Shopping and ice cream in Ibarra & Dinner party in Cotacachi

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wood sculpture
Ibarra:
It was about 11:30am when we arrived to Ibarra. I didn't know anything about this town, besides the fact it was bigger and you can do some shopping there. While we were in our way, Shawn told me Ibarra is famous because of its wooden work, how nice! So when we were arriving to the city, we stopped to visit some workshops and I got some souvenirs, hehehe. These were the first things I was actually shopping, hahaha. I was missing my favorite sport :P

Then we went to the mall. I took my shopping list with me and we were ready to go. First stop: the blender! OMG! I have never seen a cashier taking so long to issue a ticket. Pfff. So much waste of paper and time. I was getting inpatient, but Shawn told me this is the way they use to do it, oh! Next stop was the supermarket.
main church
We got the detergent and also veggies and fruits for tonight and tomorrow, also all the supplies for pisco sours, hehehe. At the supermarket I was just looking all the different fruits. There were different than in the coast.

We were ready and it was lunch time. Should we eat at the food court? No way! Let's go downtown and get local food, yay! Is Ibarra known because something in special? We parked at the main square and started to walk. There were many small restaurants, but they were closed. So good, since the most of them served fritada - fried pork with skin - ugh and I'm not a big meat lover, specially with fat... I guess, I'm gonna have some problems with food in highlands... Nevermind, then I noticed many shops offering bottles with some red liquid.

It was a local syrup, called arrope.
working
Ibarra and the whole area was famous because of the mora (blueberry) arrope. We went inside a store and the lady even gave me a small glass with some arrope to try. Mmm, that was yummy. It'd be great as a jam. But we were looking for real food. I wasn't that hungry and neither Shawn, so maybe a cafeteria and just a snack would work fine. And then we saw it!

"Helados de Paila" If Ibarra was famous for something was due to the helados de paila. These are ice cream made in cupper pots. They don't use milk in it, just ice. We didn't know it but we arrived to the most traditional spot for these ice creams, yay! Then I found out that they were the best and most recommended, hahaha. We went inside and saw the guys preparing the ice cream. The staff was really friendly and we sat down. I ordered a fruit salad and Shawn got empanadas.
ready to have lunch and :)
While we were waiting, I started to take pics hahaha.

There was a group of people eating and since it was a bit late for lunch the cafeteria wasn't crowded, but I saw people coming just for ice cream, sweet! Empanadas were tasty and my healthy fruit salad came with ice cream, hahaha. This ice cream was really tasty and fresh, yummy!!! You could really taste the fruit.

I was full, but when Shawn mentioned the possibility of sharing ice cream as dessert I couldn't say no, hahaha. Now the hardest part to pick up the flavors. I asked the administrator for advice and we finally got the traditional flavors of the area: guanabana & blueberry. Yummy!!! Now we were really full, so we started to go back to the car. Before leaving we had 2 other stops to make:

a) Market, we were missing some veggies and fruits.
funny way to measure quantities, hahaha
I was amazed about how they measure the quantity of fruits and veggies to sell. Usually you weight them, or in some cases you sell it by dozens or units, but here it was by plate! How many plates do you want? hahaha. That was fun! We found what we were looking for and went back to
b) Supermarket: we were getting ice. Shawn told me they don't sell ice in Cotacachi, lol.
Now, back home

Cotacachi:
We drove back to Cotacachi and arrived around 4:30pm. Shawn asked me what I'd like to do and my answer was: "Laundry!" hahaha. Shawn helped me and while my clothes were in the washer I went downstairs and start to prepare some syrup. The one I brought from Lima wouldn't be enough.
time to do laundry...
So, I did some research online and found a recipe for it, yay!

Bzzz, time to put my clothes into the dryer. While it was getting dry, I logged in and the addicted took control of me, hehehe. I found some messages, emails, smiles, OMG! hahaha, Shawn took Dirk for a walk and he came back saying that he just got a txt from Lisa. The guys were in their way to Otavalo and were almost there. We should leave soon. "Ok, just 5 more minutes!" My clothes were ready, but the addiction could more and I told Shawn to go for the guys while I'd finish some stuff there. He didn't like the idea that much, but left with Dirk.

I was thinking it wouldn't take him much to come back with the guys, but it took a long time! My head was still funny so I decided to took a nap and I woke up just on time before they arrived.
everyone was helping. I promised William to write a review when he opens his restaurant ;)
There was a misunderstanding. Guys left the bus in another terminal, but they were with us now. I was feeling not so well, because of the altitude. Lisa gave me some medicine and I joined the gang. William has already took control of the kitchen, hehehe.

The guys brought me a present: a bottle of Peruvian Pisco, yay! Now we had more than enough pisco for our pisco night, hehe. While William was cooking, I started to prepare the traditional pisco sours. As good cooks, we should have a drink in our hands ;) Shawn was squeizing grapefruits to make a pisco cocktail with them too. Mmm, that wasn't a very successful idea, mmm

Dinner was ready. It was a vegetarian dinner. So good! Everything was yummy!!!! Shawn is not a big fan of vegetarian cuisine, but loved the meal. Even Dirk liked the veggies, hahaha.
dessert: algarrobina cocktail - also with pisco and tastes similar to Bailey's
That made me remember about my Gunther... hope somebody was giving him his broccoli :P
I was enjoying the evening, but still feeling a bit sick, pffff.

Ok, now time for dessert. We didn't think about that, but... we'd have a sweet pisco cocktail, hahaha. Pisco is always the answer, hahaha. I was trying hard to feel better, but my body wasn't cooperating, so better go to bed and try to rest, so tomorrow I'd be fine for our Otavalo adventure. I said "good bye" and went to bed, after put some drops in my puffy eye, actually Shawn did it ;)





yadilitta says:
yes, always having fun :)
Posted on: Aug 26, 2009
Koralifix says:
As entertaining as always :)
Posted on: Aug 26, 2009
yadilitta says:
yay! hurra for the blender!!!
laundry in Peru? oh well... I have help here :P
Posted on: Aug 07, 2009
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wood sculpture
wood sculpture
main church
main church
working
working
ready to have lunch and :)
ready to have lunch and :)
funny way to measure quantities, h…
funny way to measure quantities, …
time to do laundry...
time to do laundry...
everyone was helping. I promised W…
everyone was helping. I promised …
dessert: algarrobina cocktail - al…
dessert: algarrobina cocktail - a…
leaving Cotacachi
leaving Cotacachi
welcome to Ibarra
welcome to Ibarra
van for sale
van for sale
Handicraft market in Ibarra
Handicraft market in Ibarra
the artist was working
the artist was working
the workshop
the workshop
wood work
wood work
a Botero?
a Botero?
nice church at the entrance of Iba…
nice church at the entrance of Ib…
square in Ibarra
square in Ibarra
nice sky
nice sky
naranjilla. We got some for the pi…
naranjilla. We got some for the p…
tomate de arbol - tree tomato
tomate de arbol - tree tomato
pitahaya
pitahaya
:)
:)
the mora arrope - blueberry syrup
the mora arrope - blueberry syrup
making the ice cream
making the ice cream
delicious fruit salad!
delicious fruit salad!
tasty ice cream!!!!
tasty ice cream!!!!
Market in Ibarra, was clean!
Market in Ibarra, was clean!
now it was a nice fridge
now it was a nice fridge
this will be our HQ
this will be our HQ
first pisco in Cotacachi
first pisco in Cotacachi
Pisco sours getting ready
Pisco sours getting ready
the table was set ;)
the table was set ;)
tasty dinner!!!
tasty dinner!!!
Ibarra Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
The authentic Ibarra Ice Creams at La Bermejita
Ibarra doesn't have a traditional dish, but it's famous because of its ice creams made without milk. And this is the right place to try them. The fami… read entire review
Ibarra
photo by: Paulovic