Jul 17, 2009, 2:15 PM
Post #6 of 8
Thanks for the many good wishes on my birthday. So far I am in reasonably good health, I don't need to take any medications regularly (knock on wood), I used to get a physical exam every year in Alaska when The Indian Health Service was paying for it, now that I have to pay for them I get one every 3 or 4 years at the Army hospital here in Cuernavaca. Very cheap.
We went to the Tequila restaurant for dinner last night. It is also a small hotel, I don't know how many rooms there are, probably only 4 or 5. They have remodeled the restaurant a little, and the grounds a lot since our last visit a couple of years ago. It is still a beautiful place. Cortes picked a sweet spot for his home. It is built on a slope, from the terraza where we were eating, we could look down the beautifully landscaped back patio (yard) and see our van in the walled, secure, parking lot. Before they landscaped that patio it was just a rough hillside with no walks or even a path to get down to our car. They have added cement walks and stairs now. It's a long climb up, and the ladies had to stop to catch their breath 3 times. I pretended that I was OK and just waiting for them while I was catching my own breath.
They used to have valet parking, if you stopped at the front door at street level, a guy would take the car around the block to the parking lot on the lower level and a maitre D would seat us at a table. There was nobody attending the front door last night so we drove around the block to the parking lot. After we were sitting at our table, Doris asked the mesero (waiter) why there was no valet parking? He told us that they had changed the procedure and if we wanted to ride up the hill, we should stop in the parking lot and ask an attendant and one of them would get in the car and ride around the block with us and take our car back to the parking lot for us after we got out at the front door at street level. There is no charge for parking, we just tipped the attendant 10 Pesos (about 75 US Cents).
Doris and I both ordered a rib eye steak. They were American sized nice and thick. I ordered mine to be cooked medium rare. When it was served to me, guess what? It was - medium rare. There was plenty of leftovers for our dogs. They ate like king-dogs last night. When we go out to dinner and I tell them we will bring them a "treat", they know that they will get some good people-food later. It being an upper class restaurant, they knew how to make good dry gin Martinis too. Doris forced me to order a total of six of them. OK, she didn't exactly force me, but she didn't stop me either.
It was a very elegant meal with many Mexican specialty salads, etc. people that never go in to a true Mexican dinner house will never discover the delights of true Mexican cuisine. There was something that looked like a huge porous potato chip in the center of one of the salad bowls. None of us knew what it was. Doris asked the mesero and he said it was cheese. It had obviously been cooked, but I have no idea how, we all started breaking pieces off of it and eating them. Delicious. Double delicious. The place is a little pricey by Mexican standards, but what the hell, I can always dig up one of the bags of gold I have buried in the back patio. The total cost for a dinner for three with an average of 2 Martinis each was $1,172 Pesos (about US $87.30 Dollars) plus a $400 Peso tip for a grand total of $1572 Pesos or about US$ 117 Dollars. With 3 birthdays and a wedding anniversary to celebrate every year, it is not a budget breaker to spring for a really good dinner once in a while. And it is a lot of fun.
"The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved" - Victor Hugo