Remember the part in A Hundred Years of Solitude when it rains non-stop for years? Well, I can certainly see where García Márquez got his idea. It has been raining like crazy for the last four days. Nobody has any clue why, because they say January is generally a time for very sunny days. It is normal for it to rain a little in Bogotá, and sometimes it rains a bit every day. But for the rains to be torrential as they have been and non-stop, it’s weird.
Because it’s been so rainy, we haven’t done as much. But it’s still been quite a lot and very fun. Lunches with friends, movies …
Of course, yet another thing we’ve been doing is eating loads of delicious food. We went to one of our favorite restaurants on Friday, where we ate an arepa santandereana (arepas are thick corn patties, delicious and a staple here in Colombia. Santander, an area of Colombia, has its own kind of arepa, bigger and thinner. yummy) and carne asada. I also cooked Pad Thai for dad, who had never eaten it. It came out great (if I say so myself :)), and although I didn’t want to use jalapeños for the spice (he didn’t have the peppers I needed) it actually worked out great and I think I will switch to jalapeños from now on. 🙂 I forgot to take a picture, though…
Today, daddy truly spoiled me. He took me to my ultimate favorite BBQ place here in Bogotá. It’s north of the city, about 30 minutes out. It’s called José Dolores and we used to go there as a child. It’s not a fancy place, it’s not expensive. But it’s suuuper yummy. You choose what kind of beef you want and how you want it cooked (they have a HUGE BBQ rack with the meat already cooking, you choose the one you want). Then you go to the “sides” section, where you choose what you want with the beef. Everything is served in a round plate made of woven straw. We got with our beef: Smoked corn on the cob, roaster plantains, chorizo, morcilla (blood sausage, yummy!), avocado and papas criollas (small yellow potatoes with salt). Excited as I was to finally eat it (I had asked to be taken there since I got here), I forgot to take a picture too! I did take a picture of dessert: Cuajada con Melao’
Cuajada is curdled milk (a very soft cheese) with a kind of molasses on top of it. I know it doesn’t sound very appealing, but it’s sooooo good!!
I know a lot of the foods I describe may sound gross (curdled milk, blood sausage), but if you grew up here, they are your bread and butter and normal. One of the things I love about my many travels and cultures I have lived in and inherited, is the weird kinds of food I’ve grown up with. That, and my own love for food has made me very adventurous. Remember how in Mexico I ate ant caviar?? Yummy!
And now, if you excuse me, I will go eat my BBQ leftovers. 🙂