Someone commented on one of our restaurant videos; they asked if we were vegetarians. We get asked that a lot. The answer to that question is no, we are not vegetarians. But we do try to limit our intake of meat to only twice a week because we have found it to be healthier than eating meat every day.
I know that our videos usually show us eating at a vegetarian restaurant or preparing vegetarian pizza, pasta, or pesto in our kitchen at home and it just so happens that was a day without meat. We do eat chicken, some fish, and even hamburgers (usually made with ground turkey) occasionally. We also eat eggs and some dairy.
We bought some ground beef at Coral and it was virtually fat free and about the same price as in the U.S. When cooking the meat into hamburger patties it literally stuck to the frying pan because there was no fat! The meat was actually too dry because of the lack of fat, if that is possible. The ground beef at Super Maxi is not as dry and better tasting, in our opinion.
The videos of us eating out in restaurants is at almuerzos (lunch) time here. Typically almuerzos comes with a bowl of soup, a raw veggie salad, rice, lentils or beans, a meat (usually chicken or beef), and a freshly squeezed juice or a small dessert for $2, give or take $0.50. It is a great deal for the price.
We probably eat lunch out twice a week because we are almost always out and about at lunch time; the food is quite wholesome and good priced, so we take advantage of the many traditional Ecuadorian restaurants in Cuenca. We would prefer brown rice but we eat a lot of that at home.
For your information we have never gotten sick from drinking the tap water or eating out in Cuenca, ever!
We usually eat home for dinner and we cook, or well, I cook. When Frank and I first met, I was still a kid. I was 19 and did not know how to (sorry mom :-)) boil an egg, seriously! Oddly enough, Frank and his mother taught me how to make a few things, but most of my cooking abilities came from trial and error. It took me about 3-years to master bread-making. I finally figured that one out. Now, I (usually) enjoy cooking and prepare International cuisine for my family; mostly, Italian, Mexican and Asian dishes.. I'm learning to prepare some of the Ecuadorian dishes too. Last week I made tomatillo salsa to put on brown rice. It was pretty good.
On another note, Frank and I did try one of the Italian/Greek Restaurants here and we liked it a lot. I had the Spaghetti Carbanara for $4.95 and he had stuffed cheese filled raviolis with an incredible blue cheese sauce for $4.95. We left satisfied, probably not as healthy and a pound heavier, but we both said we’d go back. The restaurant is located in Mall Del Rio called Creta.
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Health-wise we really like the abundance of fresh food in Cuenca. It is one of the reasons wee like Ecuador so much, and especially Cuenca for it’s wonderful veggie markets…we can hardly contain our enthusiasm about the quality of the food here…well…need I really say more? If you haven’t seen the video here it is….
And the chicken is the best tasting chicken we have ever had, no kidding…