Our great group of Colombian enthusiasts. We had the place to ourselves.
For Colombia we went to Restaurante Monserrate in Arlington. We had resident expert on Colombia, Shane, who served his mission there and somehow pulled out of his backpack two liters of Colombian soda at one point in the evening.
Shane <3 Colombiana
Shane told us that there was a really large range of altitude & thus temperature difference between the various cities in his mission. The terrain is beautiful there, but many areas are tightly controlled by guerrillas or drug cartels, so you have to be very savvy when you travel.
The food was amazing.
Neil had arroz con pollo (rice with chicken). It was flavored rice with peas and chopped chicken pieces in it.
I ordered a typical Colombian chicken soup called “Ajiaco” it was quite flavorful and had potatoes, rice, corn and then you mixed in capers, avocado and cream from the side. (Yes, I did eat chicken soup, but there were no vegetarian options, so my ox was in the mire. It was totally worth it. Delish.)
Not sure if the pupusas were Colombian, but they were delicious. (Don’t worry, that’s not my cerveza. I ate chicken, but I’m not that wild.)
Shane with his hearty, meaty dish and Pony soda.
Emily with her Colombian tamale. Not to be confused with the Mexican tamale, which is much smaller. It’s large enough to be a main course serving. It consists of pork, chicken, veggies, and polenta wrapped in large banana leaves and steamed. It’s served with a small arepa (flat cornbread) on top.
Emily recently went to Colombia for vacation, and while she stayed mostly in the touristy areas she said she felt very safe there. With beautiful beaches and amazing cuisine, she highly recommended Colombia as a destination.