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Notes From Ecuador

I arrived with the lady who tolerates me on Wednesday, we'll be here for another couple weeks, primarily around the Cuenca area with a Galapagos side trip. We've made this trip the previous two years during the same time frame. Day of the Dead and Independence Day celebrations are currently under way. We enjoy them immensely, along with the culture, the people and the food of course! 

I thought perhaps the forum folks might be interested in some cooking/eating items we encounter. Along those lines I'll add to this post from time to time. For now a couple bread/pizza ovens we came across. First up a massive oven from where we stayed the first night just outside Quito:

The opening is inside the building, unfortunately I was unable to get access to the kitchen, so no pics from that side.

Next up a custom build unit that resides in the courtyard of a chocolate maker that has a restaurant.  This was originally wood fired, now converted to also run on gas.  The owner told me I could have one built for $600-700.  Sorry that my "inside" pic lacks clarity.  There is a Brinkmann offset sitting next to it, also converted to run on gas:


All for now, hope some find this interesting.
LBGE, LBGE-PTR, 22" Weber
Great Plains, USA


  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 16,847
    Sounds like a great trip! 
  • Interested?   Not yes, but HELL YES!!!
    Jason NW GA- home of carpet and Mexican restaurants
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    My chili did not suck. My wings either. 
  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 15,719
    Absolutely and thank you!
    "Knowledge is Good" - Emil Faber

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    Louisville, Kentucky
  • excellent, post more please...
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 21,332
    Great adventure right there and thanks for sharing on the forum. 
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here; L&S BGE's, PBC, Lang 36; burnin wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • Thanks for sharing...
    Charlotte, NC - Large BGE 2014, Maverick ET 733, Thermopen, Nest, Platesetter, Woo2 and Extender w/Grid, Kick Ash Basket, Pizza Stone, SS Smokeware Cap, Blackstone 36"
  • pineypiney Posts: 1,465
    Please keep us posted
    Lenoir, N.C.
  • More please
    Too much time in Portland OR and not enough time on the beach
  • Try the grilled Cuy, I hear it's delish.
    Gittin' there...
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 33,150
    Nice.  Those "sh!thole" countries aren't just filled only with rapist criminals after all!  
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    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

  • DuckDogDrDuckDogDr Posts: 1,143
    @dbCooper. Nice keep us posted,  especially about the Galapagos.  Wanting to go there myself for the scuba diving
  • thetrimthetrim Posts: 10,291
    Looks like you're off to s great start.  Thank you for sharing with the group.
    XL 6/06, Mini 6/12, L 10/12, Mini #2 12/14 MiniMax 3/16
    Tampa Bay, FL
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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 14,493
    Nice thread! Looking forward to more!

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

    Central Connecticut 

  • CTMikeCTMike Posts: 2,314
    Very jealous. My wife and I were looking at retiring in Cuenca until her asthma reared its ugly head with a vengeance. It is usually rated the #1 Retirement Haven on the planet. 
    MMBGE / Large BGE / XL BGE (Craigslist Find) / SF30x80 cabinet trailer - "Ol' Mortimer" / Outdoor kitchen in progress.  

    Southeastern CT. 
  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 7,817
    Great post.  We were there 21 years ago and this is bringing back some great memories.  

    One thing I remember about the food is that their "soup" was often more like a meal with soup - at least in Guayaquil.  For example, "fish soup" was a bowl of soup with a whole fried fish filet sitting on top of it.  (For the record, I viewed this as a good thing).

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    San Antonio, TX

  • WolfpackWolfpack Posts: 3,182
    Keep the posts coming- enjoying this one and what a great experience. 
    Greensboro, NC
  • Sea2SkiSea2Ski Posts: 3,904
    I agree. Please keep them coming! 
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 14,405
    Do they have any Kei cars?
  • GATravellerGATraveller Posts: 7,706
    My grandparents traveled the world extensively and always said the Ecuadorians were some of the nicest they encountered anywhere.

    Love the pics!!  Please keep them coming.

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  • 20stone20stone Posts: 1,874
    Great pics, and keep them coming.

    It was interesting to see the asado for the pig in the first round of pics.  I think of that as an Argentinian thing, but it is cool to see it in other spots.

    I've had the itch to visit Equador, and your travelogue is making it itchier!
    (now only 16 stone)

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    Charcuterie and sourdough enthusiast
    Prosciuttos in an undisclosed location

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  • dbCooper said:

    I arrived with the lady who tolerates me on Wednesday

    Hopefully, you can find someone that tolerates you on the other days of the week!

    Nice pictures/descriptions.  Thanks for sharing
  • Really interesting post, thanks for sharing.
    Greensboro North Carolina
    When in doubt Accelerate....
  • dbCooperdbCooper Posts: 392
    rekameohs said:
    dbCooper said:

    I arrived with the lady who tolerates me on Wednesday

    Hopefully, you can find someone that tolerates you on the other days of the week!

    Nice pictures/descriptions.  Thanks for sharing
    I am fortunate to get one out of seven, from anyone!
    LBGE, LBGE-PTR, 22" Weber
    Great Plains, USA
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 14,012
    Thanks for letting us tag along. I love seeing what people around the world eat and let how they they cook their meals. 

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • td66snrftd66snrf Posts: 1,741
    @dbCooper Thanks for posting. Please keep the pics coming. 
    XLBGE, LBGE, MBGE, SMALL, MINI, 2 Kubs, Fire Magic Gasser
  • Great post... looking forward to more 
    Charlotte, NC - Large BGE 2014, Maverick ET 733, Thermopen, Nest, Platesetter, Woo2 and Extender w/Grid, Kick Ash Basket, Pizza Stone, SS Smokeware Cap, Blackstone 36"
  • Hans61Hans61 Posts: 3,842
    Beautiful pics and interesting thread reminded me of a book I read in college 

    “There are three rules that I live by: never get less than twelve hours sleep; never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city; and never get involved with a woman with a tattoo of a dagger on her body.”
    Coach Finstock Teen Wolf
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