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Host: Fabio

Bucaramanga, Colombia

USD
$40 per person

Colombian home cooking with a mother-son team

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Professional cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Fabio

Fabio and his mother, Carmen, are passionate about cooking traditional Colombian food. They live in a small apartment in the center of Bucaramanga, close to the central market. They visit the market every day to buy the freshest ingredients. Fabio and Carmen cook and sell box lunches from their kitchen, serving typical Colombian dishes to hungry office workers.

Fabio studied cooking and gastronomy and has participated in several cooking competitions, most recently winning second place! He moved to New York to learn English and worked in a restaurant and then returned to Colombia to finish his studies in gastronomy. Join Fabio and Carmen for a traditional meal of comida Santanderana, cooking from their home region of Santander.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-2 guests) Fabio serves traditional Santandereana cuisine that showcase the wide variety of ingredients available in the region of Santander. You’ll sample both savory and sweet dishes at his table. Your meal will start with a taste of a fresh fruit. Soups are a staple of the Colombian diet and your meal will continue with a typical soup or stew filled with seasonal vegetables and meat. You might taste his arroz con espinaca (spinach rice) or fish in criolla sauce (the Colombian sofrito, made with tomato, onion, celery, garlic, peppers, and spices), a sweet and sour salad filled with fruits, vegetables, cheese and a creamy vinaigrette. For dessert you’ll have a traditional Colombian sweet and a limonada (a refreshing drink made from panela (raw sugar), sour fruit juice, spices and lots of ice).

Cooking experience: (1-2 guests) Learn to prepare authentic empanadas and arepas Colombianas with Fabio and Carmen. You will learn to mix the dough from scratch and prepare a variety of fillings and sauces to accompany them. Prepare fillings like beef and rice, chicken and mushroom, hawainas (pineapple, ham and cheese), santandereanas (carne oreada with hogao). You will also make several sauces like aji colombiano (Colombian pepper sauce), tartara (mayonnaise with herbs) or piña calada (pineapple with raw sugar).

Market visit: (1-2 guests) Explore with Fabio Bucaramanga’s central market, a five-floor building, filled with everything you need to make a traditional Colombian meal as well as handicrafts and prepared food and beverages. Fabio will introduce you to a variety of vegetables and fruits, and other agricultural products all harvested in Santander. When it’s time for a break, Fabio will take you to one of the oldest coffee shops in the city for a typical coffee and pandebono, a sweet-salty cheese bread that is a popular accompaniment to coffee.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Sweet and sour Colombian salad
  • Vegetable soup
  • Fish in criolla sauce
  • Spinach rice
  • Limonada

Traveler reviews

I loved this experience meeting Fabio and his mother and learning how to make several Colombian specialties. From the market visit to the general cooking tips to the hands-on lesson in making arepas and patacones to (of course) eating the delicious meal, this was an unforgettable experience where I felt beyond welcomed. Fabio really went out of his way to make sure I got everything I wanted out of it (which specifically was, the arepa and patacon lessons and fresh juices from Colombian fruits). Highly recommend!
- Nolan September 12, 2019

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Fabio

$40 USD

per person
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  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Credit card is not charged until the host confirms your booking
  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$40 $40 Not offered
Alcohol
$10 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$40 $40 Not offered
Alcohol
$10 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
2:00pm-6:00pm

Meet Fabio

Fabio and his mother, Carmen, are passionate about cooking traditional Colombian food. They live in a small apartment in the center of Bucaramanga, close to the central market. They visit the market every day to buy the freshest ingredients. Fabio and Carmen cook and sell box lunches from their kitchen, serving typical Colombian dishes to hungry office workers.

Fabio studied cooking and gastronomy and has participated in several cooking competitions, most recently winning second place! He moved to New York to learn English and worked in a restaurant and then returned to Colombia to finish his studies in gastronomy. Join Fabio and Carmen for a traditional meal of comida Santanderana, cooking from their home region of Santander.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-2 guests) Fabio serves traditional Santandereana cuisine that showcase the wide variety of ingredients available in the region of Santander. You’ll sample both savory and sweet dishes at his table. Your meal will start with a taste of a fresh fruit. Soups are a staple of the Colombian diet and your meal will continue with a typical soup or stew filled with seasonal vegetables and meat. You might taste his arroz con espinaca (spinach rice) or fish in criolla sauce (the Colombian sofrito, made with tomato, onion, celery, garlic, peppers, and spices), a sweet and sour salad filled with fruits, vegetables, cheese and a creamy vinaigrette. For dessert you’ll have a traditional Colombian sweet and a limonada (a refreshing drink made from panela (raw sugar), sour fruit juice, spices and lots of ice).

Cooking experience: (1-2 guests) Learn to prepare authentic empanadas and arepas Colombianas with Fabio and Carmen. You will learn to mix the dough from scratch and prepare a variety of fillings and sauces to accompany them. Prepare fillings like beef and rice, chicken and mushroom, hawainas (pineapple, ham and cheese), santandereanas (carne oreada with hogao). You will also make several sauces like aji colombiano (Colombian pepper sauce), tartara (mayonnaise with herbs) or piña calada (pineapple with raw sugar).

Market visit: (1-2 guests) Explore with Fabio Bucaramanga’s central market, a five-floor building, filled with everything you need to make a traditional Colombian meal as well as handicrafts and prepared food and beverages. Fabio will introduce you to a variety of vegetables and fruits, and other agricultural products all harvested in Santander. When it’s time for a break, Fabio will take you to one of the oldest coffee shops in the city for a typical coffee and pandebono, a sweet-salty cheese bread that is a popular accompaniment to coffee.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Sweet and sour Colombian salad
  • Vegetable soup
  • Fish in criolla sauce
  • Spinach rice
  • Limonada

Traveler reviews

I loved this experience meeting Fabio and his mother and learning how to make several Colombian specialties. From the market visit to the general cooking tips to the hands-on lesson in making arepas and patacones to (of course) eating the delicious meal, this was an unforgettable experience where I felt beyond welcomed. Fabio really went out of his way to make sure I got everything I wanted out of it (which specifically was, the arepa and patacon lessons and fresh juices from Colombian fruits). Highly recommend!
- Nolan September 12, 2019

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$40 $40 Not offered
Alcohol
$10 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$40 $40 Not offered
Alcohol
$10 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
2:00pm-6:00pm
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