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Eating kosher in Bogota, Colombia

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NYC2TLV Sep 19, 2010 11:31 PM

Does anyone have any experience in finding kosher food in Bogota, Colombia? A web search points me to a local branch of Carulla that has a kosher section and possibly even prepared foods but the information seems unreliable. All other options seem to be kosher caterers.

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    toveggiegirl RE: NYC2TLV Sep 26, 2010 11:52 AM

    Carulla seems to have a lot!
    http://translate.google.ca/translate?...

    I would suggest contacting Chabad ahead of time. Here are the places listed on their site.
    http://www.lubavitchcolombia.com/temp...

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      mrotmd RE: NYC2TLV Sep 26, 2010 08:00 PM

      The Carulla supermarket in Carrera 15 with Calle 85... Carreras go north-south, calles east-west. Has a whole section on the second floor of Kosher foods. The Rabbinate (Chabad and modern orthodox) supervise the premises and like in many other countries in the world, publishes a list of products that are Kosher, but might not bear a stamp.
      How presumptous it is to say that the information seems unreliable... Why, because it is not USA's?

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        Purple88 RE: mrotmd May 8, 2012 10:15 PM

        I will also second that apprehension. Today, I was taken to a Carulla which seemed to mark that address, on the second floor, and did not find any kosher food. On the main floor, I found an ethnic aisle with a few shelves marked kosher, but in fact it was merely some tortilla chips and spicy sauces. I think you should be more specific about saying that there is kosher supervision of the premises since it seemed like a regular supermarket with lots of treif.

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          GilaB RE: Purple88 May 9, 2012 06:27 AM

          It's been nearly two years since the original post - for all we know, the grocery store in question once had an extensive kosher section, but no longer stocks it.

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        Purple88 RE: NYC2TLV May 9, 2012 03:15 PM

        As of May 2012, the meat kosher restaurant / cafeteria has moved to the 2nd floor of the Carulla supermarket (Pomona) at Carrera 11 #76-19, Bogotá - Cundinamarca, Colombia. There is a winding staircase to the left of the main entrance. I think it is open for lunch only. We showed up at 2pm and they were cleaning up but still could prepare us a pair of steaks (churrasco). There are also other dishes such as hamburger, chicken, salmon, and more. Our steaks including two side dishes and a drink cost COP$19,500. The hamburger plate costs COP$11,500. Most of the staff does not speak English, so come prepared with some Spanish vocabulary.

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          wolfe RE: Purple88 May 9, 2012 03:27 PM

          Current rate of exchange:1 US dollar = 1770.0000 Colombian pesos

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