The Battle Of The Breakfasts

Our two favorite weekday places are La Bakery and SuperFoods. La Bakery, which is just off Orellana near the square, is famous for it’s eggs benedict. Not a dish you typically find in Ecuador. Executed perfectly. The egg is always runny. The hollandaise buttery and smooth. It’s expensive as far as food tends to be…

A Little Bit Of This

When you decide to get fries and waffles from your favorite Belgian food stand for dinner. You have a ragu waiting in the morning. Reduced for hours, the sauce was a mixture of tomatoes, red wine sausage from our meat homies up in Cotacachi, onions, garlic and bit of guanciale. Spices measured more from the…

Num Nuum

Ecuador isn’t exactly known for it’s food. Which is not to say it doesn’t have some good stuff. But when you’re coming from Los Angeles and all that multicultural diversity in everything from hole-in-the-wall to high-end. It leaves you wanting. Which is why we were so surprised upon stumbling into a new restaurant in Cumbayá…

A Few Of My Favorite Things

When you move abroad, you relinquish many of the things that gave life a semblance of normalcy. Like bagels. So when I came across a bag of Thomas bagels in the store the other day. I was ecstatic in a way that I never expected I would be over something so basic. I grabbed the…

El Sabor Del Cubano

In what kind of beautiful world can a family of three sit down for dinner on a Friday night and walk out supremely satisfied and fully satiated for only $11. In my world. We stopped into a little Cuban joint near our house in Cumbayá where the bridge crosses over the river off the Chaquiñan….

I Want Some Mote

I had a lot of a few things and no food in the fridge. Today was going to be a cooking day. A creative one at that. And I was excited for the challenge. Most days, I fancy myself a contestant on Food Network’s Chopped. A show that I would binge watch for hours when…

A Solid Sanduche

Since we moved to Ecuador, I have been on the search for good sandwich stuffings. Which is why we were super pumped to find out that our local carniceria carries tasty cold cuts. El Cordobés is located off Francisco de Orellana at the edge of where Tumbaco meets Cumbayá. The Argentinian meet purveyor has become…

Tumbaco Chicken And More

When we lived in LA, delicious food was in no short supply. But it was expensive. Cold-pressed juices and coffees. Whole Foods for lunch. Uber Eats delivered to our door almost every single night. We were busy. Tired. And indulging often felt more like a necessity than the costly luxury it became due to our…