El Rastro. And “Peruvian” Food Afterwards.

I’ve already mentioned in a couple of posts that, a week ago, my friend Maria and I spent the day in Madrid. We meandered through El Rastro for hours, with the sun on our faces and the crowd thronging.

El Rastro is an enormous open air flea/artisan market held every Sunday in a part of town called La Latina. It’s crammed to the rafters with rusty old junk (aka “antiques”), delightful trinkets and arty stuff.

I’ve finally managed to go through the pics, and here’s a selection:

DolliesDolls

Keys

I’d not be surprised if a quite a few of those opened random doors in Toledo!

Fabric

Tin Cars

Flamenco dresses

Eeeeeek… that’s me first thing in the morning!

Lamp shop

The Rastro is fun, but what’s missing, in my opinion, is food stalls. In the UK or in Germany, they’d have filled this glaring gap (and quite a few ravenous punters) by now.

No matter. While waiting for a bunch of Maria’s friends to join us, we stumbled across an interesting restaurant not far off the market, serving ‘Peruvian fusion’ cuisine. We had to wait for ages to get a table outside, and the service was excruciatingly slow, but the food was worth waiting for.

Deep-fried wontons and sweet and sour vegetables. ten out of ten for taste, and ten out of ten for photogenicity :)

Deep-fried wontons with sweet and sour chicken, vegetables and mango. Definitely more “fusion” than “Peruvian”. Ten out of ten, though, for taste, and another ten out of ten for photogenicity 🙂

We had to order Peru's signature dish, of course: ceviche. You'll find variations of this marinated fish and seafood dish all over Latin America.

We absolutely had to order Peru’s signature dish, ceviche. You’ll find endless variations of this marinated fish and/or seafood dish all over Latin America. This one was delicious!

Beef stir fry. Also pretty tasty.

It sure was a colourful day :)

It sure was a colourful day 🙂

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37 thoughts on “El Rastro. And “Peruvian” Food Afterwards.

  1. Expat Eye

    Too many dolls at the top – they freak me out 😉 Saved by the image of ‘you’ in the morning that that beef stir fry! Goddamn! Like YOU were never going to find somewhere to eat 😉

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    1. barbedwords

      I agree, dolls are freaky…at least they weren’t clowns 🙂 Those deep-fried wontons look amazing, thank goodness; nothing worse than waiting ages for food which is then awful!

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      They do have restaurants and bars in the streets that line the market, so it’s not too bad, BUT some proper markety foodstalls would be nice, and I’m not talking about disgusting burger vans.

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      1. nancytex2013

        So let me get this straight. You’re walking through a very big market, working up a nice big appetite, and you stumble across a food truck purveying grilled sausage, smothered in fried onions, served on a crusty bun, and you…abstain??? That is sacrilege!

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  2. Myas

    Don’t tell me the booths that sold hand-made leather goods aren’t there anymore. These things weren’t cheap but they were one of a kind. I bought a wallet – one of those the size of a small clutch, and still have it. Outside of Plaza Mayor was another smaller open market that sold artisan items. One of my favorites was the couple who made jewelry from shells. They had them on display with the bracelets, rings, earrings and necklaces. There was another stand across from them that sold pashmina and silk shawls. Of course, Plaza Mayor was where most of the artists displayed their works for sale.

    There’s a lot more shopping to do….

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      Oh, there’s plenty of stalls with leather goods – and at quite good prices. No stalls on Plaza Mayor, it must have been the “wrong” day for that.

      I see I’ve re-activated your dormant market prowling genes…

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      1. Myas

        I don’t know if there’s such a thing as spending money you shouldn’t have – all a matter of opinion – but what I do know and remember is many of the younger teachers who came to Madrid to teach did so purely for money to stay up all night at clubs, to shop, and see the sights. My agenda didn’t include staying up all night, but I walked all over Madrid, took the metro and walked all over wherever I was – I could’ve been a tour guide and I knew all the best places to shop… oh, yeah!

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  3. bevchen

    Ugh… dolls! My grandma used to buy me porcelain dolls for every Christmas/birthday. They’re currently at my dad’s place gathering dust…

    That food looks sooo good! I’m hungry now and I can’t eat for another 2 and half hours.

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      Ah yes, I’d completely forgotten about this, but I, too, went through a porcelain doll phase. Must have been instigated by a relative, coz I was never all that much into dolls.

      Am making myself some lunch right now…

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      You know, that market was so heaving that nobody paid much attention… I’d have been a bit more careful around the artisan stalls, as they are often worried that you might pinch their designs.

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  4. Andean

    I have yet to find a ceviche that even remotely resembles those in Ecuador. I think the closest was one in Puerto Vallarta many moons ago.

    I never knew Peruvian food to look so much like the Chinese food from here

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      I don’t think it does, in reality… they’ve just taken the ‘fusion’ concept very, very far in this particular restaurant. But as long as it tastes good, they get away with it 😉

      And of course you are the expert on ceviche – I’d sure love to try a few Ecuadorian versions 🙂

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