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We spend Rox's birthday quietly in our favorite Cuenca Restaurant...

April 29th, which is Rox's birthday, kind of snuck up on us upon our arrival in Cuenca.  Our trip to Cuenca was sort of a "working vacation", where we wished to take care of a bunch of chores involving the apartment, the car, and personal grooming.

So...instead of making a big deal out of it, we decided to celebrate privately at El Terrace Restaurant (Location: Av. del Estadio 1-36, next to Zonas Muebles, y Florencia Astudillo Phones: 07 281 3166; 07 288 0450).  The place is relatively new and is a first class operation. 

It might be a retail operation of one of the huge liquor corporations, since the bar is huge, and the selections are daunting...here we are at the bar...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

 

Rox's martini was huge, and was about two bucks less than most places for that size of a drink...

 

 

We arrived early, but the place was packed when we left--not a Gringo in sight--all supported by happy Cuenanos...a good sign...

 

 But, you can't live on atmosphere and drink-size alone, the food has to be excellent!  And it is!  This Fillet Mignon is the best we've had in Ecuador, and we are pretty picky...

 Those fries were so good that we almost forgot to check out the steak.  They were fresh from the fryer, and cooked perfectly...plus the veggies were perfect, abundant, and varied...and...that large portion of meat is actually two Fillet Mignon steaks smothered in Montebello mushroom sauce.  These goodies were cooked just perfectly for us (white stick for medium rare, and yellow one for my medium).  If you have a hard time determining just how to tell the waiter how you want yours cooked, the brown stick is well done, and I think the red one is rare...These little sticks come sticking in your steak when your food arrives.  We asked the waiter to bring a sample of all the colors (four) and we all than agreed on how each steak should be cooked. We were having such a good time, that we had a dessert of a wonderful banana split for me, and another smoooooth Martooni for Rox... And, in  case you are wondering about prices--the meal is their steak special, and is $6.20...the martini is $3.50, as is the banana split.

 

It was really nice to reminisce about places where we have had meals similar to this one, and we were surprised at how many places all over the world were included.  Kind of a steak flavored stroll down memory lane, and, since we've been together since 1966, it was a lengthy stroll.  What was really nice, was that last night compared just fine with the best we remember...

This little celebration was perfect for us this evening, and the best part is that we intend to do it many more times...so...happy birthday Rox--you just keep getting better!!!

 

 

 

Posted on Thu, April 29, 2010 at 09:52PM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments2 Comments

Reader Comments (2)

Happy B-day Rox. Looks like you guys had a great time. Ah, the good life. Otra vez, feliz cumpleaños.

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEl L

Happy birthday Rox, looks you two had fun.
Bob you are smooth.

Cheers you two,
Shelagh and Peter

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShelagh

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