Saturday is Market day in Otavalo :)

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our healthy breakfast!
We all were tired, so the idea of waking up early in order to go to Otavalo first thing in the morning was a bit unrealistic, hehehe. The cleaning lady was supposed to come on Friday, but nobody was at home, so she showed up on Saturday morning, pffff. She would just clean downstairs, since we all were sleeping. But I got an idea! We brought a lot of fruit from Quito and wanted to make a delicious fruit salad and since the lady wouldn't clean much... would she chop the fruit??? and she did it! yay!!!!

We got up, took our time, shared a tasty breakfast (lots of fruit, coffee and toasts). The lady chopped all the fruit we had, hahaha, we'd have fruit salad for tomorrow too, hehehe.
does anyone know the name of it?
Finally we went to Otavalo around 11am, hehehe. Once we arrived there I called Fernando and we met, but very briefly. Oh well! At least I was able to say hi!

Jen, Shawn and me started to walk around the handicraft market. I have already been here, so didn't have much to buy and Jen didn't want to do shopping either. So we just took a walk around. Then Shawn told us that he usually goes to the meat market, when Roger (a friend) is in town. I haven't been there, so I was more than happy with the idea, yay!

In our way, we crossed the food court area in the Pza. de Ponchos - main handicraft square in town. There was Jen's first contact with the local food, hahaha. Same as me, she's not that much into meat, yay! That's my girl! She was taking lots of pics, but even it was my 2nd time here, I guess I took more, ooooops!

It was easy to notice when we were leaving the touristy handicraft area.
yes, I tried it, but just the meat!
You couldn't see many tourists, more local people and there were a lot of streets vendors, but they offer different kind of things, from snickers to remote controls, hahaha, and of course even stranger street food. I saw a weird fruit, similar to the achiotillo and the boy told me to grab one and try it. And so did I. I think that was 1st time Jen see the eating Yadi in action, hahaha.

A couple of minutes later we arrived to the market, the normal market. We went straight to the meat area. OMG! I have never seen so many pork heads in my life! They really love pork meat, here, hehe. Most of the stands offer pork and almost don't waste any part of them: heads, feet, skin, tripes, pffff.  There were raw for sale of also cooked. Lot of locals sat there, eating the fritadas and chicharron.
ahhhhh


We kept exploring the market. Children were playing and having fun and all the ladies were smiling and hopping we would buy something. Sorry, we are just looking... There we also found lamb (all parts possible) and also beef. I have refused all the time to try the fritada and after I saw what it was made of, I'd keep on refusing, hahaha. It was just fried pork fat, ughhhhh. I asked the lady what was that brown thing and she told me that was the pork fat ready for the fritada. Well, Shawn used to love fritada and I wasn't sure about telling him the truth about it, but he insisted. Result: he stopped eating fritada - well, just for 4 days, hahaha.

This has been an interesting experience, but we were thirsty. So we went to a kiosk, where Shawn and Roger use to go. The lady recognized him! Hey, we were with somebody famous ;) We grabbed a beer, Jen's first beer in Ecuador.
he was so happy, hahaha
We toasted for friendship and new adventures in Ecuador. It was fun just sitting there and watch the people.

In our way back to the car, we crossed the main square of town, which is nice but not nearly crowded as the Pza. de ponchos. Took a couple of pics and started to walk. It was getting late, almost 2pm and we were getting hungry. So, let's find a place to eat, mmm. Last time I had a list of recommended places and there was one about local food that we didn't try: "Mi Otavalito". It sounded nice, so let's give it a look.

It was small and charming, about local food. Perfect for Jen and her first lunch in the country. Place was busy and there were some musicians. Sweet! We found a nice table and were ready to order our food. At the entrance we saw they had a fixed lunch. So we'd order that.
yes, we went inside :)
  They offer salad, soup, entree and dessert for a fix price, good deal!

In Peru, you usually choose between soup or salad, but not hear. We'd get both, great! The place was very nice and I started taking pics. The waitress came and we ordered our meal, a bit later she came with our water and next with the "Otavalo" cebiche. The cebiche has fish and seafood, but we were in highlands, so it had chocho (a bean) instead. It was a small dish, that's why you get 4, hahaha.

Next was the soup. This would be a real experience! The soup was a traditional one: yahuarlocro! I asked the girl what was this soup about and it was all the inside parts of the cow and chicken! OMG!!! We all 3 looked ourselves and decided to try it. Jen and Shawn ate the potatoes and broth. I ate the gizzards and broth.
Jen, Yadi & Shawn, happy having our first lunch together in Ecuador
This was hard core! pfff. Next!

Main dish was chicken curry, hahaha. That's a piece of cake. Then a man in one of the tables stood up and started to dance with the waitresses, hahaha. That was fun. We were getting full and our waitress came with the dessert. More food? Oh well... hahaha. That was pineapple with syrup. The pineapple wasn't can one, you can notice the difference, yummy!

After a delicious meal, we were ready to go back to Cotacachi, pick up Dirk and then go to the chicken farm, yay! Last time there were no chickes, but now I would be able to see chickens, yay!!!!
 



yadilitta says:
hahaha, you are my hero!!!
Posted on: Sep 11, 2009
NinjaFer says:
I can't believe I still tried the fritadas after seeing that brown stuff...the cuy was better!
Posted on: Sep 09, 2009
yadilitta says:
yes, that bowl was disgusting...
Posted on: Aug 27, 2009
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our healthy breakfast!
our healthy breakfast!
does anyone know the name of it?
does anyone know the name of it?
yes, I tried it, but just the meat!
yes, I tried it, but just the meat!
ahhhhh
ahhhhh
he was so happy, hahaha
he was so happy, hahaha
yes, we went inside :)
yes, we went inside :)
Jen, Yadi & Shawn, happy having ou…
Jen, Yadi & Shawn, happy having o…
dont know the name but looked swe…
don't know the name but looked sw…
pig head!
pig head!
another pig head - they have diffe…
another pig head - they have diff…
a street vendor
a street vendor
they were punished
they were punished
old devices
old devices
bad...
bad...
churos - they are snails
churos - they are snails
fried spleen - pfff
fried spleen - pfff
the strange fruit inside
the strange fruit inside
streets in Otavalo
streets in Otavalo
traditional blouses
traditional blouses
selling bread...
selling bread...
aghhhhh
aghhhhh
sausage, but veggie one ;)
sausage, but veggie one ;)
and another pig head
and another pig head
fried pork skin, aghhhh
fried pork skin, aghhhh
selling fried pork skin
selling fried pork skin
raw pink skin
raw pink skin
nice flowers
nice flowers
inner parts of the cow, ughhh
inner parts of the cow, ughhh
cute
cute
poor lamb
poor lamb
miss the rest of the body
miss the rest of the body
the fritada
the fritada
local beer!!!
local beer!!!
crowded with local people
crowded with local people
sweet kids
sweet kids
juices
juices
main square
main square
the main church
the main church
dancing in the restauran
dancing in the restauran
the yahuarlocro soup with all the …
the yahuarlocro soup with all the…
Otavalo Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Cozy and traditional My little Otavalo - Mi Otavalito
We had a great day in Otavalo, watching the local people and knowing the local customs. So, the perfect way to end it, would be have local food for lu… read entire review
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