Some of you know that I have moved to the 2nd floor apartment in my building as of the of June. I rented the downstairs apartment to Pam and Doug Gould who also live in Olon on the coast of Ecuador. They will live here until their Cuenca house is remodeled. Later this year, I'll be renting to others who are visiting Cuenca for a month at a time to look around.
We got to know Doug and Pam better when they included LindaRose and I in a celebration dinner with their realtors at Tiesto's. The owner, Juan Carlos Solano, prepared 4 entrees for us: filet mignon medallions and chicken breasts in both a bleu cheese sauce and a mushroom and bacon sauce. He writes on his blog:
Our newly remodeled ambiance of quaint "old world" decor, housed in an actual antique building, hints of a storybook setting of colonial times with exposed beams, antique tile floors and even a wood-fired dome oven which is always in use.
The word "tiesto" in Spanish is "shards of antique plates" on which the meals are cooked. Almost all dome ovens in Cuenca have unfortunately been lost however ours is in full flurry. Nothing tastes quite like dinner baked in a wood-fired dome oven. We use Fayque wood which resembles a mesquite or oak aroma, a member of the locust family, which grows in Santa Isabel, not far from Cuenca and is a favorite barbeque and baking wood used today.
Juan Jaramillo 7-34 at Borrero