les amis bizcochería

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Les Amis Bizcochería is a sugar lover’s paradise near Parque Virrey. Seth and I initially tried to visit on October 5, but the bakery was closed for renovations. The owner was sitting outside passing out pastries to disappointed customers as an incentive for our eventual return. After devouring a mini quiche lorraine, a mini quiche florentine, and a petite carrot cake, Seth and I vowed to return the following Saturday.

On our second trip, we selected a wide variety of goodies: a mini mazorca and ahuyama quiche, a mini mushroom quiche, a sweet onion tart, a beef empanada, a pan au chocolat, a guayaba cake, a feijoa cake, and a chocolate cone filled with arequipe.

My recommendation: on a sunny afternoon, grab a couple of sweet and savory pastries—perhaps a mini mazorca and ahuyama quiche, a beef empanada, and a petite carrot cake—and head for Parque Virrey. Along the way, stop for an iced latte at the Juan Valdez at Carrera 15 and Calle 87. Take your box of treats and your cup of caffeine to the park, watch the puppies frolic, and enjoy the day.

[Les Amis Bizcochería: Carrera 14 # 86A – 12, Bogotá-Colombia]

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bubble tea in bogotá

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That’s right. Just as Seth and I found a bubble tea shop in Paris, we found one in Bogotá.

A few months ago our friend Jeremy recommended that we visit the Bubble Tea Bar in Container City, a refurbished shipping container alcove near Parque 93. We put it off and put it off until two weeks ago when a foiled plan to visit nearby bakery Les Amis forced us to find another place to satisfy our sweet teeth. I remembered Jeremy’s suggestion, and we decided to give it a shot.

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Surrounded by Italian, Japanese, and Mediterranean restaurants and coffee, frozen yogurt, and tea shops, the Bubble Tea Bar is a bright niche in the corner of Container City’s interior courtyard. We located it easily and scanned the menu. Despite the array of options—black tea, green tea, or fruit; gel, pudding, or tapioca; light, regular, or extra sugar; light, regular, or extra ice; etc.—we opted for a round of no-nonsense milk tea with tapioca.

Our verdict: the drink was too light on the tea and too heavy on the cream. All things considered, though, the Bubble Tea Bar (and Container City in general) was an enjoyable experience. The Bubble Tea Bar’s product may not be the best, but it will certainly do in a pinch.

[Container City: Calle 93 # 12 – 11, Bogotá-Colombia]