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  the luscious lulada
by richiecdisc

The lulada was a local beverage sensation made primarily of lulo, a tart fruit grown only in the Valle de Cauaca. It was evidently very popular at one time but has since fallen a bit by the wayside, due perhaps to the influx of other cheaper soft drinks. Whatever the reason, it would be a shameful loss if this great drink completely disappeared so by all means, if you like such things, seek it out. It's well worth the effort. We only found it in one place called Frutas de Occidente on Carrera 5 in the heart of the downtown area. It is a thick, milkshake-like beverage chuck full of lulo. To offset the supreme sourness of this tart fruit, generous amounts of dulce de leche (sweetened condensed milk of sorts) are added along with cream I believe. The overall effect is heavenly. We had many great beverages while in Colombia, but this one was tops for us. It was a hefty 4800 COP ( nearly $2.50) and this price tag may also have something to do with its waning popularity. It is indeed what you can get a whole meal for in Colombia but that said, it is a very filling, dense drink and more or less a meal in itself. If you are in Cali, by all means try one. It may help keep this traditional drink alive. I know not only that if we go back to Cali, we'll have one but very likely it is one of the main reasons we would go back! That's how good it was.

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  • Written Dec 24, 2010
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