That’s right! We’ve escaped the winter in Chile for a while and flew to Colombia – we’re currently in Cartagena enjoying the Caribbean vibes, melting under the sun and, of course, eating our days away.
Behold the mighty Bandeja Paisa, a platter with what is a often referred to as “peasant food” – tasty, greasy, loaded with meats and carbs and, thus, very fulfilling. Only people who, like me, are too eager to try everything end up ordering such a dish on a day when the heat barely allows you to step outside the house. If you come to Colombia, be smart and order Bandeja Paisa when you are by the Andes and the weather requires such load of calories.
This typical dish from Colombia consists of red bean stew served with rice (there is a little mountain of white rice under the fried eggs in this photo, but it is also often served with coconut infused rice), ground meat, fried eggs, fried plantains (locally known as patacones and extremely common as a side for daily meals), chorizo, chicharron (or pork crackling in English, which is basically a cute way of saying “fried chunk of pork fat”), fried arepa (the local flat bread made with maize), salad and a generous portion of avocado.
Shakira says hips don’t lie in Colombia. But eating like this… they sure expand!
This plate looks so delicious. Although I would skip the sausage and the fatty meat, I would enjoy the rest. Bon apetite!
The fatty meat was REALLY fatty, I couldn’t “work around” it myself properly either! The rest very good though! :)
Coconut infused rice sounds amazing! And I really love arepas, but not eating pork, I know that I’d need to take care in Colombia and South America generally. What I love about South American food is how undiscovered it is by the rest of the world – a lot of people just assume it to be the same as Tex-Mex, which it certainly isn’t!
Coconut rice is extremely common in the Caribbean coast of Colombia. It is served as side with most fish dishes and we’ve been having it almost everyday. It is white rice cooked with coconut flesh and sugar cane. Sweet and very fulfilling! And nothing to do with Tex-Mex, that’s for sure!
Out of all my travels all over the world, this meal was my favorite. It was one of those starving tired late nights and it hit the spot perfectly. This one and their corn chowder soup, so so good.
Hangover food! ;)
A must when traveling in Colombia! :)
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