By Joanna Marracelli
The isolated town of Santa Cruz de Mompox, located along Colombia’s Rio Magdalena, is famed for its extremely well-preserved 16th century colonial architecture. Lesser known, it is also home to several artisan food specialties, including the freshly made cheese, Queso de Capa. The cheese is similar both in process and in taste to mozzarella. The difference here is that they cook the curds, roll them out into a sheet (like pasta), cut them and stuff some with pleasantly sweet guava paste. Others remain plain and are simply just queso de capa while the filled ones are known as ‘bocadillos’. It’s that element of surprise you get, the hidden guava paste, that defines this quaint town. Mompox is bursting with surprises for the visitor who is willing to take the trouble to get here. In this video, you can see the artisans hard at work making the surprise-filled bocadillos.