New Bonobo Bob’s vinaigrettes and cocktails: Taste at Common Grounds Saturday

Make life easier and bask in the complements to the chef. Three new tangy vinaigrettes to dress your salad and marinate meat, fish, and poultry:

Bonobo Bob’s Pineapple-Ginger-Basil Vinaigrette

Bonobo Bob’s Mora-Garlic-Lime Vinaigrette

Bonobo Bob’s Hearty Italian

And four new ice-cube-sucking craft-cocktail mixes you’ll be proud to serve with your favorite premium brand liquors:

Vilcabamba Tin Hat: For premium vodka lovers. This one will melt your wings. Mora, ají, and lime.

Sangay Stinger: Top flight tequila only. Enjoy a continuous eruption of picante with this ají-based sensation. Ají, pineapple, basil, and lime with a healthy shot of attitude.

Montañita Pearl Diver: No reason to deep-six yourself to enjoy this new vice. Mora, basil, and lime screaming for your favorite whisky.

Cuencan Dark & Stormy: A classic ginger-lime mix with a tang all it’s own. Best made with fine white rum.

Coming soon: The Reventador Gringo Sling for gin lovers!

Try a taste the Saturday, and then tell your friends about the experience.

Common Grounds Artisan’s Market, Saturday 19 August, 9 AM to 3 PM Eduardo Crespo Malo y Gran Colombia

Bob Kezer

Name: Bob Kezer

There was once a group of people who got together to travel to Guayaquil. When they were ready to leave, they realized there were too many people to fit into a single car, so they split up into two groups to travel down in separate vehicles.

One member of the group, a gringo, wound up in the passenger seat of one of the cars. About an hour into the trip, everyone riding with him, with the exception of himself and the driver, was asleep.

The erstwhile nappers began to snore, and the gringo grew irritable. As the din rose to a considerable roar in the back seat, the gringo turned to the driver and made plain his frustrations. After listening patiently to the gringo’s expression of annoyance at his noisy compatriots, he calmly turned to his friend and, with a straight face, replied:

“I guess you got in the roncar.”

Name: CuencaHighLife

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility organized a workshop / consultative conversation to receive information from foreigners who come to Ecuador and Ecuadorians traveling abroad to share information from experiences and seek solutions to the problems that arise. To the meeting were invited people that are in relation with the foreigners and social organizations who seek Ecuadorian aboard best interests at heart. It was pleasant to share this space from the beginning to the end with colleagues who really seek common benefits and community growth, those whose interests are not to contribute to the enrichment of this meeting, fortunately left early.
Some of the uttered issues were the following:
• Cuenca-the city with the largest amount of foreigners of all nationalities
• High cost of living in the city of Cuenca – housing and safety problems.
• Discrimination against retired foreigners, motion presented by Dr. Lina Ulloa
• Lack of job opportunities
• Urgency of clear and effective guidelines to ensure legal certitude
• Benefits to foreigners and retribution to the Ecuadorian community

Cuenca has been established by social organizations as a cultural city, proud to hold the best quality water of Latin America, excellent public services, and considered the safest city in Ecuador.

During our talk, it was stated that Cuenca has become a city with a high cost of living. Not because of the high influx of foreigners in the city but of the abuse of Ecuadorian on house rentals, among other things. It was suggested that a Regulation to the law for tenancy and house construction in order to control the raise of leases since it is already impossible for a national to pay what a foreigner pays.

Aside from this, Cuenca is at high risk from discriminate migration, mainly from neighboring countries to Ecuador and in particular, due to the current political situation in Venezuela. It was suggested that the local government should place greater emphasis on the issue of safety and especially on the matter of housing for these people who leave their countries because of the harsh situation in their homeland.

Regarding the lack of job opportunity, it was stated that US and Canadian foreigners are the ones that provide sources of work to Ecuadorians. Dra. Ulloa suggested that the government should create a labor policy in which public institutions were required to hire a percentage of foreigners who are willing to work (as the private sector is currently required to have a percentage of people with disabilities )as part of their team work thus to avoid a burden on the state and safety.

A representative of Venezuela requested that the immigration office should work in another scheduling system for the visa the application. Also, a much more viable Venezuela-Ecuador agreement would be sought since they are not in a position to pay for health insurance, knowing as a fact that they have independent jobs to survive the day. It was requested that the consulates of Ecuador abroad adhere to a unify document legalization process, in order to avoid mistakes on legalization causing rejection on visas to foreigners, and re-doing processes in Ecuador migration offices

In regards to discrimination, which was one of the specific points to be discussed at the meeting, Dra Ulloa set this point to discuss: voluntary affiliated retiree foreign are being totally discriminated against, because they are the only ones demanded to pay social security according to their declared income in their visas, when there 12 categories of immigration remaining in reference to article 51 of the Human Mobility Law, The Social Security Law and its collect regulations; none of the three above indicated norms reads retirees but “FOREIGNERS, who voluntarily affiliate to the IESS pay their real income”, as established in the Human Mobility Law came into force on February 6 Of 2017 and is not retroactive. On the other hand, the active commitment of foreigners, as the representative of the SENAMI organization stated, is a benefit to the community. There are many voluntary organizations that support people economically challenge created by this group of the population, working along with municipalities of the province of Azuay and Cañar and it was suggested to the government to invite foreigners to continue joining these organizations as part of their contributions while living in Ecuador.

These were the highlights of meeting beyond the issues faced by Ecuadorians aboard.

We would like to take this as an opportunity to invite to the Conference at the Chambers of Commerce to talk about the most important matters of the Regulation to the Human Mobility Law this Thursday, August 24th, 2017 at 4 PM.

Name: Lina Ulloa
Phone: 0984205336

Tomorrow is your last chance to take advantage of the Anniversary Sale.

* Buy 200 grams of Smoked Salmon and get 100 grams of smoked salmon free
* $1 off a Rainbow Trout Fillet
* Buy 12 pieces of salmon and get 2 pieces free.

All the other usual suspects will be available for purchase.
* Organic Shrimp
* Paiche
* Organic Tilapia
* Scallops
* Smoked Trout

Kelbert of Artsena will be there offering sales on his bakery goods.

eX-Spot – Friday August 18th 10:30 – 2:30 pm Calle Larga 2-80 1 block east of Santa Canela

Name: Leonard Charnoff
Phone: 099 122 1238

New Spanish classes will begin with mini-groups of 5 people or less. Levels offered: Beginner, Intermediate 1, and Advanced 1. Classes begin August 21 and run through September 18, three times per week. Each class is 1.5 hours long, 18 hour course and the cost is $65 total. For more information and class schedules, please email or call.

Padre Aguirre 724 y Presidente Cordova. Edificio San Francisco , Office 105 ( green door )

Patricia Olivo: 099 590 7240 WhatApp +593 099 590 7240

Name: Patricia Olivo

Looking for 2 bedroom, furnished apartment for short-term rental in Cuenca, to $650, I don’t have pets.

Toronto couple will be visiting Cuenca December 1 to February 28. Need fully furnished place including all kitchen supplies. Secure building. Local friend will view units.

Name: Emma

Looking to buy Roller skates

Aug 17, 2017 |


We would like to buy a pair of roller skates for our three-year old granddaughter. So far, we have been to three Coral locations. The toy store at the mall where Kiwi hardware is (sorry don’t remember the name) and we have found nothing but a rather meager selection of in-line skates. If you know where we might find roller skates for a three-year old, please let us know.


Steve Feuerbacher: 095 927 9375.

Name: Steve Feuerbacher
Phone: 095 927 9375

Encore Performance of last week’s sold-out concert!

Sax/clarinet phenom, SU TERRY with renowned NY jazz pianist, ALKI STERIOPOULOS!

Plus: Singer/guitarist Renato Albornoz!

Enjoy an evening filled with the beauty and passion of great jazz and Latin American music.

SATURDAY, August 19th at 7:30PM


(Upstairs (2nd Floor) of La Viña Italian Restaurant)

5-101 Luis Cordero y Juan Jaramillo


Wednesday through Saturday

Food & drink service begins at 6:30PM

Music starts at 7:30PM till 10:00PM

Limited Seating. RSVP NOW!!

Name: Jazz Society Cafe

Paco’s Blues performing at Santa Canela Friday night, Aug. 18th. Starting at 8 PM. Bring out your dancing shoes and have a great time.

Come early so you get a seat. It was a full house last month. Cover charge $5.

We will be serving BBQ wings, Bacon cheeseburger, chicken quesadilla and Nachos from 6-9pm.

3-82 Calle Larga cross street Vargas Machuca. Less than 10 doors from Iglesia Todos Santos.

Freddy: 099 726 9237

Name: Freddy
Phone: 0997269237

Happy Hour!

Aug 17, 2017 |

Come join us for happy hour!
Charlie’s Bar & Grill
Tuesday – Saturday
Drinks 2 for $7.5 and cocktail 2 for $10
Paseo 3 de Noviembre y Escalinata Juana de Oro

Name: Charles Kettering

One of the most common ways to use Bonobo Bob’s Shrubs is for making healthier non-alcoholic fruit spritzers that’ll blow away any store-bought competition.

Yes, shrubs have sugar in them. But, they’re also very concentrated and go a long way.

For example:

A 12 oz. glass filled with ice and Güitig soda water with ½ oz. of shrub has about 6 grams (24 calories) of sugar, compared to 39 grams (156 calories) of sugar in soda pop.

Even if you want your drink sweeter, you still come out ahead.

Plus, our shrubs are vinegar based and infused with fresh fruit and herbs, all of which may have their own health benefits.

No, I’m not trying to make Bonobo Bob’s shrub out as some kind of super health food.

But, for those people concerned with managing their sugar intake, Bonobo Bob’s Shrubs can play a part in helping with their daily dietary decisions.

Try fruit spritzers made from ginger (a Cuencan favorite), mora, pineapple, basil, ají, or any combination of your choice.

Next Market: Common Grounds Artisan’s Market, Saturday 19 August, 9 AM to 3 PM (Eduardo Crespo Malo y Gran Colombia)

Bob Kezer
Bonobo Bob’s Tribu de Amor
One Race, One Planet, One Future
099 44 70 229

Name: Bob Kezer

The Ascension Perspective reveals what you always wanted to know about this journey called life and what really matters on planet Earth. During years of profound meditations, Dr. Bennett received spiritual messages intended to prepare mankind for an imminent global transformation of our planet.

No one on Earth will remain untouched by the energy shift of Planetary Transformation. The Ascension Perspective is your trustworthy guidebook to realizing Ascension and to know what Planetary Transformation will require, what it involves, and how to find your unique role in it.

This unique book is available for purchase on

You can also buy the soft cover version on Amazon or contacting Dr. Bennett at

Name: Dr. Kelly Bennett

White, 4-door, 4 cylinder, 5 speed. Black leatherette interior (​NEW & installed August 15th!), New ​tires put on in January 2017. Looks and drives like new. Expertly maintained by AAA Garage (Lope de Vega y Av. Doce de Octubre​)​​. Please call 097 919 7042 to schedule a viewing and/or test drive. Can accept US to US Bank transfers, local cash deposit or Paypal. ​

Name: Bard Gale
Phone: 097 919 7042

Marc’s Consignment

Aug 17, 2017 |

In Marc’s Consignment you can find all kind of articles, from paintings, furniture, household items, appliances and crockery to electronic devices, jewelry, antiques, ornaments, and more.

Running out of space in your home? Are you moving soon and still haven’t sold all of your stuff? We will help you earn money while we sell for you, those items you can’t keep anymore for any reason. So we will kindly welcome you in our store and perhaps you find those things you’ve been looking for since a while.

We are located in Simón Bolivar and Miguel Heredia in the Corner, two blocks from San Sebastian Park. Ours schedule is from Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 7 PM, and Saturdays from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Thanks for choosing us.
096 849 6409

Name: Marc's Consignment
Phone: 096 849 6409

Organized by the collective “CUENCA ANDINA”, this Saturday, presenting to the music groups PUMAPUNGO and the dance group SARAY, CAPORALES CUENCA, with the support of CEMUART, produced by GM PRODUCCIONES and sponsored by the FOLKLORE Y VIDA radial program. CENTRO MUNICIPAL ARTESANAL ARTS & CRAFTS. GENERAL TORRES AND PRESIDENTE CORDOVA. FREE PASS

Name: Santiago Astudillo
Phone: +593 999 428051

Gin O’Clock Thursdays!

Aug 17, 2017 |

El Salón Thursdays – where it’s ALWAYS Gin O’Clock!

Every Thursday at El Salón, come join us to enjoy our special offers on local and international gins, with a large gin & mix for just $4… accompanied by relaxing 40s music – think Sinatra, Crosby, Holliday and more!

The gins on offer are:

– Hendrick’s (UK)
– Beefeater (UK)
– Harpoon (France)
– Under (Ecuador)

We prepare a mean Gin and Tonic – the perfect way to wile away a Thursday evening, maybe accompanied by one of our board games – we’ve got chess, dominoes, snakes & ladders and other classics!

Bookings 099-316-5176

EL SALÓN // Luis Cordero 6-75 y Presidente Córdova // Centro Histórico // Cuenca

Name: Xavier
Phone: 0993165176

Salmon, Scallops And Paiche

Aug 17, 2017 |

Many thanks to the Cuenca Community

Our first day at the eX-Spot was a huge success. I sold out of the big salmon fillets but I have plenty of the smaller portions.

I will honor the sale price next week. Please reserve your big fillet. * Tomorrow and Friday only – Buy 12 salmon portions and receive two extra at no charge

Kelbert of Artsena Bakery will be joining me with the best bread in Cuenca. eX- Spot Pop up Store Thursday and Friday Aug 17th and 18th 10:30 – 2:30 pm

Calle Larga 2-80

Lenny Charnoff: 099 122 1238 .

Name: Lenny Charnoff
Phone: 099 122 1238

Must you be a righteous and holy person before God can use you?
If you’ve not been the person God wants you to be, does God turn away from you?

Join us this Sunday at the gathering of the International Christian Community as we worship the Lord and reflect upon these questions in song, prayer and the written and spoken word of God. Pastor Kennemer will share a message with us based on Matthew 15: 21-28 on the theme of “Whosoever Will Come To the Lord”. Our Choral group will inspire us with their wonderful music and altogether we will have a great day of worship. Our hearts are open to all, regardless of faith or creed, so come and enjoy “God With Us”.

Our Worship Service: Sunday, August 20th at 11 AM

Our Location: Nicanor Aguilar and Solano, Cuenca (just north & east of Mt. Sinai Hospital.. if you see a vacant lot with what looks like corn stocks up against the fence, we are down that street on the left hand side)

Check us out on our Facebook page:
And also our church Website:

Name: ICC (International Christian Community)
Phone: 096-951-4430

Lord, Give me Cuenca Bagels

Aug 16, 2017 |

We have a couple of openings for weekend orders. These slots will go fast.

We now have Flagels! That’s right, flat bagels; we can eliminate the hole; all you have to do is ask. No more catsup, mustard, mayo, egg yolk, whatever, leaking out the hole in your sandwich.

Cuenca Bagels, Best of Cuenca 2017 winner. We bake only to order. Visit us at

Currently you can enjoy our bagels at Windhorse Café. Sunrise Cafe offers a Friday morning bagel and lox breakfast as well.

If you are unable to get your bagels from, we will be happy to fill your order for you. Join our regular buyers club. Make the same size order five times over twelve months and your sixth order is free! Delivery charges apply. We also offer our peanut brittle at an excellent price.

From our June ad…Here we are, half way through the year and those qualifying for a free bagel order are multiplying. There are several clients whose next order will be their fourth. One customer has just earned her second free order of bagels this year!

Stop by and see what folks are talking about.

Name: rich
Phone: 07 282 0815

Click here to see this week’s menu

Step away from the kitchen, leave the frozen lunches frozen and let us cook you a delicious lunch!

Grits Catering has an incredible menu for this week, so good, so delicious, you don’t want to miss it.

Sides and desserts are included with all sandwiches.

All orders of 5 sandwiches or more receive 20% off!

Does not apply to the delivery fee

Click here to see this week’s menu

Name: Grits Catering