Yesterday was Thanksgiving in the United States (and my mother's birthday--Happy Birthday, Mom) and Cotacachi ex-pats were definitely not left out just because we're in Ecuador.
Six different restaurants served a traditional meal as well as two private homes who opened their doors to others and, to top it off, a private chef who would either cook your meal to order and deliver it or come to your house and serve your meal to you and your guests. How elegant is that?! We may be a small town but we have some surprising amenities every once in a while.
I chose to have dinner at Serendipity. I was having a hard time deciding between the two most affordable options when I met a couple I think I'd seen around and had perhaps even met at some point but, well, we were all having trouble remembering if and when. At any rate, they invited me to join them at their table when we were all eating at Trebol (which is not serving Thanksgiving dinner) and then they invited me to join them for Thanksgiving dinner. Thus, Serendipity.
A friend of mine had dinner at Hacienda San Isidro and shared a few photos with me. The restaurant donated a portion of the proceeds from the dinner to Amici Cannis, the local organization for pet rescue.
So, there's a taste of Thanksgiving in Cotacachi.