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Cooking in your home away from home can really save on travel expenses, but there are times when you just want something special to make your own gourmet adventures tickle the tongue with pleasure. Our full assortment of cooking utensils, will be a tremendous help, but these vendors will certainly add some pizzazz. This list is also in print in our Cozy Colonial Cuenca Condo Directory with over 85 pages of information to make your stay the best possible.

Hence, we want to aid those people we appreciate, in getting a head start by promoting them here. We are not receiving any compensation or promotional gifts for listing them. They are here because we believe in their talents.

Everyone here speaks English and they are listed in alphabetical order. Food items are first, followed by beer.

Bone-Ito Bone Broth
Organic, Gluten-Free and Paleo
Matthew Hart and Debby Paculaba Degamo
Mobile: 096-951-7977
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Facebook: boneitocuenca

Quite honestly, we have seen Matthew at other food fairs, but never stopped at his booth. After reading so many glowing recommendations about Bone-Ito’s products, when we saw Matthew and Debby at the fair again, we had to stop.    

After sampling some gyoza dumplings, we had to buy some. They did not last the hour. We immediately went to sit by the river to picnic on our snack. Honestly, I could have eaten a dozen more they were so good. Besides organic bone broth, they offer eggrolls, lumpia, gyoza dumplings, and other Filipino food. For dessert, try their cinnamon rolls. And guess what, they deliver!!

Cuenca Bagels: Cuenca's Original Microbagelry
Rich Westcott
Address: Pdte Cordova 9 80 y Padre Aguirre Dept 2
Website: http://www.cuencabagels.com/
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One thing I really miss in Budapest is a good bagel. After seeing Cuenca Bagels on Gringo Post, I was tempted, but hesitant. I did not want to be disappointed yet again. However, after seeing multiple recommendations, I decided we had to give them a try. Thankfully, we took the plunge.

They produce many types of bagels. Other than the usual plain, sesame, poppy, onion, garlic, cinnamon raisin, they have artisanal bagels as well. With more than 10% of the additional ingredients added to the dough, these Parmesan and Asiago cheese, with or without chili, black olive, chocolate chunk, chocolate with chili are really incredible.

You can order bagels in one of three sizes. Prebaked weights are at least 100 grams, 125 grams, or 150 grams. There is a bonus with an order of a Baker's Dozen or more. I found Rich is from New Jersey, so of course he knows bagels! Some of these are going to Budapest as well.

French Pastry & More
Gail LaFreniere
Phone: 099 432 1841
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Gail makes wonderful date bars, eclairs, zucchini muffins and some chocolate bar that is to die for or will kill you if you eat too much of it. She is often at the food or craft shows, but don’t wait. Call or e-mail her to order something delicious.

She is a native English speaker and pastry chef, so she will arrange for delivery. *We love her date bars and the chocolate death bar. She arranges delivery.

Kupi Gourmet Products
Giséle Koupermann
Mobile: 098-723-4315
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We are seriously bad when sampling food items, but then never making a purchase. More often than not, the food item tastes good when sampled, but it loses something on the way home. Then buyer’s remorse sets in. Well, this is not the case with Kupi. We bought a bottle of two of the products on offer: oregano with chili in olive oil and bell pepper dressing.

Hint: Put the oregano with chili on some good bread, and then top it with a slice of mozzarella cheese and a thin slice of tomato. Put it in the toaster oven for a heavenly flavor.

The bell pepper has a roasted pepper flavor that is so good, I could drink it from the bottle. Had my wallet not been close to the "E" for empty mark, I would have bought more.

Sophie's Handmade Food Products
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I spotted Sophie first on Gringo Post where she offered three loaves of her artisan bread for $10 if picked up at a food fair. I decided to try her carrot/oat bread and her multigrain with chia along with other good things. The loaves are extra-large, but honestly, they are so good, they do not last long. The multigrain makes delicious French toast. They freeze really well, so I intend to bring some back to Budapest when we leave.  

Sophie delivers Tuesdays to Fridays only. You can place orders any day of the week, from 7am to 6pm, but give at least 48 hours (2 days) notice to ensure proper delivery time and availability of ingredients. Delivery is free for orders over $10 or a $3 delivery charge for orders under $10. You may also arrange to pick up your order. If you e-mail Sophie, she will send you a current price list with all of her offerings of breads, cookies and more.

Beer

Nordica Brewery
Deborah Debas
Address: San Miguel de Putushi, 4 esquinas
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Telephone: 097 973 4145
Facebook: Nordica Brewery

Enjoy great craft beer right at home.
- Blanca de Trigo: Wheat beer - 100% malts (barley and wheat). Refreshing and easy to drink, floral and citrus aroma. 5.2%.
- Rubia tipo IPA. IPA - 100% barley malts. Hoppy with strong citrus aroma, tropical fruit flavor, balanced bitterness (far from extreme). 7.0%
- Negra de avena. Oatmeal Stout - Barley malt and oatmeal. Smooth stout with an appealing brown colored head, light coffee aroma, silky mouth feel. Approx. 6.0%

Let them know what you like so they can build a mixed case just for you. They will arrange delivery for a minimum order. Personally, we really like the Rubio!

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