Ecuadorian food

In Search of Deeper Meaning: Una Minucito

It’s 9:24 and Gary hasn’t had his breakfast.  I, however, have finished mine and am upstairs typing as I endeavor once again to discern what is to my gringo grey matter, the convoluted cultural meaning of life in Ecuador. In this case, to translate the words, una minucito.  But first, […]

by May 26, 2012 1 comment Cotacachi, Ecuador Culture, Ecuadorian food
Ecuador in the Raw

Ecuador in the Raw

Life in Ecuador can be pretty raw and pretty basic. For instance, every day I see indigenous women who have chosen to wear a simple costume from infancy until the end of their lives. Long skirts, sequined blouses, gold necklaces–the look doesn’t change from season to season or even from […]

Ecuador Food: Easy Peach Cobbler

Interesting people are always showing up in Cotacachi.   Hambone Littletail, a musician from Austin, Texas, hung out in Cotacachi for a while.  He was searching for the perfect piece of property for himself and a few friends. The Intag held a lot of fascination for him and he spent several […]

by January 29, 2011 4 comments Cotacachi, Ecuador Lifestyle, Ecuadorian food
Ecuador Chocolate: An Eagle and Condor Story

Ecuador Chocolate: An Eagle and Condor Story

Ecuador chocolate is some of the finest in the world.  I’ve tasted it in gourmet chocolate shops all over the U.S.  But despite its sought-after status, it has hardly benefited the locals who grow it.  However, the Kallari chocolate story is one of triumph over almost impossible odds that ended […]

by January 28, 2011 10 comments About Ecuador, Ecuador Economy, Ecuadorian food
A View from the Roof: Reflections on Chochos and Banks Too Big to Fail

A View from the Roof: Reflections on Chochos and Banks Too Big to Fail

By Gary Phillips I’m in the middle of reading “Too Big To Fail,” by Andrew Sorkin of the New York Times. As the cover says, it’s “the inside story of how Wall Street and Washington fought to save the financial system—and themselves.” It is an incredible story that has me […]