On May 16, our attorney had us come back to Quito to complete the final phase of our residency. We spent another few weeks taking in the beauty of this great city especially the area surrounding Parque La Carolina. Our stay at Finlandia Hotel was exceptional, everything was perfect even though they were in the process of adding a 4th story to the building and we were on the third floor.
We again got to eat out at some of my new favorite restaurants including a great place for steak La Barcarola located in Plaza Kendo (Av. República El
Salvador y Portugal).- under the owner, Oswaldo Martinez’s tutelage we were made the most tender perfectly cooked steak with a spicy red and green pepper sauce it was to die for. We actually went back three times in total to feast on this excellent meal. The waiter/bartender was a Cuban born genius with his version of a Mojito Cubano.
We found a bakery that made the most decadent pastries filled with Chantilly cream and tarts with an assortment of berries. They also had flautes (french breads) and sold different cheeses cut from huge wheels of brie, cheddar or the Holland cheese they love so much here. We would pick up a loaf of bread, a sweet tart and a few slices of brie, walk next door to the fruit market and buy a box of raspberries or Joe’s favorites the Uvilla, pick up two bottles of Lemonada Natural and have ourselves a picnic in the park – the weather was beautiful a bit crisp when the sun went behind a cloud but just beautiful for an impromptu picnic.
We walked the park each day in search of encebollado which is a fish soup made with tons of onions – what a treat it is served with a bowl of popcorn and plantain chips and aji sauce. Or the choclo cart with it’s over sized kernelled corn on the cob that they coat with a queso fresco or even better an avocado sauce that made your mouth leap with joy.
We left Quito on June 1st after receiving our resident cards, censo and our stamped passports. We are now legal residents of Ecuador. Hi Ho– Hi Ho it’s off to the beach we go… to find a home for Joe and I, Hi Ho — Hi Ho!