We all know that one of the best parts of traveling is trying foods we never knew about! I am a foodie so sitting at a restaurant eating great, weird, delicious food is one of the ebst ways for me to enjoy my trip. Here in Costa Rica, I had the chance to eat some pretty good stuff. I wouldn’t say that it is the best foodie experience (can’t beat Italy and Thailand!) BUT overall I wasn’t dissapointed!
Un casado is just a way here of saying ‘a full meal’. Because Casado means somebody that is married, and they assume that a married man eats well thanks to his wife. Basically, un casado is a plate of meat (mostly chicken), rice, beans, plantains and salad! You can have other options as well. Just keep in mind that the casado is not a meal in itself but just a full plate. (2600 colons = $5)
This one has to be one of my favourites! Since I am a big fan of mixtures (like nachos), I was delighted to eat a chifrijo at a little costarican restaurant. It is a bowl of rice, beans, porc and porc sauce, little pieces of tomatos topped with more beans and chips! Can you say explosion of goodness ?! If you are not a mixture fan, this might seem a little too extreme for you but you should definitely try it! The size is pretty bigh and can definitely be shared. (3000 colons = $6) and if you split it in 2, its $3 each!
Tortilla con queso
Nothing too special about this one. It is a tortilla (that looks like a pancake) with some liquid cheese on top. You can also add some spicy sauce as you wish. It is not a MUST TRY but it is definitely fulling! HGreat choice for travelers on a budget. (1000 colons = $2)
Colombian ice cream… ok ok I know I could’ve done that in Colombia but since I am not planning a trip there any time soon, this will probably be my chance to have some this year. Maybe I’ll find some in Brazil but You never know. I got a vanilla ball and a chicklete ball (gum flavour). It was a good experience, walking around eating it like a happy kid! (600 colons – $1)
Mamonchino has been an amazing discovery for me! It is a mamon but with a tiny kerel so you can fully enjoy the fruit itself!
If ever in Costa Rica, make sure you have these. Also, in Manuel Antonio, since everything is more expensive, I suggest eating at El Wagon and have there $10 pizza. It is worth it! I still have 2 days left in Costa Rica so I don’t know if I might try out something else but for now I am on saving mode and having bread and avocado for breakfast and I am planning to have my left overs of pizza later and just cook some cheap meat or fish with vegetables at the hostel tonight! Cheers to traveling on a budget!
A travel lover