Jump to content


Photo

Bogota, Colombia


  • Please log in to reply
74 replies to this topic

#61 Sneakeater

Sneakeater

    Advanced Member

  • Admin
  • PipPipPip
  • 40,100 posts

Posted 21 January 2011 - 03:17 PM

Hey, don't tell me. Tell eatmywords. I'm not cooking anything.
Bar Loser

MF Old

#62 foodie52

foodie52

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 6,340 posts

Posted 29 January 2011 - 10:35 PM

Estrella and I are soul sisters! Best buddies! I have promised to send her dried chiles from Texas and some Rancho Gordo beans.

The food wasn't anything I couldn't have made, but the evening was magical. We started with mini beef empanadas with her own fiery salsa. Simple ceviche of shrimp, with thin, crispy patacones. Potato leek soup with oregano. Raviolo of squash on a bed of fragrant tomato sauce and fried basil. Tuna tartare with fresh lime. Seared tuna with vegetables and a fresh frisee salad. Her own vanilla gelato with arequipe and a sauce of fresh strawberries. Hibiscus tea to end. A bottle of bright Argentinian white.

We stayed for 3 hours - it was just my friend and myself. Estrella sipped two shots of cognac AND was persuaded by me to share my seared tuna and salad portion. We talked about food , food, food. She wrote down my roast chicken recipe and Rancho Gordo's website.

And she is a knitter. Hugs and kisses all round. A cozy, satisfying evening while a storm raged around us in the La Macarena district of the city.


Today: lechona and beer. Went to the main lechona "factory" in the city. $3.50 for a plate of pork, rice and peas, crispy skin and an arepa.
[size="4"]Visit our website for updates...Friends of Colombian Orphans

Donations are always gratefully accepted.

#63 Sneakeater

Sneakeater

    Advanced Member

  • Admin
  • PipPipPip
  • 40,100 posts

Posted 31 January 2011 - 04:50 AM

If you didn't have a good time with Estrella, I think I'd have thrown myself off the Brooklyn Bridge.

But I KNEW you would.
Bar Loser

MF Old

#64 Sneakeater

Sneakeater

    Advanced Member

  • Admin
  • PipPipPip
  • 40,100 posts

Posted 31 January 2011 - 04:51 AM

Just reading your write-up makes me want to run down there and eat with her this week.
Bar Loser

MF Old

#65 foodie52

foodie52

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 6,340 posts

Posted 01 February 2011 - 12:12 AM

Visited the Jardin Botanico yesterday: there was a fiesta going on, with an Andean music group playing all the traditional instruments, and food booths!

I had a cup of the canelaza! Man, is that GOOD: it would be perfect for a cold night. Aguardiente, jugo de lulo, brown sugar syrup, all warm. Also had an arepa de quinua - big promotion of quinoa.

We bought te de coca at Monserrate. Big push to sell coca tea as a medicinal. There is more artisanal, local , organic and back to our roots type foods this time around. It's delightful.

Lunch today at Las Sopas de Mi Madre: ahiaco soup hit the spot. While we were eating, a hailstorm hit and we felt really cosy, eating soup and drinking fruit juice and coffee.

I am at El Dorado airport: so tired and dying to get home. But it was a successful week. I'll be posting photos soon.
[size="4"]Visit our website for updates...Friends of Colombian Orphans

Donations are always gratefully accepted.

#66 foodie52

foodie52

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 6,340 posts

Posted 08 March 2011 - 08:41 PM

just can't get an image posted here from flickr...I've been trying for ages.
[size="4"]Visit our website for updates...Friends of Colombian Orphans

Donations are always gratefully accepted.

#67 Sneakeater

Sneakeater

    Advanced Member

  • Admin
  • PipPipPip
  • 40,100 posts

Posted 08 March 2011 - 09:15 PM

Still waiting . . . .
Bar Loser

MF Old

#68 foodie52

foodie52

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 6,340 posts

Posted 08 March 2011 - 10:28 PM

Posted Image
[size="4"]Visit our website for updates...Friends of Colombian Orphans

Donations are always gratefully accepted.

#69 foodie52

foodie52

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 6,340 posts

Posted 08 March 2011 - 10:35 PM

Estrella de los Rios

Posted Image

Lunch choices on Monserrate

Posted Image

Nataly enjoying lunch!Blood sausage

Posted Image
[size="4"]Visit our website for updates...Friends of Colombian Orphans

Donations are always gratefully accepted.

#70 Sneakeater

Sneakeater

    Advanced Member

  • Admin
  • PipPipPip
  • 40,100 posts

Posted 08 March 2011 - 10:48 PM

You almost could have stopped with the pig's head . . . .
Bar Loser

MF Old

#71 foodie52

foodie52

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 6,340 posts

Posted 08 March 2011 - 11:00 PM

Soup at Las Sopas de Mi Madre....can't remember the name of it.

Posted Image

All kinds of yummy offal - on Monserrate - including lung, two kinds of blood sausage and potatoes.

Posted Image
[size="4"]Visit our website for updates...Friends of Colombian Orphans

Donations are always gratefully accepted.

#72 foodie52

foodie52

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 6,340 posts

Posted 08 March 2011 - 11:11 PM

Ajiaco soup (three kinds of potatoes, plus cream and capers) and a vegetarian Bandeja: beans, rice, egg.

Posted Image

Gal making and selling quinoa arepas at the Botanical Gardens. Music, good food: the perfect day!

Posted Image

Hunky guy selling coca leaf tea. Monserrate.

Posted Image
[size="4"]Visit our website for updates...Friends of Colombian Orphans

Donations are always gratefully accepted.

#73 foodie52

foodie52

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 6,340 posts

Posted 24 January 2012 - 11:57 PM

Matiz restaurant in Bogota. 7 course tasting menu with thoughtful wine pairings , courtesy of the new chef. A 27 year old from Chile, studied at the Cordon Bleu in Lima and also in Tuscany. We didn't even look at the menu: Chef Nicolas Quintano came to the bar when we arrived and after chatting with us, offered to serve us some of his favorites. He has only been at Matiz a week. After every course, he came out from the kitchen for his critique. A four hour dining experience for $150 per person.

How about ceviche with delicate overtones of truffle oil? It works...

What a wonderful evening. Thanks for the recommendation.
[size="4"]Visit our website for updates...Friends of Colombian Orphans

Donations are always gratefully accepted.

#74 Sneakeater

Sneakeater

    Advanced Member

  • Admin
  • PipPipPip
  • 40,100 posts

Posted 25 January 2012 - 01:59 AM

Hey sure. Glad you liked it.

Do you know where their old chef has gone?
Bar Loser

MF Old

#75 foodie52

foodie52

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 6,340 posts

Posted 25 January 2012 - 02:59 AM

Nope. Probably moved on to greater things.
[size="4"]Visit our website for updates...Friends of Colombian Orphans

Donations are always gratefully accepted.