Tlacolula

Standing outside the baseball stadium in the early to mid-morning waiting for a collectivo, I was a little unsure, unsure if I was in the right place, what the said collectivo looked like and how I was going to communicate my needs to the driver effectively. I was told the destinations will be firmly shown…

Mole and meat

Mexican moles are what makes the cuisine interesting, they are the long slow cooked sauces that are used to flavour a special occasion, to enhance a dining experience through robust flavours and culinary skill. Most people are familiar with Mexico’s most famous mole guacamole, the one made with avocado, even those not interested in food…

Tostadas and tortillas

As much as I am enjoying the wonderful corn aroma tortillas deliver when dry cooked on a large convex skillet and the delicious popcorn aroma when the tortilla dough is fried in the concave cooking surface of the skillets other side. I found myself looking for more Mexican culinary interest in some of the better…

Refined Oaxacan

Oaxaca is known as one of the centres of gastronomy within Mexico so it is understandable that I would want to seek out some excellent food while I am here. From what I have seen of the street food I will easily find excellent tortilla based dishes but none of the complex dishes that have…

Holy Frijoles

My early morning arrival into Oaxaca city had me hungry, not wanting to eat in the hostel I appreciated the staff suggesting the nearby local market, less than a block away, as a convenient place to get some food. The market partially refurbishing the dining areas and these traders have set themselves up under a…

Inter continental

The last few meals in Colombia were intentionally not Colombian, having just spent a few months in South America the idea of finishing the trip with a nod to some of the places I had experienced seemed like a great idea. The first restaurant was Peruvian inspired, the country I spent the most time in…

Comida gloriosa comida

The culinary experience in a town as heavily tourist-ed as old Cartagena can go sideways pretty quickly, with plenty of restaurants and large numbers of non-resident diners it’s not uncommon for a city like Cartagena to supply poor quality food at quite high prices. I didn’t find this to be the case, as I was…

Guatape, Antioquia

I love getting out of cities to experience a slower pace of life, to see trees, fields and farms, to enjoy both the change of scenery and some fresher countryside air. The tricky part when travelling can be how long to stay away from the city and where to go, ideally the place needs to…

Flavours of life

With portions so bountiful I found myself missing meals, not being hungry for a full, or even half plate of food, I was thankful for the prevalence of street-side stalls and vendors who sold snacks. These hard working people helped keep me in bites between meals and saved me delving into the rather uninteresting convenience foods…

Carnes de Medellin

I had expected Colombian food to be hearty and rich, tasty and wholesome, a food for people who for centuries have made do with what they have while the toiled the land. Certainly the portions sizes here would leave anyone full, I for one was exceedingly happy restaurants allowed my partner and I to share…

36 hours in Bogota

A part of me didn’t feel right about visiting Colombia and not spending any time in Bogota, especially considering I was landing here from Brazil. Friends and fellow travellers had alternative views on the city, some said to fly in and fly on, Bogota was not worth the effort, others said it’s nice enough but…

Carrinhos de bolo

During the day and long into the night there are small cake laden trolleys all around Paraty, as if everyone who visits this little town needs a little sweet pick me up. It works for me, with a great number of locally baked dessert items for me to try, I was both relieved and saddened…