Sunday, March 13, 2016

Drooling over Pizzas in La Serena {Chile}




We happened to walk into the best restaurants we’ve been to in Chile! yes, THAT happened. So what if we had to drive 500 kms to the second oldest town in Chile. And so what if they served pizzas! And who would’ve thunk that you’ve get something good to eat in a restaurant right at the city’s central square? 







When you’re mouth waters just with the thought of food from Manado or you’re willing to kill for some sorpetel, It’s takes a bit longer to make Chilean food your comfort food. Simply diving into it makes you describe most dishes with adjectives such as bland and unimaginative. It takes time. But give it a chance. I now love to have a hot steaming bowl of Cazuela (a meat soup with sweet pumpkin & potatoes) or quick Empanadas (dough stuffed with meat and cheese - then baked - this is the stuffing I like the most). But what about pizzas? When did we stop having pizzas? 

It was my husband’s birthday weekend getaway to La Serena. The road trip made me also realise that after 8+ years of being together, my husband actually enjoys my playlist (umm..may be our tastes have gravitated towards each others?). We reached our B&B late night and then walked towards to beach for dinner. Sea food is a still a big gamble in this side of the world- I’m still warming up to ceviche, and as much as I loved sushi with all my heart, it’s taking longer to like raw fish cured in lemon juice (I blame the lemon!). We ended up having pizza.

We were bowled by the warm wait staff AND the pizzas. The next day we landed at Pasta Brazza, a newly opened restaurant, right at the city square. We went there twice- and both times the wait staff spoke fluent English, were really nice and we loved our food! Not always the case in Santiago!

La Serena is a great weekend getaway from Santiago, and I imagine people travelling from overseas include it only as a good stop over to the more stellar northern destinations such as San Pedro De Atacama, Elqui Valley Wine Tours and The Penguin National Reserve at Isla Damas. The very current that enables penguins to thrive at this point on the Chilean coast is the same reason for chilly waters on the entire coastline! La Serena, for example is a coastal town with a pretty long stretch of nice sandy beaches- sadly only to sit and admire from the sands! You have to be pretty brave to take a dip in the water! 

We visited some beautiful XVth Century churches, a massive 93’ Cross that was built at the turn of this Millennium called “Cruz del Tercer Milenio” (The IIIrd Millennium Cross), Faro Monumental (a Lighthouse which is very famous for some reason), met people from around the world (belgium, peru, venezuela & france!) and …of course, fell in love with pizzas all over again!

The weekend also marked the end of Summer. Ethereal windmills & hills peeping from foggy weather surrounded us on our drive back. 


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Notes:

~  The road trip is mostly straight roads for 500km North of Santiago. It took us 5 hours.

~  The tolls for the round trip mounted to $45/31000 CLP

~  *Most* cool things are closed on Sundays- like in Santiago (even restaurants!)




26 comments:

  1. Wow! What a beautiful place! Fun to find great food anywhere :) #citytripping

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  2. Gorgeous photos - I love the colours. And anywhere with penguins keeps me happy, especially if they have great pizza too. Thanks for joining up with #citytripping

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    1. We didn't make it to the penguins, we hope to some other time!! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Wow, beautiful photos! Makes me want to book a ticket to Chile right away ;-)#CityTripping

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  4. I really love your photos! It sounds like a gorgeous trip away. #citytripping

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  5. La Serena looks so beautiful. I love the old and new architecture and of course love great pizza. Thanks for introducing me to this lesser known town of Chile! #MyFavouriteTrip

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    1. I know, I love the juxtaposition of old & new architecture too! Thanks for stopping by Katy!

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  6. I've never been to Chile but you have made me want to go there now!! La Serena sounds and looks beautiful, plus, Penguins and pizza - it's a winner. Thanks for linking to #citytripping

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  7. What a beautiful place. The pizza sounds pretty good too. Chile is not somewhere I've been before but I'd love to go for the Penguins alone! #myfavouritetrip

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  8. Gorgeous pictures. Unfortunately we didn't make it to Chile yet.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Chile is almost the end of the world!

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  9. How exotic! I am someone who can drive miles for good food - I tend to do that when I'm in Japan. Going all the way out to find the restaurants featured on TV. Bet the pizza was just yumz!

    Thank you for linking up for Travel Tuesday. :)

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    1. Is that so? I was just telling my husband we should do a food road trip! Just the thought makes me so happy!

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  10. oh PIZZA - My favorite food and I can no longer eat it {gluten free, paleo diet!!} But gee sure love your pictures of La Serena, the doorways, the windows...yeah I was drooling :)

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    1. I can imagine! I Was on a no-sugar diet for a year , but gluten was always welcome! Thanks for stopping by Lisa!

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  11. The pizza sounds great and the city looks lovely... great photos!
    I hope to visit Chile sometime, even though I'm Brazilian and lived most of my life there, I never got the chance to visit Chile!

    Thank you for linking up with #MondayEscapes

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    1. I would love to travel to Brazil! Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. Fantastic description and beautiful photos. The town looks stunning and I can imagine being there with you. I would love to visit Chile one day. And you've made me crave pizza :-) Thanks for linking up to #MyFavouriteTrip Polly x

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