Un poquito de español
We're going to learn about food and ordering at restaurants today! Cartagena has the freshest fruits, seafood, and greens. Having a freshly squeezed juice with a plate of fresh fruit in the mornings is unmatched.
I want- Quiero
A glass of- Un vaso de
I am vegetarian- Soy vegetariana
Can I have- Me regala (informal, directly translates to can you gift me)
Can you bring me- Me puede traer
What ingredients are in this?- Que ingredientes tiene?
Fries- Papas fritas
Ice cream- Helado
Coconut Water- Agua de Coco
Soft drink- Gaseosa
Cartagena is for foodies.
Colombian food is delicious, flavorful, and steeped in history. Cartagena is special because of it's positioning right by the sea, so ingredients are fresh- especially seafood.
Traditional Colombian food is influenced by the 87 different indigenous tribes that live mostly in Nariño, La Guajira, Cauca, and the Amazon region. It is also influenced by Spanish and African cuisine.
Many of the iconic street foods in the coast of Colombia are made of cornmeal, yuca, or plantain. Exotic fruits like granadilla, guanabana, and mamoncillos (the key to my heart) are everywhere, and lunch is the most important meal in Colombian culture- so expect incredible meals!
You'll find that the best drink to pair your meals with are what we call "jugos naturales", fresh juices. Colombians are the number one consumers of fresh juices in the world. They are everywhere, even squeezed and sold right in front of your eyes on the streets. Order lulo juice, which comes from the lulo, a fruit native to Colombia.
The baked breads, pastries, and sweets in Colombia are legendary. Buñuelos, almojabanas, roscones de arequipe, are all incredible snacks, desserts, and perfect with a coffee in the afternoon.
You'll also find savory street food, like arepa de huevo, which can be a breakfast, dinner, or snack, depending on how hungry you are! The concept is simple and yet SO delicious. The arepa is fried, taken out, opened, a raw egg is placed inside it, and then fried again. Sounds kind of terrible, right? Just wait till you try one!