Eating My Way Around South America

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WHAT TO EAT: AREPA CON HUEVO

WHERE TO EAT IT: COLOMBIA. YOU CAN FIND IT IN CITIES LIKE CALI OR BOGOTA BUT THE BEST AND THE ORIGINAL IS ALL ALONG THE CARIBBEAN COASTLINE

I just realized that I have yet to present one of my favorite South American countries through food, Colombia. Both Laurent and I fell in love with this country. The landscape is varied and beautiful ranging from the coastal Caribbean with its crystal blue warm waters in the north to the lush, green mountain interior and the Amazon jungle to the south. Every part of Colombia we traveled was full of friendly, welcoming people who were eager to share their beautiful cultures and traditions with us and of course, their food.

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If I ask people about Bolivian cuisine, at first many seem puzzled. “You mean the chicken, rice and potatoes?” is usually the response. And fair enough, this country has its share of poultry in many forms, typically served with at least two starches and sometimes bread (ouch to all the carb watchers out there!). But the foods in Bolivia are as rich and varied as its landscape and culture. The soups and stews are a shining point for the gastronomy found here.

WHAT TO EAT: CEVICHE/CEBICHE

WHERE TO EAT IT: PERU HAS THE BEST-ALONG THE COAST IN PLACES LIKE LIMA IS WHERE YOU WILL FIND THE FRESHEST

If ever there were a perfect celebration of just one food, ceviche would undoubtedly be it. It also happens to be naturally gluten-free and very good for you! The idea is to take one central ingredient, fresh fish, and highlight it the best way possible. The other ingredients serve to just enhance the freshness of the fish.