Wednesday, October 5, 2011

You Can't Find That in Cuenca...Really?

Shopping at Supermaxi is a little different than shopping at Harris Teeter in Charlotte or Bourbon in Brasil. Somethings you'll probably never be able to get here. Mick misses okra, dried beef in a jar, Campbell's tomato soup, and John Boy and Billy's BBQ sauce.

However, there are many imported items. There's a variety of Kraft products such as, Kraft mac and cheese, BBQ sauce, and mayo. You can buy Del Monte products also. If you can't find what you're looking for, it may possibly be called something different.

If you're a Dream Whip fan, we have chantilly; just mix with cold milk and whip. I think Royal brand is the best.
Being from the South, I make cornbread about once a week. There is no Martha White and no self-rising. Use the harina de maiz crudo and add leavening.

I've read that you can't get applesauce. Supermaxi has Mott's.

Superstock and Coral have the Ecuadorian version, puree de manzana. It works just as well in baking.

German saurkraut is available at a pharmacy downtown.

Once again, we're Southerners, which means we've got to have our grits. Grits are called morocho fino and can be bought at Supermaxi.

We've heard repeatedly that you can't find chocolate chips in Cuenca....again, an untruth. Chocolate chips can definitely be found at the spice store, Cadalaes, and at other sites. Sometimes Supermaxi has them. They're excellent chocolate chips, remember, Ecuador is a huge producer of cacao and is known for its chocolate that is shipped throughout the world.

You also hear that you can't by baking soda. Bicarbonate of soda is not sold at Supermaxi, but can be found at Comisariato, some of the markets, pharmacies, and tiendas.

Until next time,
Mick and Kathy


  1. "Chocolate chips can definitely be found at the spice store, Cadalaes, and at other sites."

    I currently buy chocolate chips from Supermaxi but they are BIG, so I have to chop them up. Where are those places locate that have small/normal size chips? Thanks!

  2. Hi Susan:
    Thanks for your question. I buy the little chocolate chips at Cadalaes, which is located on Remigio Crespo near the Totems. Most people just refer to it as "the spice store". Kathy

  3. Kathy,

    I can't find Cadalaes. By totems did you mean the round a bout at Unidad Nacional?

  4. Hi Susan: Sorry you could not find Cadalaes. It is located on Remigio Crespo, on the left as you are going towards the Totems. It's just a little before La Mar. It's a small place. Hope you find it. I understand the original one is over behind the 12 de Abril Market, which is off Hauyana Capac, but I've never been there. Hope you find it. Kathy