Posts tagged: Salento

Colombia: Pure Deliciousness By Chef Joseph

By , November 2, 2010 5:00 am
Wild Trout SUSHI With Banana!

Wild Trout SUSHI With Banana!

If you ever make your way to Salento, Colombia, don’t miss out on the 9-course meal prepared by Chef Joseph at La Serrana. Joseph was a former assistant of, not one but two, 3-star Michelin restaurants!

Chef Joseph Making Sure Everything Is Perfect

Chef Joseph Making Sure Everything Is Perfect

In each of his dishes, he adds a local element, like papaya fruit, that does not seem like it would complement the dish at first, but it actually got us wanting more.

Sweet SUSHI RICE With Papaya And Mango

Sweet SUSHI RICE With Papaya And Mango

If you know us, you know we can’t resist great food and not at a price of 14,000 Colombian Pesos (7.60 US$) for a complete menu. The dinner takes place about 1 km outside of Salento at La Serrana, an eco farm and hostel.

Strawberry Dessert

Strawberry Dessert

Of course we couldn’t eat without thinking about Demi-Pêche (San Francisco) when having these creative dishes. Thank you to the Chef Joseph for all this deliciousness. You can checkout his website for more pictures and info about his food. We are happy to see our pictures made it to his site: http://republicadeartistas.blogspot.com

Happy Birthday Elli!

Happy Birthday Elli!

Wild Guayana From The Local Farm With Passion Fruit Caramel

Wild Guayana From The Local Farm With Passion Fruit Caramel

Papaya, Peppers and Carrots Stewed Sticks With Guacamole Icecream

Papaya, Peppers and Carrots Stewed Sticks With Guacamole Icecream

Organic Tomatoes Stuffed With Cucumber and Farm Feta Cheese Topped With Strawberries Thick Vinaigrette

Organic Tomatoes Stuffed With Cucumber and Farm Feta Cheese Topped With Strawberries Thick Vinaigrette

Norton Argentinian Cabernet

Norton Argentinian Cabernet

MuiMui & Her New Friends After Catching Fireflies

MuiMui & Her New Friends After Catching Fireflies

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Colombia: Coffee In Salento

By , November 1, 2010 5:00 am
A Cow Greets Us

A Cow Greets Us

Salento is a small village in the mountains 300km south of the city of Medellin. It is becoming more and more popular with travelers because of all the coffee farms and the famous Valle de Cocora.  We wanted to take the time to enjoy this little village so we spent 3 nights here, even if we were spending more time than planned in Colombia.

Lush Hills Of Salento

Lush Hills Of Salento

The first night we tried this awesome specialty dish called Patacon. It is basically a pizza on fried Patacon dough. This was very good and we kept wondering why we couldn’t find this anywhere else. We give props to the young entrepreneurs running the place.

Patacon Con Pollo, Tomato y Queso = Yum!

Patacon Con Pollo, Tomato y Queso = Yum!

On the second day, we toured a coffee farm 10 minutes away from the village. It is owned by an Anglo-Colombian couple that bought the farm 3 years ago. We spent one and a half hours talking with the husband and he explained everything to us from buying the farm to selling the roasted beans.

The Coffee Farm We Toured

The Coffee Farm We Toured

He told us that, at the coffee trade market in Colombia, the bigger the coffee bean, the higher the price. This is one of the reasons why most of the coffee producers are now using man-made coffee plants. They give bigger beans, need less shade, and can be planted closer to each other. The drawback, according to our guide, is the taste.

Small Coffee Beans

Small Coffee Beans

His farm is basically a big experiment where he is trying to do things people don’t usually do with coffee. Coffee is sold in bulk with no distinction between the different beans from the same region. What Tim wants to do is sell his coffee by the bean type. Just like wine, he wants to label the origin of his coffee and the type of plant. I think this is a great idea since the producers will make more money and the consumers will actually know what they are drinking.

How Pineapples Grow

How Pineapples Grow

Plantains And Its Flower

Plantains And Its Flower

During lunch at El Rincon de Lucy, we met a wonderful German couple, Elli and Jan, who we ended up hanging out with during most of our time in Salento. It turned out it was Elli’s birthday so we celebrated with her at a local bar, getting tipsy on Aguardiente liquor while playing pool.

Aguardiente, A Local Alcohol

Aguardiente, A Local Alcohol

On our last day in Salento, we went to visit the Valle de Cocora. This park holds an incredible landscape. You are literally surrounded by hundreds of unnaturally tall wax palm trees (tallest palm trees in the world and Colombia’s national tree) and green hills. We decided to rent horses for the beginning of our hike. It was amusing to see Mui ask the horse to slow down.

Elli, MuiMui, Boris, and Jan

Elli, MuiMui, Boris, and Jan

The horses brought us to a farm in the middle of the park where we can observe four different species of hummingbirds. Since I was a kid, I always wanted to see the “smallest bird on earth”. It was pretty cool to be able to see them just inches away. We also met Jo & Ryan here, an inspirational couple finishing up their two-year globetrotting. We were all welcomed at the farm with a local specialty, chocolate con queso (hot chocolate with cheese). It is gross.

Hummingbirds Are The Only Type Of Birds That Can Fly Backwards

Hummingbirds Are The Only Type Of Birds That Can Fly Backwards

Chocolate Con Queso

Chocolate Con Queso

Valle de Cocora With Our New Friends: Boris, MuiMui, Jo, Ryan, Ellie, and Jan

Valle de Cocora With Our New Friends: Boris, MuiMui, Jo, Ryan, Ellie, and Jan

For our last night in Salento we decided to splurge on a 9-course dinner. Read about it tomorrow!

A Small Street Off The Main Plaza In Salento

A Small Street Off The Main Plaza In Salento

When There Is No More Room Inside The Jeep

When There Is No More Room Inside The Jeep

Males Need To Be Pretty To Attract Females For Sexual Selection

Males Need To Be Pretty To Attract Females For Sexual Selection

Social Hummingbirds

Social Hummingbirds

What We Paid: Colombian
Pesos
1800
USD eRate
2500
Euro eRate
– Bus from San Gil to Armenia: 9 hours 38,000 21.11 15.20
– Bus from Armenia to Salento: 1.5 hours 3,200 1.78 1.28
– Private Double Room with Private Bath 40,000 22.22 16
– Breakfast 4,500 2.50 1.80
– Lunch 6,500 3.61 2.60
– Dinner 15,000 8.33 6
– Coffee Farm Tour 5,000 2.78 2
– Jeep to Corcoro: one-way 3,000 1.67 1.20
– Boot Rental 5,000 2.78 2
– Horse Rental 25,000 13.89 10
– Hummingbird Farm Entrance 3,000 1.67 1.20

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