When you travel around the world there is something that identifies each country is the food, it is the image of the culture and its lifestyle; sometimes when people visit a country the first thing that you want to know is the food critics opinion, for that reason you always expect to have a good impression of food.
Nowadays, There is in Colombia a wide range of traditional recipes, it is identified by regions, but there are some dishes that you can find throughout the our country “national cuisine”. Marian Blazes says that “Colombian cuisine is delicious and diverse, thanks to geographical variety, a tropical climate, and the influence of many immigrant populations”, so for example a dish that meets all these characteristics is “Bandeja Paisa” from Antioquia department and surrounding regions, “it is based mainly on beans grown right there where climatic features make the country the biggest producer of the grain in the Andean region and recording more consumption in daily diet”. This dish is found in all restaurants the country, and it is one of the first options that people offer taste as a typical food from Colombia.
Most surveys say that “Bandeja Paisa” is one of the best and most complete meals that have been identified in Colombia, besides it is an exquisite and delicious dish, the Bandeja Paisa includes:
- White rice
- Ground beef
- fried egg
- Ripe plantain
Another dish that has become a national symbol is “Tamal Tolimense” it is typical Colombian breakfast, it is found in the best restaurants in Colombia. The tamal is a dish made of corn dough, a filling from various meats, including beef, chicken and pig, some take a few peas or garbanzo beans, these ingredients should be cooked and used, then sauté with a little oil and onions and wrapped in banana leaves. In my opinion the “Tamal Tolimense” is the best dish in all aspects of ingredients, taste, appearance and exquisite. It is a dish that everyone should taste.
Finally, if you are going to visit Colombia and you want to know its his most famous recipes ask for these dishes so you will know the delight of this country through their flavors.
By: Johanna Perdomo
-  Colombian Food, A List of Traditional and Modern Colombian Recipes http://southamericanfood.about.com/od/exploresouthamericanfood/tp/Colombian-Food.htm
-  Proexport Colombia, Comida colombiana, platos típicos y estilos modernos, ttp://www.colombia.travel/es/turista-internacional/actividad/atracciones-turisticas-recomendadas-informes-especiales/comida-colombiana