Eat, hablar, love: Our last-minute, wifi-tastic, foodie trip to Bogota, Colombia #Travel#food#international#travel Posted Jan 6 2016 Megan Finley Horowitz meggyfin My boyfriend Mike and mahself, high atop Monserrate — overlooking the city of Bogota. Traveling companion(s): Megan, your humble(?) editor, and Mike Where did you go?: Bogota, Colombia For the past few months my boyfriend (oh, hai, I have a boyfriend now) and I have been itching for international travel. The only thing keeping us from taking off to anywhere in the world was that I didn't have time to get enough work done so that I could take a non-working trip. That means we had to go somewhere that was easy to plan at the last-minute, that was in a US time zone, with enough access to wifi that I could still work, as usual. Mike suggested Colombia — which he had traveled to the year before, and knew to be very safe (now). Plus he had friends who were living and working in Bogota. One particularly disturbing episode of Narcos not withstanding, I trusted him completely, and we were off to work in, and explore, the world's largest cocaine producer! What did you do? Our main focus on this trip was getting work done (he's a writer, and you all know what I do!) and eating. So days were spent eating breakfasts with our laptops open. Afternoons were spent hunting down good cafes with even better wifi. Then our nights were spent drinking and dining out with friends. If you're looking for places to eat and work in Bogota, here were our favorites: Related Post "They have babies there, too": tips for traveling internationally with an infant Thinking of taking your infant around the world (or at least overseas)? Get hip with these guidelines and you'll be golden! Any Juan Valdez Café. We stayed across from one in Bogota that had an amazing vibe — a vertical plant wall, fire pits, and outlets outlets everywhere! View this post on Instagram In another episode of "Megan and Mike can work anywhere"… Day 1 in #Bogota: working and eating "surprise deseyuno" in, apparently, the only place open for breakfast at breakfast time. So far, so Bueno. #eathablarlove #colombia #theHorowitzs A post shared by megan finley horowitz (@meggyfin) on Dec 3, 2015 at 9:06am PST La Plaza de Andres — this was one of the only breakfast spots that was open in Zona Rosa. But with yummy food and bountiful wifi, we had a nice little work spot. Masa in Zona G is a super-charming breakfast spot. It was one of my favorite unexpected wifi with breakfast spots. View this post on Instagram We have finally had crepes y waffles at Crepes & Waffles! #bogota #colombia #breakfast #crepes #waffles #huevo #tinto #juice #crepesandwaffles #eathablarlove A post shared by The Dash and Dine ✈️🍽 (@thedashanddine) on Dec 5, 2015 at 8:36am PST Any Crepes y Waffles — here's the thing, I was super-duper stoked about this chain. Crepes and waffles and wifi are my favorite things. But no other place had weirder hours (how is this place not open for breakfast?), spottier wifi, and even spottier service. But the waffles and ice cream are awesome. View this post on Instagram Cafe y Jugo de Lulo at #tiendadecafe #usaquen #lulo #bogota #colombia #brunch #foodporn #coffeeporn #juice #eathablarlove A post shared by Mike (@whatsmikeeatingnow) on Dec 6, 2015 at 12:41pm PST Tienda de Café in Usaquen — lovely outdoor patio with a view of a park, and the wifi is free, no password necesario! If you're looking for amazing meals for dinner: View this post on Instagram Camarones at Astrid y Gaston. Sauce was poured over hot volcanic rock. Like everything I had at this location, and the one in Lima, fantastic. #astridygaston #gastonacurio #bogota #colombia #foodporn #eathablarlove #whatdoyouthinkoflife A post shared by Mike (@whatsmikeeatingnow) on Dec 3, 2015 at 7:44pm PST Astrid y Gaston — we just asked the wait staff to bring us "whatever they wanted" and ended up with an incredible (although a little too much fish for my tastes) meal. View this post on Instagram Sometimes you go out to an amazing restaurant in Bogotá, and you don't know what you're eating (even after your server explains it) and you don't even care. Because todo es delicioso!!! (This was apparently "Brioche Shanghai") #versionoriginal #bogota #columbia #zonaG #brioche #pacoroncero #foodporn #restaurantesbogota #eathablarlove A post shared by The Dash and Dine ✈️🍽 (@thedashanddine) on Dec 5, 2015 at 6:32pm PST Versión Original by Paco Roncero — Ask to be seated upstairs and try the tasting menu, it was my favorite meal of the trip! Central Cevicheria View this post on Instagram Perfect steak at Capitol Cocina y Cafe. #lacandelaria #bogota #colombia #foodporn #capitolcocina #steak #eathablarlove #backgroundsanta A post shared by Mike (@whatsmikeeatingnow) on Dec 4, 2015 at 11:08am PST Capital Cocina y Cafe — it's in the Candelaria district and it's as adorable as it is delicious. Di Lucca — great Italian, and one of the only places that will be open for dinner if you're there on a Sunday What was your most favorite moment of the trip? Before leaving for Bogota, and after watching that one particularly disturbing episode of Narcos, Mike and I jokingly (but also not!) made a pact that neither of us would go undercover to a narcos party. Turned out we totally did! Well, we came as Plus Ones to the Narcos holiday party at Andres DC. We totally partied with the cast and staff of the Netflix TV show, and had a fantastic evening. And this happened… View this post on Instagram So Mike & I promised each other we wouldn't go undercover to a Narcos party while in Colombia. We lied. #narcos #holidayparty #bogota #whoneedsSDCC #dontleavemealoneinthisworld #eathablarlove A post shared by megan finley horowitz (@meggyfin) on Dec 5, 2015 at 9:21pm PST What would you have done differently? There are two things we would have done differently: Checked to see if there were any vaccination restrictions from Colombia. We were supposed to fly from Bogota to Costa Rica, but were told by the airline that we needed proof of a Yellow Fever vaccination. Oops. That's okay though, we didn't get to Costa Rica, but we ended up having an awesome few days in Cartagena, Colombia instead! And, as Mike's sister pointed out, we got to say "we're holed up in Cartagena for now, until we figure out our next steps." Which is a totally bad-ass thing to say. What's your best travel advice for other offbeat travelers? We ended up asking friends who live in Colombia for their advice on what to pack, and how to stay safe, and their advice was spot on. If you wondered what I packed and what nifty safety hacks I employed based on their tips, check out my post on what to pack for Bogota. View this post on Instagram So… Bogotá is un poco awesome. #bogota #colombia #monserrate #eathablarlove #CONGUSTO!!!! (📷 & 💜: @whatsmikeeatingnow) #grammasters3 A post shared by megan finley horowitz (@meggyfin) on Dec 4, 2015 at 2:52pm PST Bogota's altitude was something we didn't expect either. The first day we were there, I had no idea why I was feeling so light-headed and why a large breakfast couldn't solve my feeling of intense hangryness. When we ran into our buddy on the street she asked, "so how are you doing with the altitude? You're a mile and half high right now!" Ohhhhhhh, THAT explains why I was feeling so weird. Mike faired better than I did. But we would often have to take breaks during our walks. Just a quick rest usually alleviated some of the light-headedness. View this post on Instagram Arepa con Queso from Cartagena street vendor. Delicious, because it's all butter, mozzarella, and fried dough. #cartagena #bogota #eathablarlove #planb #foodporn #streetfood #arepa #queso #dietarepaconqueso A post shared by Mike (@whatsmikeeatingnow) on Dec 9, 2015 at 6:00am PST The upside to the the altitude issue: One of the ways to solve your sickness is to load up on carbs! And Bogota has amazing carb-tastic snacks like my favorites: empanadas de pipian, or pandebono, or the king of all carboloads: Arepa con Queso from street vendors! Wanna see more photos? There's a lot more foodie pics to see, if you're interested, on our trips to both Colombia and Panama City, check 'em out on the #eathablarlove hashtag! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Horowitz When Megan's not writing, traveling, and sleeping, she's eating like the fate of the world depends on it. (You're welcome, world!) You can snoop into her personal life over on her website The Dash and Dine! @meggyfin @thedashanddine @meggyfin PREVIOUS Makeup basics from a makeup artist: When to throw away makeup NEXT Do my interactions with strangers shape my toddler's view of gender? Show/Hide comments [ 13 ] Your purple hair curled! 🙂 Reply Right!? That was cool… things are SO INCREDIBLY affordable in Bogota, that you can get a hair and makeup person to make a house call for like $30. Seriously, $30 = full hair, full makeup, and I don't have to leave my house. My friend (who we went to the Narcos party with) does that every time she has an event. I just about died. Reply Your hair looks awesome in that picture, btw. I dig the purple. 🙂 And Hi! I've been reading Offbeat Bride and Offbeat Home and Life for several years and have finally started to comment. Reply HIIIII!!!!!!!!!! *waves with both hands, which looks a bit like a Muppet Flail* Reply Muppet flails are A-OK with me. And let me just say that I'm happy you're happy with your new mister. Megan, I LOVE that you were just like "oh, just give me whatever is delicious and awesome." And your "I have no idea what this plateful of yum is" photo is priceless. Your relationship with food has really changed for the better! Does this mean you have fresh fruits and vegetables at home now, too (they're not scary, I swear)?! I never would have thought of you going on a foodie trip, but it looks like you had an awesome time. I like Mike. He's a good influence. The altitude would be a major selling point for me to visit Bogota. I breathed better while skiing in Colorado than while walking around in Florida. Reply Oh that's the best/weirdest/ironic-est? thing about my new foodie life — Mike loves food, but fer serious doesn't cook. LESS SO THAN ME! Dude is only a foodie in the restaurant sense. So I'm still a dumb-dumb in the kitchen… but at least I'm eating more things now! And we've both vowed to try at make more things at home. (More things than just waffles.) Reply I smell a couples cooking class on the horizon. Damn, it smells good! Reply Cooking together is so fun. Reply This sounds like a perfect Megan and BF cooking challenge week. 😉 Reply Honestly, I would love to take a vacation that's crafted around parameters that absolutely force me to have an adventure. Reply What a badass trip! Thank you for sharing. Reply Oooo Masa! The chocolate cake there is to die for! Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 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