´Once upon a time´ where a country was built with coffee...
Believed or not, with coffee. I swear of God, is true! This is not a fairy tale. Let's go together through the mountains of Colombia. Now, we are in the middle of the triangle formed by the three main coffee growers regions in this country.
Indeed, pop up your heads and just take a look around. What do you see? Just the green landscape? Moreover, did you see those red beans? They are coffee beans. In short, you are in one of the biggest coffee plantation.
Therefore, more than ninety percent of the landscape in this region is dedicated just to grow coffee. To summarize, folks that live in this beautiful region, make a living spinning off around the coffee.
We are in the middle of the triangle formed by the three most beautiful cities in the mountains of Colombia. Manizales in the Caldas region, Pereira in Risaralda and Armenia in the Quindío. These regions stand for the coffee growers in Colombia and become known as The Triangle of Coffee. Indeed, the most beautiful place to live in Colombia.
Folks, from these regions, have cultural differences with similar Caribbean's folks. Music is less festive, just a little bit sorrow but beautiful and sticky.
If you hear this, then, you will have a problem. You may never want to leave Colombia, so, you are welcome. Indeed.
Food in this region of Colombia is tasty as Caribbean food is. However, the food is just a little bit heavy.
We have our famous "Bandeja Paisa", a kind of platter filled with a sort of beans, fried plantains, rice, dried ground meat with fried egg on top, fried pork well known as "Chicharrones", avocado, one type of sausage known as "Chorizo", filled with spicy pork, garlic and onion and,"Morcilla" sausage filled with pork blood and mixed with rice, onion and spices. Looks and taste similar as Blood Pudding is. Yummy! Moreover, as accompaniment, you must drink with the platter our "Aguardiente", spirituous beverage, distilled from sugar cane.
Following this, you may see different types of food from Colombia.
As we have seen, we are in a beautiful place, listening that middle of the road music, lots of food and cascades of "aguardiente". What we are waiting for? Let´s go to have a do.
You will have more in my next entry. Enjoy!