You can’t just walk into an all-you-can-eat-buffet (“tenedor libre”) in Arica and start chowing down. At least for me at lunch today it didn’t work out the way that I had expected. Hot foods weren’t actually hot and mysterious-looking foods tasted…. mysterious. But I tried just about everything on the table, and I can’t tell you the name of a single thing that I ate. However, I did get a few Chileans to smile at my facial expressions as I stuffed my face.
I think I mistook the communal bowl of fruit preserves for dessert and took it to my table. I took a few bites of it. Delicious, but inappropriate.
Buffets just aren’t the best place to start your culinary adventure in a new place, at least not if you intend to go “all out.” When it comes to food, that’s my nature.
Today also included a tour of a few beautiful beaches around the city, and a look at how some local fisherman catch local types of crustaceans. I intend to return to the beaches to fish with those men later!