Archive for April, 2008

Guanábana

April 27, 2008

This last week I was eating breakfast in a restaurant and was able to order fresh guanábana juice. The restaurant had kindly translated many of the items it was offering and had correctly translated guanábana as soursop.

Two thoughts occurred to me: the first of which was how much I enjoy guanábana juice or ice cream. They were one of the things I missed about Ecuador upon my return and I went through some sharp guanábana ice cream withdrawals. In fact, only recently was I able to have guanábana ice cream again. Wonderful stuff.

The second thought was: Who comes up with these names in English? Come on! Soursop juice? It just doesn’t sound that appealing. I’m blaming the British.

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Tomatoes

April 20, 2008

This morning, I planted the last two tomato seedlings.  Which makes three tomatoes total.  A handful of radishes have come up and will hopefully survive the not so great dirt that they have been planted in.  The spinach is not happy and I am going to need to try it again with better dirt.  The temperature has warmed up considerably and we are regularly hitting the low 90s now.  My rosemary cutting has shot up a couple inches in the last few weeks.

In other news, we’ve been given the opportunity to buy our apartment.  We are so excited that both of us have been mentally rearranging various parts of our apartment.  Adolfo spent the first night after we got the price not sleeping because; as he said, he spent the whole night remodeling the kitchen.  I have been having daydreams about a grey-water system.  I think the tomatoes would be really appreciative.

We still have to see if we can actually scrape together the money to buy the place, before we can really implement these changes.

I didn’t make it to the Earth Day celebrations, but I did go back to the Ecotienda and found some biodegradable dish soap, some organic milk (descremada, which is close to light and not as fatty as whole), and some organic bagged salad greens from Ajijic.

The guy behind the cash register said that they usually have eggs and also seeds for planting, but didn’t have any at the moment.  Which just means that I will have to go back.

Ecológica

April 13, 2008

I think I’m getting closer to the organic milk I seek. With the help of a friend, I found an organic grocery (of sorts), which carries organic whole milk. I asked them if they would order some skim for me and the response was lukewarm, so we’ll see.

The Ecotienda is pretty small, but it carries actual food, there were potatoes and eggs, and other items of interest, such as biodegradable dish soap.

It seems like a good place to support.

There are lots of stores here called Naturalistas or selling Productos Soyas, but they seem to not have the organic twist, yet. Soy products are very popular and so are “natural” medicines. So many of these stores will carry a variety of soy products and isles and isles of teas, but usually nothing fresh. However, I do credit the natural medicine market for the reason I can buy fresh ginger at the grocery store. So, they’re not bad, just not exactly what I am looking for. Although, the chile based shampoo is very intriguing (and very expensive!).

On the way out of the store, the cashier handed me a flyer for Earth Day. I checked out their schedule and there is supposed to be an urban farming workshop, so I may go see what they have to say. I am pretty surprised there is an Earth Day celebration here, I’ll let you know if I check out the festivities next Saturday.