It’s 9:30am on a sunny Monday morning and I’m sitting at my favorite Colombia Restaruant, Brisas Colombians Bakery. The restaurant was introduced to me by my best friend Gabriel Gonzalez a while back and have made sure I go once a month.
Did I mention that my little busy boy is in his highchair next to me, and is looking at everything at the wall, the hustling of the staff, and all the side conversations. He even knows how special this place is and he is only 10 months old. Liam starts to point at all the frames that hang from the wall as if he was trying to say “Daddy look at all the beautiful pictures of Colombia”. The pictures show off the beautiful landscapes of a country I once called home at an early age before I came to America.
Anyway let’s get you a clear picture of the place. It has a narrow entrance when you walk inside, but as soon as you walk in, the great smell jabs in you in the face. TOMA!!! To your right you see in the glass hot box: empanadas, chicharron, papas rellenas, to name a few of the treats. These are mostly for the hungry eaters that are in the rush to work.
We are quickly greeted with a “Que pasa papi” which is a very Colombian way. The owner quickly comes out to greet Liam and me. They already have a table for us in the back of the restaurant, which is the perfect seat to catch all the action.
Here you don’t miss a salsa beat; the fresh pastries from the bakery come out, the fresh food, and all the Colombianess that happens. FREAKING LOVE IT!!!! Why am I so excited, well this is the closest I get to being in Colombia.
The owner’s wife comes to our table to say hello and take our order. Before I get to my order I want to share something; before the order was placed, I was greeted by 4 different people and something that is vital to any restaurant, specially this one. Anyway here was my order: Huevos Pericos (a soft scramble with tomatoes and scallions), grilled chicken breast, corn patty with melted cheese (Arepas), a hot chocolate made from scratch, and café. Yup all of that, one must go all out when you come eat breakfast to fully experience it.
The food arrives shortly after, hot, with lots of sazón, and most importantly love. Let’s not forget the little guy, he ate the flank steak and butternut squash stew I made for him at home. The food was amazing, service was perfect, and atmosphere…well it brought me back to Colombia. Thank you for letting me share this happy place with you. TOMA!!!!