So, yesterday I went to the Gastronomía event and ate a whole lot. Unfortunately I don’t have much of a knack for photography so I didn’t take a single picture….I know, I know, there’s no excuse.
But anyways, here is a quick recap of what was eaten at the Local Cuisine pavilion:
Arepa de Chocolo (sweet, yellow corn cake with cheese)
Longaniza from Sutamarchan
+ the rest of the goodies from a picada like papa criolla, morcilla, chicharron, ripe plantain, etc.
We were so full after this first stop that we didn’t have room for much more even though we still had the International Cuisine pavilion left to visit. An espresso from Amor Perfecto was nice and strong with a beautiful crema and finally, dessert from the 14 Inkas stand (a Peruvian restaurant in Bogotá) called Bananarequipe – or something like that. It was an excellent combination of a banana mousse with arequipe and little pieces of cake that had been moistened by the other ingredients. I wanted to have a second course of dessert but they had sold out of merengón!!! I will post on this exquisite dessert soon because I was left with a serious craving.
All in all it was a nice fair. There didn’t seem to be a lot of people but maybe that was due to the fact that this weekend is a holiday and the weather hasn’t been so great. There were a number of cooking competitions and demonstrations, barista competitions, and a few amusing infomercial kind of stands selling knives, pans, and mandolines.
On a side note, some culinary students from the SENA (government funded educational program) created a dessert called “Postre de la Pasión” whose ingredients include passion fruit and Viagra – yes, that Viagra. According to this article , the students received some guidance from a doctor while they were developing the dessert. I don’t know if Passion or Prescription would be a more apt name for this dessert/concoction.