Darrin DuFord

The Swankiest Rodent in Cartagena

travelers-tales By Darrin DuFord

For one well-traveled Colombian chef, the culinary intersection of country and city is served with a side of 80s arena rock and a phantom mouthful of water hyacinth.

The structure I’d just entered loosely counted as a building—part indoor, part outdoor, depending on how much light pierced the gaps in the zinc roofing. Several turns later, a concrete ceiling appeared with its jumble of electrical mains dangling from beams. The inner sanctum, perhaps. I was inside the bowels of Cartagena’s Bazurto Market, following the steps of Charlie Otero, co-owner and chef of the restaurant La Comunión.
The Swankiest Rodent in Cartagena2017-05-29T10:23:23-07:00

Speaking in Hats


By Darrin DuFord

The language of fashion may be difficult to decipher, but in Panama, a fashion accessory may be more difficult to keep on one’s head.

After decades of nonreligious life, my churchless streak had been broken. But not for any spontaneous rediscovery of God. Apart from attendance at the occasional wedding or funeral, a humble straw hat was the unlikely force that had finally prodded me to sit in a holy pew.
Speaking in Hats2017-04-24T02:31:58-07:00