Lets start with the Arepa with pulled pork or you can just have it with cheese and a big spoonful of butter if you want to fat it up even more. The Arepa should be freshly made and grilled. If not you just going to get one dry boring piece of not so good meal.
Cost: COP 4000/ USD 1.30/ EUR 1.20
Now on to something even more simple, just a plain simple grilled chorizo with hot sauce. Nothing more and nothing less, why complicate it!
Cost: COP 2500/ USD 0.80/ EUR 0.70
This one might not look very delicious but it is I tell you. A prawn cocktail or you can make it a squid or snail cocktail. Anyhow in Cartagena you have plentiful of stalls whipping this together. Its prawns, bit of Mayo, tomatoe sauce, onions and lemon all mixed together served with some crackers and a glass of local soft drink that had all E-colours you could imagine. As a nice treat you also get a mint to cover your bad breath after you finished. I always went for the second smallest, this was just enough!
Cost: COP 8000/ USD 2.60/ EUR 2.40
You might be thirsty now so how about a coffee? It doesn't matter if you in a city or a beach town there will always be men selling coffee on the street. Some carries around several thermoses in their hands or they will have a fancy cart like the ones above. Some also has less fancy carts but don't let that fool you. One important thing to learn is that you must say no sugar when you order, unless you want sugar that is. If you don't then you get a cup made up of 70% sugar and 30% coffee.
Cost: COP 500/ USD 0.15/ EUR 0.10
Oh you don't drink coffee you say.... Ok then had for the fruit stand and order a freshly made juice. You can forget about them using a juicer, here they stick the fruit whole in to a blender together with ice, water and a ton of sugar. So again say no sugar or a little sugar when you order. You can also replace the water with milk. The fruit in Colombia is unbelievable and you will come across fruits that you can't find anywhere else in the world.
Cost: COP 3000/ USD 1.00/ EUR 0.90
Meat, just meat and maybe a potato or dry arepa, you know it will be good either its ribs or just pork on a stick. Again no frill just simple and you get what you order.
Cost: COP 9000/ USD 3.00/ EUR 2.70
ok, this was a disappointment but you can not always win. The seafood rice looked and smelled fantastic and there was people cueing up so hopes were high when i decided to join the cue. But as i had my first taste the hope turned in to failure. It was eatable but only just, very dry and very bland flavours. So if you want to try then ask for a taste bite first:)
Cost: COP 15000/ USD 5.00/ EUR 4.50
Hot dogs, hot dogs everywhere, guess this is the most common street food of them all and the Colombians love a good hot dog. Not all street stalls take the business as serious as the one above. They cook up the best "get your waist to grow 50% in a week" hot dogs there are. To ensure maximum effect they top them off with garlic sauce, ketchup, loads of cheese, and a ton of crips. Yes crisps and not chips of french fries as the americans would say! Also very good burgers i must say. Where? in Cartagena of course.
Cost: COP 6000/ USD 2.00/ EUR 1.80
Alright this is not street food but a very good local restaurant in Cartagena. If you can't find your street food of choice and on a budget then you should get yourself to a small local restaurant. Here you can normally find tasty food that will fill you up. You will not get a white table cloth, if you do it will most likely be stained but don't let that fool you:)
Above is a small portion of chucharon and yucca root. A big portion was just a few cents more expensive then the small. A good sign is when the restaurant are using pliers to cut the chucharon, then you know its just crispy!!!!
Cost: COP 6000/ USD 2.00/ EUR 1.80
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