Whew! I am exhausted from my luncheon date with my friend Nancy and her cousin Gladys. We met at 12:30 and drove to a very nice restaurant at 2.5 Km on Via Data. The lunch was excellent. Our first course was Sopa de Choclo (corn soup). It was just filled with fresh corn kernels in a thick broth with queso fresco. The segundo was a lovely stewed chicken dish with steamed rice and a noodle salad. This was served with a large glass of fresh limeade. I was surprised to also see coffee and a corn cake served for a $2.50 almuerzo. It was a very nice meal with really great companions.
We were there for hours just gabbing away. I looked out the window at one point to see two large pigs just crossing and recrossing the road. You see something new and different in Playas all the time.
The owner came over to our table and we found out the plantation she owns is in an area where there has been massive flooding. Seems her entire property boarders a river that overflowed it banks, leaving her property and the first floor of her two-story house under water. She grows cocoa and was so kind to give me a bag of the rich dark chocolate used for baking. It is not something that you find for sale in Ecuador stores. All the products that say Cocoa on the label contain sugar and milk solids along with other ingredients that are not necessary when baking. What a lovely woman.
We finally broke up our “Girl Talk” gab fest after 4pm. Nancy drove us to Bellevista which is a small hotel resort located at about 2 Km Via Data. Nancy was kind enough to take us on a tour of the facilities which includes a restaurant and bar, pool, spa for massages, sauna, steamy salt bath where you can also get a manicure and pedicure. The property is located right on the ocean and has a beautiful garden area where the following picture was taken. They allow folks to use the facilities for a small charge per person for the day. It would be a great place during the week when there are less tourists. I hope to try it one day very soon.
It was a special afternoon, Nancy I am ready for our next Girls Day Out whenever you are!