Shrimp Season is Here

Tom and I are having a hard time getting sick of eating shrimp. In the past week or so, I’ve featured shrimp in a coconut rice dish (made with fresh coconuts of course) , in a curried mango soup (yup, the mangoes are local too), served them over pasta in a garlic butter sauce, and the list goes on and on. Such high quality meals!

At the moment, it’s mostly the prawns that are available. In Spanish, prawn is “langostino” which translates to “little lobster.” A couple nights ago, Tom and I joyfully mused on the accuracy of that analogy as we dipped sweet and succulent sauteed shrimp into butter.

Prawns, fresh as can be (caught the same day) can be purchased for $5.50/lb. The smaller guys go for around $3/lb.

Living in Ecuador: Have your fruits come to you!

Get your fruits and veggies delivered to your doorstep

Tom and I are often asked by folks interested in purchasing property in Crucita where they can buy local fresh fruit. In addition to a Saturday morning market, there are lots of little ma ‘n pop shops scattered throughout town as well as numerous roadside stands on the way into town.

But Tom’s and my favorite way to resupply our kitchen with mangoes, avocados, bananas, watermelon, pineapple, coconut (you get the picture) is to have it all delivered to us!

Almost on a daily basis at least one cart or truck laden with goodies passes by our house on its regular route through town. Typically a description of the goods available and their prices are announced (although the untrained ear will only perceive bizarre vocal distortions emanating from an antiquated megaphone). In that case you just take peek to see if anything meets your fancy. Those who have learned a bit of Spanish and can decipher megaphone garble will hear the likes of “20 oranges for a dollar…6 mangoes for one dollar…”

We love having a roving market at our fingertips! And as you can see, so does our son Kai!