The Fish Market

11 Feb

DSC05853Valparaiso is known for its seafood. One of the city’s fish markets is right on the beach where the boats dock each day.  The seafood stalls are sandwiched underneath a boardwalk that looks out over the pier where the catch is unloaded early in the morning.

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DSC05841The Saturday we were there the market was full of local people shopping for dinner. Crabs, eels, shrimp, urchins, clams, mussels, scallops, oysters, salmon and many other local fish varieties were laid out for purchase.

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Fish mongers will cut and trim the fish to your custom order while you look on.

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Like the city, the market has its own art on the walls and the boats.

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We were delighted to see sea lions frolicking in the surf under the pier.  They seemed to be riding back and forth in a group, tumbling over and under each other as the surfed crashed in and out of the support pillars. Above them flocks of gulls circled and cried out looking for fish scraps.

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DSC05827After walking through the market we ambled down the beach to eat fresh seafood soup at a shoreline restaurant. The sun was hot and brilliant on this day in Chile.

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6 Responses to “The Fish Market”

  1. Ellen Gregor February 12, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

    It all looks so wonderful! I have heard that farmed salmon is fed chicken entrails, so when they say it tastes like chicken, they aren’t far from the truth.

    • Jill February 12, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

      Well, before I heard of any warnings, I had some over a bed of mashed sweet potatoes. It was delicious.

  2. Ursula Freer February 11, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    Thanks for the wonderful photos!

    • Jill February 11, 2013 at 11:48 pm #

      You are welcome. Dana really enjoys taking them.

  3. Neil Freer February 11, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

    that soup……..stew……….of fresh caught fish looks about as appetizing as any dish can be…….wow……….to they make it mellow or a bit spicy er wut? I have not been buying any fish from the Pacific since Fukushima dumped, is probably still dumping all that radiation in it………southern hemisphere Pacific should probably be ok though. And they are not telling us what is happening with the veggies and fruit crops in CA……..I’m almost at a point where I buy a radiation counter/detector and take it shopping with me.
    Is there any Japanese influence there so that shushi is made with that beautiful fish?

    • Jill February 11, 2013 at 11:46 pm #

      All of the fish dishes we have ordered here have been tasty and good. We have been warned about eating salmon as apparently it is all farmed and there is some thought that it might not be in the healthiest of circumstances. But otherwise we have had no problems.

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