Monthly Archives: March 2013

Colombian dragon fruit

A good way of comprehending what this little monster is, is to think about a dragon fruit in half its usual size, with a yellow outfit and bigger seeds. In fact, the yellow and red dragon fruits are brothers. They share similar physical characteristics – the yellow one is also filled with white flesh and […]

Colombian dim sum?

Carimañola is THE delicacy of the Northern Caribbean coast. It’s Colombian as well as Panamanian (by the way I only found out today that things from Panama are Panamanian..!!). Like pan de yuca, carimañola is made of yuca flour. But it tastes nothing like pan de yuca. Rather, it’s similar to buñuelo because of its deep-fried nature. However, whilst […]

Colombian doughnut

I LOVE my Colombian doughnut!!! They are so round (how did they come out so perfectly round, I wonder?). So cute. So attractive. So delicious!! The combination of a light crispy surface and a soft spongy chewy texture is sooo addictive! Also the perfect round ball shape is just so hard to resist! A word […]

Now, that’s innovation

It’s time to showcase the Colombian urinals. I tell you, no where else in the world I’ve seen a urinal plastic cover like this one. It’s ingenious! NB please don’t freak out I didn’t get into such an extreme as to venture into the men’s room to show you the deeply-held truth. It just so […]


Colombian bread snacks really exemplifies ‘same same, but different’. Pandebono is very similar to pan de yuca in terms of both texture and flavor. Once I have asked my Colombian comrade, ‘So what’s the difference between the two? If I can’t understand the difference I won’t be able to explain to others!’ Although both pan de yuca […]

Colombian bread snack series – Pan de yuca

Bakery products is one of the tastiest things available in Colombia (that is, at least, in my opinion)!! I have written about almojábanas and empanadas before, but there are still so many more. As its name suggests – it’s the ‘bread of yuca’. Yuca is actually cassava, a native root vegetable, that’s comparable to potato […]


This peculiar fruit is really strange and special. I can make a hell of a riddle out of it, one that emulates the one from Sphinx – what is purple when born, hairy when young, prickly when mature, and turns green inside when aged? Originally when I saw the orange fruit, it was when no […]

Café Pasaje

Café Pasaje is near La Candelaria (the old colonial area) of Bogotá. It is tucked on the side of Rosario plaza, just beneath the historical Avenida Jiménez. It sits next to the emerald trading neighbourhood, the Museum of Gold, the Central Bank, several other ministries and government offices, and on top of which, a few universities that dot […]

The Colombian Disneyland?

I wouldn’t be able to justify a blog about Colombia if I hadn’t written about Andres Carne de Res, the omnipresent institution that seems to have played a big part in defining the cityscape and consciousness of Bogotá. There is nothing quite like Andres, and writing about it may risk misrepresenting it. Filled with mismatching bits and bobs that […]

A Colombian art expert and the man behind Flora

See OneChineseInColombia’s recent contribution to The City Paper about Jose Roca, the Colombian Tate Modern curator speaks about Latin American art.