Cuisine

By David Morrill and Deke Castleman Where do Cuencanos and expats buy their food? Although Supermaxi, Coral, Super Aki and other modern supermarkets sell their share of fresh produce, meat and fish, the city’s markets, or mercados, continue to be the Cuenca’s main food provider. A recent survey by University of Azuay students showed that...
By Adam H. Graham While the Egyptians were building pyramids, the Druids were hauling blocks to Stonehenge and the Chinese were mapping out their wall, Ecuadorians were making drinks. But what they were imbibing may well have had a bigger impact on the world than those other ancient wonders combined. Chocolate was once thought to...
By Lance Brashear Visitors arriving in Ecuador are often amazed at the country’s wild and exotic fruit. Both strange and delicious, many varieties bear little resemblance to what they know and love back home. An example is the granadilla, cousin of the passion fruit. To eat it, one is required to break open a hard...
Lunes, 12/10/2020 Hola, Todos – Actividades – De la pagina cultural – CCE-Azuay amplía plazo para presentar proyectos (CE-Azuay extends deadline to present projects) – The deadline to submit projects to the CCE for its second edition of the Incubadora Cultural has been changed from 11/10 to 16/10. Go to http://convocatoria.incubadoracultural-cuenca.com/ (I’m not sure if...
By Giovanni Cambizaca Burgundy, Bordeaux, the valleys of the Loire and the Rhone, these are some of the most famous French wine regions, but France’s more obscure vineyards can also produce excellent wines. The Languedoc-Roussillon region produces vast amounts of wine, and although much of it is forgettable, there are some great bottles to be...
By Giovanni Cambizaca The last time I was in France, I stayed in a small village in the Haute Garonne, midway between Toulouse and the Pyrenees. One morning, I had an early start to take some friends to catch a train in Narbonne, and on the way back I decided to visit the Cathar castle...
Ecuador is tops for avocados. As I wrote in December, avocados are one of the most healthful foods on earth, and here in Ecuador, we’re in ‘avocado heaven’! They’re quite inexpensive, fresh, and so abundant that you may want to buy a bunch and freeze some for later. Another favorite fruit is pineapple. I just...
By Devi Lockwood Earlier this month, Samy Kamkar shared his latest creation on Twitter: chocolate that shimmers like a rainbow. Mr. Kamkar is not a chocolatier. He’s a founder of the internet security company Openpath, and gained early internet notoriety in 2005 for releasing a virus on the Myspace social network. He also has a 3-D printer and a penchant for...
By Giovanni Cambizaca After last week’s article about natural wines, I heard from a reader who had sampled an orange wine while on a trip to Argentina. She thought the wine had a lovely bouquet, but no one in her group actually liked the taste of it. So this week, let’s get the taste of...
By Giovanni Cambizaca Sometime last year I wrote about orange wine, the product of the misbegotten idea that if you treat green grapes the same as red grapes and ferment them in contact with their skin, something wonderful will result. In fact, the results are highly variable wines with flavor notes that might range from...
By Giovanni Cambizaca Last week my message was a little somber, so this week I want to lighten the mood and talk about the most engaging cook I can think of. Julia Child was always full of such joie de vie and enthusiasm, even when things went wrong, as they often seemed to do. I...
By Giovanni Cambizaca Now that the coronavirus is no longer just a smudge of misery hidden by the curve of the earth’s surface, writing about food all the time seems a little trivial, so this week I’m going to consider the way we live now and try to place that in a historical context. The...

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Week of June 16

Noboa’s Government Moves to End Fuel Gasoline Subsidies, Highlighting Inequities for Low-Income Groups.

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Cuenca-Girón-Pasaje Road to Temporarily Close for Pipeline Replacement.

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Ecuador to Initiate Construction of $52 Million ‘Bukele-Style’ Prison to Combat Organized Crime.

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