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Last night in Chile

On our last post we were heading back to Santiago after concluding our three day private wine tour with Uncorked Wine Tours.  Our guide for the tour was Jose, who was the owner of Uncorked Wine Tours, along with his wife.  We had not met Jose’s wife as she was not on our tour, however we felt like we already knew her after spending three days with Jose, and she called in daily while we were touring, and could hear her on the van’s speakerphone.  Steve (DOS) and I wanted to show our appreciation for such an outstanding tour, and invited Jose and his wife for dinner when we got back to Santiago.  They arranged for a baby-sitter for their five year old, and we would meet them for dinner at 9pm, as they lived close to our hotel.

We checked back into the Grand Hyatt Hotel Santiago for our last night, IMG_3775

and were surprised (and delighted!) to be upgraded to a Diplomat Suite; our’s the Vivaldi Suite, named after the 17th century Italian composer.  We had reserved a standard suite, but our upgraded Diplomat Suite was on the top (19th) floor of the circular hotel fc328836-60f9-4167-8b2e-08f0e96f96fdimg_9312-3and offered outstanding views, not to mention tons of room with 16 foot ceilings, 2 baths, living and dining rooms, butler’s pantry, huge jacuzzi tub, and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the city of Santiago and the Andes Mountains.


img_9309-2 img_9336 img_4934 img_4931-3img_9310-2img_4866-2Since we were meeting at 9pm, we had only a short time to shower and change before  dinner. While a 9pm dinner sounds late for Americans, this is a typical hour for dinner in South America. We took a cab the few blocks to the restaurant, where we met Jose and his wife, Connie.  It was so nice to finally meet Connie, and we immediately felt like old friends with her delightful and bubbly personality.


We had asked Jose to select the restaurant, and we were all pleased with his choice with this  new Brazilian-type steakhouse Restaurant called Rubiyat Grille.

img_4898-1img_4908-4 We sat near the open grill and food preparation area, so we could see our steaks being prepared.


The service throughout the evening was outstanding, and it helped having our own two interpreters, although they did bring us an English-version menu.  In addition to the menu, they showed us a display case with their various cuts of steaks to choose from.

img_4879-1We wanted Jose to choose the wines, so we deferred that to him, and as always on our trip, made wonderful choices. There was a huge wine list and wine vault to store all the vino. We were glad to see Jose could actually have a drink with us now, instead of just watching us drink all that vino over the last three days!




We had a mixture of appetizers, service with a white white for starters.


img_4885-1 Our main course was of course steak, and DOS and I got our’s cooked as ordered, ‘a punto’ the new Chilean word we had learned for ‘medium rare’.




DOS and I even saved room for a shared Chocolate dessert.


We had an outstanding time at Rubiyat, and was so glad Connie could join us.  Jose and Connie both offered us tips for our next visit to Chile, and also Mendoza where Connie is from originally. We had our waiter take a photo of the four of us before we headed back to the hotel.


As we were all going a similar direction, Connie arranged a ride for us via Uber, which was a first for DOS and me.  We were very impressed with how easy and convenient it was, and Connie and Jose stopped by our hotel suite briefly for a nightcap, with the complimentary wine the hotel had provided us at checkin. As it was getting late by now, we bid goodbye and goodnight to Jose and Connie, thanking them again for such a wonderful tour thru the Chilean wineries.

Next stop and post, heading home to Florida!  Buenas Noches!



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