Costa Rican Food: Miel de Ayote

Good evening! It's nearly Halloween, or it may even already be Halloween where you are, and you know what that means: you're probably going to have a lot of pumpkin left over on November 1st! That's why I decided to write this post, since an ayote is a gourd that's pretty similar to a pumpkin. I understand that I probably should have written this post a week or two ago when people were carving pumpkins, but then again, it's not like they're actually going to eat the pumpkins they carved. So, here's Read more [...]

Costa Rican Food: Flor de Itabo

I had meant to write this post about a Costa Rican food specialty back in April, but to be honest I simply forgot. I was going to then wait until next April to write it, but I figured I'd just forget it again. Plus, it's not like most people who read this will have access to flor de itabo if they're outside of Costa Rica. So, since it's more of a curiosity, I'll just talk about it now. As you can probably get from the name, it's a type of flower, and it blooms from a spiky, yucca-like Read more [...]

Meet The Meat: Tongue

If you go to the meat counter at most any Costa Rican supermarket, you're likely to come across this: That's right, it's cow tongues! In the future I'll be posting more articles about Costa Rican food, but I wanted to mention a few general things about Costa Rican cuisine first. As we saw before, geographically, Costa Rica is not Puerto Rico. In that same vein, culinarily, Costa Rica is not Mexico, no matter how hard you wish it to be. In general Costa Rican food is definitely not spicy, Read more [...]