Fresh fruit salads (with or without sweet sauce)
In Colombia you can buy big fresh fruit salads (many of the fruits taste so much better than at home), but too often they put a lot of other things on the plate as well, like a sweet yoghurt sauce and cheese. Most of the times they ask you before adding anything, but sometimes they don’t, so it can be good to say that you want the fruit salad natural (if that is what you want).
Very cheap lunch - Comida Corriente
If you want to eat cheap you should ask for the comida corriente - a set menu of the day at the cheap restaurants. First you will get a soup then a plate with a piece of meat or chicken, some rice, potato, beans, platanos and a little bit of salad. Sometimes you will get pasta, lentils or chickpeas. There is always a small soft drink included.
The food is not the very best but it will fill your stomach. In July/August 2007 I paid between 3500 - 6000 pesos for the comida corriente, but the most common price was 4000/4500 pesos.Related to:
PALMITAS-Lounge deck area, WHAT A VIEW.: Great View of Medellin from the Lounge area.
I had the Churrasco steak. It came with pototoe, avocado,rice,chicharron=fried pork skin.
Price 21,000mil=$ 11 .
The Lounge area has plastic seats and plastic tables at the edge for the view of Medellin.
There is also other seating covered with a wooden table.
There is also a Palmitas disco which I did not go and a covered area where the food is cooked and brought out onto the deck in which I was sitting at viewing the nice view of Medellin.Related to:
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San Carbon Parrila: Great Steak house-SAN CARBON PARRILA
San Carbon is a great place to eat its a open style restaurant. Large stock of wine and drinks in the trendy upscale area of Parque LLeras area of Restaurants for daytime office workers to the party goers at night. Excellent service. One person did speak some english during the Lunch time when I was here since my spanglish isnt that good.
I visit this Steak house 3 time ordering the STERLING steak Medium.
It was good.
Favorite Dish: I had the Sterling Steak 26.500 Pesos.
A great steak, thick juicy.
I had it for dinner last night and came back for lunch the next day.Related to:
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Lenos & Carbon: Great steak for food court place in Oviedo Mall
For a place in a shopping mall food court the steaks are great.
Favorite Dish: I have eaten here around 5 times for lunch.
I had the Baby Beef, Baby beef black angus cut, Beet chorizo black angus cut.
Price $ 11 Thats with a coke, fried Bannana,small salad,fries.
And the steak is a fairly large size portoin for the price.
There are other steak places next door in the mall with lower prices.Related to:
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MEDELLIN: SALON MALAGA: NOSTALGIC TANGO
Carlos Gardel, the famous Argentine tango singer, died in a plane crash here in Medellin.
As a result, somehow, as fans mourned his death, tango music took off here, making Medellin a mini-Buenos Aires.
Salon Malaga is an absolutely delightful find. It is lined with jukeboxes and pictures of faded artistes and musicians. The tables and chairs are all old-style. Locals gather here for drinks and the nostalgic melodies of oldies and tangos.
I highly recommend visiting it.
NORTH COAST: JUICE SELLERS
I noticed quite a huge number of juice stalls by the roads and plazas. These heaven-sent street vendors set up tables and have blenders ready for your order to quench your thirst in this hot humid Caribbean weather.
Well, one thing is... I notice that people here use a lot of ice in their drinks.
I am sure many travellers have read about warnings on taking ice or water of unknown sources in their drinks
But to fuss about water and ice, is like to forget about ever having a drink here.
As the weather is so hot, many drink sellers sell lovely iced lemonade along the streets. Vendors even climb on board the local buses with plastic cups and a jug of cool, icy orange-juice.
Just trust, I supposed.
AGUA DE PANELA
Panela is unrefined brown sugar from sugarcane.
Dissolved in water, they form a brown sweet drink. It seems to be a typical drink of Colombia and I am not sure if it is usually served warm or cold.
But as I had it up in La Calera hill in midnight (freezing cold), I appreciate the very very warm drink indeed.
Colombiana is a popular creme soda with a distinctive orange color.
Salpicon is chopped fruits mixed with this soda. It is served along with meals as a dessert or is ladled into a plastic container and taken away as a refreshing snack.
Colombia is also world renowned for its excellent coffee, and it is considered to have flavour of its own, quite unlike any other type.
My attempt to buy Colombian coffee in the supermarket was however met with some disapprovals from my Bogotan friends. They claim that the BEST Colombian coffee are exported. So, what I just bought from the supermarket were the second-grade ones.
EXECUTIVE LUNCH / COMIDA CORRIENTES
In Colombia, one can generally find very cheap meals. They are called Comida Corrientes or Menu Ejecutivo, much like Plate of the Day.
Here, for around 3000 to 4500 pesos, you get soup, a plate with rice, beans, salad, meat and fried banana and a drink. Much, much, much cheaper than food in Venezuela. But they are normally not such great food. Still, they filled my tummies.
Agadon Bar-Burger: This is what i call a BURGER !!!
well . I´ve been all over south america , business and traveling . I love burgers and this place was my number one place in south america .
the burgers are great , they do them 100% aged serllion , there was some great salads as well for my vegi girl friend so both of us got out with a smile . the place is small and well designed , great energy , do not miss !!! (did i say i love burgers ? )
just infront of Hotel Sofitel Bogota . (make a reservation , when i got there i had to wait to enter )
Favorite Dish: burger burger !!!Related to:
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Dont eat the Cuy
In some south american countries there is a entree called Cuy. This is guinea pig. Like in the states we eat a lot of food one would consider weird. But if you arent into rodents stay away from it. Also they serve beef lung. I cannot remember the name of the dish. FLip side of the coin definitely eat the plantains(plantanos) look like a banana and taste similar to a potato. Also enjoy the many tropical fruits only found in this region. I recommend Lulo Juice. It reminds your pallate of kiwi almost but not quite. But it is very thirst quenching and delicious like the rest of the juices. Also try an entree called tamal. Not to be confused with tamales. SImilar but not quite. Very appetizing.
Crepes and Waffles: Best salads in town
Crepes and Waffles sounds American, but is a truly Colombian restaurant. They've got restaurants now in Bogotá, Medellín, Cali and, as far as I know, other Latin American countries, too.
Well, of course, they've got crepes and waffles (excellent), but what I like even more is their salads!
They only use locally-produced food and have a good social plan, too. Great place to eat!
Favorite Dish: Ensalada Florencia
Wok: You Must Eat at Wok
This was the best asian restaurant I have been to in the world and is so cheap. They have so much on the menu and the food is delicious... we ate far too much here as we wanted to sample everything
Favorite Dish: The tempura is amazing as well is the sushiRelated to:
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