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The Cuenca Dispatch is now available at over 120 locations!

The Cuenca Dispatch (formerly the Vegetable dis-Patch), Ecuador’s original weekly English-language newspaper, is now available at over 120 locations throughout Cuenca.

Look for your copy in any hotel in the city. The Cuenca Dispatch is also being delivered to most condominium buildings on the West side of town and in the Solano area.

And now, many of the most popular restaurants in town are carrying copies as well.

Pick up your copy today for its money savings coupons, movie reviews, original content lead stories, information on what’s happening in town and even crosswords and sudoku.

For advertising information or to be added as a drop-off location, contact us at or call 098 167 3885

Name: Michael
Phone: 0981673885

There’s a “Whole Lot of Something” going on at The Vegetable Bar this Week!

There’s a “Whole Lot of Something” going on at The Vegetable Bar this Week!

We’ve got food tastings, wine sampling and FREE coffee, cappuccinos and lattes!

And on top of that, the best “Made Your Way” Omelets in town!

Not to mention the best night out in town, Cuenca Trivia this Tuesday at 6:30PM! Come test your wits!

September 28th to ALWAYS! – Your first coffee, cappuccino or latte is free every day!

September 29th – Come taste those Portuguese Wines we told you about last week! And enjoy the paired appetizer tastings our chef has created!

October 1st – The Best Salmon in town! Come for a FREE tasting of Cuenca Salmon’s fresh caught salmon. Or try the smoked trout or smoked salmon! And if you like it, stay for the Pan-Seared Salmon lunch. 11:00AM to 2:00PM

October 4th – Come to the one and only Cuenca Trivia at the Vegetable Bar every Tuesday! Dinner starts at 5:00PM and the game starts at 6:30PM. Are you smarter than everyone else?!

Beginning Monday, September 26th, we are changing our hours, so please take note!

We will still be open 7 days a week (that’s right, we said 7!), but we’ve noticed most of you sleep in, so we will now start opening at 9:00AM instead of 7:00AM.

Also, we will be closing at 7:00PM (5PM on Sundays and 8:00PM on Tuesdays) instead of 8:30PM.

Why? Because you also like to make it an early night most of the time…and I can’t say I blame you!!

Finally, here are our Specials for the next 10 days:

Saturday, September 24th:

* Jerk Chicken Burger and Sweet Potato Fries with Chipotle Mayo. ($7.95)
Sunday, September, 25th:
* Vinegar Braised Chicken, Bacon Wrapped Green Beans, Garlic Mashed Potatoes. ($8.95)
Monday, September 26th:
* Himalayan Salt Block Corvina, Organic Broccoli with Balsamic Reduction Drizzle and Kale and Apple Walnut Salad. ($9.95)
Tuesday, September 27th:
* Ham & Olive Lasagne and House Salad ($9.95)
* Spiced Chicken, Spinach & Sweet Potato Stew ($7.95)
Wednesday, September 28th:
* Chicken Cacciatore with Steamed Brown Rice and House Salad ($8.95)
Thursday, September 29th:
* Spicy Chili in an Individual Clay Pot with a Cornbread Top ($8.95)
Friday, September 30th:
* Beer Battered Fish and Chips with Homemade Coleslaw and Tartar Sauce. ($8.95)
Saturday, October 1st:
* Pan-Seared Salmon with Kale and Apple Salad and Sweet Potato Puree ($10.95)
Sunday, October 2nd:
*Himalayan Salt Block Shrimp Tacos with Curried Mango Salsa ($8.95)
Monday, October 3rd:
* Spiced Chicken, Spinach & Sweet Potato Stew ($7.95)
Tuesday, October 4th:
* Beer Battered Fish and Chips with Homemade Coleslaw and Tartar Sauce. (2-Piece $8.95)(3-Piece $9.95)
* Grilled Citrus Wasabi Chicken and Rice Paper Spring Rolls with Thai Peanut Sauce. ($9.95)

We are located at 3 de Noviembre and Jacaranda (one block East of Hotel Oro Verde).

Name: Michael
Phone: 0989358169

Heart Night for Those Left Homeless by the Earthquake

Event date: Oct. Saturday 01

Please join us for an extraordinary day/evening of music, dance, theatre, art, gourmet cuisine and presentation of the Domes of Cuenca, temporary housing for the earthquake victims.

“Heart Night” or “Noche de Shungo” is an all day and night event at Pumapungo Musuem. Saturday, Oct 1

Cultural events begin at 11 AM until 11 PM presented by Salita, free.

Experience international music and dance, Barojo theatre, drum circles and childrens’ events, art works, and exhibition of drawings of the human figure. On display will be the new prototype of the Domes of Cuenca, an enlarged version to house a family of 6 -8 persons. Dance to DJs in the evening.

Participants: Teatro Barojo, Cristian Lopez, Sandra Gomez, Carla Altamirano, Colectivo Mina, Ernesto Ortiz, Luna Piedra, Pablo Ramos, Mashi Yura, Peter Dudar and Sally Marr.

For more information, call Mashi Yura at 284 8389 or 098 091 6648

Name: admin

Important Speaker at Veterans League Meeting

Event date: Oct. Friday 07

Our next monthly Veterans League luncheon will be held at noon, Friday, October 7, at La Herradura Restaurant located at Avenida Remigio Romero 3-55 y Remigio Crespo (between Renmigio Crespo and Remigio Tamariz). Please note the new venue which is about two blocks from our former venue, and offers a similar menu ranging from BBQ wings to lomo fino and ribs, and including an almuerzo and burgers. We will have a private meeting room. The management has agreed to give us each a ten percent discount.

Our speaker will be Giancarlo Vignolo, an attorney with the firm of Vignolo Barzallo, who will speak on Ecuador employment/labor law, particularly as it applies to employing a housekeeper or other personal employee. There is a lot more to it than most of us realize, and our experience in the US does not transfer to useful expertise here (I was a CPA, and there are a lot of new pitfalls). It is also interesting that complying with the law costs very little, but affords the employer a great deal of protection with regard to workplace injuries, health care, etc.

Because of the broad interest in this topic (if you are not interested, you should be), we wish to extend an invitation once again to spouses and guests. See you this coming Friday. Invite any fellow veterans, guests, and everyone’s spouse.

Contact Jack Wilkinson at

Name: admin

* New Romance Holiday Pkg on the Coast

Celebrating an anniversary or other special occasion? Perhaps you just need some time to get away from it all? Surprise your partner with an all inclusive Romantic Holiday. $345

Located on quiet Cautivo Beach – 10 minutes out of Salinas.

Our two night packages include:

*Couples Massage
*Tour of the peninsula to include local look out points
*Couple’s Yoga Session
*Choice of Reflexology Session or Pedicure for Him & Her

Gourmet Meals by professional Catering Company Includes:

*Dinner the day of arrival
*3 meals the following day
*Breakfast before checkout
*Non Alcohol Drinks

For more information email

Name: Casa Blanca Playa Cautivo
Phone: 099-305-2656

Feria Libre Tours

Feria Libre is Ceunca’s biggest shopping market – a wonderful place, bustling with humanity and filled with great deals – if you know where to look. But the mercado can be confusing and intimidating if you’re not familiar with it. Put your fears aside and let us show you around. We’ll guide you through the tangle of narrow alleyways, show you all the areas of the market, take you to our favorite vendors, and get you some great deals. My wife and I have saved others before you significant money on their monthly groceries; let us do the same for you. In a small-group tour, we’ll work through your shopping list until you have everything you need. Over time, you will save hundreds of dollars over what you would spend at Tia or SuperMaxi. $8 per person, or $15 per couple. Upcoming tours are Monday (9/26) at 2:00pm and Thursday (9/29) at 3:00pm.
$8 per person, or $15 per couple. Please email to sign up. Find us on our new Facebook page at

Name: Elliott Segelbaum
Phone: 098-415-7643

Yoga for Every “Body”

Yoga for Every “Body”

Beginners to advanced will benefit from this Yoga class. Melissa Maher is a dedicated, patient instructor who is able to accommodate all levels of ability.

Next session October 3 – 31. Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 8:30 am – 9:45 am. $65 for the month. $48 for 2x per week for the month. $7 drop-in.

Classes held at SkyFit “Strong to the Core” Centre for Health & Fitness, Sucre 7 – 70 y L. Cordero, 2nd floor.

For information or to register contact Sky at

Name: Sky Rajewski
Phone: 0998660379

Gran Roca Strawberries, Heirloom Tomatoes and more at Nectar in Cuenca

Event date: Sep. Wednesday 28

Gran Roca is proud to announce that our fresh, sustainably grown produce, including our much sought after Strawberries, Heirloom Tomatoes, Kale and real Sweet Potatoes will be available on Wednesday, September 28, from 2:00-4:00pm at the Nectar Tienda on Benigno Malo near the corner of Gaspar Sangurima, only a couple of blocks from Parque Calderon.

Most of our produce sell for $1 or less. Purchasers of $5 or more will receive, as a thank you, a beautiful head of fresh picked lettuce FREE. So, come on over and see what you’ve been missing in Cuenca. You can also tell us if there is anything else you are looking for. Who knows, it may already be growing at Gran Roca.

For more information, including a full list and pictures of our available produce items, click

Name: Rob Gray

Free Coffee at Ambrosia!

Event date: Sep. Saturday 24

We all know someone that needs a cup of coffee to start his/her day. That is why we invite you this Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10am to 3pm to learn more about our different types of coffee and enjoy a freshly brewed sample for you.

Name: Gina Ambrosi
Phone: 0987289146

Apartment Sale

Household items, for sale
Assorted items for sale, appliances large and small.
Pots and pans
and more

For pricing, descriptions and pictures please go to:


City: Cuenca

Thanks for bidding

Name: Sal

Mindfulness Workshop, October 8 and 9

Event date: Oct. Saturday 08

Welcome to the first workshop guided by Estela Redondo, amazing woman specialized in mindfulness therapy based on stress reduction, breathing techniques and a beautiful relaxation time accompanied by the sounds of the Tibetan bowls. This workshop is recommended to help people to handle stress, encourage healing and find peace. The founds recollected from these amazing experience is going to be designated to the treatment of catastrophic diseases in Ecuador.

We count with your presence to this activity; you are going to love it.

October 8 and 9, La Floreana Eventos y Recepciones – Sayausi Fundacion, Vazquez y Crespo

Contact Angie at or call099 882 2699

Name: admin

“The Magnificent 7” starring Denzel Washington

Event date: Sep. Saturday 24

Saturday Funday at the movies hosted by Cuenca Car a Share! Saturday, September 24th we have a special matinee showing of “The Magnificent 7” (in 2D and English) at Millennium Mall. Showtime is 11:15am. Special time and pricing of only $5.00. Limited seating, order your tickets today.

We have 3 easy ways to prepay.
1. Send by PayPal, friends and family to
2. Pay cash at Tutto Matto Restaurant, located on Solano y Alfonso Moreno Mora Tuesday – Saturday, 11:30am – 3:00pm and 5:00pm – 9:00pm.
3. Send an email to for the secure link to pay by credit card.

Our movies have been selling out, so order your tickets today!

Name: David and Juan
Phone: 0983800162

Be part of the Mob – join Cuenca Dance Mob!

Dear Dance Mobbers (and wanna-be Dance Mobbers) – it’s time to start preparing for our 2016 season. This year we will be performing at the Mall del Rio annual Christmas show and the Pase del Niño parade on Christmas Eve. Informal rehearsals will start early October. No dance experience is necessary to learn our fun, easy steps, but participants must be committed to attending all of our rehearsals and public presentations. A complete schedule of rehearsal and performance dates will be available in October. Do you have the “right stuff” to be a Dance Mob dancer? Send in your email address now to and follow the Cuenca Dance Mob Facebook page for future announcements. To ensure health and maximum dance performance, all Dance Mob rehearsals and presentations are fragrance-free and smoke-free.

Name: David Naccari

ICC – Christian Worship Service

Event date: Sep. Sunday 25

International Christian Community – A non-denominational church for those seeking a relationship with God.

What is your over all view of life? Is it: “Good and Evil” or is it “Good vs Evil?” Join us this Sunday at the International Christian Community at 11:00 am as we worship God and reflect upon the teachings of Jesus regarding this issue.

Pastor Kennemer will present the third message in his current series entitled “Overcoming The Great Sins of Our Time”. Our choir will also be sharing a beautiful anthem based on the beatitudes called “Blest Are They”. Come and enjoy God with us.

We invite all who would desire to learn more about the great love God has for our world to come worship with us this Sunday at 11:00 am and stay for with us for fellowship and refreshments after.

Name: Bard Gale
Phone: 0979197042

Last Dance Aerobics Class until December

Event date: Sep. Thursday 22

This is the last awesome class until December.
Don’t miss out! We have a great class planned..
Reserve your spot for Thursday, September 21, 2016 at 5pm.
Located in El Centro near the parque Sebastian (near San Sebas Cafe)
Email Jennifer at to reserve your spot and get a great workout!

Name: Jennifer
Phone: 0939745972

Rescued animals from Manabi need your help

Socorro Animal Ecuador is an animal organization. It is supporting foundations and people that are helping at Manabí rescuing animals, providing them shelter, food and all medical treatments these animals need, and then rehome them. Now it is working on two specific cases, Xiomara a woman from Portoviejo-Manabí who rescued: 7 female dogs, 3 male dogs, 4 puppies and 5 cats, and Diego from the same city, who owns Ken, and he rescued Sand, who got abandoned a little while after the earthquake.

Our goal is to raise the $9,500 that is needed to help Xiomara and Diego and their animal friends for one year.

• Meet our friends of this campaign and their needs:

• More info about it:

Name: admin

Dikaty Chocolates. Still in business?

Hi there! I am in Johannesburg South Africa and am trying to contact Dikaty Chocolates of 12-57 Gran Colombia Y Tarqui. The owner is Pablo Pauta and I need to buy chocolate and have it shipped to South Africa. I sent an email plus a Facebook message. So far nada. So I guess its a language issue. If anyone happens to pass by this tienda (Best chocolates in Ecuador by the way) please ask the Señora to get Pablo to contact me. I need to buy chocolate and have it shipped to Johannesburg.
Thank you I will be much obliged.
Pablo’s Tel: 59372844320

Name: Herb Klein

Selling dryers, washers, beds, dinining/ living room suites, tvs, etc.

Hello all you lovely people out there… And what a performance by the expat amateur dramatics group last Sunday! John and I were sat at the back, but we still managed to hear most of the monologues pretty well. All performances were fantastic, but my personal favorite was the patchwork doll performance. The lady in question was magically transformed into the character in every imaginable way. Anyway, I look forward to their next performance, whether it is at Banco Central or the Abraham Lincoln Centre.

This week at JDs we have some great stuff not only for all of you new arrivals, but also for some of you more seasoned visitors. You really have to get down to “Long street” and pay us a visit. I know it’s much easier to communicate with us online or by text, but touching base with us in the real world, just like we would meet our mates on the corner, or near a landmark when we were kids, has got to be a lot more interesting, hasn’t it? I mean we don’t mind meeting friends in bars or at restaurants, so why not make a social event of meeting up at JDs? We have ample seating to sit ‘n’ chat, share some snacks, tell some jokes, or philosophize…. So why not pay us a visit in the flesh? And don’t be disappointed if we don’t have what you are looking for this week, or something hasn’t been priced up yet. With a little bit of time and patience, we can usually find what you are looking for, and for something that hasn’t been priced yet, make us an offer. As most of you know, not much is written in stone, and anyway, what have you got to lose? So, let’s get cracking!

This week’s inventory:

2 dining room sets to choose from at $420 each
Living room suites at $350 and up, two to choose from
1 faux fire place at $150
1 Krups Silver Art collection Pump Expresso Machine with stainless steel housing $300
2 fine brown wood king beds with Chaide pillow top mattresses starting from $700
2 maximum capacity Whirlpool dryers at $450 each
a large LG washer for $450
a large RAC 10 cycle, 4 speed combination, heavy duty washer for $420
a Samsung 32” LCD HD flat screen TV for $385
an LG 32” LCD HD flat screen TV for $365
an LG 42” LCD HD flat screen TV for $725
a Sony 46” LED Full HD flat screen smart TV for $850
an LG compact disc and flash memory player with radio for $60 Sofa beds straight outta the wrap from $190
1 Black wood twin bed with Chaide mattress for $150
2 bunk beds with Chaide mattresses for $320 each
night stands from $50 each
a selection of student desks from $40
1 armoire antique cabinet for $400
a wood cabinet TV stand for $100
an ironing board for $45
Gas cylinders at $50 each
Lots of high quality tools to choose from starting at $1
a never used ceramic dinner set by local artist for $500 (original price $1000)
an almost new designer bar for $300
a king size duvet for $50
3 sets of quartz crystal wine glasses at $50 a box
1 set of quartz whisky glasses at $50 a box
2 computer desks at $50 each
HP printer with $40 ink well included for $125
Canon printer with $40 ink well included for $100
2 DVD players at $25 each
Space heater at $60
a crock pot for $40
a deep fryer for $80
a pressure cooker for $60
a vertical grill fan for $40
ladies dresses from $10
men’s and ladies T-shirts from $5
for high quality cotton XXL men´s pants, jeans, and shorts from $5 quality ladies blouses from $5
men’s quality leather loafers and brogues from $10 (size 12W)
a glass top wrought iron dining room table and velvet cushioned chairs for $250

JD´s Muebles, Calle Larga 1-213 y Huayna-Capac (one block west of El Banco Central) if you´re walking from Huayna Capac. If you are walking east from the center, you can find us at the beginning of the second block after Todos Santos church. We have plants in the front, and we are next to a travel agency.

Our hours of business are: Mon thru Fri, 11-1:30, 3:30-5:00 and Saturdays, 10 -2

You can email us: or

You can call us on: 0979191839 or 0988187723

JDs Muebles: 0979191839. Call after: 9 AM.

Name: JDs Muebles
Phone: 0979191839


Hi there.. we do Transpo for 4 people and all you’re luggage in a new truck,cuenca to Guayaquil and VV for 95 dollars. Let’s book Transpo

Name: Jon Labouef
Phone: 0984949008

Mediterranean Night at El Salón

Event date: Sep. Saturday 24

Enjoy a night of Mediterranean tapas at El Salón!

In the Med, it’s typical to share a few smaller plates between friends, enjoying a range of different flavours. This weekend at El Salón we’re offering a sharing menu of 5 tapas dishes for only $7.50 per person.

• Salmorejo – a typical Andalusian cream of tomato made with olive oil, pepper and breadscrumbs
• Mussels in a cream and white wine sauce
• Beef turnovers with a chilli dip
• Fresh tomatoes stuffed with tuna
• Ciabatta bread served with roasted vegetables

It’s the ideal menu to accompany a glass of wine or an ice cold beer!

Book your table on 099-316-5176, via or via private Facebook message.

El Salón • Luis Cordero 6-75 y Presidente Córdova • Centro Histórico • Cuenca

Name: Xavier Espinosa
Phone: 0993165176