Paiche Lunch At Sunrise Cafe

Saturday March 31st Orlando will be cooking his special Paiche Lunch at Sunrise Cafe – 11:00 -3:00 pm.

He prepares the Paiche with his special sauce and caramelized onions. A meal not to be missed. Last time he prepared 34 lunches.

I will be there with a special Paiche Sale. Take $1 off every portion of paiche. Buy six at the special price and get 1 free (while supplies last)


Are You A Lamb Lover?

Question: What do you get when you combine a specialty lamb with a great cook. Answer: Dozens of nutritious and delicious meals.


When I was a child growing up in Brooklyn in the 1950’s my mother would serve ground lamb or lamb chops once every two months. I grew up in the projects and as soon as I got off the elevator I knew my mother was cooking lamb. The strong gamy, pungent smell hit my nose way before the kitchen. The lamb was tough and the smell of the lamb (I really think it was mutton) was not my favorite meal. As an adult I rarely ate lamb at home or in a restaurant.

Circa 2018:

As the Cuenca Distributor of Productos Terranova I have access to Sushi Quality Salmon, Paiche, Organic Shrimp and Fresh Rainbow Trout. I was hesitant to sample the new Dorper Lamb.

Dorper Lamb:

The South African Lamb is raised organically in Ecuador. The animal is slaughtered shortly after weaning and does not have the wool of other sheep breeds. The fat content is lower and there is a complete lack of the pungent lamb odor in the kitchen. The lamb is very tasty and extremely tender. I am eating lamb 5- 6 times a month.

You can order the lamb in the following cuts:

  • Ground Lamb – 500 gram/1 kilo pkgs.
  • Lamb Sausages – 10 sausages to a pkg.
  • Lamb Chops – 4 Chops to a pkg
  • Leg of Lamb – typically 6 lb leg

Mediterranean Stuffed Bell Peppers With Dorper Lamb. Total Cost for a meal for 2  $6

*** The picture below represents two servings***

  • Lamb – $3.75
  • Peppers, Vegetable And Spices $2.25



  • 4 medium bell peppers
  • 1lb extra lean lamb
  • 1/2 cup small onion, minced
  • 1tablespoon olive oil
  • 1⁄2teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄4teaspoon pepper
  • 2garlic cloves, minced
  • 1⁄2teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1⁄2teaspoon turmeric
  • 1teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp chipotle or similar hot spice
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, chopped

2  oz plain yogurt

1tablespoon fresh lemon juice

4ounces feta cheese, crumbled (I used a local aged goat cheese)

2t ablespoons grated parmesan cheese


Preheat over 350 degrees.  Cut the tops out of the bell peppers and remove any seeds or membranes. I cut them in half for this recipe.

Blanch peppers for 3-5 minutes in salted boiling water, or you may place these in a microwave-safe pan, add 1/4 cup water, cover and cook for 5 minutes on high until softened. This cooks the peppers so the meal is complete with very little oven time.     


Bumba 4th Artesan Bazaar

Saturday March . 24th from 10:00 – 2:00 pm

Take a stroll on the Tomebamba River this Saturday and stop at The Bumba Bazaar and Fair.

14 vendors selling:

Bakery Goods
Aged Cheese
Goat Cheese
Smoked Provolone
Franco Organico Coffee and Peanuts
King Smokehouse Bacon
Little Pie Factory
Leather Goods

**** Our two newest vendors.

  • Nintai Catering- Ceviche & Sushi

  • Amedeo Chocolates – World class chocolate products

Bumba Restaurant is located on 3 de Noviembre next to the old Sofy’s location
099 122 1238

Manhattan Day In Cuenca

This Friday, March 9th, come help us celebrate!

It is a joyful food celebration of Manhattan, New York and it is taking place in a 100-year-old building where you can order a Manhattan while listening to recordings by Frank Sinatra singing New York, New York. Enjoy your drink with a toasted bialy,  smoked salmon, a sour pickle, and a slice of cheddar cheese.  For dessert, there is…you guessed it, New York cheesecake and chocolate of course. 

Come help us celebrate Manhattan Day In Cuenca, March 9th from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at La Guarida( Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta)

The following vendors will be there:

  • Artesana Bakery – Bialys, Challah, Sourdough Bread
  • Productos Terranova – Smoked Salmon, Scallops, Shrimp
  • Leshamer    Israeli Products – Sour Pickles
  • King Smokehouse – Bacon, Spareribs
  • Amadeo Chocolates-
  • Double D Delights – Cheesecakes, Bagels, Black & Whites
  • Cecilia Aged Cheeses

Raffles for free products from the 7 vendors and the ultimate trivia question for a Salmon Dinner for 2