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Encebollado has become a family favorite here in Ecuador. We eat it at least once a week. Although we had heard of encebollado mixto (also known as encebollado con camarones - or shrimp) we hadn't had it yet. A friend of ours sells it only on Sunday. The rest of the week it is the regular ... [Read more]


A few weeks ago we went to El Sabor De Las Costeñitas Restaurant in Cuenca. I had pan-fried breaded corvina. It was amazing! Mom had pescado encocado (fish in a coconut sauce) and dad had Encebollado with shrimp. I am a sucker for sea food so I really loved this restaurant. It was a small ... [Read more]


Calé de Queso is a nice little cafe in Cuenca Ecuador. It's located on Baltazara de Calderon 3-76 and Gran Colombia where the two streets form a Y. This cafe reminded us of one of our favorite cafes back in Canada which was decorated in a similar colonial style. The house that the Calé de Queso cafe is ... [Read more]


Ecuador has a lot of delicious cultural dishes. Living in the Andes mountains means we are used to the food eaten in the sierra. There is not that much seafood on the menu up here. Recently we were invited to try some coastal food at a restaurant in Cuenca called El Sabor De Las Costeñitas (roughly ... [Read more]

Roasted pork in Cuenca Ecuador

One of the things tourists and expats enjoy seeing in Cuenca Ecuador is the street food. There are a number of different things sold as street food in Cuenca, like salchipapas (french fries with a sausage/wiener on top,) bags of fruit or coconut slices, and the pastel colored meringue with sprinkles on top. But when ... [Read more]

Corviche traditional food in Ecuador

Corviche is definitely one of my favorite traditional foods here in Ecuador. It's right up there with encebollado. Corviche is made with mashed up green plantain and fish. That combination may not sound all that appetizing but when it's made right, it's amazazing! ;) I've eaten corviche at a few different restaurants but the best ... [Read more]


A little while ago, I discovered a very interesting fruit called guaba. It is very common at markets and can be seen on trees in the outskirts of Cuenca. Because of it's slight vanilla flavor, guaba is also known as the: ice cream bean. It is green on the outside and shaped like a bean ... [Read more]

Encebollado with plaintain chips and popcorn

While living abroad one of the most common questions we are asked by locals and people thinking of moving to Ecuador is "do you like the food?" and "what's your favorite dish?" Bryan, Drew and I really like the food here in Ecuador. I especially like that it's not "hot" (as in spicy hot) and ... [Read more]


A few months ago I discovered a new dessert in Cuenca: Higos con queso. Despite having lived here for four years, I tried this sweet dessert for the first time just a few months ago. Since then, I've had it many times. The recipe is pretty simple. Preserved figs (higos) in a sugar sauce Locally ... [Read more]

It always smells amazing!

Panesa is a nice bakery (with cafe) here in Cuenca. We like to stop by for a coffee break or a quick meal. We recently went there for breakfast and it cost under $16 for the three of us. That included a bag of fresh buns and a few cookies for the road. The servings were not ... [Read more]

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