Monthly Archives: January 2013

The bistro in Colombia that takes you to France

Amazing! Bandido is one of those restaurants that just make you feel so good upon entering the porch. Its effortless, light-hearted air spells friendliness, in stark contrast to those big brother French institutes that make you think about your every single move while eating. Nor is it trying to be one of those modern set-ups […]

Yeah! Baby hit me one more time!!!

After taking lessons on ‘how to get a taxi in Bogotá without getting blackmailed’, I was finally confident enough to get a taxi yesterday. On my own. I wasn’t planning to take a taxi but circumstances dictate that I had to go for the quickest option. You may be glad to know that I did […]

Now, what’s wrong with English names?!

Colombians always get puzzled when they found out that I have an English name.. After informing them that my name is Jessica, the response I get is always, ‘But this is an English name!’, or ‘Do you have Chinese names?’, and worse ‘er, so is this your “real” name?’. To them, it’s totally strange to have […]

Colombian soup series – Sancocho

Sancochos being served Another traditional Colombian soup recipe requires that families put in the soup pot everything they have in the fridge, making a sancocho. Easy, right? Literally translated as ‘mess’, the name was derived from the variety of ingredients of the soup, a mix of everything. It is commonly made in Colombia and South […]

Colombian soup series – Ajiaco

  Bogotá can be wet and gloomy, especially in the rainy season (which is 9 months of a year!). In a place where the weather compares with that in London, after a tiring commuting journey stuck in the traffic, there is nothing better than having a comforting bowl of soup. Ajiaco is the Colombian version of chicken soup. […]

Colombian fried rice

Calentado from Club Colombia by the famous Harry Sasson You may have already noticed from my previous food posts that Colombian cuisine is really starchy. Well, since a third of the country is covered by mountains, and with majority of the population living in the Andean range because of the economic inertia to live close to […]

Colombian work ethics

If Bogotános can represent their country, then Colombians work really hard. They work their asses off. It may be because they really need the money to send their children to private international schools, or it may just be pure survival. Working hours in the capital can be as long as twelve – by that I […]

Sweaty Chicken?

Pollo Sudado, one of the 6 components of a typical big Colombian lunch Most Colombian dishes are home grown version of Spanish legacy (not surprising right?) x some mountain practices x Caribbean influence. Meat is usually grilled, fried, or stewed (mountain style) with simple seasoning. Nothing in particular imaginative.. Take Sweaty Chicken as an example. […]

Colombian shopping malls

Continues from article Colombian town planning – One may hope that rental arrangement at shopping malls would work better. Because shopping malls are Bogotános’ second homes, only the crème de la crème gets to live in these spaces. However, walking into a shopping mall is yet again puzzling. The shop layout just seems to be in […]

Colombian town planning

Well, to be more accurate, there is no town planning in Bogotá! Residential buildings are built right next to major roads that have 4-6 lanes. If you live in one of those buildings that would mean that you are living right above the busiest, noisiest and most chaotic streets in the city. Yet some of […]