A hunger inducing guide to the tastiest Colombian snacks from Swing Ting's reggaeton wizard, DJ Florentino.
Florentino: "Prawns in tomato sauce with chilli, onions and lemon. Add some crackers too. Peng."
Florentino: "A choice from my grandad. A bit of Colombian Aguardiente mixed with beer. Gets you fucked up quick and gives you a banging hangover - that's why its a favourite of my grandad. He can still drink me under the table at the age of 71."
Florentino: "I think arquipe is caramel although I'm not even sure though. It took me years to realise platano was the same thing as plantain...anyway, as a kid I used to be able to consume my bodyweight in any sweets. Arquipe made me feel horrendous for the rest of the day."
Florentino: "Dunno how to describe these really. They are just some good milky, sugary, coconut shit."
Florentino: "You can get these everywhere, but they are something that are enjoyed all over South America. Pretty self explanatory really, they are plantain chips."
Florentino: "Patacones aren't unique to Colombia but are very much a favourite there. Slice plantain pressed down and fried a few times and you end up with something amazing. Pair this with yuca & you have got yourself a combo from heaven. (I know they started selling this at stupid prices in some english supermarkets now). Fry it, add salt and gauc. Simple as."
Florentino: "I think you can get empanadas in a few places within the UK now. They are like pasties in a way, but the texture is less flakey. They come with a few different fillings but add in Aji (Hot sauce) and it's like a party in your mouth..."
Florentino: "My mum made this recommendation for the list actually. It's basically a fruit salad drink with Iron Bru (in Colombia they have a drink called Colombiana that tastes exactly like iron bru - weird huh?) The choice of fruit that you put in is up to you, it's pretty hard to mess this one up though."
Florentino: "It's difficult to explain what these are like to friends. They are something like a doughy pancake but thicker and in this case (but can be) not sweet. You can have them with all sorts of other things, but cook them with cheese in the middle and they are killer."
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Colombian ex-pat DJ Florentino is “the most romantic of the romantics” who makes shit hot reggaeton cuts whilst also reigning supreme over the club-edits game. We featured his crystalline refix of Iamsu!’s Nothin Less on Dummy not so long ago, and can’t help but get into party mode when we cruise the rest of his Soundcloud page. His most recent cut, Domina, reminds us of that distant memory we refer to as 'summer'...a poolside banger for the hottest part of the day, when you should probably be reclining in the shade, but you're out in the thick of it getting way tooooo hot. Llamada brings the same calibre of heat, only it seems to be caught up in a tangled telephone wire with reggaeton on blast.
Ahead of his appearance at Dummy Presents: Swing Ting tomorrow night, we wanted to hark back to his days in Colombia and explore the sort of snacks Florentino enjoyed in his South American stomping grounds. A team effort from Florentino's family, the selections range from the humorously titled 'Bon Bon Bums', his mum's top-pick 'salpicon de fruta' (aka Colombian Iron Bru) and Florentino's grandfather's top premier source of liquid refreshment: the hangover inducing submarino lager cocktail.
Read DJ Florentino's favourite snacks and food stuffs from his motherland, Colombia in the gallery above and come catch his set at our free party at Miranda, Ace Hotel London tomorrow night.
DJ Florentino plays Dummy Presents: Swing Ting on November 18th at Miranda, Ace Hotel London - free entry (RSVP essential).