As Jean Baptiste Colbert wrote: "The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest amount of feathers with the smallest possible amount of hissing."
--Tacit Submission by Michael S. Rozeff 20.9.2005
The Magical Montevideo Mystery Restaurant Tour continues, as we try out a new restaurant this coming Sunday, March 10th.
The new restaurant is the Amaranto, and it is at the corner of Andes and Uruguay, right across from the French Embassy. Mariela, the owner, is bursting with personality and she said, if it were about the money, she would rather stay home on Sundays. Today's test meal there was a big success, with the pasta sauces receiving great praise, both for the taste and for the prices (lower than might be expected).
As it is, she is looking forward to meeting this group, and making us feel welcome. To emphasize that point, she offered to make something special, not on the menu, if we tell her in advance what we would like and how many people would like it. When I told people about that offer last Sunday, a full-throated cry for stew rang out, so Mariela is going to make beef stew for this first meeting there. In order to be sure that she has enough of the stew, a meat-vegatable-potato kind, please let me know asap if you would like it, so I can tell her in advance how many people want this special.
She is also perfectly willing to open for us at any time we choose, so we are moving back to the 14:00 (2 pm) time this Sunday.
So Sunday, March 10th, at 14:00 (2 pm) at Amaranto, at the corner of Andes and Uruguay. RSVP if you want the stew (no price on that yet, but it will undoubtedly be exceedingly reasonable, as are all the other dishes there).
Other items of possible interest include:
1. The website www.Explore-Uruguay.com has given us a web presence for some time now, but you may not
be familiar with it. There is all manner of good info about Uruguay there, so you might want to check it out if you haven't visited it yet.
The UIE is listed under the tab "Meet People", and all the past bulletins are there, in case you want to look back at something from previous bulletins. These past bulletins are way at the bottom, with only the first lines, so click on these to get the full bulletin: You have to scroll down past the contact form to find them, but a way to change that is being sought.
You can also go directly to http://www.explore-uruguay.com/uruguay-info-exchange.html and find our page.
2. In addition, the Directory of Services and Shops will be posted there, as soon as the work of unifying the entries is finished.... So please, if you have a good service provider to recommend (doctors, electricians, remises, or places to find much desired items like salt without flouride or whatever strikes your fancy), please send me the info you have, name, telephone number, address, what the person does or the shop has, possibly whether they speak anything other than Spanish, and why you recommend it.
3. Some people are looking for a handyman who can perform all manner of house and yard repairs or garden tasks, someone who is honest, diligent, reliable, creative, and perhaps even speaks English. Such a person is now available, and some of you know him. Since getting rid of the Dormitorios, and getting married, Miguel Romero, part owner of De Picos Pardos, is looking to increase his income. He is a tool freak, and has what would be required for almost anything. Prices depend on the work to be accomplished.
Miguel is available Monday-Friday between 10 and 16 (4 pm). You can reach him at
098 607 475
4. Health insurance was discussed, but there is great need for more info on that. Write what you know, or come on Sunday and add to the knowledge pool.
5. This is NOT the week for the Friday meeting at Costa Azul in Pocitos.
Enough for now.