Category : Central America
We LOVE Donde Alcides!
A lazy Sunday afternoon, a lovely drive up to the mountains, and a visit to a meat house our friend Alex has been raving about ever since we arrived in Costa Rica.
I was sensing the perfect set up for a great story, except I was too busy eating my face off to really take notes for it
Very homemade, very rustic and very comforting. An amazing soup that somehow always tastes like a Mom’s traditional recipe no matter what restaurant we get it from. This particular order was from a family restaurant near the Volcan Irazu.
This is usually it’s own dish, unless you get a boca (appetizer) size. Served with a side of rice, the soup bowl is deep and massive as it’s packed full of beef broth, big chunks of meat on the bone, yucca, potato, corn and other local vegetables.
Whether you’re just really hungry, in need of comfort, sick, or hungover – get it while it’s HOT!
Learn to Cook with Mama Solano, Sweet Abuela and the Lovely Solano Family!
We were so touched when our friend Alonzo invited us to his home in Limon, Costa Rica to spend three awesome days with his amazing family over the New Year holidays. Here is the part of our trip about all the delicious food we got to make and eat.
Seafood and Souvenirs
This is from one of our weekend day trips with our friend Alex, where we stopped for a very delicious and very large serving of Arroz con Mariscos (seafood and rice) in Sarchi, Costa Rica.
A Typically Delicious Costa Rican Meal
The Costa Rican Casado is a delicious all-in-one plate of common basics such as rice, beans, salad, fried plantains and beef, chicken, pork or fish.
As you can imagine everything can be varied from separating the rice and beans to mixing them together for the beloved Costa Rican Gallo Pinto, to different types of salad and side servings. And of course there are your choices of meats.
So even if you have a Casado everyday, you can still get some sense of variety and change. They have become one of our favorite meal choices here in Costa Rica.
Patty Can Make Dumplings Now! WOO HOO!!!
John and I couldn’t take it any longer. After 6 months of being completely dumpling-less, we needed Asian Dumplings – STAT!!!
So we just shut up about it and made them ourselves
The hard work was all in the prep. The assembly work was actually lots of fun and we were really proud of our first time efforts.
We were really lucky to have found frozen dumpling skins from the one Chinese Market in Costa Rica and we followed a simple recipe. Easy as 1-2-3!
PS – They tasted like absolute heaven! Total dumpling YUM YUM
I don’t know what we were waiting for, but John and I finally made a huge pot of chicken stew today.
While I love, love, love my beef stew and I tell everyone I know that if I was ever stranded on a deserted island all I would need is beef stew, this chicken stew we made tonight might actually be on par with my beloved beef stew.
The edge with chicken stew is that it doesn’t take as long stewing beef for it to be ready for consumption and it’s easier to make
Don Wang Dim Sum Yum Yum…Mostly.
So here we are about a month and a bit into our Costa Rican journey and we have finally found what appears to be one of the more authentic Chinese restaurants in San Jose… (more…)
Patty’s Chicken Curry (The One Thing I Can Make From Scratch!)
Turned out pretty decent for the first time cooking this in Costa Rica. Especially tasty with chicken flavored rice too!
John’s Meatloaf & Mash Potatoes
Yummy meatloaf, mash potatoes and gravy in Costa Rica – who woulda thunk it?