Sorry, I got all caught up in summer fun & festivities are everywhere. What can I say....
Now for the good stuff. The FOOD!!!!
I gained six pounds on vacation.
Thankfully, I've lost all 6 of those pounds and few more, in my quest to recover my former skinny self. For now... Let's talk about - Food, Food, Food!
Oh, and the complications of the time difference & cultural eating difference.
I don't eat as soon as I get up. I have my coffee & then after I'm well caffeinated I'll eat something. That's just how I operate. I was already a little thrown off, time wise.
If you're local and someone knows you buy, they will come to your gate once a week or so to see if you want to buy that day. It's not annoying, surprisingly. It's not like here.
There's almost a respect, for lack of a better term.
We were out and about quiet often. As I mentioned I woke at 4 am, out of bed at 6 out of the house by 9 every day.
While were out, it was my quest to eat typical Costa Rican foods. We were usually mid sight seeing or adventure seeking by around 2 pm & by that time, I was FAMISHED! Yes, I did mention the gallo pinto - but I'm not usually a breakfast girl - I usually had fresh papaya and coffee - maybe a small piece of bread.
Throughout the day I'd snacked on my regular course of chocolate covered coffee beans. (two of a few of my favorite things) Have I mentioned that the coffee there is absolutely TO DIE FOR?? To the left is just one of the coffee companies we visited. Cafe Britt.
Fun & entertaining as well as knowledgeable tour. Oh, and they give you coffee & chocolate. Win/Win! :)
|Crater lake at Poas|
The food was AMAZING, as was the service. The ambiance also fun, light, traditional and comfortable. You could see into the kitchen over a bar type serving area - were the ladies cooked & you knew no one was spitting in your food if they didn't like you. (kidding)
Wanna talk about FOOD!! Holy guacamole! Whoops, no - that's Mexican.
Holy big ol plate of food. Arroz con frijoles, arroz con pollo, platano, sopa, ensalada, frutas, vegetales - giant plate of food!
Lunch is the big meal of the day in Costa Rica. This was just fine with me, because like I said, I was famished! I ate it all & then some of the fresh french fries from my kids' plates, hence the 6 lb weight gain.
Good thing I did a lot of walking or I'd have gained 20 lbs in a heart beat.
Since we stayed with my in laws, and my mother in law made us dinner. Real dinner, big dinner. Now, I can't resist my mother in law's cooking, so of course I ate another big meal at 6 pm, their coffee time - in the US it's 8 pm, my wind down, get the kids to bed have a glass of wine time.
Did I mention I'd gained 6 lbs there? Is it all coming together yet?
By 8 pm Costa Rica time, I was ready for night night. Sad, right?
With the exception of arrival night, I didn't have a glass of wine with my husband, I usually just showered & passed out!
Adventure seeking is tiring!
It was a huge adjustment, which I clearly survived.
My best advice, diet before Costa Rica and eat up while you're there!
...and as always
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