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Who are the food lovers behind Flavors of Bogota?

Flavors of Bogota is the creation of Karen Attman and Peter Corredor, two people who are in love with food and the growing restaurant scene in Bogota.

Almost twenty years ago Karen left her hometown of Philadelphia to pursue expat life, and she’s still loving it. Once co-editor of a literary magazine in Philadelphia, she now lives in Bogota, Colombia, and writes about what moves her; eating, traveling and listening to people’s fascinating stories.

Peter, once chef of a very hectic kitchen in Venezuela, continues to exercise his love of  food on a much more personal level. When he’s not administering businesses in Colombia, he’s trying out interesting flavor combinations in his own kitchen, or tasting new dishes thought up by the talented chefs in Colombia.

Vegetarian ceviche at Matiz restaurant
Vegetarian ceviche at Matiz restaurant

What is the mission of Flavors of Bogota?

Flavors of Bogota is all about our latest discoveries as we visit restaurants, attend food events, taste delicious street food, check out random food trucks and have other chance encounters with all things edible. Here you can also find interviews that Karen conducts with chefs, bakers, mixologists, sommeliers and restaurant owners in Colombia and Peter’s pictures of it all.

Juanita Umaña and Karen Attman

Flavors of Bogota also discusses expat life in Latin America. While our story started while we worked together in the kitchen, over sixteen years ago we realized that we had more in common than just our culinary interests, and got married. Living most of our adult lives outside our homelands, we have plenty of stories to tell about expat life. Of course, we’ve got plenty of tropical bug stories – those giant flying cockroaches that crunch and crackle when they walk, the tarantulas in the living room and the scorpions in our bed. At times things have been a bit crazy; we’ve seen our share of shootouts, kidnappings and revolutions along the way.

But there’s also been plenty of peaceful moments. We’ve  watched flocks of parrots fly by in the early morning dawn. We’ve spent time on beautiful deserted islands and gold-sand beaches. We’ve stood on the Guiana Highlands, spellbound by the singular beauty of the tepui mountains and their bizarre lost-in-time look.

In other words, never a boring moment.

Tepui picture courtesy of Claudia Salazar via Flickr
Tepui picture courtesy of Claudia Salazar via Flickr

Where has the work of Flavors of Bogota appeared?

Karen’s writing has appeared in Sprudge, Casa Viva Cocina, CNN, Esquire, Société Perrier, La Barra, This Big City, The Culture Trip, Viator, Four, Living in Bogota, Foodie Hub, National Geographic, IDG Connect, The City Paper, Destino Cartagena, International Living, Maestro, Fund Your Life Overseas, The Bogota Post, and other publications.

Her view of Colombia was included in the book Was Gabo an Irishman? Karen also contributed to FoodieHub’s Essential Guide to Latin America’s Best Restaurants.

She’s written about her travel and food adventures in Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Argentina, Uruguay, the Dominican Republic, Peru and Trinidad and Tobago.

Karen also edits books and articles in Spanish and English. Some of her editing projects have included the Living in Bogota Expat Guide, Semana’s Business Intelligence, and The Bogota Post. She also translates books, magazines and newspapers in Colombia.

Welcome to the adventure, please follow along!

-Peter and Karen

Flavors of Bogota team, Peter and Karen Photo courtesty of cintiasoto.com
Flavors of Bogota team, Peter and Karen Photo courtesty of cintiasoto.com

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Karen P. Attman interviews Nicolas Quintano of Matiz Restaurant

Daniel Garcia interview

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  1. What a wonderful peek into Columbia! For someone who has never been, it shed a wonderful light into an unfamiliar culture.

    1. Yes, us Philly people have to stick together! Even though I left Philly almost twenty years ago for South America, it never stops being home. I look forward to hearing about how your journey goes!

  2. I can see how fun your life there; no snow, no icy-cold days (how I miss those days!!). They say “home is where your heart is”, then I do have two homes: Washington state and Jakarta (I’m originally from Jakarta, Indonesia). But in both places I learn to be content and COOKING/BAKING!! It’s such a great pleasure to meet you and would love to hear your updates each time. Enjoy your life there…:)

    1. There are cold days here, but the kind that make it pleasant to cuddle up with a good cup of tea, not the freeze-you-to-the-bone days. And when I miss the snow, I go back to the US in January! And as you say, learning to be content is the key – there are positive and negative things everywhere we live. Thanks for visiting!

  3. Hi Karen,
    I’m enjoying looking around your blog. I was in Columbia and Bogata for part of my time in high school. You’re bringing back memories. I’m also trying to move out of the US and my only holdup is trying to figure out how to afford it. Still trying to gather information and making trips to try and find the right place for me. Just about had enough of that and ready to just DO IT! Your blog is helping 😉 Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my photos of the sea 😉

    1. I’d love to help you with whatever info you need about expat life. Sometimes it doesn’t take as much money as you’d think to get started – that’s one of the benefits of moving to countries where the cost of living is lower.

  4. Hey there Karen! You started following my blog so I wanted to check out your blog and say, “Hi.” I must say that your blog is impressive – great writing and lovely photos. I guess it’s what one should expect from a former co-editor of a literary magazine! I really enjoyed your recent post about traveling with your dog. I look forward to more of your posts! Celeste 🙂

  5. Wow, sounds wonderful! You must be eating some really exciting foods. The best thing I had while in Bogota was at a friend’s house – an amazing soup made from several different varieties of potato (Colombia has so many) with sides of shredded chicken, corn, avocado, capers, and cream that you could put into the soup. I’ve been making it at dinner parties for years and it is always a hit. I’d love to learn some more Colombian recipes! I remember being struck by how different the fruit alone was, not to mention all of the other delicious food I tasted while there. Lucky you!! 🙂 Do you do a lot of cookies as well?

  6. Karen,
    Thanks for taking a peek at my blogs. What an awesome blog you have here! I love finding blogs that make me feel I’m part of a new experience. I suffer mental health challenges that make it hard for me to explore the world, so I appreciate blogs like yours! Thanks for sharing, and I’m a new Fan!

    God Bless!
    Author, Catherine Lyon 🙂

    1. Welcome to my journey! I would love to get your thoughts on my posts. We all have our limitations as to how much we can travel, so how nice it is that through other people’s experiences we can go everywhere around the world.

  7. Great and inspiring blog you’ve got here, Karen. Thank you for visiting and following my blog. I’m so glad you did and now I look forward to learning about expat life in Colombia (not to mention picking up some writing tips from you).

  8. Hello Karen! I am excited to follow your blog. I’ve always wanted to start a blog of my own but haven’t had the time or nerve to get it going. I’m sure reading about your adventures will prove to be inspirational.

    1. Thanks, I’m excited to have you following along – and I’d love to hear your comments on the interesting and endlessly varied restaurants and food experiences available here in Bogota!

  9. Hola! Karen
    Interesante Es un mundo amplio el de la gastronomia amplio donde se despiertan emosiones, sabores, aromas. Me alegra!!!! ya que compartimos ese sentimiento grato por degustar tanto platos como buenos vinos. saludos.
    Yumely

    1. Gracias! Sí, el mundo de la gastronomía es amplio y lleno de placeres y sorpresas que nos unen mas a nuestros familiares y amigos. Espero que puedas visitar Bogotá pronto para experimentar esos sabores que son particulares de aquí.

  10. Hello!
    Just wanted to say how glad I am to have come across your site. This blog is easily one of the most interesting, informative, and well-put sites I’ve seen in awhile. Kudos, and looking forward to future posts! 🙂

  11. What a fascinating blog this looks – and what a fascinating life you two live out there. As a former geography teacher, I’m always interested in information from countries around the world – although I haven’t yet been to anywhere in South America – and I also love to cook. Two very good reasons for me to follow this great blog of yours. I’m really looking forward to reading your posts.

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