Writing and reviewing recipes can help Spanish learners in a lot of areas: food related vocabulary, giving and following instructions, idioms etc.

The following recipe is for “Ají colombiano”, one of the most versatile a delicious hot sauce you will find in Colombia. This spicy condiment can go on everything: from empanadas to soups and it’s served in almost every Colombian restaurant.

Ingredients

1-2 chili peppers, seeded and finely minced (habanero or jalapeño)
2 green onions (white part only), finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 tomato, peeled, seeded and finely chopped
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preparation

Put vinegar, water and pepper in a blender for 2 minutes.
Place all the remaining ingredients in a bowl and stir to mix.
Add the vinegar and peppers mix and mix well.
Enjoy!

Spanish version

Ingredientes

1-2 chiles, sin semillas, finamente picados
2 cebollas verdes (parte blanca únicamente), finamente picada
1 cebolla pequeña, finamente picada
1 tomate, pelado, y finamente picado
1/2 taza de vinagra blanco
1/4 taza de agua
1/2 taza de cilantro, finamente picado
1/2 cucharadita de sal

Preparación

Ponga el vinagre, el agua y el chile en una licuadora por 2 minutos
En un recipiente, mezcle bien los demás ingredientes
Añada la mezcla de vinagre y chiles y mezcle bien.
Disfrute!

Continuing with our culinary classes, we would like to introduce you the host!

Yes it is an alcoholic drink, rarely drunk in cocktails and usually drunk straight, shot by shot.
Aguardiente or firewater is an anise-flavoured liqueur derived from sugarcane. It has 24%–29% alcohol content and it is your friendly host in almost every party.

Aguardiente has been present in the Andean regions of Colombia since the Spanish era and is one of the most popular alcoholic beverages now days.

It’s common for Aguardiente to be served as a shot, along with a slice of orange or a glass of water.

And we always say “Salud

Photo: I, SajoR [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

Little Paisa Town in Medellin, Colombia is a Tourist site you cannot miss when visiting the City of the eternal spring.

Located on top of an 80m-tall hill known as Cerro Nutibara, “El Pueblito Paisa” depicts a typical town in the early twentieth century.

It is a town replica with entire buildings: a chapel, a school, city hall, the priest house, liquor shop, barbershop, apothecary, craft shop and a 2 story house. Every building is a museum and part of the Colombian history.

 

We all know that music is an excellent way to learn Spanish. One of the things you can do to both enjoy yourself and learn at the same time, specially the Spanish language, is to listen to music.

First, find music you really enjoy, try listening the songs as much as you can and finally try to understand the lyrics, this will help you to learn grammar, vocabulary and accent.

A lyric video is a video which features words on screen while a song plays. It is not a new concept, but what makes it appealing and interesting is its creativity.

Here is a list of good videos we have for you.

1. Fonseca – Desde Que No Estás

2. Andrés Cepeda – Un Ratito

3.We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (Spanish Version) – Cover by Kevin Karla & LaBanda

4. Algo Me Gusta De Ti (Lyric Video) – Wisin & Yandel

Known affectionately as Gabo, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, is considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century. Novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist, Gabo was born in Aracata, Colombia on March 6, 1927.

García Márquez drew international attention for his novel “Cien años de soledad” (1967), which was later translated as One Hundred Years of Solitude

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1982 was awarded to Gabriel García Márquez for his novels and short stories and his very particular literary style labeled as magic realism.

In celebration of Gabo’s 86 years and the ones left to come, here is one of his most beautiful quotes.

No hay medicina que cure lo que no cura la felicidad

Continuing with our list of Colombian sayings we have a very particular one: “Más sabe el diablo por viejo que por diablo”.

A rough translation will be “Knows more the devil because he is old than because he is the devil” and it means the older you are, the wiser you get or wisdom comes with age.

What do you think? Does wisdom come with age?

Well, we all know what Anthony Bourdain said and think about the Colombian hot dog. If you haven’t seen it, take a look at The Layover’s Miami Episode. Minute 6:40

“Meh, not so much. I usually head over to get a Colombian mutant hot dog. Colombians like to do strange and wonderful things to their dogs.”
“Wrapping your lips around this is a challenge. I hear that a lot.”


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We love learning Spanish in Colombia and we love Colombian food. This week we talk about and cook a Colombian hot dog, one of the students’ favorite foods. Why? Because is relatively cheap, you can find it almost everywhere and because is delicious.

We made this recipe in our Spanish and cooking class, and as usual, we started with some vocabulary.

Perro caliente: Hot dog
Pan para perro: Hot dog bun
Salchicha: Wiener
Repollo verde: Green cabbage
Mayonesa: Mayonnaise
Salsa de tomate: ketchup

The recipe is very easy, the hot dog (bun and wiener) and 3 very special toppings: cabbage salad or coleslaw salad, melted cheese and crushed potato chips.

What you need
Hot dog buns
Hot dog wieners
Green cabbage
Mayonnaise
Ketchup
Cheese
Potato chips

Make it

In a medium pot bring water to a boil. Add the hot dogs wieners and cover. Cook about 5 – 7 minutes.

 

Now for the toppings

Grate about ½ cup of green cabbage (you can also use a food processor) and mix it with about 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise.

Melt the cheese in a saucepan. Use a low-to-medium heat, keeping it on the heat just until melted.

Place the wieners in the buns and top with cabbage salad, melted cheese, crushed potato chips, ketchup and mustard.

Colombian Hot Dog

Sometimes we also like to add some pineapple sauce.

Next time you make a BBQ, try to make it Colombian style

The Old Bogota, La Candelaria, is the historic neighborhood in downtown Bogota. Colombia’s capital was founded there in 1538, and 475 years later, La Candelaria still retains much of its colonial atmosphere.

La candelaria houses several universities, museums, 400 year old churches and the government buildings. There is a lot to do and here is our top 3 museums worthwhile visiting.

1. The Gold Museum (Museo del Oro): Why visit The Gold Museum? Because you won’t see this magnificent collection of gold work anywhere else.

The Gold Museum collection is one of the biggest in the world, more than 33,000 items of gold and emeralds and other precious materials crafted in pre-Hispanic times.

The gold museum is also part of Google Art project, you can check the virtual gallery here http://g.co/artproject/b65g

For more information about El Museo del Oro check our post.

2. The Botero Museum (Museo de Botero)
Why visit the Botero Museum in Bogota? It is an excellent collection you can visit for free.

It showcases the artwork of renowned Colombian artist, Fernando Botero.

Donated by the artist himself, the museum displays 208 pieces, 123 of his own and 85 by international artists. The collection is available at no charge to the public, on except on Tuesdays which is closed.

The Botero museum is also part of the Google Art Project, you can check it here http://g.co/artproject/zsqu

3. Banco de la Republica Art Collection

With more than 5000 art pieces, The Banco de la Republica Art Collection is open to the public free of charge.

It showcases artwork from Colombian, Latin-American and European artists.

Check the gallery here http://www.banrepcultural.org/museos-y-colecciones/coleccion-arte/galeria-imagenes

There are a lot more museums to visit in La Candelaria. Which one is your favorite?

The Botero Museum showcases the artwork of renowned Colombian artist, Fernando Botero. Donated by the artist himself, the museum displays 208 pieces, 123 of his own and 85 by international artists.

The museum is located in the La Candelaria, the historic neighborhood in downtown Bogota, in a colonial house, restored under the guidance and curatorship of the master artist himself.
The collection is available at no charge to the public. During the opening of the Botero Museum, the artist said:

“It is for me an infinite pleasure to know that these works of art belong to Colombia today; to know that the students that come into this building will be in touch with the most significant artistic pieces of our times, being able to contemplate, on a permanent basis, original artwork made by great masters; and to know that lovers of painting and sculpture can come visit this haven of peace and stroll quietly through the halls, allowing themselves to be enveloped by modern aesthetics.”

Some activities offered are guided tours, lectures, conferences, and workshops for children and teachers

More about its collection here http://www.banrepcultural.org/museo-botero/la-coleccion

The The Botero museum is also part of the Google Art project, you can check it here http://g.co/artproject/zsqu


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The Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) showcases the work of art of Colombia’s first inhabitants, who believed gold was the materialization of the Sun as life-giving energy god.

Its collection also includes objects like pottery, stone and wood and more than 33,000 items of gold and emeralds and other precious materials crafted in pre-Hispanic times.

One of the most important pieces in the gallery is the he Muisca Raft “Balsa Muisca”, cast in one sole piece using the lost wax technique in a clay mold, made of extremely pure gold (over 80%) with native silver and copper alloy. It has been interpreted as the representation of El dorado Ceremony.

You can preview the exhibition in 26 panoramic and interactive images here
http://www.banrepcultural.org/gold-museum/tour-of-the-gold-museum-in-360

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