open markets




This is a delicious, sweet and refreshing fruit. I'm a fan of fruit that's easy and doesn't need juicing or sweetening, like apples, mangoes and bananas. The Pitahaya fruit is new to me, and my list of "easy fruit."  It's a little funny looking, the skin is yellow (or red, depending on variety) and bumpy.  [...]

Living in Ecuador has given us a variety and quality of food that we literally couldn't imagine enjoying back in Canada. The fruit is cheap, fresh and delicious. $1.00 pineapples are huge and extremely sweet. Mangoes are sweet and messy (er, juicy) and cost $0.55 per kg! Grapes, papaya, oranges, limes, and bananas are all [...]

While we were vacationing in Salinas, a friend offered to take us to a local fish market.  We love fresh fish, so we jumped at the opportunity. The market was very busy, full of people bustling all over carrying all different variety of fish.   There were big ones, little ones, red and blue ones, some [...]

The attraction for many gringos, of traveling and living in a foreign country, is the thrill of traditional open markets. When we first arrived here, we heard everything from: “everything is so cheap” and “its such nice / fresh / beautiful / unique products here” to “don’t go there – you’ll get robbed or mugged” [...]

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