My preferred source for trying new restaurants when I travel is usually recommendations from friends and people I meet through the blog. In my personal view, restaurant and travel sites like Yelp or TripAdvisor don’t typically have the best coverage of local restaurants in Ecuador – though to be fair, it is getting better and bigger cities like Quito/Guayaquil/ Cuenca have more online restaurant reviews. Even then sometimes the reviews are very gringo skewed (since foreigners tend to use these sites more often and sometimes rate restaurants based on what they expect in their home country). However, I still check them out just in case, and I was mainly curious to see what restaurants from my home town of Loja would be included on TripAdvisor. I was surprised to see that one of the top places was a restaurant in Saraguro – which is actually a few hours outside of the city of Loja – right in between Loja and Cuenca. The restaurant Shamuico Espai Gastronòmic got my attention and I started researching (ie Googleing) it to get as much information as I could. I loved their concept and since I knew that we would be driving from Cuenca to Loja, I added it to the list of places to try, and asked my brother, who was picking us up in Cuenca, that we stop there for lunch….