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 [...]


What do you know about Panama? If your answer is "Nothing," "Very little," or "I've heard the Van Halen song of the same name, but that's all," then don't worry, that's pretty standard. I'm the same way, and I've even been to Panama a few times. The only reason I'm talking about Panama on a site called Costa Rica Outsider is because Panama is Costa Rica's neighbor (remember, Costa Rica isn't an island and no matter how hard you think about it, nothing short of a staggeringly huge earthquake will Read more [...]


I've been slow to post things in the last few weeks, but I'll try to make up for it with a few shorter posts in the weeks to come. I wanted to write this short post about Costa Rican food/fruit since a student gave me this today: "What is it?" you may be asking, "It looks like a mix between a pear and an apple." It's called a manzana de agua, which literally translates to "water apple." And in fact, it is close to what an actual mix between a pear and an apple might be like. The taste is even Read more [...]