I've Crossed the Miles- First part of our trip, Chile

Santiago, Chile

A beautiful place I had seen and delicious food I had eaten. 

Indeed! I supposed I should have known that I would fall in love with the beauties of Chile. Another thing that I should tell you is that I never visited Chile before, but I always wanted to--particularly because part of our family lives there. And seen their welcoming and sweet faces have filled our hearts with warm and comfortable feelings.

We didn’t have much time to explore and share with our loved ones as much as we wanted to but we treasured every moment.

The Streets of Santiago, Chile

The weather was quite warm and invited us to enjoy of long walks around the city. 

Tall-leafy trees and Impressive buildings with rich and varied architecture decorate the main streets of Santiago. I never felt such admiration and curiosity about buildings. Lots and lots of European style buildings!  

Walking through Plaza de Armas –Plaza of Arms was absolutely vibrant and fun; it was surrounded by people sitting, people walking, children playing around, performers and artists at work like magicians, cartoonist and The Living Statue Lady- Which of course, I absolutely loved watching.

Restaurants, street stalls and Panaderias- Bakeries seem endless. And I was certainly surprised to learn about the variety of breads, cakes and specialty desserts to go that can be found in the panaderias.

After visiting many historical places {like the outstanding museum-where we feed our eyes with breath-taking art pieces} we also decided to feed our palates! 

The perfect excuse to have The Merienda- Afternoon teatime! The day was warm and we wanted something light and refreshing. We found a lovely coffee house while walking.  

A fresh strawberry juice and kuchen de Duraznos –Peach Kuchen/ German Cake followed :)

The Beautiful Flowering Trees that decorates the streets of Santiago, Chile.

 Chilean Empanadas
Eating Empanadas de mariscos con queso- Seafood and cheese stuffed pastry/turnovers, was irresistibly delicious!!!

I believe one of the most beautiful Chilean creations I ever had. Indeed! The empanadas flavors melted into my mouth, it felt like heaven on earth.  

Visiting La Vega – one of the biggest markets in Santiago, I found the most countless and freshly types of fish! Gorgeous colorful produce in season and the savory aromas of pescado frito con papas- fish and chips, cazuela de mariscos- light-broth soup with a selection of seafood and empanadas.  

We decided to make a stop with our family and have a succulent lunch at Donde Augusto – a larger restaurant {inside La Vega Market} with a huge selection of seafood dishes. 

It was crowded, full of people from all around the world, busy and loud …

but we love it! A unique place well worth to visit, full of traditional Chilean flavors.

 Reineta Fish with fries

Our family also prepared lovely morning breakfasts for us. Warm bread ''my weakness'' , cheeses and lots of fruits; juicy peaches, vibrant pink raspberries, bananas and the most gorgeous and sweet blackberries!''They know what they like the most" :)  

And lunches such as; mouth-watering empanadas de pino – ground beef stuffed pastry, pastel de carne—Mashed potatoes pie.

 Chilean Humitas
And the beloved Humitas { which differs from the Tamales} Yes, they look alike but there’s some differences between the two of them. But that’s another story :)
A huge Thank You to our family in Chile, for such a beautiful and unforgettable welcoming! 

 Precious moments. 

So this is the first part of our trip. More photos to follow! Yes, the second part of our trip from Argentina. I’ll be back soon ! Thank you for all the lovely comments, beautiful people :) Hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week!


Junia said...

looks like you are having a wonderful time :). i love empanadas, but prefer them baked. do they bake them down there or are they all fried? hope you are enjoying the company with your family! have a wonderful week, aldy!

Annemarie said...

El otro día me acordé de ti. Pensé cuando regresará, tenía ganas de ver fotos y conocer paises que no conozco, con tu mirada. Maravillosas, cuando voy de viaje, me gusta ir a los mercados, me parecen una fuente inagotable de cultura gastronómica del lugar. Y esas moras que aspecto tan divino. Besos

juliana said...

q lindo viaje! espero q de este lado de la cordillera la hayas pasado igual de bien!

Beth said...

We visited Chile a couple of years ago, and it was one of my favorite trips ever. Such a beautiful country, and wonderful people. I'm looking forward to reading about Argentina, because that's a country I'm DYING to visit!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

MY GOODNESS this is beautiful, Aldy! WELCOME HOME!!! Thank you for coming to visit me but look at this FEAST! First of all your photos are stunning and so beautifully done. The light is marvelous and this wonderful place resembles FRANCE! PARIS! Well, you make food look like a painting, a beautiful canvas of color and texture!

I thank you so much for visiting upon return! BISOUS! Anita

quicks said...

You seriously take the most gorgeous pictures of the most amazing things.I love traveling too, and I have enjoyed looking at all your lovely pics. Chile seems fascinating place to visit. Have to go there :-)

Thanks for sharing this lovely post

Magic of Spice said...

What a beautiful place...the colors are so vibrant and alive! The markets must all be incredible, beautiful!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Beautiful photos! The colors of Santiago and Chile and so gorgeous and the food must be equally as wonderful.

kankana said...

That's some fun time you had and the photos are just so so so gorgeous!

Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet said...

Thanks Beautiful Ladies! Feeling the love <3


Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet said...

@ Junia, Oh yes! most of the empanadas are baked- except the seafood empanadas :)

Martina said...

Dear Aldy, WOW! Such amazing photos - all in your light and delicious style. I'd love to have lunch in Chile now - empanadas remind me of a good friend who used to make them because she has lived in Chile. You did a great job here - love it all!

Sonia said...

Hi Aldy,

The pictures are absolutely gorgeous and food seems to be so tempting, craving to try all... !
Hope you had loads of fun in this trip and wud love to hear more experiences. cheers, sonia

foodtravelandwine said...

Aldy.....te estoy leyendo una y otra vez desde el fin de semana pero no habia podido escribirte.....hemos estado con tormenta de nieve y todo se hace mas lento....tus fotos y el relato son maravillosos....supiste captar la luz de Santiago...esa luz que atraviesa esos arboles frondosos de la calle Pedro de Valdivia.....y "Donde Augusto"....todos los fines de semana ibamos a almorzar.....nostalgia y felicidad.....eso me ha provocado tu entrada....Gracias!!.......Abrazotes, Marcela

Mexico in my kitchen said...

Great Pictures, Aldi.

But, I am looking forward to those recipes you and your mom cooked while visiting her.

They pictures are lovely and bright!


Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet said...

I'm glad you all enjoy this post! Thank you so much for sharing such wonderful words :)


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Lovely clicks! Thanks for sharing. I'm really looking forward to the second part.



Rosita Vargas said...

Aldy has escrito un maravilloso post de nuestro Santiago de Chile ,las fotos y los lugares representativos son muy buenos,me da orgullo leerte y ver tus maravillosas fotos,abrazos y bienvenida a Chile siempre ,abrazos hugs,hugs.

Cheap Ethnic Eatz said...

Oh just wow, wow, wow. All your pictures are so amazing. I have a friend there right now too on holiday. It is very European indeed. The food looks so good. So jealous :-)

Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet said...

@ Rosita, Que linda! Muchas Gracias :)

Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet said...

@ Cheap Ethnic Eatz, Thank you for that. Much appreciated :) Oh, really! yes, European.

Prieta said...

Aldy, I don't know how I missed this post, this is great! I love seeing Chile throughout your eyes, it looks absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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