A Trip To San Juan, La Union (part two)

By BobbyRica | January 21, 2011

carinderia

We stopped for lunch at this quaint place, a restaurant inside a public wet market which was just off the main road (I forget its name already). The market was a plethora of smells, some even nasty, and really wasn’t much to look at. But taken all together, they just heighten the adventure and danger of it all.

You know, when traveling the world, you must be prepared to try all kinds of exotic food. Akasha and I were feeling like Anthony Bourdain on his food trips as we stared at our lunch! There was this crunchy dried pork called “bagnet” which, surprisingly, I liked very much. We also had jumping salad (freshly caught shrimp dipped in lemon juice), mixed vegetables and a dish of diced pork whose name I cannot recall anymore. We let Barney and Lakay, that’s the name of our driver, do most of the ordering.

bagnet

We couldn’t wait to get to the beach, so we immediately got back to our jeepney on full stomachs. On our way out of the market, Barney pointed out this black SUV parked outside another restaurant (locals call them “carinderia”). This was the same car of our surfer girls in my previous post!

A chick wearing shirt, shorts and sunglasses just at that same moment came out of the restaurant. She saw me just as our jeepney came alongside, smiled and gave a little wave. Of course, I waved back! Talk about serendipity! She must be one of the chicks seated at the back of the SUV the last time I saw them!

jumping salad

The public market, it turned out, was a usual stop for people headed to La Union beach. I noticed a couple more vehicles with surf boards and other stuff parked outside the market as we were getting out. Anyway, off we go to some sun, sand and surf!

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