This is Skylar and The Daily Grog newsletter. Last week I was out sick again. But this week, I have something special for you. During my trip to Colombia last summer, I got to talk to Mario and Meghan, chefs and owners of Prudencia restaurant in Bogotá. Prudencia was just named one of the best restaurants in Bogotá by Eater, so yeah, they're a big deal. They were nice enough to have us over at their home, share some tea, and talk shop.
I love moments like these because it makes this type of work extremely rewarding, putting people at the center of all the places we travel.
I hope you enjoy it.
On a peckish, food-driven walk through the La Candelaria neighborhood in Bogotá, I came across two tall, sturdy wooden doors. The type of doors that are asking for a knock. So I did.
When the doors of Prudencia opened, the staff greeted us and asked if we had a reservation. We didn't, but fortunately, they had a table to spare for lunch. Inside is one main seating area comingling with an open industrial kitchen. Above is a vaulted ceiling made of glass, letting ample amounts of natural light in. The building has old bones but is beautifully restored to show just enough patina.
That's all for this week, folks. A HUGE thanks to Mario and Meghan for sitting down and inviting me into their home.
See you next week,
P.S. - on a nerdy note, our conversation was transcribed using a program called MacWhisper. It's built by Jordi Bruin using OpenAI's Whisper, launched a few months ago. It was pretty impressive and definitely makes this type of work a little easier - the previous transcription options weren't the best.
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