A Gastronomic Festival, 3 lunches in one day! We aren't amateurs, hahaha.

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ok, I guess we should turn to the left...
The ride to Puerto Cayo was much shorter than expected. We left Puerto Lopez thinking we'd arrive to our destination around 12:30, but were there before noon, hahaha. Well, at least near the sign with the name of the town, hahaha. In order to go to the beach, which was our destination, not because of the beach but because of the seafood, we had to drive down the hill, hehehe.

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.
he thinks I'm crazy! hahaha
Then we saw it, there were a stage, huge speakers and a bit further away there was a big tent. Do I see something written there?

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.
promoting whale watching in Puerto Cayo
He thought I was crazy and having Shawn laughing the whole time wasn't very helpful either, hehehe. Then I saw children well dressed as if they came from a show or something like that, mmm.

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.
He was in paradise!!!
It got packed! We wouldn't try all the dishes, just the judges would do it. Anyway, I was able to taste one dish, a cebiche. Then it was more about watching dishes, mmm. That wasn't so bad. In fact that gave us ideas about what and where to eat, hehehe. As a good food journalist, I took pictures of the dishes, not only the food itself, but also the name of the restaurants, so we'd know where to go, hahaha.

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.
the cebiche was so tasty!


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".
I think they were waiting too long for their food too, hehe
We have already tried the encocado (seafood with coconut sauce) in Puerto Lopez, but loved this dish. Well, the lady told us this would take a bit long. Oh well, no problem. We weren't hungry. The lady who joined us was here because of the festival and tried to order the same dish, but they run out of it. OMG! Would we still get our order? The waitress assured us, that our order was safe and would come soon. Uffff! There was a free table and our neighbours moved there. Time was passing and no food. The people next table took our aji (chili) and dressings, mmm. Our ex neighbors got their food, but we didn't :( Finally, after almost 1 hour, our dish came! It was good, but not as good as expected. Puerto Lopez' encocado was better... oh well, you can't always win :P

Let's try the 3rd place.
oh oh! is the police looking for me???
We knew it was a bit far away, so we'd better drive there. We started to drive around the town, but not getting lost. This was part of the plan to find a place to buy limes for the pisco sours I'd prepare in Manta, yay! Oh well! we wouldn't be able to find this 3rd place, would we give it up? No way! Let's go back to the Food Festival tent and find out which one was the restaurant's name, hahaha. We arrived when everything was already over, but the organizator was there. I approached to him and asked him about the restaurant with the sweet and sour dish, hahaha. He told me the name and directions to find it, hehehe. I think saying that I was coming all the way to Lima was helpful and made him even kinder, hehehe.
this one was having lunch #3


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.
Sauce was so good, that Shawn didn't want to leave any single rice grain, hahaha. We are perfect partners, I don't eat rice, hahaha!
Shawn and me could barely talk because were so concentrated in eating hahaha.

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 :)
yadilitta says:
mine too, yummy!
Posted on: Aug 05, 2009
mellemel8 says:
my type of festival!!!!
Posted on: Aug 05, 2009
yadilitta says:
yes, it was so fun!!!
Posted on: Aug 04, 2009
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ok, I guess we should turn to the …
ok, I guess we should turn to the…
he thinks Im crazy! hahaha
he thinks I'm crazy! hahaha
promoting whale watching in Puerto…
promoting whale watching in Puert…
He was in paradise!!!
He was in paradise!!!
the cebiche was so tasty!
the cebiche was so tasty!
I think they were waiting too long…
I think they were waiting too lon…
oh oh! is the police looking for m…
oh oh! is the police looking for …
this one was having lunch #3
this one was having lunch #3
Sauce was so good, that Shawn didn…
Sauce was so good, that Shawn did…
nice kiosk in our way to Puerto Ca…
nice kiosk in our way to Puerto C…
beer always present everywhere
beer always present everywhere
;)
;)
our map
our map
yay! I can see the beach, lets go…
yay! I can see the beach, let's g…
driving around Puerto Cayou lookin…
driving around Puerto Cayou looki…
arriving to Puerto Cayo
arriving to Puerto Cayo
Welcome to Puerto Cayo!!!
Welcome to Puerto Cayo!!!
nice tower
nice tower
music was about starting for us, h…
music was about starting for us, …
everybody went to the beach...
everybody went to the beach...
arrived just for the Festival
arrived just for the Festival
great spot to relax!
great spot to relax!
so tempting...
so tempting...
another fisher town
another fisher town
:)
:)
fisher town
fisher town
mmm, wheres the rest of the boat?
mmm, where's the rest of the boat?
lots of people walking along the b…
lots of people walking along the …
people enjoying the beach
people enjoying the beach
enjoying the beach
enjoying the beach
two girls ready for dance
two girls ready for dance
grilling chicken wings at the beach
grilling chicken wings at the beach
modern car ;)
modern car ;)
funny name: The beautiful
funny name: "The beautiful"
local ambulance
local ambulance
Jesus needs us!
Jesus needs us!
the band was ready to play for our…
the band was ready to play for ou…
The Tourism Promotion Speech
The Tourism Promotion Speech
it was hot! children wanted to ref…
it was hot! children wanted to re…
children having hotdogs, hahaha
children having hotdogs, hahaha
yes! Perfect time! Gastronomic Fes…
yes! Perfect time! Gastronomic Fe…
Promoting Tourism with Quality!
Promoting Tourism with Quality!
a table waiting for us at the Gast…
a table waiting for us at the Gas…
baby was hungry too
baby was hungry too
another cebiche
another cebiche
Cebiche mixto (fish and seafood ce…
Cebiche mixto (fish and seafood c…
Seafood Sweet & Sour - just delici…
Seafood Sweet & Sour - just delic…
Arroz mixto - Rice with Seafood - …
Arroz mixto - Rice with Seafood -…
Camaron Apanado - fried shrimp
Camaron Apanado - fried shrimp
Cebiche and Encocado!
Cebiche and Encocado!
fried lobster
fried lobster
Langosta al ajillo - Lobster with …
Langosta al ajillo - Lobster with…
Langostino en salsa Puerto Cayo - …
Langostino en salsa Puerto Cayo -…
lobster!
lobster!
ready for lunch #1
ready for lunch #1
our cebiche mixto for lunch - DOs…
our cebiche mixto for lunch - D'O…
who forgot his auto?
who forgot his auto?
busy restaurant
busy restaurant
a whale!
a whale!
shy boy
shy boy
Our Encocado for lunch - Foca Dora…
Our Encocado for lunch - Foca Dor…
arriving to Puerto Cayo Downtown
arriving to Puerto Cayo Downtown
a playground in Puerto Cayo
a playground in Puerto Cayo
church at Puerto Cayo square
church at Puerto Cayo square
shop at the road
shop at the road
bathroom was this way... OMG!!! so…
bathroom was this way... OMG!!! s…
local soda, Fiora, mmm not my favo…
local soda, Fiora, mmm not my fav…
Seafood Sweet & Sour for lunch
Seafood Sweet & Sour for lunch
finally! veggies!!!
finally! veggies!!!
didnt leave anything! Ate like mo…
didn't leave anything! Ate like m…
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Fresh Cebiche in Puerto Cayo - Bar Restaurant D'Oscar
We arrived to Puerto Cayo on time for the Gastronomic Festival and this restaurant's cebiche got our attention, so we decided to go there. It's a c… read entire review
Puerto Cayo Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Just ok - Cabana Restaurant Foca Dorada
After visiting the Gastronomic Festival, we decided to visit 3 restaurants for 3 different dishes and this one was the 2nd one. They showed an "encoca… read entire review
Puerto Cayo Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
A treat for your palate - Restaurant Caprichos
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photo by: yadilitta