Tico-ish Episode 6 – Perfect Gifts for Gringos and Ticos


The bulk coffee section at the supermarket for Coopepalmares in Palmares, Costa Rica. This girl (or a guy who even gave me his card so he could prepare bulk orders) packages coffee in the brown bags, and it’s one of the few places you can get whole bean coffee that is delicious but isn’t really expensive (I think it’s about 4 or 5 dollars a pound). Incidentally, the amount of coffee in the foreground is actually less than the amount I take when I visit Colorado. Then I usually bring around 20 kilos, especially if it’s Christmastime.

Hello again! I’ve been traveling out of Costa Rica for the last month or so, so I guess I really have been a Costa Rica Outsider of late. I’ve been pretty busy, but I have found a bit of time to record a new episode of Tico-ish with my friend Christa from Pura Vida Moms! You can check it out here:

This episode is all about gifts. We talk about what kinds of things we take to give to people when we’re visiting the US or Costa Rica. So if you’re considering a trip to Costa Rica and you’ll be staying with or meeting up with locals, check out some of Christa’s great tips.

And if you’re not sure what to bring back for the folks back home when you leave Costa Rica, I share a few ideas of some time-honored classics that have worked very well for me over the last 10 years.

Oh, and the one thing we forgot: Lizano sauce. That’s a surprisingly popular condiment that people in Costa Rica use to makeĀ gallo pinto, the term for rice and beans.

So, check it out and let us know what you think!

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