We love staying in hostels. We love meeting new people in hostels and we have met some interesting characters doing amazing stuff – like the guy who’s riding his bike from Vancouver to Argentina for example.
But another thing that we love about hostels?
We get to meet people who are better at cooking than us.
Awhile back we gave a plea for help on our FB page for idiot-proof recipes to make in a hostel’s kitchen. We’re tired of scrambled eggs and mushy rice (my specialty).
We’ll be the first to admit that we often find ourselves confused and out of a place in a kitchen.
Maybe that’s why we’ve found the food situation in Colombia so challenging?
But thankfully by staying in hostels we can pool resources with everyone in the hostel and come up with a great meal despite our… impotency in the kitchen.
Like the potluck we had in our hostel in San Gil.
Our contribution was coconut rice with bean, courtesy of Hecktic Travels (it turned out delicious!). One of the people in the group made fish taco, complete with mango salsa, red salsa, and guacamole. Other food included pasta fettucini, garlic bread, veggie fajita, and grilled pineapple. Dessert was a brick of strawberry ice cream with fruit salad consisting of mango, passionfruit, and banana.
It was one of the best dinners we’ve had in Colombia. We would never have been able to pull anything like that ourselves.
And here in La Serrana, Salento…
Meet Zach, our chef extraordinaire.
Zach loves to cook and has offered to cook meals for fellow travelers in the hostel in exchange for us splitting the food bill.
Let’s see… homemade meals done by somebody else that most likely won’t consist of mushy rice and scrambled eggs or well, mushy rice and scrambled eggs?
It was a no-brainer decision.
He made us lentil curry one night, and ‘pad thai’ was the menu for tonight. Loaded with veggies such as eggplant, broccoli, carrot, and mushroom on spaghetti noodles it looked nothing like pad thai but it was delicious!
After a tough hike in Valle de Cocora, it hit the spot.
(the only thing that was missing was this)
Sharing a homemade meal that does not consist of overcooked rice with newfound friends? – just one of the many reasons why we love staying in hostels.