese. Delicious.
Photo: Breakfast
Photo: Here we see the San Frantastic Four preparing to devour the delicious "arepa de chocolo".
Photo: This is an "oblea", a delicious Colombian treat. You put one wafer on the bottom, cover it in "dulce de leche" (similar to caramel), then another wafer layer to seal it in. Then cover that wafer with fresh cream, sliced fruit (strawberries are an excellent choice), and then finally another wafer to top it off. Yum!
Photo: Some popcorn vendors coat their snack in a variety of candy colors.
Photo: Being a tropical paradise, you can expect there to be some of these.
Photo: Pineapples could be expected, but how about over half a dozen different varieties of avocados?
Photo: This odd looking cactus fruit is called the "pitaya" and takes months to mature. Despite its prickly exterior, it's actually quite delicious.
Photo: Another in the spiky fruit family is the "guayabana" which can grow larger than a rugby ball.