Jan 01, 2017

Feliz Ano Nuevo

Happy  2017 to all my wonderful readers and friends.  May the New Year bring you all special moments and many extraordinary experiences.

Sadly the last day of 2016 was grey and dismal. This poor guy got stuck in the sand in front of us but was soon on his way.

Tres Amigos had three European RV’s come in.  The front row was full and we had five occupied RV’s in the back row.  Almost a full house.  Sadly we had a drizzle that led to a light shower but by 8:30PM the rain had stopped.  There was no final sunset for December 31st, at least not here on the Isla.

We were dining at a restaurant just a block off the Plazuela Machado.  Topolo’s is situated in an old home.  Some of the rooms are private dining rooms, likely former bedrooms, others are the kitchen and bar and some are for general dining.  We were seated in the outdoor courtyard and it was wonderful.  We could look up to the open sky and enjoy all the tall palms surrounding us.

One of the specialties here it that your salsa is custom made at your table. It was the best salsa ever.

For New Year’s Eve the menu was a set price with many options to chose from for the various courses. Included was a glass of very good champagne.  After that on the recommendation of the Maitre d , we ordered a lovely bottle of Torrontes from Argentina.  The label says that each grape is hand picked at vineyards adjacent to the Andes.  Best wine ever.

I include this for my records so that I can hopefully buy this at home.  Suzanne, you would love it.

We were serenaded all evening by music accented by a perfect sax.  The song choices were perfect.  We danced,  the only couple doing so but we had a great time.

Colin had the cilantro fish fillet which was swordfish topped with sauteed shrimp, celery, peppers, onions in light butter, lime and cilantro sauce.

I drooled over my grilled tuna steak which was crusted with wasabi and black sesame seeds.

We chose the last seating at 9 PM which allowed us to linger over our dinner and enjoy the ambience of the restaurant and the wonderful music.  What with doing the odd dance here and there we had a perfect evening.

Minutes before midnight we were dead center in front of the kiosk at the  Plazuela Machado enjoying the band from Cuba.  We were there for the final count down to 2017.

The only thing missing were our very special and dear friends Juan and Chris. We have shared our last two New Year’s Eve countdowns with them.  Last year Juan climbed the kiosk to wish us all a Happy New Year.

The first sunset of 2017 and it was breathtaking.

Colin and I wish each of you the very best of the New Year, may it be all that you desire. Special greetings to blog readers Patrick and Ruthe who pulled in this afternoon and are parked next to us for the next three months.


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16 responses so far

16 Responses to “Feliz Ano Nuevo”

  1. Sandie says:

    Happy New Year to all of you. There is no way I can make it to midnight anymore.

  2. Happy new year from cold and snowy Vancouver.

  3. Jannose says:

    HAppy New Year! My Colin would have loved the tuna.

  4. Ann says:

    Happy New Year to all of you. Looks like you had a fun evening. We stayed in. Bill was asleep by 9:00

  5. K& says:

    Glad you had great NYE.. Regret to advise your wine Elsa Bianchi unavaible bc liquor stores or Everything Wine. Recommend buying locally where you are and bringing home to Kelowna. Even at the restaurant price of CAN$5.00 it is very cheap. Have a safe and wonderful new year. Safe travels back. Cheers KenB

    • contessa says:

      Ken, I think you got your money conversions wrong, $5.00 CAD is about 77 pesos so that 500 peso bottle of wine cost us about $36.00CAD. I so wish it were that inexpensive.

  6. Dee Tillotson says:

    Contessa, Argentine Elsa Bianchi can be purchased on the US East Coast for $8.00 at Costco. Reviews compare the quality to $30.00 Napa Valley wines.

    Beach and I wish you, Colin, Caeli and Carmeh a happy and healthy 2017 New Year.


    • contessa says:

      Wow that is a great price. Legally we can only bring 2 bottles back into Canada but I will put that on my list for next season to buy in the US and bring down here to the Isla.

  7. Connie & Barry in PA says:

    Happy New Year to the C’s!!!!!!!!

  8. chris says:

    Sorry Colin, I prefer that incredibly delicious looking tuna steak! Glad you guys had fun!

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