Category Archives: Tastes of Bogota

Taking the Restaurant on the Road – El Cielo Restaurant

I’m packing for a trip. I’m surrounded by the usual disaster scene: suitcases are scattered around my living room, my closets look like they’ve been ransacked, and items on my packing list are getting crossed off. It’s complicated to pack for a trip – and I’m just packing for two.

Now imagine packing for 1,000.

That’s the challenge facing Juan Manuel Barrientos and his team at El Cielo. They’re taking his famous restaurant – with locations in Medellin, Bogota and Miami – on the road for the months of September, October and November.

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Restaurants in Colombia: El Cielo

El Cielo is a restaurant in Colombia that will knock your socks off. Baby-faced chef Juan Manuel Barrientos’ inventiveness and his experimental tasting menu will challenge your preconceptions about food. In fact, it’s better not to come with any expectations at all – the experience will be different than anything you imagine.

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Learning about Colombian Food: La Mesa Food Tours

I looked up at the sky. I should have known better. When I left the house it was sunny, and just half an hour later the clouds had gathered quick and dark above me. But that’s typical of Bogota and its weather. During the rainy season, 15 minutes of sun and 15 minutes of rain can alternate all day long.

But I was promised that the street food tour by La Mesa Food Tours would go on rain or shine, so I had my umbrella in hand as I walked through the Parque de los Periodistas in Bogota’s La Candelaria neighborhood. Mt. Monserrate loomed over me, it’s head in the dark clouds.

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A Chocolate Trail to Peace

One of those odd things about Colombia – perhaps part of that magic realism that everyone talks about – is that the country has a hidden war. Hidden from the very citizens of the country, since those who live in big cities often forget their country has not known peace for decades due to a war that started in their grandparent’s lifetime and still hasn’t ended. However, it’s a war that doesn’t touch their lives very often – a bomb goes off every once in a while in a big city, and they remember.

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It was such a pleasure to take the Flavors of Bogota Coffee Tour last week!

Here’s what people are saying about the Flavors of Bogota Coffee Shop Tour:

It was such a pleasure to take the Flavors of Bogotá Coffee Tour last week! Over the course of the morning we visited three craft coffee houses, where we sampled a different variety of bean and preparation. As we sipped, our guide, Karen, walked us through the different aspects of evaluating and tasting each one. I live in Bogotá and have sampled my fair share of coffee, but it was amazing to learn about the history and complex culture of coffee in Colombia, as well as the unique factors that make Colombia’s coffee some of the best in the world. Not only that, but as you make your way to the different coffee shops, you’ll get a quick run down of the Bogotá restaurant scene and best places to eat. This tour is a must for locals and visitors alike! – Danielle Owens

Juan Valdez Coffee Shop gets a New Image

Need a place to linger over a cup of coffee? The Juan Valdez coffee shop on Carrera 9, just next to the JW Marriott hotel, sits under leafy trees and has one of the largest outdoor seating areas of any coffee shop in the city.

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