I arrived to Colombia HUNGRY. I had been coming from the unforgettable San Blas Islands, where my diet consisted of rice, plantains, and Flor de Caña for a week. Cartagena, was the first stop and the most memorable. ¿Porque? Love at first sight. From the moment I saw that Colombiana cracking an egg into a fried arepa and then refrying it, I knew it was love. After five weeks of arepa overload, I was in serious need of some mixed greens. How was I supposed to say no when they’re being sold EVERYWHERE and with such variety?????
After Cartagena was Santa Marta, a coastal city that was stocked with ceviche and fresh tropical juices. There I met an Americana who had just opened up her first business, Cafe Lulo. She was attempting a New Age organic arepa cafe that the locals were slowly accepting. With the help of her Colombian novió, Cafe Lulo takes the arepa to a whole new level. I believe I made four appearances within the span of 3 days.
Cafe Lulo top picks:
- shrimp ceviche & avocado arepa
- <3 <3 <3
While staying in Medellin, the hostel owner told me about a local man who sells sweet corn arepas with fresh farmers cheese. “The gaucho sells at the main mercado” she tells me, “and has a small stand in the very back. He’ll be wearing a big cowboy hat, you can’t miss him.” She was right.