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.
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.
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.
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