Karen Attman’s love of food began while growing up around the family bakery in Philadelphia.

“My mom was a foodie back before being a foodie was popular. I remember watching her developing new recipes for her bakery, for dinner parties and for our family; my first experiences with the rewards and pleasures of tasty dishes.”

Karen left the United States to do educational volunteer work in South America, where she fell in love with a Colombian who later became her husband.

“I didn't start cooking myself until I met my husband-to-be, Peter. He was chef of a kitchen where I was the baker, and he was my go-to man for all my baking woes. In time, he simply became my go-to man in life. His love of food, his readiness to try anything (quite literally!) and his interest in the unusual and unknown opened my eyes to a whole new culinary world.”

In her 20 years living as an expat in South America, she has traveled and eaten her way through numerous countries.

Now living in Bogota, Colombia, she’s continuously amazed at the creativity and passion she sees in the local chefs, and loves to share it with the world.

While she and her husband tend to eat at home -- “there’s nothing better than a house that smells like fresh-baked bread or cookies, or the comfort of a warm kitchen on a chilly afternoon” -- they also get out to restaurants to taste new ideas presented by the creative chefs in Bogota.

“And we're addicted to the city’s street food.”

She writes about food, travel and expat life for magazines, books, newspapers and online publications in the United States, Europe and South America. Her articles have appeared in CNN, Esquire, Casa Viva Cocina (Colombia’s top cooking magazine) and many more.

She also finds time to chronicle her Colombian food adventures at Flavors of Bogota.

"The Bogota food scene is growing at an exciting rate. I love eating my way through all the new restaurants in a city that continues to thrill me.”

To contact Karen, email at karen@FlavorsofBogota.com, on Facebook at Flavors of Bogota and on Twitter: @FlavorsofBogota.

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