It's cold and goes down smooth.
With local maps and tour books from the receptionist/bartender, I begin to get the lay of the land.
A few games of backgammon and I am ready to explore Quito at night. I am given safety warnings about the area and advised to take a taxi nearby.
My sights are set on Mariscal, a "touristy" part of New Quito. Mariscal is the area that holds promise for a vital nightlife.
A $2.00 taxi ride and fifteen minutes later the air is filled with city noise, music and the sounds of Saturday Night In The Big City.
There is also a small but hardly noticeable police presence that's comforting. To get a good feel for the area, I maneuver off the busy streets and soon stumble on a night food stand in front of a local home.
How can I resist?
A fire is lit under a large pan and I am soon served rice, yucca and a large chicken wing with a mild sauce.
Before long, I am sitting at a round plastic orange table having dinner in someone's front yard.
An old TV with rabbit ears provides dining entertainment.
The food is tasty and the ambiance is just right. As I leave, I avoid tripping over the homemade wiring that's powering the TV from somewhere in the darkness of the yard.
For a $1.50, A Sharwma seems appealing.
Chicken, lettuce, French fries and salsa wrapped in a warm tortilla. Muy deliscioso! (Very Delicious!)