Visiting Barichara in Santander, Colombia, is like traveling back in time…a time when happiness meant enjoying the simpler things and really taking it one day at a time. It is a town that embraces the future without letting go of the past.
Nestled in the middle of the Colombian Andes, Barichara is a place to disconnect from the fast pace that we have become so accustomed to. A leisurely walk around its cobblestone streets will let you discover most of what this Andean gem has to offer. You can wonder around in search of the perfectly hand-crafted art piece, peak through the half-opened wooden doors of the town’s endless colonial houses, chat with the ever so charming locals (including the mobile baker), or take the time to enjoy the delicious treats this oasis of creativity and peacefulness has to offer.
If you do decide to make this a stop during your Colombian journey, I highly recommend you drop by the School of Arts and Trades. The school has wide assortment of crafts made by locals during free workshops offered in-house. Or if typical and mouthwatering food is what you are after, try the goat glazed with ant sauce at the Las Cruces Restaurant, also within the School of Arts and Trades.
And if you are in Colombia or are planning to visit…please go to Baricharaa…taste of paradise awaits!
I don’t know what it is but I’m definitely hooked on Ramen. It could be the freshness of the ingredients, the perfect combination of pork (such a weakness), noodles and broth, or simply the whole experience of sitting right in front of the chef and following step-by-step the hypnotizing process of preparation. Whatever it is, I’ve decided to go on a quest and try out the different varieties and styles of Ramen that I can find, be it here in Toronto, New York, Tokyo, or anywhere my travels may take me.
I recently got the chance to try out Totto Ramen; a highly reviewed and visited Ramen Shop in Midtown Manhattan (366 W 52nd Street, NY). Although I have never been to Japan, this is very close to what I imagine of a dining experience there. A rustic small shop, with a lively atmosphere, sitting at the counter watching the chef (of course wearing a head scarve) tossing up noodles and stirring up the broth as if that was all he was meant to do in life. And of course…delicious food. I highly recommend the Chicken Paitan Ramen: straight homemade noodles cooked al dente style in a whole chicken and premium soy sauce based soup topped with scallion, onion, char siu pork, and a nori. For US$11, this is a very accessible delicacy that your taste buds will thank you for. If you can overcome the long waiting time at the door (no reservations), then you are in for a treat. Check out the menu (http://tottoramen.com/?page_id=50) for more delicious treats available at Totto Ramen.
If you are visiting the Big Apple please follow my advise and go to Totto Ramen. You will not be disappointed !
I have always been a firm believer that every turn you make in life has a consequence in your future. Opening one door instead of another, biking to work instead of taking public transit, or taking a new route different from your usual one to get home; These simple decisions can sometimes provide us with experiences that might have never occur if we had continued our routine.
Well, this is exactly what happened while in Montréal a couple of months ago. While visiting the Plateau neighbourhood with my girlfriend (Kako) and her sister (Moeko), we stumbled upon the very authentic and unpretentious “Au Kouign-Amann Boulangerie-Pâtisserie. Our plan was to try out Le Couteau, not to far from Kouign-Amann, but (fortunately) it was close and we had to wonder in search of another option. Wether destiny or not, we made a couple of turns around the neighbourhood and voila!
Kouign-Amann has the best croissants I have ever tried! Baked to perfection, the croissants are always crispy and fresh. Of course fresh, every hour the baker needs to bring out a new batch as most of the customers walkout with at least a half dozen of this golden delicacy. Other treats on offer, such as the sandwiches and clafoutis, are equally delicious. And on top of the delicious food…the service is friendly and welcoming!
I will definately be heading back to Kouign-Amann next time I visit Montréal. What are you waiting for?