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The Food Just Tastes Different

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The food just tastes different in Ecuador.  I can't tell you exactly how, just that it is better.  I don't know if it is what the chickens are fed that make the eggs better or if it is the open spaces that allow the cattle to produce better milk.  The cheese and the butter are far and away better tasting than that found in the States.  Even the garlic has a stronger taste and smell.

Champagne lunch at Hacienda San Isidro

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About 30 minutes on a rough road outside of Cotacachi brings you to a restored centuries old hacienda call San Isidro.  A special dinner is served there virtually every Sunday.  We made our first visit and enjoyed a excellent meal of

Empanadas of the Hacienda
Cream of Mushroom
Roman lobster salsa golf on bed of vegetables with basil
and mashed potatoes
Crepe suzette flambé the Grand Marnier with vanilla ice cream

Produce Market

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One of the great things about living in Ecuador is the abundance of produce. While there are several places where it is available, the large market is next to the bus station. Seven days a week, it is open and filled with almost every conceivable kind of fruit or vegetable, including some that I still haven't been able to identify. Sunday is the big market day when we stock up blackberries, blueberries, potatoes, oranges, onions, broccoli and other items for a fraction of what we would have paid back home. I am rarely without a stock of large avocados, which cost about 30 cents each.

Eating at Bocaditos

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There are an increasing number of restaurants in Cotacachi. Two establishments have opened in the last few months and are very popular among the expats. One called “Bocaditos no Tipicos,” is owned by a couple from New York named Danny and June.. Danny worked as a chef in New York and is able to make a wide variety of dishes. The menu changes from day to day, so you never know what surprises await you.

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