Most middle-class Colombian families eat elaborate meals that reflect their Spanish and indigenous traditions.A typical meal is identified by size rather than content, such as a light breakfast, a substantive midday lunch, and a lighter meal in the early evening.Dinner usually consists of fresh fruit, homemade soup, and a main dish made from meat or fish and accompanied by rice and/or potatoes.Lower-income Colombians eat a more carbohydrate-rich diet, and meals typically end with a very sweet dessert (frequently made from panela — a type of brown sugar).Colombia is a big country so you bet there are regional differences in foods.In the interior regions which are typically more rural, a hearty breakfast consists of a strip of pork, rice and beans, sweet plantains, and a large steak with fried eggs. Dinner is similar, except for the eggs.In the coastal region, the emphasis is obviously more focused on seafood. In Cartagena, the typical lunch consists of rice with coconut, fried plantains, and shrimp.Specialty dishes are often prepared and eaten during holidays for commemoration of the event being recognized. As an example, a dish served during religious holidays is pastele.Some dishes are regional in nature. For example, a dish associated with the capital is ajiaco, a stew with three types of potato, chicken, and corn that is served with capers, cream, and avocado.Conversely, along the coast, people eat sancocho, a fish or chicken stew.Colombians consume large quantities of beer and coffee and relatively little milk or wine but do enjoy Aguardiente which is a combination of local rum and sugar brandy.