In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
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is an hour and a half from
and about an hour from the capitol of the country, Guatemala City. We find
ourselves "vacationing" for a few days in Antigua when we want a change of pace
or sometimes we'll stay overnight on our way to the Guatemala City International
On previous visits, we
noticed this steak house, Casa Escobar and had read very good reviews of their
service and meals. It was time to try it out for ourselves.
Casa Escobar Steak House
The outside of the building is unassuming.
Just a small sign on antique walls with peeling paint that artists learn to
recreate to bring a certain classic atmosphere to expensive homes.
Patrons enjoying their meals
The inside is semi-formal yet comfortable,
and the day we were there, a continuous flow of hungry patrons flocked to the
restaurant. Families as well as lovers wanting a special meal for a notable
occasion were seated around the room.
Notice the beautiful brick walls and the deep
red painted one. This color of red is often referred to as "Maya Red."
Casa Escobar's Bar
Beverages range from wine,
beer, specialty coffees, fruit juices and punch to designer drinks without
alcohol such as a Virgin Pina Colada.
A waiter bringing a tray
full of drinks
Here you see half liters of
fruit punch, cold Jamaica tea (pronounced ha-MY-kah) and horchata, a sweet drink
made from rice.
Akaisha sitting at our window side table
We ordered steaks since this place is famous
for exactly this and promises them to be "legendary." A tray of salsas and
marinated jalapeno vegetables are set on our table and our first course is a
taza of consommé.
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Notice the old door in the background. One
really has to wonder how old some of these doors really are. Many in Antigua
seem straight from the days of the Conquistadores.
Our perfectly prepared meal
Our top sirloin arrived and was out of this
world. It was accompanied by sautéed fresh vegetables and a green salad with
apples and raisins in a delicate vinaigrette.
A photo for the scrapbook
As Bob Hope would sing, "Thanks... for the
memories!" and we love to collect them.
Behind us you can see the beautifully tiled
bar and the brick walls of Casa Escobar.
The view from our table
There are ruins all over the city of
and this beautiful building is called Compania de Jesus Church, a Jesuit
complex, started in 1676.
There were continuous earthquakes all during
the 16th to the 18th centuries in Antigua, finally forcing the capitol to move
to its present day location in Guatemala City.
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Supposedly, this building is slated for
renovation, but I don't think it will be any time soon.
A fine meal deserves a follow up dessert and
our choices were scrumptious: Floating Islands of meringue with crème anglais,
Baileys and almonds, Pumpkin Flan with caramel sauce, Tres Leches cake
with chocolate and rum sauces, Crème Brulee and Ice Cream with chocolate and
Could we eat three of them?
Our delicious choice
We decided on the ice cream with fresh
strawberries, whipped cream and chocolate. I know, I know... decadent. But you
would be proud of us to know that we didn't order three different ones to begin
with and skip our meal!
If you are ever in Antigua, Guatemala, be
sure to stop by Casa Escobar and enjoy a meal. Take a look at their website
below and click on their menu. I'll bet you'll book a flight to
the same night!
6a Avenida Norte #3, La Antigua, Guatemala Tele: 502. 7832. 5250, Open daily, noon to 10
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Early Lifestyle appeals to a different
kind of person – the person who prizes their
independence, values their time, and who doesn’t
want to mindlessly follow the crowd.