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Fun Food Friday — Lunch in Quito


Diosolopay Restaurant, Metropolitan Cultural Center

After a long stint watching the Changing of the Guard at the Carondelet Palace it was time for a lunch break. We headed across the street from the Cathedral to the Metropolitan Cultural Center and a nice al fresco dining experience there in the courtyard. The restaurant here is called Diosolopay, and it’s well worth the experience.

Diosolopay Restaurant, Metropolitan Cultural Center

Our meals here were inspired by Ecuadorian culinary tradition, but were not constrained by it. Simply exquisite. Yes, it was as good as it looks:

Diosolopay Restaurant, Metropolitan Cultural Center

Diosolopay Restaurant, Metropolitan Cultural Center

Diosolopay Restaurant, Metropolitan Cultural Center

Diosolopay Restaurant, Metropolitan Cultural Center

Diosolopay Restaurant, Metropolitan Cultural Center

Diosolopay Restaurant, Metropolitan Cultural Center

Diosolopay Restaurant, Metropolitan Cultural Center

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Fun Food Friday — Hostería La Andaluza; Dinner is served


Individual grills — super-heated lava rock

La Hostería la Andaluza presented to us perhaps the most memorable meal of the trip, which is saying quite a lot if you’ll recall my review of the Cositas restaurant in Cuenca. The name of the restaurant here is El Establo, and in my view it should share equal billing with the hotel. Not only was there live Ecuadorian music, which you’ll experience next week, the food here was uniquely presented and cooked to individual tastes by the diners. The beef, pork, chicken, sausage, and seafood were brought to us on super-heated lava rock. Surrounding our individual cooking trays were salad, vegetables, and local condiments:

Individual grills — super-heated lava rock

There was simply no excuse for anyone to return something not cooked to their liking, as the guests each attended to the preparation of their own meal. Just don’t touch that stone!

Salad, vegetables, and local condiments

By now you’re asking, where’s the fish? Patience. That comes separately, and very expertly, prepared. You first hint is a long section of very thick bamboo, split lengthwise and hinged:

What could be inside?

Lift open the bamboo and inside is a bundle of banana leaves. Unwrap the leaves and you expose a perfectly steamed fillet of fish atop local vegetables and finished with a rich sauce:

Steamed fish, of course — wrapped in banana leaves and garnished

But we’re not done yet. Choose from two different dessert combinations:

Dessert selection

Dessert selection

Then sit back and enjoy the local Ecuadorian music:

Live Ecuadorian music

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Fun Photo Friday — Devil’s Nose 1; Ecuador Favorites


End of the run — Sibambe

We’ll continue with the fascinating Devil’s Nose train ride next week. Until then, enjoy some favorite images from the trip:

Riding the train home

Devil’s Nose conductor

Devil’s Nose switchbacks

Can’t escape the ubiquitous cell phone

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