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All Around the Town - Dining in Costa Rica

It's no secret --- Costa Rica is NOT known for it's cuisine! I have nothing against rice and beans, and after living here for 5 yrs, I've certainly had my share. Gallo pinto is fine (gallo pinto is a mix of beans, rice, Salsa Lizano, chopped onion, chopped red bell pepper, and chopped cilantro. Usually served alongside a fried egg, ripe plantains, white cheese and homemade tortillas or a piece of toast). Casados are fine too (casados are always offered at sodas (a local restaurant). This authentic plate generally has a good sized portion of white rice, black beans, and salad).


However, few people want to eat the same thing over and over every time they go out for a meal. So now that we have relocated to Escazú, we are very happy to research and sample the assorted meal options available.



Last week our friends Darrell & Carolyn invited us to join them for lunch at a very nice Indian reatuarant in the neighboring city of Santa Ana.


It was some of the BEST Indian food we've had since arriving in Costa Rica!! The resturant also has a sister location in Escazú. We highly recommend it to anyone who likes Indian cuisine.


Big THANKS to both tof them!









Next up....El Mestizo



This week another friend of ours, Margaret, told us about an international food court in Escazú. How this place could have existed right under our noses for this long, I will never know!! But, we were totally happy to find out about it.


The place is HUGE!!! I'm not sure exactly how many restuarants they have, but I would guess probably at least 20. They also have deserts and many of the restaurants offer a full bar.


The food was wonderful and the number of choices made it VERY difficult to decide what we wanted to eat.





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dan.parkins
dan.parkins
Apr 25, 2021

"Costa Rica is NOT known for it's cuisine!" Really? So you've sampled everything there is to sample in Costa Rica? If you want cuisine, then you have to visit the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica. In the Limon province is where you'll find the best food. Imagine a fresh blending Latino and Jamaican cuisine and you will reconsider. Get you some deboned Red Snapper topped with mango chutney with rice-n-peas (cooked in coconut milk)... I can't go on because I'm starting to salivate.

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The Bella Blog
Apr 25, 2021
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Ha ha Yes we do know about the Caribbean that is the only place where the food is any good. IMO LOL Costa Rica has a 'reputation' for not having the best cuisine because they don't season food and basically stick with beans and rice. That wasn't me talking altho I am not a fan of "typico" food. We've been here for 5 yrs so I have pretty much tasted a wide variety of food here. Lived in Grecia for 4 yrs. Lots of sodas there. The salmon sounds great. YUM We will be in Puerto Viejo next month for our 1st Annual Black Expats in CR meetup. One of our events is "Taste of Limon" The photo on the…

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The Bella Blog
Mar 26, 2021

ghira51

No, you are behind in your reading LOL We were moving in June but covid hit in March and borders closed. We stayed here and then decided to move to another city within CR and continue living here. We feel this was a good decision and we are happy.

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ghira51
Mar 26, 2021

I thought you guys moved to

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