A Gastronomic Festival, 3 lunches in one day! We aren't amateurs, hahaha.
Puerto Cayo Travel Blog› entry 13 of 56 › view all entries
July 5th, 2009 – by: yadilitta
We were getting closer to downtown when we saw something was going on. There were a lot of people. Was that a big reception for us? hehehe. Do I see my name on a sign? hahaha. We found a parking spot, left the car and started to walk into the beach.
OMG! I couldn't believe what I read: "Festival Gastronomico" (Gastronomic Festival). Could the eating duo ask for something else? hahaha. It hasn't begun yet, so we decided to go for a walk along the beach and kill some time. Also we weren't hungry at that time, so the walking might help, hahaha.
You can find hammocks along the whole beach and people just chilling out. Puerto Cayo is also a fisher town, with small boats and mostly locals hanging out there. I saw families and groups of teenagers just enjoying a Sunday at the beach. Although it was a bit cloudy, it was crowded.
While we were walking I saw a cop and asked him to get a picture with him, for my pictures with cops collection, hahaha.
We went to the main square, which was bigger than Puerto Lopez' one. There we found out what was going on there. They were promoting the Tourism. The Tourism authorities were giving a speech to the Puerto Cayo's neighbors. You can watch whales all over Ecuadorian coast, but Puerto Lopez is more famous than other towns. So, Puerto Cayo wanted to promote itself, not only because of the whales, but also because of the gastronomy. It was a big day in town, and we were there! ;)
Ok, it was already 1pm, so Food festival should have already started. We arrived just on time, they were about starting.
After a hard decision, we chose 3 dishes from 3 different restaurants, mmm. What to do now? We wouldn't stay for more than a couple of hours here... Well, here is the solution: Eat at the 3 places! hahaha. But we wouldn't eat that much. Just go to each restaurant, order 1 dish and share it, so it wouldn't be that bad, furthermore between restaurant and restaurant we'd walk, hahaha.
Let's go for #1. The order didn't have anything to do with preferences, just with the fact which restaurant was closer, hahaha. First dish was the Cebiche de Camaron at a beach cabin. We just ordered 1 dish and no beer, so we'd save space for the other dishes, hehehe. We were smart ;) The guy from the restaurant thought we were so weird just having one dish and water, hahaha. That was a whole technique ;) It was fresh and tasty, good start!
Now #2. This one was a bit far away, so we had to walk, which was part of the master plan too. We arrived and the place was completely packed. I guess lot of people were coming from the Festival. We were lucky to find a table almost right away. A lady came and asked us to share the table, ok no problem. We ordered the dish they were promoting at the Festival: "Encocado".
Let's try the 3rd place.
Now, we found it! The name was "Caprichos" which means "caprices" never a better name than right now, hahaha. We didn't remember the name of the dish very well, just that is had "sweet & sour" on it. A boy came and told us, that it might take long since they were busy... well, we have been looking for this place so long, that waiting a bit more wouldn't harm us. I was looking for the boy to ask where were the restrooms, but couldn't find him, so I went to the kitchen to look for him. Another guy approched and asked me if we ordered that dish. I said yes and then went to the restrooms.
By the time I was back, Shawn ordered a local soda to try. Mmm, he was right, it wasn't that good... well, everything for the experience. A couple of minutes later the boy came with our dish, yay! It didn't take that long at all! And every single minute of waiting and looking for the place was worth it, trust me!!! That dish "Mariscos agridulce" (sweet & sour seafood) was so delicious!!! And then the guy from the kitchen showed up to ask how was the dish.
It turned to be that this young guy was the chef! He was telling me, this was the 1st dish of this dish he cooked! hahaha. He just came back form the festival and the people who came before us. OMG! We were lucky to arrive late, hahaha. I asked him how he decided to cook this dish, which was more Chinese / Thai than Ecuadorian, because of all the sweet & sour. He told me he went to the Chef school, but decided to go back to his hometown, nice story!
Well, food was delicious! Full and happy we left Puerto Cayo, knowing where to eat if we go back to this town someday :)
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