Starting the week in Puerto Lopez, a quiet morning...

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laaaaaaaaaaazy
It was Monday and town was even quieter than yesterday, which I didn't think would be possible, hehe. It was good though, since this would be my last day before flying back home...

We'd have breakfast here and then started to drive back to Manta. We left the hotel around 9am and started to walk along the peaceful malecon, just a couple of kiosks were open. Last time, I was looking forward to go to a highly recommended Colombian restaurant, but they were close on Sundays, so now we'd try it. We went there, but they haven't already open. The owner told me they'd do it in about an hour. Ok, 1 hour to kill.

Shawn was looking for a coffee and we went to a kiosk almost at the end of the Malecon. This kiosk was very nice and the menu was also written in English, hahaha.
let's go to chill out
They have a lot of foreign customers. I found messages written on the walls and some of them were in English, all of them recommended this place very much, great! The waiter was a guy I met in Montanita and was a bit pushing, so good the owner came right away to take our order.

The place had an awesome view from the quiet beach and was so laid back. This might be a perfect spot for having some drinks later in the evening, so bad we wouldn't be there so late. We decided this would be a pre-breakfast, since we both were looking forward to try the Colombian place. Shawn got a coffee and pineapple juice, yes he didn't get anything to eat. How impressive! And I got a tasty salad fruit, no water melon, plese :P

This was the perfect spot to relax and be lazy.
fishertown!
We were just watching the ocean. It was a bit sunny and there were people going to do some whale watching and many fishing boats. It was about 10, too late for breakfast and too early for lunch so we decided to walk along the beach and take the look where all the fishing boats were. A fish market should be around, nice!

It was a nice walk, warm weather and very peaceful. What we thought was a fish market, wasn't one. Or maybe it was a fish market earlier... right now we just found the fishermen loading trucks with fishes and seafood in order to take them to other towns. There were some stands where most of them were grabbing a bite. It was nice to walk around and see their daily live. Wow! The size of the shrimps was amazing. They were huge! I asked if they caught lobsters, but they were out of season.
doggy is watching everything
Ok ;)

We kept on walking and watching the boats. Some of them were tour ones, doing the whale watching tour. We have already made it, hehehe. It was so peaceful there, but it was time to go back to the hotel. We had to do check out before noon. So better start going back.
Getting ready didn't take long, since we packed very light. Ok, time to check out. We left the car parked here until we were back from lunch :)

We arrived to the restaurant at 12 o'clock and they start serving food at noon, perfect time, hahaha. We got a nice table. The place is small and it's not located at the malecon - like most of the restaurants - but at the pedestrian walk. Why was I looking forward to visit a Colombian place? Well, besides of the fact Shawn was looking for Colombian coffee, I wanted to get as close as possible to the Colombian culture since it would be my next destination and which better to do it than by the cuisine ;)

When the waiter/owner came to leave the menu I took the chance to ask him about tips about Cali.
yep! Colombian coffee please
I told him, we'd go next month but just for a few days. Then when he came back with his coffee and my tasty juice, he also brought a book and a brochure with him. The brochure was about the historical part of Cali and there were some recommendations. The book suggested some small roundtrips around the "Valle del Cauca" area, how cool!

Now we were ready to order. As appetizer, we'd get 2 traditional Colombian dishes: "Empanada Colombiana" and "Patacon Pisa'o", which was also the name of the restaurant. Well, there's a difference between this empanada and the others. Although both have beef, this one has also beans, yummy!!! Beef was very tender. The Patacon Pisa'o is a large crispy base made of fried plantain. It's served with the classic hoga'o sauce - tastes like an Italian pomarola - of tomatoes and onions.
the Colombian Empanadas
You can ask for different toppings, but we had the simplest one and came with some cheese.  Very tasty!!! It was huge and very good, yummy!!!

We were getting full, but would try a main dish too, hahaha. I got a shrimp salad, yes not that Colombian, hahaha. But couldn't leave town without having the huge shrimps :) Shawn got the Arepas, another Colombian signature dish.  He ordered a mixed one, that came with shrimps and other seafood. The Arepa is a corn tortilla, wich was good but not many flavor... Nevertheless, it was tasty and came with extra hoga'o sauce, perfect!

After a delicious meal, which was larger than expected, we were ready to leave. I took our new brochure, said good bye to the owner and we left the place. It was so much fun finding this cozy Colombian place a couple of weeks before going to Colombia. I couldn't have asked for a better introduction to my Colombian experience ;)





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laaaaaaaaaaazy
laaaaaaaaaaazy
lets go to chill out
let's go to chill out
fishertown!
fishertown!
doggy is watching everything
doggy is watching everything
yep! Colombian coffee please
yep! Colombian coffee please
the Colombian Empanadas
the Colombian Empanadas
quiet malecon
quiet malecon
so quiet
so quiet
kiosks were closed
kiosks were closed
local taxi
local taxi
our breakfast: fruit salad and cof…
our breakfast: fruit salad and co…
nice messages on the wall
nice messages on the wall
yep!
yep!
very laid back kiosk
very laid back kiosk
back of the kiosk, great spot to r…
back of the kiosk, great spot to …
peaceful
peaceful
nice view
nice view
fisher boats
fisher boats
hammer head sharks
hammer head sharks
fish & crab
fish & crab
huge shrimps, yummy
huge shrimps, yummy
shhhh, sleeping fish ;)
shhhh, sleeping fish ;)
Ill be the captain (said the dog …
I'll be the captain (said the dog…
ready to leave
ready to leave
fishermen about leaving
fishermen about leaving
hey! doggy wants to leave
hey! doggy wants to leave
1, 2, 3, push!
1, 2, 3, push!
a dog hidden under the boat
a dog hidden under the boat
girls surrounded the gringo, hahaha
girls surrounded the gringo, hahaha
whale watching boat
whale watching boat
Pelicans
Pelicans
Pelicans boat
Pelicans' boat
quiet...
quiet...
doggy
doggy
transporting the water
transporting the water
public transportation
public transportation
walls covered with Colombian poste…
walls covered with Colombian post…
Colombian coffee and passion fruit…
Colombian coffee and passion frui…
patacon pisao and empanada, yummy
patacon pisa'o and empanada, yummy
my shrimp salad, fresh and tasty!
my shrimp salad, fresh and tasty!
The Mix Arepa: the traditional ove…
The Mix Arepa: the traditional ov…
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