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[image: Premios de la Barra]

Voting Open For Colombia’s Annual Restaurant Awards

By Patrick Hieger

[image: Premios de la Barra]

[image: Premios de la Barra]

Have your favorite spot for coffee in Bogotá?  Maybe your favorite pastry shop in Medellín?  Well, if so, now’s the time to show your support and vote in the 9th annual ‘Premios de La Barra,’ which will highlight the best in Colombian gastronomy from across the country.  Categories are open from best café to best ‘Restaurant With Tablecloths,’ best chef in Colombia, best sommelier, and more.  Voting is currently open, with the awards ceremony scheduled for April 29.  With South American cuisine only getting hotter, now’s the chance for Colombianos to make sure that their best and brightest are recognized for their role.  Happy voting!

[image: Lily Rouge]

Expansion! We’re Heading To Colombia!

With each new year comes new challenges, and ideally much to look forward to.  For us here at Como Sur, we are pleased as punch to admit in the case of both, that comes in the form of expansion.  Starting next week, writer Lily Rouge will be our eyes and ears in Bogotá, Colombia, as Como Sur starts making its way up the continent.  Needless to say, Lily’s pretty excited about the challenge, and we can’t wait to publish her reports.  From street level hearsay to the hottest restaurants, chefs, and events that aren’t to be missed, Lily and Como Sur will have Bogotá covered.  Ready? Lily is.  Read below. 

[image: Lily Rouge]

[image: Lily Rouge]

By Lily Rouge

The capital city of Colombia presents itself as a metropolis of delightful contrasts. Spanish-founded settlements and modern buildings coexist harmoniously on a high plateau. Once known as “The Athens of South America”, it still caters a rich offer in museums, libraries and universities for locals and new visitors. A booming economy has gradually expanded its influence ratio around the world, drawing investors’ attention at the pace of Vallenato-Colombian folk music.

As a result, transculturation has had a strong influence in consuming habits, regarding technology, fashion and, especially, gastronomy. Diner’s demands have become more sophisticated and local restaurants and bars are responding.  The strategy: taking advantage of the diversity of local products (such as maize, potato, cassava, meats, seafood, legumes and tropical fruits like cherimoya, guava, maracuyá and lulo, to name a few) and making a competitive product to promote local and international food tourism.

“La Macarena”, “The G Zone”, “La Calendaria” “Usaquén”, “El Parque de la 93” and the “Rose Zone” foster the culinary dynamics of the city.  The directors of this scene? On one hand, Harry Sasson, Leo Katz, Mark Rausch, Jorge Rausch, Andrés Jaramillo, Leonor Espinoza and Eduardo Martínez stand out as traditional top chefs/business people. On the other, Felipe Arizabaleta, Daniel Castaño and Luis Beatriz Vélez stand as the rising stars.

When visiting, the list of places to experience Bogotá’s cuisine is vast.  However, these are some places not to be missed: Club Colombia, Harry Sasson Restaurante, Andrés Carne de Res, Central Cevichería, La Mar, Bruto, Gordo, Mercado and Abasto.  Concurrently, when having some drinks: Bogotá Beer Company offers a wide national craft beer menu, La Destilería and Kong deliver very good cocktails and Juan Valdez Café franchises Colombian coffee on every corner.

Starting from today, I will gladly share news about upcoming events, restaurants, bars and much more happening in the city. Cheers.