I recently had the amazing opportunity and pleasure of travelling to Lima, Peru, thanks to Chowzter, an organization devoted to finding “the world’s tastiest fast feast”. I was invited earlier this year to represent Bogotá as Chief Chowzter and so far I think it’s a pretty nifty idea and one you should check out for your hometown or whenever you travel.
So, what does a Chief Chowzter do? Well, it’s really hard work. It involves hours of research in order to find places that claim to serve great food. Next, we have to go eat at all these places to see just how great it is and if it is good enought to make the Chowzter cut. After compiling all this information, a list of the city’s greatest fast feasts is created and people from around the world have a great reference for finding the tastiest fast feasts throughout North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe and Africa!
The first Chowzter awards for Latin America were held this past September 6th at La Mar Cebichería, in the swanky neighborhood of Miraflores. It’s tough to say what the best part of the evening was: the seven-course meal we indulged in or meeting some amazing food bloggers from all over the place (several of which I have followed for some time).
Food bloggers are generally a pretty awesome group of people – if I do say so myself – so the best part was indeed meeting them and drinking numerous pisco sours together.
So, without further ado, the Top 7 Tastiest Fast Feasts in Latin America are:
- Pastel de Choclo @ Divertimento – Santiago, Chile
- Arepa Reina Pepiada @ Franca – Caracas, Venezuela
- Bolinhos de Feijoada @ Aconchego Carioca – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Empandas @ Las Margaritas – Bogotá, Colombia
- Cebiche de Lenguado y Pulpo @ Chez Wong – Lima, Peru
- Tacos Al Pastor @ El Huequito – Mexico City, Mexico
- Fugazzetta @ La Mezzetta – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Of course, here at Bogotá Eats & Drinks, we are most excited about #4 – Las Margaritas. Congratulations to Julio Rios for maintaining the quality of these empanadas and other aspects of Bogotano culture alive throughout the years.
Stay tuned for an upcoming post about Mistura and 72 hours of discovering Peruvian cuisine…