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Amazing Colombian Food in Pueblo Libre

Posted by Marco Antonio Mendoza Saturday, April 17, 2010


About a month ago I was with Zdenka walking around Pueblo Libre on a Saturday afternoon when we came across this Colombian bakery that had just opened up on Av. Sucre.  Outside a brightly colored sign read: "Villa Colombia".  The thick aroma of baking bread and pastries was what ultimately guided my nose to this quaint little panaderia (bakery).  First off I have never had Colombian food before and was eager to try some of the delicious looking items.  When we walked in we were warmly greeted by three eccentric Colombians whose accents were thicker than the smell of bread that had originally brought to their store.  Seriously though their accents were so thick I could have passed them off as Brazilians, luckily Zdenka was with me to help in the translations so all turned out well.



As I gazed upon the plethora of delicious and tantalizing bread based bits of heaven, I soon became lost in indecision, thankfully one of the owners kindly recommended one of their specialties.  A small golden and flaky bun with the consistency and texture of a croissant was placed on a small plate before my hungry eyes.  The man with pride and joy that seemed to resonate from deep with in his soul proudly introduced the pastry as Pan Hawaiana (Hawaiian bread).  As described above the bread has the flavour and texture of a croissant and houses a delicious medley of salty and savoury pork, melted white cheese (not sure what kind exactly), and sweet pieces of pineapple.  Together the flavours are harmonious and the crisp crunch of the bread helps to add another dimension to the experience.  The sign outside of the bakery states: "ricos y deliciosos productos con el auténtico sabor Colombiano", translated it states: "rich and delicious food with the authentic Colombian flavour".  Having experienced for the first time Colombian food I would have to agree with their slogan.



The Colombian bakery had many other types of amazing Colombian food from the famous Arepas (a flat bread made from corn and is similar in flavour to the tortilla but much thicker making it ideal for sandwiches and such) to Almojabanas (a Colombian bread made of corn flour) and Buñuelos (a wheat-based fritter with a slight Anise flavour).  These were but just a few of the many delicious Colombian food items being offered at the Villa Colombia Bakery.


For those interested in making the trip on over to Pueblo Libre in Lima, I have included the address along with a Google map to help navigate you to this wonderful haven of amazing Colombian food.

Av. Sucre 672 - Pueblo Libre
In front of Edelnor and opposite the Italian restaurant La Romana (which is one of the VERY FEW good Italian food restaurants, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU TRY THEIR PIZZA!)

On the google map the bakery is in-between the Av. Callao and Av. La Mar.



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