Our last night in Capurganá, we sat down for a simple fish soup at a restaurant called “El Tur.Co.” Turco in Spanish means Turkish. I bet Betty (while already playing cards) that the owner was either Turkish or had a Tourism (Tur = tour) company on the side. When I asked him he told me he his parents were from Lebanon and that he had been born and raised in Colombia.
So why the Turkish front? Apparently, much like “Chino” in Colombia can be used to describe any person of Asian descent, “Turco” is a generalization for anybody from the Middle East. Some might find this a little insulting, I think its a remnant of Colombia’s insular history. FYI I was not able to order Tabbouli off the menu.