If your stomach is already rumbling as you await that lunch-break that will get you out of the office this Monday, then we have to warn you, this article will only make you hungrier.
Popayan is a centre for exquisite and authentic Colombian cuisine and is recognised the world over as being a gastronomic gold-mine. Located in in the department of Cauca, the town is nestled between the western mountain range and the central mountain range of Colombia. This small colonial town is thought to be one of the most traditional towns in the country and, aside from its sumptuous cuisine, is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in all of Latin America.
But onto that sumptuous cuisine we teasingly mentioned… Popayan was recently declared a UNESCO world city of Gastronomy; the only city in Latin America to hold this prestigious title. There is a strong tradition of authentic and regional cooking to be found within Popayan, whilst the dishes also serve to reflect the nationalities and influences that have shaped modern Colombia.
Whilst rustic soups, broths, corn dishes and rice dishes are the backbone of this rustic cuisine, the Christmas Eve plate is probably the biggest culinary tradition. Expect to find Hojaldres (a sweet bread), Natilla, Brevas (figs served with arequipe) and Manjar Blanco (a sweet spread) all bundled on one very appetising plate
You might (we stress, might) be able to find somewhere in London that serves up similar dishes; but there’s nothing quite like the real thing is there?