A few weeks ago I got to use my food lens to study Costa Rica for a week by myself, thanks to my little sister studying abroad in South America. If you enjoy Latin American culture, and you’ve never been, you need to go.
Yes, there’s stunningly beautiful white and black sand beaches, breathtaking natural sights and wildlife, and a relaxed vibe that translates to the national motto (pura vida / pure life). There’s the sound of waves crashing to put you to sleep, and all sorts of activities to do.
Costa Rican Sodas
Indigenous root beers
Rice and Beans
Carribean rice and beans
Fruit and Citrus
Possibly my favorite discovery. At first I thought it was an orange, an assumption that was dispelled immediately when I bit it and puckered, hard. It’s literally a cross between a lime and a mandarin orange, just like how a meyer lemon is a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange. It’s slightly gentle acidity is the citrus of choice for dousing any nearly anything, like you would use a lemon, and especially for flavoring the local ceviche.
Chifrijo was one of the first things on my list to try that was distinctly Costa Rican, reccomended by one of my friends. Imagine a juicy bowl of rice and beans topped with pico and deeply crunchy pork carnitas and avocado you eat first with chips, and finish with a spoon. It was so good.