A Taste of Costa Rica

Hola, Friends! We arrived safely home on Sunday from our trip  to Costa Rica. During our 10-day stay, we devoured fresh tropical fruits, meals centered around rice and beans and other local fare. These photos will give you a glimpse of a few meals we enjoyed on our trip.

pollo casado

A Casado is typical Costa Rican lunch, consisting of rice, beans, chicken (or beef or fish) and salad. As you can imagine, a casado is very tasty and filling!

pineapple curry

A pineapple curry.

mango smoothie

A mango smoothie was just the thing to cool us down in the heat and humidity.

mango filled crepes

Cafe Milagro in Manuel Antonio is famous for its breakfasts and house blend of coffee. Pictured here are mango-filled crepes.

banana macadamia nut pancakes

Banana Macadamia Nut pancakes from Cafe Milagro. A satisfying breakfast after trekking through Manuel Antonio National Park.

pollo plate

On our drive from the beach to the mountains, we stopped for lunch in a farming community known for corn. This plate with chicken, corn on the cob, green bananas, cabbage and rice is a variation on the typical casado.


A pork tamale wrapped in banana leaf. Good, but not the best tamale I've ever had.

corn pancake

A corn pancake served with a crema of sorts. Moist, tender and jam-packed with the flavor of fresh corn.

6 Thoughts on “A Taste of Costa Rica

  1. Deanna on June 21, 2011 at 8:59 PM said:

    Yum! I hope the rest of your trip was as good as the food! Do you think you’ll attempt to re-create any of this at home? Let me know if you come up with any successful recipes!

    • andrealein on June 22, 2011 at 1:14 PM said:

      Hi Deanna! Yes, we had lots of fun on the trip and I hope to post more pictures soon. I think I’ll try to create some of the rice and bean dishes and mango smoothies at home. I’ll let you know how they turn out!

  2. Samuel Sharaf on June 22, 2011 at 6:31 PM said:

    I loved all of this food, however, the corn pancake was probably my fav!

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  4. Crescent Rainwater on July 19, 2011 at 5:56 PM said:

    Wow! These pictures are so beautiful, Andrea, and the food looks so delicious.

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