[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen I met the husband of blogger You Madam, I asked him where I could find the most authentic food from his home country of Bolivia, here in Washington.
“Café Sazón in Arlington, and don’t forget to try the api morado,” he said. I thought it was a dish, but it turns out to be a Bolivian drink that’s usually served with breakfast.
Café Sazón imports purple corn and makes their api morado in-house daily, with fragrant cloves, cinnamon and sugar. It’s a thick, sweet concoction the consistency of egg nog. It smells like happy holidays in a cup–perfect for colder months.
This little shop is full of simple pleasures that are fresh, made to order and very well-seasoned. Silpancho ($7.75) is an authentic Bolivian specialty of tender steak, pounded and battered. It tastes clean, simply seasoned and much healthier than the country fried steak you’d find at Denny’s. With fluffy long-grain rice, pico de gallo, two fried eggs and potatoes, this is a filling, satisfying meal for very little dough.
In the event you have room left over, try the flan ($2.49) in flavors like tres leches, coconut and lemon.
4704 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204