World-renowned chef, author and Emmy winning television personality Anthony Bourdain visits Colombia in the next episode of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," airing Sunday, April 28, at 9 p.m. ET. Follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.
Come to Colombia for the coffee, tropical climate and charming people; stay for the arepas, fresh fruit, abundant seafood, breakfast soups and powerful liquor.
This week, Anthony Bourdain touches down in a country best known to outsiders in recent decades as a nexus for drug trade and the accompanying violence. Instead, he finds a diverse, thoughtful, welcoming community, eager to move past the stereotypes and usher in a more positive and accurate image of the land they love.
In addition to its much-beloved canon of dishes, and evolving restaurant scene, chefs like Tomás Rueda of Bogota's Tabula and Donostia restaurants see the bounty of Colombia's wide-ranging terrain as one of its greatest assets. He tells Bourdain that the region, which includes mountains, valleys and the sea is "like a big farm, to send produce to the world."
"I believe more in a beautiful carrot than a great recipe," Rueda explained. But in Colombia, neither is in short supply.
Explore Anthony Bourdain's favorite places to eat and drink in Colombia:
La Plaza de Mercado de Paloquemao (pictured at the top)
Club Social Los Amigos
Mercado Del Chivo
Mar Azul Restaurante
Dive into the food and drinks that Bourdain and guests enjoy in the episode:
Caldo de Costilla
Cazuela de Mariscos
While we're talking soft drinks, Kola Román is a fizzy, red Cartagena classic and La Colombiana is a neon-orange, tooth-crackingly sweet tamarind-flavored soda. Toss some cut-up fruit into a glass, pour some of that orange stuff over it and you've got a refreshing Salpicón de Frutas.
In the words of Bourdain's companions, gesturing to the remains of a stomach-stretching seviche and patacone feast, "It's the best way to handle...this."