Costa Rican Food: Chorreadas de Elote

I was eating at my in-laws' house the other day when my mother-in-law gave me this: If you don't know what that is, then you don't know Costa Rica. It's a chorreada, also called a chorreada de elote. Actually, it's three of them. It's basically ground fresh corn that's cooked like a pancake and served with heavy sour cream. They're quite tasty, although my wife claims they make you fart. You can be the judge. In any case, I wanted to share the picture, and include this link to a post I wrote Read more [...]

Tourist Attraction Review: Los Lagos Hot Springs, La Fortuna

Greetings from a rainy mountain in Central America! I was thinking about this site recently, as well as the type of people who read it. More importantly, I was thinking about why they read the site. I try to share weird things about Costa Rica, but the posts that seem to get the most attention are ones that an average person can think about or use in some way, like posts about food. So I thought I'd try reviewing some places around Costa Rica when I go to new attractions or hotels, since there Read more [...]

Costa Rican Food: Rice and Beans

Quick, how do you say "rice and beans" in Spanish? Arroz con frijoles? Frijoles con arroz? Well, those are both kind of right, but if you're in the Caribbean part of Costa Rica, you just say "Rice and Beans." Sure, the pronunciation is a bit different, maybe a little more staccato, but the real difference is in the flavor. I've mentioned before that in many ways, Costa Rican cooking is somewhat bland, at least for my tastes. When people visit, they expect it to be like Mexican food, but are Read more [...]