Otavalo pie is magnificent! This is Torte de Fresa or Strawberry Pie.
More on Otavalo & Cotacahi Ecuador food… plus a vitally important Spanish lesson (so you will never starve in Ecuador) in a moment.
When Merri and I moved from South Florida about a dozen years ago, one of our great regrets was the distance this added between us and Flora & Ella restaurant in LaBelle, Florida. This restaurant was started in 1933, by two sisters, Flora & Ella. The developed a simple place…soda fountain style where families would congregate and eat good food… and unbelievable pie. Merri and I used to drive the hour from our home just for a slice.
Though the sisters are no longer there and the establishment as moved to a new building. It still is still a great restaurant… nothing fancy except the pie.
Last time we were there, a slice was $2.50. I don’t know the price now. I mourn few things… but missing that pie… sigh.
Some things in America, especially in small town America, have not changed like Flora and Ella.
However much has changed in the US and has been changing since 1969 as evidenced by Don McLean’s 1972 song “Bye-bye, Miss American pie. Drove my Chevy to the levee, But the levee was dry. And them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye .”
Prophetic words written long ago but applying to American economics today.
Regrettably the Chevy should have been left on the levy rather than rescued by the government to the tune of billions and rising.
The levy may have been dry then but now it is awash with dollars printed by the Fed without any productivity or backing behind. However, this creates opportunity in medium and long term gold investments.
There are others ways to have your pie and eat it too.
This growing flood of dollars has reduced its purchasing power. Those of you who remember the 25 cent piece of pie and 10 cent cup of coffee have seen what this means.
Yet I am pleased to announce that you can still have American pie (and at bargain prices) even when you are in Ecuador in Otavalo at…
Shanandoa Pie Shop on the Plaza des los Ponchos market.
There is a story here… like Flora and Ella. I do not know it… but what I do know is that the pie is almost exactly the same as in La Belle… and delicious at a buck for a huge slice. Here is the owner and her helper.
Here is the vital Spanish lesson. Torte = Cake or Pie. Or you can also just say “pie”.
I took some shots at The Shanandoa to help with the lesson.
Torte de Manzanilla = Apple Pie.
Torte de Moira = Blackberry Pie.
Torte de Naranjilla = Naranjilla Pie (like lemon meringue).
Torte de Chocolate = Chocolate Pie.
Torte de Banana = Banana Creme Pie.
Now to my way of thinking you know most of the important Spanish words required to survive. I have discovered that enthusiastic finger pointing works as well.
You also know why it might make sense to buy gold when it is below $900 an ounce.
Until next message, may all you investments and pie be golden!
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