It’s 11:30am Sunday, The Dawn on the Amazon Cafe is closed on Sundays. My wife Marmelita, my beloved, is guiding a 4 day cruise in Dawn on the Amazon, up the Nanay River into Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve. I thought about going out to the Amazon Golf Course. Several of my friends will be there. Instead I decided to stroll the three blocks on the scenic boulevard with my camera and laptop to hang out at the French restaurant, the Amazon Bistro. I captured some of the scenes on my little Leica along the way.
It felt good being warmly greeted at the door by both Marc and Tanya. Marc and I had a brief conversation about some of our similar experiences running a restaurant. We shared a laugh.
Now I’m sitting up on the balcony with the fan blowing. Oscar is my waiter. He is a nice young man that speaks good English and smiles a lot. He engages me with polite conversation while explaining my choices. I’m hungry, so every thing he mentions sounds so good. I choose the american breakfast over the french breakfast.
Aahhhh That was fast! Here comes my brunch, a cheese omelet with mushrooms, toasted french bread, with mandarin juice and a small espresso. The small salad is a pleasant surprise, and the large sprig of parsley decorating the omelet is a nice touch. I love this bread with the butter melting into the texture. Well, as fast as it arrived, I devoured it with no typing in between.
Now I’m sipping another espresso, writing this article, and wondering why this couldn’t be a part of a modern version of what it was like in the cafes along the Seine in Paris in the 1920s. Several bright immigrants met at three cafe’s with-in a few blocks of one another for stimulating conversation and inspiration; then wrote, painted or composed music that withstands the test of time today.
My train of thought was interrupted by two women from the Netherlands that told me they come to the Amazon Bistro nearly everyday.
If you are following along with me you will be hearing a lot more about this renaissance that is taking place right now in Iquitos. We have authors writing, artists painting, musicians playing, photographers composing, and bloggers blogging. Although we are in the middle of the jungle, surrounded by rivers, we are communicating with each other, exchanging ideas, we are connected. We are friends in real life and on FaceBook, telling whats on our minds. Tweeters are tweeting, we are communicating with the world. And we are hanging out in cafes along the boulevard for good conversation and inspiration. Like this article, inspired by hanging out with Marc and Tania, the chef Guillaume and some of our friends at the Amazon Bistro. Tomorrow I will be at the Dawn on the Amazon Cafe, just a 3 block stroll along river. The sky is the limit when we work together.
It’s a tranquil sunny scene, people come and go from the Bistro, soft music playing in the background, a comfortable ambiance. I really like the Amazon Bistro and I bet you would too.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the boulevard is the place to be! Slow down and enjoy the scene.
Hanging out at the Amazon Bistro on the Boulevard
Bill Grimes is host of the Dawn on the Amazon Café, and the self appointed restaurant critic of Iquitos. To read over 30 more of his restaurant critiques, click Where To Eat In Iquitos; or the condensed list, Where Will You Eat In Iquitos Peru, to be updated soon.