If your family is anything like mine, Disney’s new animated hit, Encanto, is constantly playing in the background of your life. The songs have become stuck in your head. You find yourself singing “The Family Madrigal” in the shower and humming “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” in work meetings. Your kids are obsessed with Mirabel. You’d like to think that your house ran like “Casa Madrigal,” but in reality, it’s more like “Casa Disfuncional.”
We may not be able to help you hear like Delores, grow flowers like Isabela, or see the future like Bruno, but we can help you to find the food of Encanto in the Treasure Valley.
To truly immerse yourself in the Oscar-nominated movie, you need to understand the food. It is easy to assume that because the characters in Encanto speak Spanish, they enjoy Mexican food. However, the Family Madrigal is from Colombia, not Mexico. They eat far less spicy food and have more of a Caribbean twist.
There is no lack of pizza places in the Treasure Valley, but there is a lack of authentic Colombian food. Nampa’s El Cafetal Colombian Restaurant is the only authentic Colombian restaurant in the area. They serve all the food you see the Madrigals eat in Encanto, minus magical arepas.
El Cafetal Colombian Restaurant
3116 Garrity Boulveard
Nampa, ID 83687
Another Colombian favorite is the empanada. While not the same as the ones from Colombia, there are places to get them in the Treasure Valley. According to Yelp, Tango’s Empanadas and the Empanada Club are great options.
701 North Orchard Street
Boise, ID 83706
46 East Fairview Avenue
Meridian, ID 83642
The Empanada Club
1580 North Stonehenge Way
Meridian, ID 83642
If nothing other than great songs and a great family story, the movie Encanto has given us an excellent opportunity to teach our kids about different cultures. There’s no easier way to celebrate another culture than with food. Now maybe the only time their interest in Colombian food will be this high, so take advantage of it while you can!
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