Medellin, Colombia

Medellin, Colombia

Medellin, Colombia

Medellin is the capital of the Colombian state of Antioquia and the country’s second largest city.  In Colombia it’s known for it’s delicious food and beautiful women.  There is a little rivalry going on between Cali and Medellin as to who wins the latter category.  I tip my hat to Cali since that is where my wife is from.  🙂  Medellin has changed a lot from the Pablo Escobar days of the late 80’s into the early 90’s.  While in route to the plaza Bolivar on my first trip, our taxi driver told us a story of the former drug lord.  He had a sister that was crippled that would beg for money in the city streets.  One day a truck pulled up with Escobar and his men.  “El Patron” asked her if she had a wheel chair, to which she said no.  A few weeks later a different truck pulled up to the same street corner and unloaded a brand new chair for the woman.  When the woman asked where it came from, the response was only “El Patron”.  That is not to say Escobar was a good guy because he wasn’t.  He murdered hundreds of people, but his time came and went.  The American stereotype of Colombia is also rapidly changing.  Colombia is a place of beautiful and hospital people.  On this trip I only had a day to spend, so I wanted to make the most of it.

Bandeja Paisa

Bandeja Paisa

The typical dish of the Paisa, which is a term of anyone that comes from Medellin is the Bandeja Paisa.  You can really find it anywhere in the country, but specifically in the capital of Antioquia.  It consists of chicharon, ground meat, plantain banana, egg, rice, avocado, and beans.  Everything at this specific place over by Parque Lleras was delicious except for the meat.  And while I’m not super fond of the chicharon, the avocados down here are amazing.

Salpicon de fruta

Salpicon de fruta

On the way to the train station by the barrio of Poblado, I picked up a big glass of salpicon, which is like a fruit punch filled with freshly diced exotic fruit.  I had them line my cup with lechera as well.  Absolutely divine.  This drink is so delicious and refreshing!  Colombia really has some quality street foods.

MetroCable to Parque Arvi

MetroCable to Parque Arvi

One of the coolest things do do while in Medellin is to take the train to the Acevedo stop and hop on the metro cable up to the Parque Arvi.  You go straight up the mountain over the Santo Domingo neighborhood and enjoy sprawling views of the city.  I passed by women doing laundry and kids playing soccer.  It was pretty hot in those cable cars until I got to the top where the breeze was super nice and refreshing.

Empanadas

Empanadas

At the top of Parque Arvi I had some of the best empadas ever.  The orange ones pictured above were made of carrot and corn meal, and then filled with potato and chicken.  The lady making the empadas had the best salsa to go along with them as well.

Arepas

Arepas

Another thing you can find everywhere are arepas.  Arepas are made of corn meal and usually are grilled but occasionally fried.  This one was made of yellow corn and not the normal white corn meal and was a little sweeter.  It was tasty.

I’ve been to Medellin twice now and have yet to really try anything in terms of fine dining, but it doesn’t really matter.  The street foods and local dishes are plenty good.  It is a city with lots to do and see.  More and more families are coming here to visit.  There really is something for everyone here.  Make sure to check out places like El Pueblito Paisa, Parque Arvi, and Plaza Bolivar

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