Since the Glorious Fourth was a rained-out and clogged-up holiday, we caught up some on our reading. Have you seen the bright new banner on East Seventh that says Paila? There hasn’t been a minute to stop by and check out what’s going on there. Thanks to El Mundo, however, now I know that three guys have opened a restaurant serving Peruvian cuisine (“La deliciosa cocina peruviana llego a la capital de Texas,” byline Angela M. Angulo, July 5-11). Paila is located at 5100 East Seventh where it intersects with Shady Lane. Hours are 11 am to 9 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays, and a Sunday buffet is served from 1 to 4 pm. The article says that diners may bring their own beer or bottle of wine (or there’s Inca Cola). There’s much emphasis on true Peruvian ceviche and lomo saltado. They make their own desserts, including bavarois de guindones (bavarian with raisins). We’ve noticed that there seems to be shady and inviting outdoor dining, along with plenty of parking. The article says there’s free wireless service. >>> El Mundo also reports that La fea mas bella, the telenovela that has enslaved me and countless people I know for over a year, in its final two-hour episode won more viewers for Univision during that time period than were watching ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, or CW, and that the lead continued for the remainder of prime time, because members of the cast of the soap opera were live on El Show de Christina (and we watched Christina, too). The number of USA viewers is reported to have been over 9 million. The current Ugly Betty show is a variant of this story. >>> In the latest ¡ahora sí! there’s an extensive interview with Rosalba Ojeda y Cardenas, the new Mexican consul here in Austin (conducted by Sara Ines Calderon, July 5 issue). The site of the Mexican consulate doesn’t seem to reflect her arrival, which I think occurred a couple of months ago. I was interested to learn that she earned a master’s degree at UT in 1975 and can scarcely believe how much Austin has grown since then.

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  1. alejandra rivadeneyra (unregistered) on July 13th, 2007 @ 6:20 pm

    I believe all people around the world not only in TX should try peruvian food its fabulous and better if you try it at PAILA. enjoy

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