Another day of restlessness. During my time in Cuenca, I had often walked past a restaurant alongside the river, which I wanted to go to. Since that first day in town, when I dined at a Mexican restaurant, I had not eaten out, except for street food. Since I had done so well on keeping to my budget, I decided that I could splurge with one meal out.
The rains had stopped and I still needed to get a walk in. I left the condo just before dusk, planning to get to the restaurant at 7:00 pm, which is about the earliest I could dine. The river was swollen from the rains, and the sky promised more rain. It is funny, but it seems that every time I am scheduled to leave a place (even Hawaii) it rains.
It seemed that most all the lights were lit. It was the first time I had seen some of them on, and found that they didn’t have the colors I was expecting.
In the video below you can hear the sound of the swollen river.
After walking until it was late enough to eat dinner, I made sure my wanderings ended up at the Fondue Garden. Those of us of a certain age, have fond memories of fondue parties and fondue restaurants. When I was young you could buy a block of cheese in just about any grocery store, which was pre-prepared fondue. All you had to do was toss it into a fondue pot to melt and make sure it didn’t burn.
I don’t remember who bought me a fondue pot, though I remember opening it one christmas. It was only this year that I finally sent it off to Goodwill, though I hadn’t used in in over fifteen years. I had even taken it to college with me. Everytime my boyfriend and I went to Fort Worth to visit my mother, we ate at a place called The Fondue Pot. Even after we parted ways, I kept on the lookout for fondue restaurants. The most romantic dates I had with my ex were at a fondue restaurant in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, called Fonduely Yours.
The Fondue Garden was a bit more upscale than the fondue restaurants I was used to. I was their first, and for a while, their only customer of the night. It was monday night, when many of the restaurants around town are closed. Sence I was alone and the fondue was for two, that was all I ordered, besides my wine. The classic fondue was served with french bread and parsley new potatoes. I really didn’t like fondue with potatoes. The fondue and bread made a very filling meal alone.