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Cooking With Fire

We have heard about La Yunta since shortly before we went on our Turkey adventure last March. This is a restaurant / tienda / deli that is about a 15 minute drive out of Cuenca, enroute to Loja. Being so far out in the sticks, they have to be creative to get people to come.  ... Read more


Turkey 12 – Grand Bazaar

Today we visited the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.  This is the largest covered market in the world, covering 61 streets and more than 3000 vendors.  In addition, there were many more vendors on the outside surrounding this market. There is no way that anyone can visit more than a small portion of the bazaar in ... Read more


[Recipe] Stuffed Bell Peppers

Print [Recipe] Stuffed Bell Peppers Author: Burt Johnson Recipe type: Main Dish Prep time:  30 mins Cook time:  50 mins Total time:  1 hour 20 mins Serves: 4   This is a quick and easy one-pot meal that has become a favorite of guests. It also makes excellent left-overs. Just spread a little tomato sauce over top and ... Read more


Madre Tierra Festival 2015

This weekend was the first Madre Tierra (or “Mother Earth”) festival in Tarqui, a town about 15 minutes from Cuenca by taxi.  The eco-festival was organized by Sarah HB, a long time expat friend here in Cuenca.  It consisted of 43 workshops, dozens of vendors, music and theater. The festival was very well attended, with ... Read more


National Strike — Cuenca Style

Ecuadorian president Correa has had an unprecedented 84% approval rating in his country until recently.  He has improved education on many fronts, reduced crime in every category, improved infrastructure, and generally been a very positive, and thus popular, president.  With his political party having an overwhelming majority in Congress, he can push through almost any ... Read more


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