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.
Vinos y Quesos
San Juan la Laguna, Atitlan,
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
San Juan La Laguna is a
village across Lake Atitlan just outside of
San Pedro la Laguna. It can be reached directly by boat
or a 10Q tuk tuk ride from San Pedro.
While in Panajachel I had
heard about a terrific wine and cheese restaurant called Artesano so I specifically went
to San Juan to check it out.
An unassuming front
As you can see, Artesano
has a very low key entrance. It
took my tuk tuk driver numerous attempts to find the place easily passing by it
Once inside, it is very
Artesano's serves by
reservation only, so I made mine for
1:00PM. This place only has fourteen seats, so it is very quaint. The driver charged
me 20Q for a 10Q ride from San Pedro, but since neither of us knew where we were going I figured
this was a learning expense.
Lovely outdoor seating
My lunch at the Artesano Wine and Cheese restaurant had 27 different cheeses and
numerous cuts of meat. After the chef presented the platters he went on to
describe each cheese and flavor of meat. He suggested that I sample in a
clockwise manner starting with the brie and the soft cheeses and finishing with
After all, I am in
Guatemala and this is a developing nation where all we eat are rice and
beans. This was impressive!
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The view from my table
I added a half liter of an
Argentine Cabernet and steadied myself for a culinary adventure, all the while
chatting with an Australian couple who live in Hong Kong.
I enjoy the international
vibe and interesting people all around the lake and the cost of a delightful
afternoon was about $18USD plus tip.
If you want to make your
own reservation, the restaurant is only open from 12-4 PM,
M-F, tele: 4555-4773 or 3028-4351.
In the red striped apron
you can see the
Chef/owner Dietrich Gawtenbein speaking with the other couple
from Hong Kong who are enjoying lunch here.
Chef/owner Dietrich Gawtenbein
Here Dietrich is presenting the different cuts of aged meats. His menu has a
selection of antipasto plates, several pates including lamb and pheasant pate,
roasted vegetables with olive paste and tarragon mayonnaise, and several
affettati misti, which are plates of mixed cured meats. He also offers many
wines to go with the meals. Bottles for 100Q and half liters for 45Q
My personal plate
This is my personal
selection of cured meats. Quite tasty and what a variety!
A closer look at my
personal cheese plate
This was my cheese
plate of 27 different types of cheeses, which Dietrich ages himself. The plate
came with nuts, olives, fruit and two dipping sauces.
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I'm not sure about the wine on
the bill. I ordered the Argentine Cabernet but the bill shows that it was from Chile. This is why
we have a saying, "order what you want, eat/drink what you get."
My total was 143Q or $18USD
plus tip. I will definitely come back here and bring Akaisha. If you are ever in
the area, you should check out this tiny but impressive restaurant yourself.
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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.