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Handcrafted greeting cards and granola at Common Grounds, Sat Feb 18

Do you have friends or family here? Has someone made your day, or been there for you? Do you know someone who needs to hear a kind word? Show them you care with a handcrafted greeting card! It’s true that it’s not easy to send cards here, but I have found that folks here still enjoy receiving them! So, give someone a card and a hug, or drop a card with their doorman, or slip one under their gate, or door. As well, many of my cards have been muled to other countries, much to the surprise of their loved ones there. I handcraft all my greeting cards with quality materials that moved here with me. My cards have dimensional features and embellishments, making them unique. While I will eventually make Spanish language cards as well, my current line is in English…something a bit hard to find here, at reasonable rates! I have birthday, friendship, wedding, anniversary, sympathy, thank you, get well, humorous cards, gift tags and more. A few are pictured below. For my online gallery, search FaceBook for Lori Zee, or GringoGreetings. Supplies are limited…but I can make custom orders, for all ages and a large variety of occasions. I am also introducing my handcrafted granola on Saturday! See you there!

Name: Lori Zee

Buy Cuenca’s Best Bagels Online. Check Out Our Special Offer

Currently, online, you can place orders, get your total, get the date when your bagels will be baked for you, and choose pickup or delivery. Your order will be confirmed by e-mail.

Cuenca Bagels has been Cuenca’s only source for Authentic New York Bagels since 2012. We bake only to order. Orders are usually ready the next day.

If, over the next twelve months, you place a regular order (same amount, same size) every sixth order will be free. If you order a dozen bagels every week, the sixth order is free. If you order five 100 gram bagels once a month, the sixth order is free.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

Name: Rich
Phone: 072820815

Spanish Lessons 20% Off

Language should not be a barrier to enjoy around Ecuador.
Take the risk and speak it!
(8 USD per hour ONE-ON-ONE)
Pack 1: 8 lessons USD 64 per month
Pack 2: 16 lessons USD 128 per month.
The Schedules are available on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the morning only.
Prices are applied for downtown only.
Time-limited offer (from February 6th to March 27th)

Name: Vilma

Community Witness Sunday at ICC on February 19th

Event date: Feb. Sunday 19

How does God lead your life?

Join us this Sunday at the International Christian Community for a special day in the life of our community. In the absence of Pastor Phil who will be back Sunday Feb 26, four of our members will share their stories on how God in leading their lives today. It promises to be a great time of hymn singing and personal witness. As usual our Choir will also share an inspirational musical message. Our fellowship and worship service are open to all so come enjoy “God with us!”.

Worship Service: Sunday, February 19th at 11 AM

Location: Nicanor Aguilar y Solano, Cuenca (just north & east of Mt. Sinai Hospital)


Name: ICC (International Christian Community)
Phone: 096-951-4430

Saturday 10 to 4 Bazaar at Tutto Matto Pizza

Seventeen amazing venfors are selling their products…
Organic Chocolate, Coffee, Baked Goods, Paintings, Crocheted and Knitted items, Jewelry, Home decor, Pillows, and more. Come enjoy a delicious pasta or pizza while you shop
Tutto Matto Pizza on Solano, 1/2 block south of ItalDeli

Name: Laurie Bowers
Phone: 0967982182

Great Firewood Supplier

Cuenca Firewood has been supplying us with seasoned, dried eucalyptus that burns wonderfully. No popping and a delightful scent.
We’ve also been getting their planting soil as we rework numerous planter boxes – great stuff!

Louis Bourgeois
418-5383 or 099-524-1088

Name: Bill Wallace
Phone: 098-092-1041

Cuenca Garden Co-op Market Sat., Feb. 18

One important update is that we will shorten our hours for our Saturday morning market to 10-10:30 am, or by appointment. Our location remains the same on Federico Malo just past Parque de la Madre. Look for our white van parked on the left.
Peppers and tomatoes are maturing, so we are gathering seeds. We have a great paste Tomato, an heirloom named Opalka…come and see a sample, and we will have both seeds and seedlings available. Next to ripen will be our featured cherry tomato, Sun Gold, a hybrid that is everyone’s favorite. We have sweet pepper seeds available as well, and we still have plenty of bean seeds and our lettuce mixes.
Another plant that we are excited about is the uvilla. A small yellow fruit enclosed in a brown paper shell (sometimes called “husk cherry”), we have germinated seeds and have some established seedlings to sell…a great plant for container growing on your patio or terrace.

The big news this week is okra, as we have our first harvest ready to sell!

If you are not on our mailing list, please write to us at
Thank you!
Louis, Catty and Amelie

Name: Louis Bourgeois
Phone: 418-5383

Spanish Conversation over Lunch

Event date: Feb. Wednesday 22

Are you looking for a place to improve your Spanish conversation? If so, our group of expat residents and Cuencanos cordially invites you to join us for lunch – or coffee. Spanish Conversation over Lunch members look forward to meeting you. If you are a bit nervous about coming, bring a friend!

We meet every Wednesday in the back part of the Zona Resfrescante restaurant which is located on Benigno Malo opposite Payless Shoes about half a block from the New Cathedral (Catedral Inmaculada Concepción).

When: Wednesday, February 22nd from 1PM to 3PM.
Where: Benigno Malo 9-55 between Gran Colombia and Simon Bolivar

Name: Roxanne
Phone: 098-384-9355

Monica Gonzaga – Facilitator (fluent English/Spanish)

.Visas – Extensive Experience facilitating all types of visas, including complex situations!
.Citizenship/Cedulas – Available to help you become a real Ecuadorian with three years residency as well
as assist you with new, replacement, and lost cedulas!

.Houses/Apartments – Ready to stop paying Gringo prices! Hire me to make the best deals with Owners, without the middlemen!
Challenges with your landlord? I can help!

.Property Management –Tired of managing your property? Call me!

.Drivers’ licenses/Car registration – applications assistance.

.Transportation – Guayaquil/Quito/etc in a comfortable station wagon. Pets OK!

I work hard to give you the best service you will find in Ecuador! I am committed to honesty and transparency, always operating in good faith in the sole interest of my clients. I am fluent in English and Spanish!

Consultations always available free of charge
Call, email or Facebook me any time:
Monica Gonzaga Facilitator (Facebook)
Phone: 098-384-1691

Name: Monica Gonzaga
Phone: 098-384-1691

Death by Cacao – A Chocoholic’s Feast – Celebrate Sunday, March 12

Event date: Mar. Sunday 12

Death by Cacao – A Chocoholic’s Feast by Gastronomic Events, where you can indulge in Ecuador’s supreme quality Chocolate. Treat yourself to a delightful dinner feast completely based on Chocolate. I offer you Ecuadorian savory courses with hot cacao and sweet dessert to die for. All this plus, Chocolate Profiling and Chocolate with Wine Pairings. Experience the sweetness and sultriness of Premium Chocolate grown by the World’s original purveyors of Chocolate. Forget the Diet because this will be your Chocoholic’s adventure.
Consists of a full course dinner, and features Ecuador’s own Chocolate throughout. Dinner includes chocolate wrapped appetizer, salad, main course (choice of Chicken or Fish) plus chocolaty-heaven dessert and true thick, rich Ecuadorian hot cocoa. Along with dinner, participants will enjoy wine and chocolate pairing with chocolate profiling.
All this for just $35 per person. Please contact me either by phone or email to reserve your place in this true Taste of Ecuador. Lotsa chocolate luv… Michelle (contact me if you’d like to set this Feast up for your own group)

Name: Michelle
Phone: 099 2882718

The Vegetable Bar Specials for February 9th-17th

Event date: Feb. Thursday 09

You keep asking for them so we keep serving them! Here are your favorites for this week:

Thursday, Feb. 9th: Blackened Salmon Tacos with Chunky Mango Avocado Salsa ($9.95)

Friday, Feb. 10th: Beer Battered Fish & Chips w/Homemade Coleslaw & Tartar Sauce. (2-piece $9.95, 3-piece $10.95)

Saturday, Feb. 11th: Thai Green Curry with Organic Vegetables, a Choice of Chicken or Shrimp and steamed rice. ($8.95)

Sunday, Feb. 12th: African Chicken Peanut Stew with Garlic Toast and Rice ($8.95)

Monday, Feb. 13th: Spicy Chili in an Individual Clay Pot with a Cornbread Top ($8.95)

Tuesday, Feb. 14th:
* Chicken Arrabbiata Linguini with House Salad and Garlic Bread. ($9.95)
* Blackened Salmon Tacos with Chunky Mango Avocado Salsa ($9.95)
*Gluten Free Chicken Piccata with Grilled Asparagus and House Salad ($9.95)

Wednesday, Feb. 15th: Himalayan Salt Block Paiche, Organic Broccoli w/Balsamic Reduction Drizzle & Kale & Apple Walnut Salad. ($10.95)

Thursday, Feb. 16th: Blackened Salmon Tacos with Chunky Mango Avocado Salsa ($9.95)

Friday, Feb. 17th: Beer Battered Fish & Chips w/Homemade Coleslaw & Tartar Sauce. (2-piece $9.95, 3-piece $10.95)

Open 7:00AM – 8:00PM Mon-Sat & 9:00AM – 5PM Sun. 3 de Noviembre y Jacaranda

Name: Michael
Phone: 0989358169

Su Terry at the Jazz Society Café!

Event date: Feb. Friday 17

FRIDAY, FEB. 17th & SATURDAY, FEB. 18th:

Don’t miss this world-renowned jazz saxophonist & clarinetist!
“The best of the best; a phenomenon”
Plus: Chicago bassist, DEVIN FOSTER (Friday)
Singer/guitarist LUIS ULLAURI & Special Guest Artists Every Night!
The Jazz Society Café
(Upstairs (2nd Floor) of La Viña Italian Restaurant)
5-101 Luis Cordero y Juan Jaramillo
Wednesday through Saturday
Food & drink service begins at 6:30PM
Music starts at 7:30PM till 10:00PM

Name: Jim Gala

Black Olive Hotel & Bistro Thanks!

Melissa Maher, her partners, Remi Gozalez and Fernando Posadas, as well as all the staff, thank everyone for making the Grand Opening a wonderful success.

For more information or questions at

Reservations at booking@blackolivehotelcom

Name: Greg Goodwin
Phone: 0980763926

ACT Naked “Broadway Bound” Sold Out!

2961-A Hunter Mill Rd
#803Azuay Community Theater’s production of Neil Simon’s comedy ‘Broadway Bound” is sold out for both the Saturday February 18 and Sunday February 19 performances.

Patrons who bought tickets for “will-call” can pick them up at the performances. However, no tickets will be averrable at San Sebas Friday or at the door for either performance.

We want to thank the Cuenca community once again for their support for the theater, and we look forward to continuing to bring great entertainment to this lovely city!

Name: Ray Lewis
Phone: 0995148449

Try Our New Line of Shrubs at Common Grounds Saturday Market!

Event date: Feb. Saturday 18

Introducing basil, ginger, and OTR (oregano, thyme, and rosemary) shrubs to bring a unique pizzaz to your favorite dishes and cocktails! Stop by the Common Grounds market this Saturday and taste each, along with our garlic, mora, and piña flavors.

We also now have sweet-and-tart pickled garlic cloves for you to try.

Please email me directly at and I’ll make sure your order is set aside for you.

Shrubs are used for salad dressings, to marinate meat, fish, and poultry, and for making special cocktails, teas, and nonalcoholic fruit spritzers.

Bob Kezer
Bonobo Bob’s: Tribu de Amor
(Formerly Sharon’s Alaskan Style Shrub)

Name: Bob Kezer

An Indian Affair at the Feria this Weekend

Event date: Feb. Saturday 18

Come and get to know us while you sample our kulfi (Indian ice-cream) and our multi-grain cake with a tamarind chutney. Samples are free. Sample and purchase until supplies last; order forms will be available to order.

Saturday Feb. 18th

Common Grounds Bazaar – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Eduardo Crespo Malo y Unidad Nacional

Name: Anha Purna
Phone: 095-899-5126

Day Trip: Cajas National Park

Event date: Feb. Sunday 19

Come with us and see what El Cajas National Park has to offer! We will be venturing on 2 different trails at various altitudes which shows off the beautiful lagoons, vegetation, fauna and Lamas exclusive to this region. After our hike showing off the beautiful scenery of this region, we will have a very delicious lunch before heading back to Cuenca.

Name: Arutam Ecotours

MacBook Air – A1369

Sale – MacBook Air – A1369
MacBook Air – 1369 – $495.
MacBook Air “Core i5″ 1.6 13” (Edu Only)
1.6 GHz Core i5 (I5-2467M)
Intro. – February 10,2012
Disc. – June 11, 2012
Order – MD508LL/A*
ID – MacBookAir4,2
RAM – 2 GB – 1333 Mhz DDR3
VRAM – 256 MB
Storage – 64 GB SSD
Optical – None*
Graphics – Intel HD Graphics 3000 288 MB
Includes: carrying case, charger and cord, mouse.
Used – in good Condition.

Name: Robert
Phone: 098 724 8292

Don’t Forget! Tomorrow is Open House at Córpore Clinic

Event date: Feb. Saturday 18

Córpore Clinic, Cuenca’s newest and most modern cosmetic surgery facility, invites you to join us for a special Open House tomorrow, February 18, at 10:30 AM. Learn about the array of affordable cosmetic and reconstructive surgery options that can help you look younger and better. Then take a tour of the consultation office, surgical suite, and post-op rooms. Doctors will be available to answer your questions, plus expat patients will be on hand to share their experiences. Córpore Clinic is located at Jacinto Flores y Jesus Davila Esq., just off 10 de Agosto and right next to the 911 building. We look forward to seeing you!

Name: Dr. Marcelo Cisneros
Phone: 0999614660

Cumbion Festival at República Sur

Event date: Feb. Friday 24

We kick off Carnival 2017 with the first edition of the Cumbion festival in Cuenca at República Sur, Presidente Córdova 5-55 between Mariano Cueva and Hermano Miguel, Friday, Feb. 24 beginning at 9 p.m. Entertainment includes Papaya Dada and Zapatearemos. In addition, DJ SET OF THE CUMBION PARTY by DaSound with Natusha, Los Fantasmas Del Caribe, Celso Piña, Project One, Illegales, General, Lisandro Mesa, Gilda, Sharon, Selena and more. $10 per person.

Name: dan