Saturday is Market day in Otavalo :)
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August 15th, 2009 – by: yadilitta
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!
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