3 Dining Experiences Not to Miss in Cartagena, Colombia


Some of the best steaks you’ll ever find, cooking on the grill at Quebracho Parilla Argentina

Colombia has been a real adventure. In fact, one of the best travel experiences I’ve had yet. In addition to world class nightlife, and personal freedom that makes America look like the police state it is (small amounts of cocaine and marijuana have been decriminalized here) Cartagena offers some unforgettable culinary experiences.

From the street vendors who offer tasty meals (like delicious skewers and corn on the cob) for the humble sum of $5 or less, to four and five star restaurants, Cartagena delivers the goods. Rel spent a lot of time exploring the walled city, and tasting the different delights cooking at various establishments.

Here are 3 of Rel’s recommendations for those about to embark on an adventure to the Queen of the Caribbean Coast.


Look for the cow out front at Quebracho

1. Quebracho Parilla Argentina. Quebracho is an Argentinean steakhouse that’s not far from Plaza Santo Domingo inside the walled city. My steak dinner at Quebracho ended up being one of the best meals I’ve had in my life.

I started the evening off with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon and some water. Then, came an Entrada/Appetizer that consisted of some delicious chorizo and sauces I could spoon onto the fabulously prepared sausage.

Up next, was my Argentenian steak and mashed potatoes. The steak was prepared right before my eyes on a fiery grill located by the bar. When it came out, it made me realize all the flavor I’ve been missing from corporate chain steakhouses back in the States. From the marinade to the gentle, smoky notes from the grill, the tender and juicy steak made me want to savor every last bite. Similarly, the mashed potatoes were packed with flavor.

I ended up having a tres leches cake (my favorite) for dessert. Quebracho made the cake with passionfruit inside, and to compliment it the pastry came with a complimentary orange flavored liquor shot. Very tasty.

The bill came out to around $60. Reasonable for such a carefully prepared, enjoyable meal. Quite simply, it doesn’t get much better than Quebracho.

Rel’s Rating: Star16Star16Star16Star16Star16


Cuzco is a worthwhile stop in Cartagena

2. Cuzco Cocina Peruana. Another good place to visit inside the walled city is Cuzco Cocina Peruana, featuring cuisine of Peru. While known for its seafood, I opted for steak once again. My plate was the Lomo Saltado. It came with yellow bell peppers, onion, cilantro, and tomato, poured over top seasoned potatoes. And of course, some white rice. Another unforgettable meal. While it was fresh, it wasn’t as hot as I would have expected for a gourmet restaurant. The bill? About $40, including an ample amount of vino.

Rel’s Rating: Star16Star16Star16Star16StarBW16


Those ladies aren’t Anglobitches – they’re light skinned Latinas

3. El Bistro. I first wandered into El Bistro looking for Caipirinhas. While the Caipirinhas are good but not the best you’ll find in Cartagena, the food in El Bistro is what really makes this establishment stand out.

I ended up taking a sexy Venezuelan chica on a date to El Bistro one night. (She was amazing in bed. More on that in another article.) Our salad came with an obviously homemade dressing, and importantly the lettuce was green and fresh. (As were the other ingredients.) It was the first salad I’ve had that included beets – and to my surprise – the beets really made the salad pop.

We both ordered steak, the Lomo fino Cordobés to be exact. Once again I was surprised at how flavorful and delicious it was. I’ve spent far more money at establishments like Ruth’s Chris in the States and enjoyed the meal less. El Bistro also offers paellas and other popular dishes, which I didn’t try. But considering how excellent the salad and steak I had were, no doubt their other dishes will knock a man’s socks off, too.

The bill for 2 at El Bistro came out to about $50.

Rel’s Rating: Star16Star16Star16Star16Star16

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  • Not Born This Morning


    Is Ruth Bader Ginsberg now admitting that she cheated in college and is scholastically dishonest? Did she in fact obtain answers to test questions prior to taking the tests as she is now telling the entire world sixty or so years later? What did she do with the answers?

    What really happened (or not) between her and this professor over sixty years ago? Was she engaged by, or did she engage other professors in this manner? Should we all believe only her account without any questions? Why? Is she beyond reproach simply because she is female?

    Are we supposed to automatically assume that professors were giving her answers to test questions and then requesting sexual favors just because she says so? What did she mean when she said, “And I knew exactly what he wanted in return”? How did she “know”? Was “what she knew” his idea or her idea? Are we supposed to automatically assume that she in no way insinuated her sexuality in some manner to gain access to the answers? She is certainly insinuating it now, isn’t she? Why are we supposed to automatically make assumptions that support her claims? Is it just because Ginsberg is a woman and we are supposed to automatically assume that by “virtue” of being a woman she is morally superior and that any other consideration is implausible? Did he ask for sexual favors in return? If he did, why does that matter other than the fact that someone could be receiving grades they didn’t earn? Or, did Ginsberg prejudge (frame) the prof and is she by extension prejudging (framing) all males now and has she been doing this her entire life? If so, is she appropriate for the supreme court? And is her inflammatory sociopolitical rhetoric fit for the supreme court? Should we trust her judgement?

    Why specifically is the sexual context of Ginsberg’s alleged incident the primary focus? I am all for prosecuting those who commit scholastic dishonesty and preventing it. But, why specifically is the sexual context of this issue the focus of it? What is wrong with sex? Why would Ginsberg have a problem with this part? Haven’t women been using their sexuality to barter with men for provisioning and favors for eons? Don’t most women openly brag about, even claiming that prostitution is “the oldest profession”? Don’t most women compulsively compete in advertising their sexuality to men?

    If a woman advertises herself sexually to a man in exchange for favors, she is universally accepted as just “being a woman”. But if a man offers favors in exchange for sex, then he has committed harassment?


  • There are few things better than well prepared lomo saltado-que rico!


  • An interesting guide about the food in Colombia. If you ever plan to visit Uganda be sure you check my blog, we have some great steakhouses here as well.



  • It sounds like American beef is going down the same road as California fruits and vegetables. Produced to look good at the expense of flavor. What a shame!
    Somebody did make the observation that the quality of women declines with smartphone market penetration. I hope that it is not completely true.


  • That smartphone pic bro! They look like they are uptight by emulating the Angloskank…Did you get to talk to them to prove us wrong with that assumption? Roosh might be right about that Smartphone disease….But on the bright side, it ain’t the Angloskank police state where you’re at, unless bar chicks are concubines for narco cartels, then that’s a different story.


    • Relampago Furioso

      Unfortunately, the lighter skinned Latinas are becoming almost as insolent as Anglobitches. My theory is it has to do with K-selection. I’ll have to explore that idea some other time.


  • and there sits two women staring into the phone.. cant get away from them fvkin phones no matter where one goes..


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