Meet your hosts Edna and Juan Pablo at their apartment before heading out to visit one of the local markets. Edna will select the market you will visit based on the ingredients needed for the day’s menu. As you shop together, Edna will introduce you to the local fruits and vegetables on sale, as well as some of the traditional ingredients sold at the market. After the market tour, you will join Edna in her kitchen for a cooking lesson where you will learn to make 2-3 classic Colombian plates. Edna might teach you to prepare Colombia's national dish called bandeja paisa, which is a platter filled with foods that represent Colombia’s diverse regions including sausages, beef, eggs, beans and rice, an arepa, fried plantains and chicharrón (fried pork) or ajiaco, the ubiquitous Colombian chicken soup filled with corn and three varieties of Andean potatoes. She will also teach you to make a typical Colombian drink and brew Colombian style coffee with you!
Edna lives in Bucaramanga, know as the City of Parks. She shares an apartment with her mother Margarita, and her son Juan Pablo. She loves to spend time with people and what better way to share than over a meal and a chat about food, culture and travel! Edna believes in eating well and uses only the best ingredients in her cooking. As you enjoy traditional Colombian dishes together, you will experience the joy of dining with a Colombian mother, and learn all the secrets about the most important ingredient in her cooking - love!Juan Pablo lived overseas for several years and and perfected his English while working on a cruise ship. Edna does not speak English, so Juan Pablo will serve as your translator.