A couple of weeks ago, I was having morning coffee with Migui, and we started waxing poetic about how fabulous and hearty Latino breakfasts are. Well, ok, we agreed that we can’t eat like that all the time, but boy, oh boy, every once in a while, it’s a little piece of heaven! We decided that it would be fun to do a comparative of different Latinos breakfasts, so we set out to Meson Colombiano in Jackson Heights for a traditional Colombian breakfast.
We called our friend and favorite baker, Juan Carlos Castro, who owns Villa Colombia Bakery in the same neighborhood. The restaurant was Juan Carlos’ choice, and he assured us that we would get a good representation of what the traditional Colombian breakfast tastes like.
Juan Carlos assured us that the main attraction of the traditional Colombian breakfast is the “calentado” which means “heated”. Traditionally, this is made from left over rice and beans from the night before, served with eggs and meat (in this case pan seared top round and Colombian chorizo), and sometimes with a little arepa.
Migui opted for the Huevos Pericos (scrambled with peppers, tomatoes and onions, oh my!) served with the calentado (seriously habit forming!!) and a little arepa. Served with a cup of delicious coffee, it was just what the doctor ordered to ward off the winter’s chill!
Juan Carlos ordered the scrambled eggs with calentado and arepa, and somehow, his calentado photographed so gorgeous that I must show it here!
We are very much in Juan Carlos’ debt for taking us for such a delicious breakfast! Gracias Querido!!
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Now for the rebuttal! Migui, and her adorable Dad, Don Leo, invited me to El Malecon Restaurant in the Bronx, for the traditional Dominican breakfast called “Los Cuatro Golpes” which means “the four smacks”.
I’m going to go the whole hog and order the four smacks and a punch! Los cuatro golpes involve fried eggs, fried Dominican salami, fried cheese, and Dominican longaniza. This is traditionally served with toasted pressed bread and Mangu de platano, and boiled savory green bananas and yuca served with pickled red onions. Matame nunca!!
Los cuatro golpes is a really guilty pleasure, but hey, I can always give it up in confession! The longaniza is aromatic but not spicy, and the fried cheese has an addictive texture and saltiness…but when it comes to the mangu with pickled onions, I have to tell you that I virtually swoon in front of the platter. I washed my breakfast down with some piping hot, black Dominican coffee, but Migui opted for the Merengue Country Club pop (like The Puerto Rican Colita Champagne).
Lucy and her brother Javier Gomez, owners of El Malecon, keep an immaculate kitchen and their steam table is impeccable. The service is spot on, as well, polite and prompt.
Lucy (owner), with waitresses Soriana, and Marisleyda
After leaving El Malecon, I realized I had but one regret: that I didn’t have a spare stomach to bring with me the next time I visit. There are several Malecon restaurants in the city, this is definately my personal favorite. Stop by and say hello to Lucy and Javier, and make sure you tell them that Daisy and Migui sent you.
I leave the decision in your capable hands, folks…you pick, as I am completely at a loss. Colombian or Dominican, either way, it sure beats a cup of coffee and a doughnut on the fly for breakfast!
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