1. Huge Portions
I always considered myself to be a big eater until I came to Colombia and found myself constantly defeated by the massive portions that came to my table. In fact, I often find myself sharing one meal with my girlfriend even though my ego is telling me I can do it, I have learned to listen to my stomach telling me not to force feed it. Going hungry is certainly not a problem here and when I first came to Colombia, there were many times where I would doggy bag my leftovers from lunch to reheat for dinner.
My favourite aspect of Colombian food is its simplicity. Compared to other better known cuisines such as French or Japanese, Colombian food seems rather basic. It’s not fine dining type stuff. It’s the type of food families gather and salivate for at grandma’s house on the weekend or some other special occasion. As Colombia has a wealth of fresh produce, most of their main dishes are simple and honest meat and potato type of dishes. It’s the kind of food that tastes like it came out of grandma’s kitchen.
3. Lots of variety
When I first came to Colombia, I was surprised by the large social and cultural differences that exist between regions. Take out the Spanish and love of football and you could argue that culturally Colombia is comprised of many different cultures. Whether it’s a heavy Tamal from Tolima, fresh fish and Arroz con Coco from the coast or a hearty Ajiaco from Bogota, you’re always going to have something new to try. Luckily if you look hard enough in Bogota, you can get a taste of almost every region. I’m still surprised every day by the amount of things I haven’t yet eaten in the city and I’ve been here for years.
Unless you’re looking for fine dining options, you won’t need to break bank to enjoy authentic Colombian food. In fact, my favourite places to eat tend to be very affordable, low key restaurants that appear to be simple on the outside but are always filled with satisfied locals because they serve up a good portion of legit Colombian grub. So if you’re coming to Colombia on a tight budget, don’t fret, there’s lots of good food around at very decent prices, just ask .
5. There’s only one Colombia
I used to be sceptical of Colombian food because as a foodie or a traveller, you don’t hear much talk about it. It’s not a country that is known for its food as much as it’s known for its gorgeous landscapes and welcoming locals. For these reasons, Colombian food is largely unknown to visitors who come here for other reasons than to gorge. The good news is there is more to Colombian food than just rice and beans. Colombian food is one of a kind and largely underrated so forget everything you have ever heard about it, bring out your adventurous side and dig in!