Walk around in the early afternoon right after lunch time is over when afternoon tea comes around, and you’ll find street carts everywhere in the city offering obleas. A what you ask? An oblea is a wafer sandwich that’s filled with arequipe and jam. Much like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, it’s a perfect mid morning/afternoon snack that you will crave everyday once you’ve had it for the first time.
A traditional oblea normally just has arequipe but it’s pretty standard in Bogota at least to get shredded cheese and blackberry jam. I know it sounds strange to mix cheese with arequipe which is sweet, but the cheese doesn’t really have any taste and it’s purpose is more to give the oblea a bit of texture rather than flavour. While it’s not common, a lot of places now offer added options of condensed milk and other types of jams. I personally like to keep it simple and get arequipe, cheese and blackberry jam but if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, try out a new combo and let me know what it’s like!