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Costa Rican Dishes Everyone Should try..

When asked about Costa Rica’s gastronomy the first thing that comes to mind is the most popular dish, the “Casado” the typical dish that includes white rice, black beans, meat (chicken, fish, pork or red meat) and a small salad and perhaps the famous “gallo pinto” (rice and beans mixed together and flavored with different natural spices) also come to mind, but not every dish in Costa Rica is about rice and beans, although we have to admit we love the combination and it is the base of our diet.

Here are some Costa Rican dishes everyone should try:

1) Olla de Carne: This delicious dish does not involve any rice or beans. It is basically a beef stew, a delicious dish perfect for rainy days or to get rid of a bad hangover. Olla de carne is prepared with fresh vegetables and although the combinations vary depending on the preferences of the chef it usually includes potato, carrot, plantain, yuca, chayote, ayote (pumpkin), corn, and of course plenty of tender beef.

2) Patacones: As part of a main meal or as a snack, patacones are also served in other countries such as Puerto Rico and Colombia, and it’s basically flattened deep fried plantains, usually served with refried beans, “pico de gallo” (tomato, onion, cilantro), or guacamole.

3) Sopa Negra: The black bean soup is a highly nutritious and a delicious dish, perfect for those on a diet or following a vegetarian regimen, but anyone can enjoy it, usually served with a hardboiled egg and cilantro.

4) Picadillo de arracache: Picadillo means finely chopped and Costa Ricans love serving different kinds of picadillos, among them the arracache is one of the most unique ones, a delicious flavor difficult to find anywhere else. Arracache (arracacia or arracacha in English) is a root vegetable it is usually mixed with meat, garlic and onion and the result is a delicious picadillo served with tortillas as a “gallo” (anything served on a corn tortilla is a gallo in Costa Rica). Also try picadillo de papa (potato and meat or chorizo) and picadillo de chayote, both delicious alternatives.

5) Chifrijo: Ok, we tried to keep the rice and beans out of the equation but simply couldn’t. Chifrijo can be served as a main meal, but it is very common to get it at bars to go along with your Imperial beer. Chifrijo brings together, white rice, large kidney beans, chicharron (pork meat), pico de gallo (tomato, onion and cilantro with lime juice) and sometimes avocado or sour cream, this is all served in layers on a small bowl and the combination is amazing.

6) Tamales: Mostly served during Christmas time, tamales can be a meal on their own, Costa Rica Tamales are made from corn dough prepared with different spices and a little fat and are filled with many different ingredients, rice, bell pepper, shredded pork or chicken, wrapped in banana leaves, tied with string into squares, and boiled.

7) Cheese tortillas: “chorreadas” which are sweet corn tortillas served with sour cream, arroz con pollo (rice with chicken) are also part of the day to day menu of Costa Ricans.

For dessert the arroz con leche, or Cajetas some of the most representative of Costa Rican cuisine.

By Laura Alvarado, The Costa Rica Star

Iroman 70.3 Playas del Coco, Guanacaste

The United States’ Kevin Collington and Great Britain’s Leanda Cave claimed the victories at the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Costa Rica triathlon in Playa del Coco. Collington put together a 25:01 swim, a 2:00:33 bike and a 1:15:36 half-marathon to claim the victory in 3:43:21. Columbia’s Carlos Quinchara Forero earned second at 3:47:58, with Chile’s Felipe Van De Wyngard rounding out the podium in 3:49:44.

Cave, the 2011 Ironman and 70.3 world champion, turned in an impressive performance with a 27:02 swim, a 2:14:25 bike and a 1:28:57 half-marathon—crossing the finish line at 4:13:20. Americans Lauren Goss (second) and Dede Griesbauer (third) were the other podium finishers.

Iroman 70.3 Playas del Coco, Guanacaste ,Costa Rica.

 

By Triathlete.com

Photographer Wagner Araujo.

 

Discovery to open $1 billion adventure park in Costa Rica !!

Discovery Communications Inc. has announced that it will license its name for a $1 billion eco-tourism park in Costa Rica.

President Luis Guillermo Solís confirmed the news on a Facebook post, and said the 810-hectare adventure park will be located in the province of Guanacaste.

Discovery Costa Rica is scheduled to open in late 2020, some 8 kilometers (5 miles) from Liberia, according to a news statement. The park will include outdoor activities such as rock climbing, hiking, scuba diving and other pursuits across four locations at beaches, parks and volcanoes. All of the park’s activities will focus on biodiversity and conservation, the statement said.

Richard Wirthlin, chairman of investor relations at Sun Latin America, the developer leading the project, said the facility will also include a water park, along with Discovery-branded hotels and restaurants.

Large investment

President Solís said that this is likely one of the largest investments in Costa Rica in the last 10 years.

“This investment follows our vision of sustainable development and respect for communities outside the Greater Metropolitan Area,” he said.

Solís highlighted the fact that the park will unite Costa Rica and a prestigious international brand.

“It will boost tourism and competitiveness, will generate employment and is part of our tradition of sustainability, renewable energies and environmental respect,” he said.

The president said he will disclose the details of the project at a press conference on Tuesday along with Vice President Ana Helena Chacón and various Cabinet ministers.

By L. Arias , The Tico Times

 

 

Air France will operate permanent flights between Paris and Costa Rica as of April 2018 and not just for the winter season

Air France started operating the Paris-San José route back in November or 2016 and the service so far was only offered during the European winter from October through March, the airline had already announced in March of this year that thanks to the success they’d had the operation would add a third flight for the 2017-2018 season.

Now, the airline has confirmed they will continue to operate two weekly direct flights starting on April 1st, 2018, on Wednesdays and Sundays.

AirFrance only waited two seasons before launching the permanent service to Costa Rica which speaks of the positive results the company has had.

“Thanks to the great reception of the route offered by Air France to Costa Rica and the increasing demand of the market, Air France and KLM will be expanding their offer in the country. During the European winter 2017-2018 we will add a new flight to offer three direct flights between Paris and San José and we will inaugurate the KLM route between Amsterdam and San José with two weekly flights; once the season is over, as of April 1st 2018 we will have two Air France flights, this way Costa Rica will be permanently connected to France”, explained Pía Lackman, General Manager of Ari France KLM for Central America and Panama.

The Amsterdam – San José route will begin operating in October 31st, 2017 with a Boing 787 of 294 seats.

Air France also offers weekly flights going through Panama, one daily KLM flight and six weekly Air France flights.

By Laura Alvarado , The Costa Rica Star.

Costa Rica’s Imperial Beer Re-Launches in San Diego and Invests in Local Water Initiatives..

How can drinking beer help the environment? Costa Rican-based Cerveza Imperial, the world’s first and only water positive beer, has chosen San Diego as one of two markets along with Denver for its re-launch. To spread its water positive concept of “giving more than it takes,” Imperial will partner with Surfrider Foundation San Diego, California Surf Museum, Aaron Chang, and various clean-up events throughout San Diego County to help fund and support efforts to restore and sustain San Diego’s clean water initiatives.

We have committed to a revolutionary concept of being the world’s first and only ‘water positive’ beer, a unique approach that allows us to return more fresh water to the environment than we use,” said Gisela Sanchez, Cerveza Imperial’s corporate affairs director. “Imperial analyzed its entire water footprint in sourcing, brewing and transporting our beer to understand our total water impact. We looked for ways to not only reach water neutrality by reducing and compensating the water we use but to actually improve upon the availability of fresh water in Costa Rica.”

As a result, San Diegans are helping to save the environment by drinking Imperial products, Sanchez said.

In order to give back to San Diego, Cerveza Imperial is investing in Surfrider Foundation San Diego’s No Border Sewage Program to support clean water advocacy and the advancement of the Tijuana River Valley Recovery Plan. Through the partnership, Imperial hosted a dedicated beach clean-up at Imperial Beach June 10 from 3 pm to 4:30 pm in celebration of World Ocean Day, and will host a Goat Canyon clean-up during Tijuana River Action Month (TRAM) in September / October.

To accomplish its water positive mission, Ceveza Imperial has adopted the following four-step process of measure, reduce, compensate and create positive value in achieving a positive water footprint:

Measure. Analyze and measure the entire production water footprint including all suppliers and water used in the distribution process.

Reduce. Once a benchmark is established, the operation team develops processes that reduce water usage in the brewing, fermenting and packaging process, achieving an average 44 percent reduction in water usage over the last nine years while increasing production 70 percent.

Compensation. The third step is “offsetting” water being used in the production process and supply chain by “returning” water to the eco-system for water use. Cerveza Imperial protects more than 600 hectares (1,482 acres) of the Costa Rican tropical forest that are critical in trapping rainwater, recharging the natural water basins and protecting the quality of the water by reducing runoff.

Create Positive Value. Cerveza Imperial partners with local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to improve access to fresh water, conserve fresh water, clean fresh water, and sustain fresh water.
This water positive designation has been bestowed on Imperial by ISO14046 international guidelines and reviewed by the Life Cycle Analysis and Sustainable Design center in Mexico and will be verified each year by the Institute of Technical Standards of Costa Rica.

“We take seriously our commitment to support the tropical forest and local communities in Costa Rica,” Sanchez said. “Our partnerships with Surfrider Foundation San Diego, California Surf Museum and our alliance with Aaron Chang are no different. We are proud to make an investment in the well-being of the San Diego community and carry the water positive message to this beautiful area.”

By Laura Alvarado , The Costa Rica Star 

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