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Keep it simple and delicious at this ‘hueco’, or hole in the wall restaurant, on San Sebas Plaza

By Sylvester Grahame The Tienda Cafe, across from San Sebastian Plaza is one of the many cafes in Cuenca with a decidedly family approach to dining. The atmosphere is sunny and bright. What distinguishes Tienda is the understated grace and professional attention in the kitchen. This is honest family-style cooking at its finest. Chef Isabel […]

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Does sugar really make you feel better?

By Editors at dLife.com Sugar does not improve mood and, on the contrary, it can make people less alert and more tired after its consumption, according to a new European study. The research team set out to examine the myth of the “sugar rush,” and attempted to answer the question of whether sugar can really […]

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Peter gets a haircut and Vilcabamba will never be the same

I hear dogs barking in the village of Vilcabamba — the yaps are startling the birds who are already arguing over seeds scattering in the breeze. Somewhere down the valley, a chainsaw is revving up to send trees crashing to the forest floor scattering another fallout of seeds, fruit, and berries. Among these,  a few […]

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Is the Keto Diet the best for weight management? An expert weighs in

By Nancy Clark For most of the past 40 years, dieters have been told to limit dietary fat, believing it leads to obesity and heart disease. Today, dieters hear messages to indulge in a very high-fat (ketogenic) diet and limit the carbohydrate-based foods that fueled their low-fat diet. Confusing, eh? The bottom line is: calories […]

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Dominos of the mists

The experience of solo hiking in the Caja’s range of the Andes has cost more than one adventurer their lives. Several months ago, according to CuencaHighLife and local newspapers, an experienced hiker in his mid-sixties went missing while hiking there. The man was a native of Ecuador and had hiked for many years in the […]

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Can autism be related to the gut microbiome? New research points the way

By Delthia Ricks In the first published example of how the gut may play a role in autism, scientists have found that a “fecal transplant” helped to substantially improve behavior and gastrointestinal health in children with the neurodevelopmental disorder. The research involved a very small number of children — 18 — with autism who also had severe gastrointestinal […]

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Confessions of an expat social media addict

By John Smith Call me John Smith. Call me Ishmael, if you like. I’m a recovering social media addict and I’m too embarrassed to show my face. I wasn’t always an addict. In fact, six years ago when I moved to Ecuador, I thought social media was something teenagers did (it was certainly something my […]

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New readers and new voices at CuencaHighLife

CuencaHighLife is growing and it’s not just our readership numbers that are up. Regular readers will note some new voices on our website. Cynthia Mills is a wonderful addition to our team. She will be providing commentary on Cuenca’s world-famous architecture as well as reporting on local non-profit organizations. World traveler Ron Gompertz has been […]

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