Ali meets up with food writer Mary Luz Mejia at Los Arrieros Restaurante for some Colombian home style cooking. First up the Bandeja Paisa, a meat lover’s delight: a platter of rice, chicharrón, fresh beans, steak, chorizo, deep-fried plantains topped with a fried egg and an arepa corn cake. This dish is big enough for two! For some Colombian comfort food, Ali’s introduced to Mazamorra con Bocadillo o Panela, a porridge of milk and white corn sprinkled with raw sugar. And for dessert, Ali and Mary Luz bite into the classic sweet and savoury combination of brevas con queso - figs with cheese. Con mucho gusto!
Joy enjoys a smooth cup of Colombian coffee at Tinto Coffeehouse with a clear conscience. Everything at Tinto is fair trade from their coffee beans to their panela raw sugar and dried uchuva berries.
Ali discovers deep-fried Colombian empanadas at the Columbus Bakery. He also samples three-cheese pan de bono bread and buñuelos cheese balls. He washes it down with some salpićon fruit cocktail and agua de panela con limon - a refreshing Colombian thirst quencher.
Joy and Ali end up at Mi Tierra for a serenade and some sancocho – a potato and beef soup beloved by Colombians everywhere. The meal is served with an arepa corn bread side, topped with fresh garden tomato salsa and avocados. The grand finale is flan de caramelo chased down with aguardiente firewater – all to the unforgettable sound of Los Inolvidables. Olé!
Los Arrieros, 752 Wilson Avenue, Toronto, 416-636-2318
Tinto, 89 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, 416-530-5885
Columbus Bakery, 2931 Dufferin Street, Toronto, 416-782-4520
Mi Terra, 828 St.Clair Avenue West, Toronto, 416-654-8886
Special Thanks to Los Inolvidables