How Coca Leaf Became Colombia’s New Superfood
At the Embajada de la Coca, the green leaf is being restored to its rightful place as a powerful medicinal plant and super-nutrient that should be revered instead of reviled.
Inside the Colombian Kitchen That's Making Rebels and Soldiers into Chefs
Former FARC guerrillas work right alongside demobilized Colombian army soliders in the kitchens of Juan Manuel Barrientos' acclaimed restaurants in Medellín and Bogotá, where the chef tries to sew peace through cooking.
The Hangover-Curing Soup That Brings Colombia's Drunks Back from the Dead
The Saturday before Halloween, Bogotá's El Caldo Parao is rammed with costumed revelers who have all come for one thing: a beef rib soup that's been soothing hangovers for 25 years.
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From the Tribe to the Table in the Colombian Amazon
Chef Cielo Gomez has spent the better part of a decade in the Tres Fronteras region of the Amazon, learning recipes from several indigenous tribes that she incorporates into her menu at El Cielo.
If Fruit Heaven Exists, It's in Colombia
Colombia provides an environment conducive to growing any fruit you can imagine, from sweet to sour to savory. Adventurous travelers quickly find their diets full of diverse flavors and their stool full of fiber in this gastronomic and gastrointestinal...
In South America, Ceviche Is About More Than Just Fish
The iconic dish, originally based on seafood and citrus, can be found all up and down the continent. But some restaurants are swapping out fish for vegetables, soy, and alligator.
Colombia’s Pacific Cuisine Is the Best Latin Food You've Never Tried
Colombia’s vast Pacific coastline, known as the Pacifico, is one of the purest expressions of Afro-Latin culture in the Americas, and its cuisine merges richly spiced seafood dishes with the bounty of the rainforest.
On the Booze-Filled Bus Where Colombians Go to Party
The open-air, rattletrap <i>chiva</i> buses of Cartagena were once used to transport produce and animals, but now they're basically mobile bars fueled by on-board DJs and plenty of <i>aguardiente.</i>
South America's Coffee Mecca Is Bouncing Back
“Colombia is more than just war and drugs,” a young man tells me when I visit his grandfather's coffee plantation. Realizing this, tourists have been visiting by the droves, and that's great news for Colombia's coffee growers.
Inside the Colombian Coffee Plantation That's Run Entirely on Water
La Victoria was founded in 1892 and still uses water to power a Rube Goldberg-like collection of pipes to bring coffee berries in from the fields, sort them, and move them between the different stages of production.
A Chef in Cartagena Has Elevated Rodent to Fine Dining
I met up with chef Charlie Otero in Cartegena to try two different preparations of ponche—more formally as capybara, or the world’s largest rodent.
Colombia’s Carnaval Is an Assault on the Senses
If you’ve been to a party anywhere, you already know what Carnaval is about—music, dancing, drinking, drugs, petty theft—but Barranquilla’s version is bigger, louder, more colorful, and goes on longer.
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