|Nachos at Red Hot Chili Peppers|
We spent the rest of the day walking about town when we could but we eventually had to find refuge in the hotel from the hailstorm. We were staying the modest with character Hotel Cartuja in what appeared to be an embassy district. Well, many of the old colonial houses were maintained and converted. There were some occupied by hotels, embassies and music associations. Ours used to be the British consulate. It is very reasonably priced and the staff are IMMENSELY helpful. We ran into confusion on our booking via our agent but they helped even the night we arrived at 1am. Their English is fair. There is a pleasant courtyard and most rooms face the courtyard. Breakfast is included. It is a short walking distance from the Mariscal aka Gringolandia and across the road from the Banco Central building.
|Pitcher of Margueritas at Red Hot Chili Peppers|
Tonight, we went to Red Hot Chili Peppers mexican restaurant. Funny, when we found it was on the corner with 2 other Mexican restuarants. RHC is listed in a couple of travel books and probably saw a fair bit of traffic as a result. I am guessing someone else so an opportunity to meet any unsatified Mexican food demand :) The one next door had an unfortunate bloke dressed as a matador and a cape luring people in . He almost got me but D insisted we stick to the plan.
|Sizzling Beef Fajitas at Red Hot Chili Peppers|
We started with Nachos and pitcher of Margueritas. The Nachos were piled high with toppings but they were all canned. The Guacamole was good but could have been more seasoned or garlicky. The Cheese was abundant and a nice Black Bean puree on the bottom. D was surprised I wanted the nachos as I am not big on big starters but I was sooo hungry after all that walking.
|Fajita Sides at Red Hot Chili Peppers|
|Wrapped Fajitas at Red Hot Chili Peppers|
|Vegetarian Fajitas at Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tortilla Holder in the Back|
It was par for the coarse on cost for the area; higher than the local joints but cheaper than the poshier places. Quito is generally less expensive than Galapagos. Remember, places automatically charge you 10% Service and 12% Tax. As well, you should check whether a restaurant will charge you 10% for using a credit card. The majority will.
Ambience: Bohemian cafe
Staff: Friendly in a dark mysterious way
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