Do you wanna know a hard question to answer?
How was your vacation?
Now, I guess if your vacation was miserable, a simple "it sucked" would suffice. But my summer vacations tend to be to exotic places (my parents and in turn, us kids, enjoy travelling) in which we explore a lot of historic sites and wander into a lot of areas. We learn and experience a lot, because we're that annoying type that just can't be satisfied with sitting and lounging all day.
As a kid, I always dreamed for a non-complicated visit to the beach for a few days, where we would just rest in beach chairs, have pina coladas, and laze around like bums. And although that still sounds nice to me, I now would be restless in that situation.
So, how was my vacation to Costa Rica?
Excellent. I hope that answer and the pictures of delicious & interesting things I have to proffer you suffice, as I have so many recipes on my queue of things to blog about, as well as a few other reviews, that I do not want to consume you guys with too many images of a wonderfully green and surprisingly super clean country.
|Started my morning with an Artie Lange cupcake from a |
Crumbs shop in the airport.
|Everyone says Ireland is really green - but so is|
|Horchata! Can you see the rice stuck in the straw.|
|Arroz con Leche|
|Very good fruit, akin to lychee.|
|Guanabana - soursop in English. I did not fancy its tartness.|
|Hanging Bridges tour.|
|Fresh mora (blackberry) juice.|
|Vegetables & fried yucca. I wish yucca were more |
available in New Jersey.
|The bottle on the left contains Lizano sauce - AMAZING.|
Especially with yucca fries. And fish. And chicken. And ..
|Caramel Horn - filled with thick sweet dulce de leche.|
|Guava Pastry - thin layer of guava paste enclosed |
in puff pastry.
|Interesting - pear yogurt drink.|
|Also interesting - Guava Cream Cheese.|
|Mora shake, Resbaladera, Crema (vanilla) shake.|
The middle was mine - it's a variation on Horchata,
but I didn't fancy it.
|"Filet de corvina, ensalada, chimichurri, y papas" -|
grilled white seabass with salad, chimichurri, & fries
|Chicken Tamale - oh god, I do not like tamales.|
|Caramel Cake from Stella's Bakery.|
|Mango pie from Stella's Bakery.|
|Papaya Shake from Morphos Restaurant.|
|Cream of Carrot Soup from Morphos.|
|oh yeah. ATV-ing! Intense, awesome experience.|
|Sign on the ATV ... that was holding my brother & I.|
|I ordered the La Choza Arenal - yum.|
(By the way, legal drinking age in CR is 18 - I was legal, ok!)
|That scary looking pineapple face held a respectable |
amount of boozy pina colada - yummmm.
|THIS SUCKER WAS SPICY.|
Looks so innocent, but this pickled little piece of
cauliflower was spicy as hell.
|My "tipical" breakfast at the Arenal Paraiso.|
That orange marmalade had cloves and was amazing.
I want to make it.
|The rice noodles with tofu & algae was the best.|
|Clockwise: Chocolate Cream Cake with Ginger|
a very bad Fruit Tart
Orange & Coconut Roll Cake
piece of ripe, local papaya
Lychee Tart (excellent!!)
|From a supermercado on our way to the airport.|
|BK is everywhere.|