What is typical food like in Costa Rica? One of my friend’s from the States was asking me this the other day, and I’d been wanting to do a post on this for some time. Rice and beans are plentiful here and used in a lot of dishes. Though we do not dine out frequently, here are some of our favorite things we order when we do go out.
If you are Facebook or Instagram friends with me, you’ve seen me post pictures from Johnny’s Masq’Sabor Restaurant before. It’s now time to dig a little deeper.Meet Johnny Lara, owner and operator. You’ll see him any time you visit Masq`Sabor, he’s always on site 6 days a week (see hours at bottom of post). He is a hard worker, smart business man, and passionate about his food – 3 things you absolutely need to be successful in the restaurant business.
Masq`Sabor, which literally means “more than flavor,” has been open for almost a year now (September 12th will their 1st anniversary). Johnny has whipped this little restaurant into a lovely place to sit with friends or by yourself, and have a bite to eat and drink. He also has free Wi Fi, so bring your laptop or phone along and hang out for a while. His place is clean with bright colors on the walls, and windows that look out onto the street. A couple of fans keep it cool and the air well circulated.
First of all, if you missed Part I of our Cachí trip to visit The Mike’s, click here.
Now – the best part of our trip (well, besides our cool friends, of course):
FOOD, FOOD, FOOD.
As I may have mentioned yesterday, Mike is super talented in the kitchen. While we were there, I got to play Sous Chef, which was really a blast. I seriously look up to him – he’s been cooking forever and it seems like everything he makes looks mouth watering-ly amazing. And whenever I have a question, I turn to him and he always has answers or suggestions for me.
We just got back from an incredible 3-day trip to Cachí, Costa Rica. Cachí is part of the Orosi Valley and is close to Cartago (which used to be the capital of Costa Rica), and is on the southeastern side of San José.
I feel like I say this a lot, but it’s true – we have some really cool friends. Marti & Clint, friends who live here in Grecia, wanted to check out the Orosí Valley, and our friends “The Mike’s” (Mike & Michael) who live in Cachí, had been asking us to come visit. So we coordinated our trips and it worked out perfectly!
When is a soda not a soda??
Well, when you’re in Costa Rica, of course!
In Costa Rica, a “soda” is a very small café, locally owned, and usually has just a few tables and stools at a counter. Typically, you cannot really go wrong with a soda – they always seem have to have authentic and very good Costa Rican food. This is my favorite soda in Grecia, so far (mainly because I haven’t branched out to all of the soda’s yet, and also because once Greg likes a place, he wants to keep going back again and again and again):
It’s coffee picking season here in Costa Rica! Coffee is one of Costa Rica’s main exports – 90% of Costa Rica’s coffee is exported. This time of year, which is the dry season (otherwise known as “summer”), you will start seeing trucks full of coffee pickers on the roads going up the mountain ridges – very early in the morning (before I’m up) and back down in late afternoon. When Greg & I hike, we can tell it’s coffee picking season, as all the coffee plants have bright red, glossy “cherries” on them – and this is the perfect time for them to be picked.