From April 13 to 19, I traveled around Chile with two other American food journalists on a culinary media trip. Here's another snapshot from that week. —Robyn Lee
On our drive from Santiago to the winery-laden Cachapoal Valley, we stopped in Pomaire, a small village famous for its clay pottery, including bowls, baking ware, and vases in all different sizes, along with cute piggy banks. If you eat at any restaurant serving traditional food in Chile, you'll probably find that they use pottery from Pomaire. Although the village's dusty streets were mostly semi-deserted on a Tuesday morning, we were able to browse a few shops selling their super-low priced wares.
I bought four medium-sized bowls pictured above from a shop run by an old grandmotherly-type woman, each bowl costing a grand 300 Chilean pesos, or about $0.66—this is a dangerous place to be if you like stocking up on beautiful tableware without doing harm to your bank account. Unfortunately, three of the four bowls broke in my luggage when I got home (note to self: bring packing peanuts on my next trip to Pomaire), but at least the monetary loss was low.