It was rainy in Puerto Lopez, but it didn't stop us to get yummy food :P

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arriving to Puerto Lopez
It was almost 3pm when we arrived to Puerto Lopez. The hotel where we stayed last time was nice, but now we had a car and preferred to look for one with garage, furthermore Shawn remembered have seen a hotel that seemed to be very good. Cool, a new place to try :P

First of all, find accommodation. We were thinking about staying at the Malecon, just in front of the beach, like last time. So we'd have everything just walking distance, including the beach of course ;) At the beginning of the Malecon there was a white and big building. This was the one Shawn saw and it had garage, cool! We parked outside and went to the frontdesk. Ok, they had 2 rates, one for rooms with a/c and another for the one without it.
what?!?! Gunther is not allowed?!?!?
Mmm, both weren't exactly cheap...

Well, the lady in charge was good in sales, she showed up both kind of bedrooms. A big one with a/c and view of the ocean. The other one, smaller, not much light and not so nice... well... ok, we'd take a look around and make a decision. We started to walk along the malecon, but didn't see anything any interesting besides a nice cafe that was closed when we were here a couple of months ago, haha. We started to talk about the 1st hotel and decided to stay in the expensive room. We'd pamper ourselves. It was just for 1 night ;)

As I said before that lady was good in sales, hahaha. We were back ready to go to our room. Before coming back to the hotel I bought cards, so we could play and kill sometime before we went out.  Shawn wasn't so thrilled of the idea of playing cards.
so healthy, having coffee :P
.. why? don't know, hahaha. Anyway, he played and no further comments :)

It was about 7pm when we left the hotel. Wow! It was a bit cool outside, brrr. When we decided to go to Puerto Lopez, I was thinking about having a cocktail watching the sunset, but no way! It was cold for that. So good I packed the only long sleeve shirt I had with me in Manta, hehe. It wasn't just my idea, almost all the kiosks at the malecon were closed. So, we decided to go to a nice and small cafe, which looked nice and get a cup of coffee, yay!

The place was small but cozy. It was a multitask place: a bar, cafe and also cybercafe, hahaha. The decoration was charming too, wood, bamboo, lamps, sweet! The lady brought the menus.
a healthy and a non so healthy shot :)
One in Spanish for me and one in English for Shawn, why? hahaha. I ordered a coffee with a dash of milk and Shawn ordered the one called "Carajillo" which had liquor, oh!!!

While we were waiting I started to take some pics and found out that one of the guys working at the restaurant - guess the husband - was Peruvian too, from the north, sweet! My coffee came first. It was a small coffee cup, like a espresso one and a shot glass with milk, hahaha. The healthiest shot I have ever seen, hahaha. The coffee was toasted by themselves and smelled delicious. All the family worked together here, how sweet!

Then Shawn's coffee arrived. He was expecting a big cup of coffee, but same as me he got the espresso cup and a shot on fire! Of course this wasn't a milk shot, but a brandy one, with the typical 3 coffee beans as decoration.
love this shot glasses, was tempted to take them as souvenir, but didn't - good girl ;)
Pls, some sugar, hahaha. Shawn usually drinks his coffee just black, but this time he had to add sugar, hahaha. Well, one thing was for sure, nobody would be cold anymore, hahaha.

The guy who was in charge of preparing the coffee came and sat next to us. He started to tell us where this coffe came from -Jipijapa- and how good it was. He was a friendly guy who loved to talk, almost as much as I do, hahaha.

Ok, it was time to keep on moving. Cocktails? no, not today, but Shawn was getting hungry. Really? hahaha.  Ok, there was a dish we tried in Puerto Lopez and he never forgot it. The Encocado - coconut seafood. Ok, let's go to the restaurant where we got it last time. And yes! They had it, how awesome! Shawn ordered it and I ordered the Encebollado, which is a soup.
the famous encocado - seafood with a coconut/buttery dressing
I wasn't sure what to order and when I asked the waiter about the encebollado here, he highly recommended it.

We didn't have to wait long until the food came. We were surprised how fast they served food to everyone and everybody were ejoying different dishes but everyone was happy. The Encocado was delicious as expected and the Encebollado was a very pleasant surprise. The warm soup was what I needed. I have already tried an encebollado, but just fish, and this one had seafood and of course big shrimps too. Was perfect! Wow! We both were full and started to walk back to the hotel.

Well, I had a confession to make: I was crawling for a sweet!!! After laughing and making fun of that, Shawn agreed to look for one. I haven't seen many bakeries or dessert places in Puerto Lopez.
Shawn's brownie
I was almost giving up, when I saw the restaurant where we had breakfast when we were in town for first time and they had a banner advertising desserts, how sweet! My idea wasn't that crazy after all, lol.

There weren't many desserts announced, but we have already chosen apple pie for me and brownie for him. The owner came with the menu and I didn't even let him leave them without asking for desserts. He apologized and said they didn't have all the desserts in stock, oh no! Just the apple pie and brownie, how awesome! Ok, that was a signal, having dessert that night was a MUST, hahaha. After a while he came back with the desserts, but what took him so long? Well, they didn't have ice cream and Shawn wanted ice cream, hahaha. So sweet they run to the store for it :)

My apple pie was warm and looked very good.
home made and warm apple pie - too good!!!
It was definitely home made, delicious!!! With lots of chunks of apple, nice. I usually leave the custard, but this was was so yummy! Very sweet, but not too much. I could taste the brown sugar and perfect amount of cinnamon, just great! Shawn was enjoying his brownie too, although it wasn't the typical American brownie, more like a cake, but very tasty.

Wow! Now we were too full, not even able to think about food, hahaha, well maybe a bottle of water, hahaha. We went back to the hotel. Internet was slow, but still logged in. I guess all that sugar kept me awake for a while, hahaha. Even found time to watch some tv before falling asleep. Tomorrow we'd drive back to Manta... time to come back home was getting closer...






yadilitta says:
yes, your coffee, was really strong..
Posted on: Sep 26, 2009
geerbox says:
Nice to back in Puerto Lopez for the great food! The coffee was a bit too much though :)
Posted on: Sep 26, 2009
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arriving to Puerto Lopez
arriving to Puerto Lopez
what?!?! Gunther is not allowed?!?…
what?!?! Gunther is not allowed?!…
so healthy, having coffee :P
so healthy, having coffee :P
a healthy and a non so healthy sho…
a healthy and a non so healthy sh…
love this shot glasses, was tempte…
love this shot glasses, was tempt…
the famous encocado - seafood with…
the famous encocado - seafood wit…
Shawns brownie
Shawn's brownie
home made and warm apple pie - too…
home made and warm apple pie - to…
firefighter station
firefighter station
a soccer match
a soccer match
arriving to the hotel
arriving to the hotel
empty streets
empty streets
the cafe outside
the cafe outside
my coffee with a milk shot :)
my coffee with a milk shot :)
yes! Turn it on!
yes! Turn it on!
fresh toasted coffee beans
fresh toasted coffee beans
they serve not only local beers
they serve not only local beers
tasty encebollado, with chilfes as…
tasty encebollado, with chilfes a…
a door was open and I saw this alt…
a door was open and I saw this al…
Puerto Lopez Hotels & Accommodations review
Nice, well located, but not that cheap - Hotel Pacifico
This might be the biggest hotel in Puerto Lopez, but definitely is the oldest one. At least that's what I read. It started like a small hotel run by a… read entire review
Puerto Lopez Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Multitask Cafe, Internet & Bar - Cafe Bambu
When we arrived to Puerto Lopez, it was a bit cool and rainy. So the original idea of having a cocktail on the beach was replaced for having a warm cu… read entire review
Puerto Lopez
photo by: yadilitta