Tag: Food

Moksha Coffee Shop Owner Found on Other Side of World

July 2016 She disappeared seemingly without a trace. Moksha Coffee Shop made our list for the top ten places to have coffee in Bogotá. In fact the shop held the number one spot. In our initial interview with owner, Thana Carvajal, she bubbled with enthusiasm over creating quality food and coffee. The former actress also […]

Eating Ants in Colombia – Hormigas Culonas a Big Ass Delicacy or Gross

Michael: The medical examiner told the detective that the stomach contents of the deceased contained hormigas culonas. That mention on the TV show “CSI Miami” was my first hearing of eating ants in Colombia. It happened before my move to the South American country. Of course I wondered about the accuracy of such an assertion. […]

Colombian Picada at a No-Name Restaurant

By Michael March 2016 The above photo is the lunch my wife and I had on Sunday. Here in Colombia they call it a picada. Basically a little bit of everything and everyone picks what they want to eat. The dish shown contains platano, papa criolla (special potato grown only in Colombia), arepa, chicharrón, longaniza […]

Colombian Papa Rellena – A meal in your hand & a recipe worth trying

March 2016 Michael: Calle 53 just East of the Avenida Caracas is a part of Bogotá I always enjoy wandering, looking and tasting. This is the area where Bogotanos go for art and craft supplies as well as lessons. My wife and her sister shop the many craft stores which line both sides of the […]

Trattoria de La Plaza – Where Bogotanos Experience Italian Cuisine

Colombia restaurant Expat Bogotá

**Michael: “What I love is it is in a neighborhood no one would expect to find it,” said the person who invited us. I then asked Georgio how he found the place. “I like to look for these places that have a speakeasy feel to them.” The restaurant seems out of place in an area dominated […]

Chimichurri vs Steak Sauce

December 2015 Michael: Now that I live in South America you can forget the steak sauce. Just pass me the chimichurri. And don’t try to serve me any American beef. I can understand why residents of the USA and some other countries slather a piece of beef with a sauce loaded with strong tasting elements […]

Probocatto – Upscale Coffee Shop Without the Upscale Prices

November 2015 Graciela: Probocatto is one of the most enjoyable coffee shops we go to. It is clean. Service is fast. And it is quiet. And yes, they have Wi-Fi. Michael: Everything focuses on elegance with customer enjoyment in mind. The decoration invites one in. Glass windows and a glass door draws one’s eye to […]

El Inglés Gastro Pub- English Restaurant in Bogotá has humour

July 2015 Michael: A sign on the wall exposes the English type chuckles the moment you walk in the door. There were seven of us filing in with my wife in front. I anchored the line snaking single file between he tables and chairs of the narrow rooms. Up front I heard my wife say, “Good, […]

Alimentarte 2014 in Bogotá, Colombia

Michael:  Alimentarte is an annual event in Bogotá featuring food from some of the best restaurants in the city. Graciela:  We decided this narrated slide show is the best way to show you what it offers.

BBQ grill Colombian Style

Michael:  The Colombian BBQ grill is much different than the ones I used in my over 50 years in the USA. Graciela:  We thought the best way to explain them to readers is with a narrated slide show.

Myriam Camhi – Elegance in a coffee shop and a flair with pastries

Graciela: In over 12 years I have purchased many cakes and other pastries from Myriam Camhi. The simple reason is because they are excellent. Michael: According to the story on the menu it started over 30 years ago with one woman baking in her home. Today one can find their goods at nine locations in […]

Restaurante Tomaselly flourishes among much competition

Leer en español Michael: There is a reason why a restaurant surrounded by many others flourishes. Tomaselly, located near the corner of Avenida 19 and Calle 136, has about eight other eating establishments within a two block radius. But this restaurant offers things that the others do not. This restaurant should not be confused with […]

Guama is a fruit masquerading as a bean

Michael: Objects resembling dried out pea pods pyramided on a street vendor’s cart. The man seemed to have a brisk business as people lined up to purchase these foot long food items. Finally I turned to my wife and asked, “What is he selling?” Graciela: Colombia has over 150 different fruits. I give my husband […]

Frambuesa -Restaurant Review

One of our top three favorite places for lunch in Bogotá. Michael: “Frambuesa.” Very frequently when my wife asks me where I would like to go for lunch I choose that restaurant. The company has a couple locations in the city, but my choice always goes to the one at Cra 13A No. 93 – […]

Muu – Restaurant Review

This restaurant has much to moo about. Graciela: We really enjoy this restaurant on a warm sunny day. After discovering it from a friend we have returned three times in as many months. Unlike many restaurants on the outskirts of Bogotá, Muu’s charming atmosphere is not revealed from the road. You must enter the grounds […]

Chigüire 53 – Restaurant Review

leer en español A must eat at restaurant for anyone visiting Bogotá Michael:  Sure there are restaurants offering food from around Colombia. But when it comes to Chigüiro no one does it better than Chigüire 53.  There are other reasons to eat there besides the food. The area around is interesting, the restaurant has a […]

Asadero las Varas – Restaurant Review

Nothing fancy just great food and service Michael:  We stood at the opening of a metal fence covered with plastic sheeting. Wooden poles extending from the house roof to the top of the fence and covered with hard plastic sheets keeps the rain off the well scrubbed raw wood tables and benches.From the other side […]

Carbon de Palo – Restaurant Review

Leer en Español Attention to detail makes Carbon de Palo a memorable dining experience. Michael:  We are talking about the restaurant located at Avenida 19 No. 106-12. The company has some express locations but with those, while the great taste in food can be found, you miss the pleasurable ambiance that can make a meal […]

Humitas – Photo of the Week

Graciela:  The photo is of humitas. My mother use to make them a hundred or more at a time. She made both sweet and salt. It was a three day project, one day to purchase the ingredients, one day to make them and one day to cook them. Michael:  I first tasted humitas because of […]

Felinos – Restaurant Review

Leer en Español Michael:  In the Usaquen barrio of Bogotá many restaurants surround Felinos. However it is the one place my wife and I eat at most often when we are in the neighborhood. And yes, we sometimes make a special trip there to enjoy the food. Graciela:  It is a lunch place. You get […]