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En Viña del Mar se encuentra el jardín botánico nacional de Viña del Mar. He vivido en Chile por muchos años y si no hubiese sido por mis primos y tíos no sabría que existe.

Queda emplazado en la V región y es inmenso! Más que jardín parece parque, con una laguna increíble y con un pequeño camino de cerezos plantados por descendientes japoneses en Chile. Así que mejor ir cuando comience a calentar el sol para verlos florecer. Yo fui en invierno, así que de cerezo sólo vi los troncos.

El camino de cerezos…habrá que ver en primavera / si te cansas en el camino podrás encontrar un tronco-silla por allí.

arroyos por doquier y bellotas sin caer.

En éste parque no sólo se puede ir a ver sus inmensas áreas verdes, también tienen un área para hacer asados y los baños son limpios -gracias!-. En la entrada del jardín, doblando a mano izquierda hay castaños, así que nosotros recogimos las castañas caídas 🙂 .Le pregunté a mi tía si estaba permitido y me dijo que si recoges los que están en el suelo, los guardias no te dirán nada. Recogimos un montón, varios kilos, y los comimos a la parrilla después del asado. Me encantan las castañas asadas. además tenían un sabor muy rico, justas en dulzor. Eso sí, al recogerlas hay que tener cuidado con las castañas de las indias, que también se pueden encontrar caídas. Las castañas de las indias tienen usos medicinales para combatir las várices, así que hay que tener cuidado de no consumirlas, ya que no sabemos qué efecto pueda tener en nuestra salud. También hemos recogido bellotas. En Chile no se consumen, que yo sepa,  pero en la cocina coreana se preparan y se consumen previamente sacando su amargor 🙂

castañas en el castaño, en el suelo, en mis manos y asadas! yummy!

caminando más encontramos menta y berros silvestres creciendo junto a un arroyo.

También tiene una zona de juegos con canopy para los niños y visitas guiadas. La entrada tiene un costo de $2000 por adulto. Es un lugar que no se pueden perder si pasan por Viña del Mar. Es muy lindo, no está atestado de gente y es muy fotografiable. 1000% recomendable!!!


In La Vega, no Las Vegas


La Vega is located at Recoleta commune and is a famous market in Santiago. Fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, flour, sugar are sold there. Thanks to the peruvian inmigration you can also find peruvian products that before used to be very hard to get.

This market is open 4:00 to 19:30. At the opening hours you´ll find chefs and cooks trying to get the best products for their restaurants. At mondays supposed not to be open, but many stores open anyway. If you get hungry you can eat at chileans or peruvian cocinerías there.


Sunday in “El rastro” flea market


“El rastro” is a flea market that has maaany years and opens every sundays and holidays from 9am to 3pm alonside Plaza del Cascorro in Madrid, but at 3pm you still can buy some things because plenty of the stores are starting to close. If you don´t like crowded places i recommend you walk by the sidewalk.

You can find all kind of things! You want toys? leather goods? crafts? clothe? jewelry? etc,etc? this is your place and you can discover more stuffs. After walking and walking you get hungry, in the area you have restaurants, bars, coffee shops to have a break. However the menu prices are higher than other areas. I saw menus between 15 and 16 euros, having in other parts menus between 10 and 12 euros. Suddenly you want a tattoo or piercing? No problem. By de sidewalk you have some tattoo shops. I don´t know if they are good tattooing but you have the choice.

You can have a look one Sunday morning in “el rastro”, it worths. If you didn´t find what you wanted at least you can say you have been in “el rastro” of Madrid. Have a nice Sunday!

You also can found thimbles for collectors and creepy stuffs like this little deer.

San Antón market


The “San Antón market” is just few minutes from Chueca metro station. In the underground floor you have the supermarket, but I like to do “eye shopping”, you have plenty kind of products and varieties. You will love it! This market has 4 floors in total and they sell fish, fruits, sweets, etc. Too many things. Even chips with different flavors and colors. You can go to have some food or tapear (like a verb: to try tapas from one place to another) mainly in the second and third floor. On the third floor you have the terraces and start to be busy at lunch time indeed in this very hot summer days in Madrid. This is not just a place for tourists! Local people of all ages go there to enjoy tapas and it´s open all the year until 12am. Today I saw a grandpa serving cider like an expert! Wow!

With tapas from all kind of prices and from the traditional ones and gourmets. In this market a must to try are codfish tapas, and brandada tapas are so good! And of course the boquerones or anchovies tapas and octopus a la gallega. Very assorted choices and with the imagination of the new cooks, new tapas are appearing in the scene. Don´t worry you always will found the traditional tapas because in Spain they care of their culinary heritage. They also have hot tapas like little fried fishes or croquettes. Now I go to tapear! See you soon!


Back in Madrid


If you heard about Madrid for sure you heard about this place, the “Mercado de San Miguel” is pretty famous, but not too spacious for all the tourists that came to taste the products they sell. I like this place, look like a glass house in the middle of the city. Is placed in the Plaza de San Miguel, few minutes from Plaza Mayor. this is one of the where-to-eat spots in the city. They sell fruits, seafood, beer, tapas, italian food and even sushi. Yes! you can found assorted options for your stomach. Tip: Don´t touch the fruits.

Some places cook your seafood a la minute other places offer you glasses of wine or beer. Don´t expect chairs where to sit, are gonna be already taken. The traditional way is be in the barra having tapas and beer. You can take away the snacks too.

Also if you want something sweet you can find macarons, pastries, granitas and smoothies.



Indoor picnic


Today in Lyon was predicted rain. After like 11:00am we are having just sun.

At morning i didn´t check the weather and prepared a sandwich, fast dessert and white wine. Thinking having that lunch next to the Rhône river. Everyday indeed at weekends i can see people there jogging, chatting with friends, just standing, etc. Is a place to relax. I didn´t expected raindrops but when i opened the window i checked the weather on my mobile. Ok. only two hours  of sun and then 50%+ expectations of rain. What i did? i enjoyed my picnic on the floor looking outside through the window. In front of me, my neighbord catched me and looked at me like i´m crazy jajaja. It´s ok, sometimes indoor picnics happens, no?


Name: Brie, Surname: de Meaux


This morning i had an appointmet so i drunk just pineapple juice and in the way back to my little rented studio in Lyon i realized i don´t have nothing for breakfast. So i went to the supermarché and bought baguette and cheese. One of my favorite cheeses is brie, but here in France they have brie xx and brie xx. In my country is just brie! So i took one called “brie de meaux”. In my mind i was thinking: is just like the regular one. I tried it and this one is strong!, stronger than the chileans one but we cannot compare them because at the end are differents, no? Guess is not a fair play.



At room temperature inside both look the same, like “wanna get melt” but the de meaux  look like a sandwich. I was reading in internet and Mr. Meaux used to be called “the king of the cheeses” due to the preference of nobility for this one centuries ago.

So I took my kingslices of baguette and voilá, i had a cheesy and smelly breakfast. Have a bon journée! 

Ice cream, glacée or gelato?


For winter days soups, for summer days ice creams. It´s a rule.

I realize ice creams are not similars around the globe. In USA the soft ice creams are the star. I tried one from a white truck. they have plenty of choices but i chose the vanilla ice cream covered with “cherry”. Cherries i thought! perfect for this sunny day. My surprise was vanilla soft ice cream tasted too fake and the cherry cover was nothing, i mean was just the cherry color, i was dissappointed but what can i expect, no? was cheap.

Glacée is another story. I have to say that french ice creams are regular. I went to the parc de la Tête d´or. Beautiful. And I had strawberry and chocolate glacée and my sister chose the classic vanilla one. Chocolate is ok but strawberry is acid, like a mix of straberries and cherries, i don´t know, this was a new straberry for me. The vanilla one was better than mine. 

Gelato…I didn´t see soft ice creams. But! wherever in Italy, it seems the gelato has a special place in italians hearts like pizza, pasta and espressos. Gelato is amazing! In Venice i tried chocolate and my sister milk, and really tasted like milk! In Rome we tried anguria, lemone, cioccolato, fior di latte, pistacchio and mango (watermelon, lemon, chocolate, milk, pistachio and mango). All of this flavors tasted like the flavor is it. My favorites are lemone, cioccolato and fior di latte. I miss italian ice creams. i miss the fact that their ice creams respect the flavor and whatever is the way the prepare them, they keep it. For me the winner is la bella Italia.


Gelato at Roma. On the left: fior di latte & cioccolato and on the right mango & lemone.

Second & third day in Paris


IMG_3731First day done. No more mustard flavor in my mouth. Thank you Paris for my second and not that much for the third day.

The luck was still around my family and I. Rained plenty in this trip but everytime we had to go out, the sun was shining.

In my second day the guide lead us to a little restaurant next to Shakespeare and company, Le petit châtelet. The true is i wasn´t expecting decent food because when a tour guide tell you this place is nice, for sure they are linked to the restaurant and the quality of it used to be low. But what happened? I ordered lamb kebab with roasted potatoes and my sister escargots in a pot with crust, like a shepherd´s pie. The kebab was delicious, only salt and pepper and cooked so nicely, it didn´t need anything else. The escargots came in a creamy sauce with mushrooms. Not bad but i prefer the traditional one with butter and parsley because you are not gonna loose the flavor of this tiny meaty thing. I mean, a piece of lamb, pork or beef have stronger flavor that you really have to mess up to cover their richness. So second day has thumbs up.

The third day i had confit de canard with potatoes at Le Royal Opéra restaurant. Not sure if the confit was straight from the can. Hummm…the potatoes were good, hot, crispies and well seasoned. So not too much to say about this place. Hummm.


I will post the picture and go slowlyyyyy…See ya´


First day in Paris


fullsizeoutput_1e00My first day in Paris I was so hungry. So my family and I went to the first decent looklike restaurant, next to KFC. I don´t speak french but the server helped us speaking english and then spanish. I don´t know why I have the habit to order at restaurants the dish that usually people don´t used to choose. So I asked for kidneys in mustard sauce and pappardelle.  My sisters looked at me like: what?! I just smiled jajaja.

In Chile, where i live, they always give me overcooked kidneys, dry with plastic texture. In Paris they give you medium-cooked kidneys and I liked it, the only “but” was the mustard seeds sauce was too strong that i had to left the half of it. The pasta was ok and the plate didn´t make my happy ending day but at least i tried something different. I don´t regret my choice.

Also supposed to rain all day but thanks to God everytime we had to go out of any place the rain stopped. First day in Paris: checked!