Coffee culture had a fairly narrow meaning to me. When I was a young adult, I’d spend my evenings in cafes scattered about my hometown of Philadelphia, drinking large amounts of the brew while discussing art, books and world affairs with other caffeinated youths. Someone would bring an acoustic guitar and the evening would turn into a night of music. Thus, we united culture with coffee, and we didn’t know we’d created coffee culture in our city.
The annual charity banquet for Citymeals on Wheels is going Latin this year. More than 1,000 guests will try the Latin creations of chefs from around the United States and Latin America at ¡Qué Rico! Celebrating Latino Cuisine and Culture.
People had been telling me about a fantastic place for a coffee in Medellin, so it’s not surprising that on my last visit to the city I headed right over to check out the café.
I visited Medellin not long ago, and a friend of mine from over at GringoEng spoke glowingly about a place to get the best pizzas in the city, made in a wood fired oven, and I knew I had to try them for myself. In fact, not an hour after she told me about them we were on our way to find Zorba Café.
Note: Although this restaurant closed, the dishes we mention from Medellin and the Paisa area are found all over Colombia.
Colombia is shaking off its negative reputation and forging a new reality. One example of that new reality is the growth taking place within the IT sector in the city of Medellin.
Nestled in the Andes Mountains of Colombia, Medellin is called the City of Eternal Spring due to its pleasant climate. Colombia’s second largest city with 2.4 million inhabitants, Medellin was voted City of the Year in 2013 by the Urban Land Institute due to its progress in political, educational and social development. Francisco Aristeguieta, CEO of Citi Latin America that was involved in the selection process, called the city “vibrant and innovative”.
But Medellin hasn’t always been known for its progress. It was once the most violent city in the world due to the activities of one of the most notorious drug cartel leaders in history. The name of the city was nearly synonymous with Pablo Escobar and the terror he brought to Medellin and indeed, all of Colombia, as he struggled to dominate the majority of the world’s cocaine traffic.