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La Gata Cafe - Great Bolones & Tigrillo!

One of our favorite cafes in the El Vergel area of Cuenca is La Gata. We classify it as traditional Ecuadorian comfort food, but with some modern twists that make their dishes stand out. In fact, we'd go so far as to say this little cafe wouldn't be out of place if they set up […]

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Guaguas de Pan & Colada Morada

I remember my first guaguas de pan y colada morada experience. It was in the neighborhood of Nayon in Quito. Several shops, especially the bakeries, were all selling these colorful breads that were shaped and dressed like baby dolls. These baby-shaped, sweet buns were always accompanied by a thick, purple fruit drink. Only later did […]

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Cost of Fruits & Vegetables in Ecuador

Fruits and vegetables are abundant and cheap in most Ecuadorian cities. The low cost is a key input into the overall cost of living in Ecuador and you should pay considerably less than in your home country.  However, there is a big difference between the cost of fruits and vegetables in local markets vs the […]

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Beyond Meat now in Ecuador

Michelle and I were surprised and happy to find Beyond Meat in the freezer section of our local Ital Deli in Cuenca, Ecuador. You see, we'd been wanting to try the next generation of meatless products for a while, but they've proven difficult to find outside of the US.  We'll get to our quick review of the Beyond […]

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Bolon de Verde (Fried Plantain Balls) Recipe

Bolones de verde are one of the most common snacks you’ll find throughout Ecuador. You’ll find them sold on the street, in markets, bus stations, cafes and restaurants. But, my favorite are the homemade bolones you’ll find in grandma’s kitchen.  The below recipe is adapted from a simple recipe used by Michelle’s mom – an […]

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Sweet &Coffee - Ecuador's Starbucks

If you've spent anytime in Quito or Guayaquil, you've come across Ecuador's chain of coffee shops, Sweet & Coffee. The chain currently has over 100 stores nationwide and has a Starbucks feel to it, even the colors have a passing resemblance. However, the pastries have kept to their roots with local treats like torta de choclo.  Sweet […]

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Las Herrerias - The Best Tortillas in Cuenca?

When we first visited Cuenca on our holiday/scouting trip, Michelle's mom told us we NEEDED to visit calle Las Herrerías. I had no idea why and honestly it just slipped our minds.  Then, we ended up staying at an AirBnB right by Las Herrerías and I'm so glad we did.  Why? The tortillas of course.  […]

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