Category Archives: Food & Drink

Jakartans claim public spaces wherever they can find room

If you have noticed the long lull between posts on this blog, you are simply watching what happens after about a year of living in a foreign country. What was once a surprising and obvious topic for a blog has … Continue reading

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Jakarta’s festive, grisly holiday

On Tuesday, Indonesian Muslims sacrificed animals to please Allah. In doing so they remembered the story of Abraham from the Quran, who was willing to sacrifice his own son for God, and they remembered God’s kindness for providing a sheep … Continue reading

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In Jakarta, surge in urban husbandry precedes day of sacrifice

As I’ve mentioned, Jakarta is a city of strange juxtapositions. Our lovely housing complex is surrounded by a wall; on the other side, just behind our house and slightly uphill, is a quarter-acre lot that until last week was vacant, … Continue reading

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Doughnuts for Ramadan

                  Since Lebaran is pretty much the only thing going on in Indonesia for the next week, we will continue to share small tidbits about what it is like here. I think … Continue reading

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More Lebaran Cheer

In the interest of sharing a little more on the last post, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Lebaran” (see below), I thought I would share these photos of the Lebaran excitement. We took these one evening in a … Continue reading

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Karma for the Vegetarian

Vegetarianism has a few drawbacks, especially when living abroad. Finding decent food that doesn’t have meat can be difficult, and you run the risk of offending or inconveniencing others. In Ecuador, ham manages to make its way into almost all … Continue reading

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For Want of Blueberry Muffins

Homemade Blueberrie and Raspberry muffins

Homemade Blueberry and Raspberry muffins

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A ‘Super’ Market

Supermarkets are a relatively new phenomenon in Ecuador. You can now find them dotting major urban areas. SuperMaxi, the more Wal-Mart-styled MegaMaxi, and the less popular Mi Comisariato are all reminiscent of grocery chains in the U.S. (though with a … Continue reading

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Welcome to Quito, Part 6: ‘Whining’ and dining

Quito has some very good restaurants, at least if you A: prefer Ecuadorean food or B: don’t mind spending a lot of money. We have eaten at some of the fanciest joints in Quito: The food is exceptional, and the … Continue reading

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Welcome to Quito, Part 5: Food

Well, I talked about the beer. Now let’s talk about food. Way up in the Andes, some crops grow better than others. But what grows well up here isn’t always the kind of thing an American craves to eat. The … Continue reading

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