In November 2008 I volunteered with Habitat for Humanity – a charity that builds simple, decent and affordable houses to low-income families around the world with the help of global volunteers and supporters. The project I worked on was in Casablanca, Chile (56 miles out of Santiago). This is where I met my boyfriend James and so we thought it would be nice to re-visit the families we helped build houses for 2 years ago.
We took a bus out to Casablanca from Santiago and decided to have a walk around the town first and revisit some of the sites we remembered from staying here before. Upon seeing the little bar/restaurant where we had spent many afternoons after building we decided to go in for lunch.
The place had had some changes but was still the same really. The inside doesn’t really match the outside and still hasn’t had any work done to it which it could do with! But the staff are still friendly and the food great - with a home cooked feel.
We had the set (almuerzo) menu although there were a few options. The food was absolutely delicious and the portions were huge. I can't remember the names of the dishes unfortunately but I had a huge salad plate with a sort of meat loaf - the meat was really beautifully flavoured and perfectly cooked. As with all almuerzo's I had a soup before hand and a dessert after. I walked away not needing any more food that day! James had a tasty beef stew/broth and the meat fell apart as he ate it...hmmm!
If you are in Santiago or heading to Vina del Mar then do pay a visit to Casablanca as it is on the bus route between these two cities. It's a really sweet little town with a few market stalls in the square and a few little shops dotted around. The people are very friendly here and the surroundings are stunning. There are some exceptional vineyards in the region famous for their chardonnay's in particular. These are definitely worth checking out, and of course do visit La Herradura for a fulfilling, hearty meal.