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Canelazul: Food for Growing Old

Posted: January 18, 2018 - 08:57

Two months ago, award-winning Nicoyan chef Daisy Barrantes opened a healthy and sustainable food window on the south...

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A College Dream Called Guanalettas

Posted: December 27, 2017 - 10:44

Ever since Andrés Badilla and Reiner Vásquez studied business administration at the University of Costa Rica, they knew that they weren’t cut out to work for a boss. Their goal was to start their own company.  Today, at ages 25 and 27 respectively... MORE

Eduardos, Food to Escape Reality

Posted: October 13, 2017 - 12:36

I’m eating a beef loin over a bed of mashed potatoes bathed in béchamel sauce with jumbo shrimp that leaves me with lots of questions, but above all this one: Is this how magic tastes?   The beef is juicy and has a sweet and sour taste with a hint... MORE

A Touch of Mexico in Downtown Nicoya

Posted: September 29, 2017 - 14:38

I've lived in Guanacaste for a little more than three years, and ever since then I've been in search of Mexican restaurants that sell the original al pastor-style meat, spinning on a spit, with a pineapple on top: as God intended it!   Those closest... MORE

Smoky Love In Nosara

Posted: August 26, 2017 - 12:08

I found the Salty Pelican because a friend recommended it to a friend who told me that I had to go. As I was arriving in a tuk-tuk, I figured this would be a typical American restaurant: rock and roll, high-backed chairs, a screen showing a baseball... MORE

Lingering and Eating in El Cafecito

Posted: July 29, 2017 - 12:45

There are no windows or bars at El Cafecito; it’s all open. There is a little roof that shelters the wicker chairs that sit outside. There is an easy chair with cushions. There is a generous fan. All of these elements tell me that I’m going to be... MORE

Fond of La Fonda

Posted: June 30, 2017 - 09:44

Guiones has amazing restaurants but let's agree they come at a price. Yet hope is not lost. There is still a place in Nosara town that gives you the same great food as Guiones proper but a little more affordable: La Fonda. The owner, Alejandro... MORE

La Sodita: Migrant cuisine disguised as local

Posted: May 12, 2017 - 08:42

At the San Juanillo crossroads, on the left, there is a small house with a little sign that reads “La Sodita.” Upon entering I thought I was going to eat good, but not this good. La Sodita is a bistro disguised as a traditional soda. I sat down... MORE

La Fula in Santa Cruz, The Sweetheart of La Fulana Dynasty

Posted: April 6, 2017 - 19:46

I could tell that this asparagus orzo risotto was made with love. It tasted like something I’d eat after breaking up with a boyfriend: an affectionate blend of barley, squash, asparagus, and Parmesan cheese that reminded me of a mother or... MORE

Sazón Criollo: A Mecca for Budget Tourists in Tamarindo

Posted: March 24, 2017 - 10:00

It’s true that Tamarindo has food options for every taste – especially the organic-artisanal-gourmet-locavore-vegan crowd – but how often have you seen a soda with traditional Guanacastecan food at affordable prices? In the middle of an alley that... MORE

A Sidewalk Cafe Comes to Liberia

Posted: February 3, 2017 - 15:14

A traditional sidewalk café has come to Liberia’s Calle Real with Arte, Café y Studio, a mix of cafeteria, North American confectionery with Guanacastecan crafts, gourmet infusions and local entrepreneurship.   This is one of those places that’s... MORE

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