Travel is about wringing yourself out and filling yourself with wonderful things. Delicious food, good people, and incredible adventures. Here’s a taste of what we had to work with in Costa Rica and what I recommend to anyone who asks:
What To Eat
Fresh fruit. Eat all the fresh fruit you can get your hands on. Guava, papaya, mango, passionfruit, guanabana (whatever that is). These fruits are in season all year long and everything is ripe right from the store – I bought the most delicious avocado and ate it as I left the store, at peak ripeness. Fresh fruits and veggies make a cheap (and delicious!) meal if you’re ballin’ on a budget.
Ceviche. We tried to find ceviche just about every day. This stuff is everywhere I think we managed to eat it 3 or 4 times during our week. It seems that just about everyone has a ceviche stand.
Gallo pinto. 100% Costa Rican breakfast. Beans and rice with natilla (sour cream), scrambled eggs, and fried plantains. It’s cheap and filling and delicious.
What To Drink
Imperial. This is how you take it in like a local. Imperial is like the Bud of Costa Rica. It’s not amazing, but it’s cold and cheap and very Costa Rican. Pilsner is another option – also Costa Rican – but Imperial is the most popular by far.
Juice. This goes under the fresh fruit umbrella. Fruit juice is just fresh fruit and ice in a blender, and it is magically refreshing. Juice and gallo pinto is a perfect breakfast situation.
Coffee. Pour-over coffee is not trendy in Costa Rica. It’s the standard. I couldn’t get enough coffee, and brought home bags and bags of coffee (and at least a pound of dark chocolate-covered espresso beans). Even if you’re not traditionally a coffee drinker, don’t pass it up.
I don’t know what “off the chain” exactly refers to, but brunch last week was off the chain. A couple of awesome Boston bloggers hopped on a bus and headed to Amesbury last weekend to try the new No. 8 Kitchen and Spirits.
If we were getting coffee right now, I would talk to you about how I’m crushing through TV and books right now. I just finished a new book, Hausfrau, and I would want to tell you ALL about it.
Let’s just start: Hausfrau is tragic. But it’s fascinating and I couldn’t stop reading it. The novel is a study on depression and womanhood and the self, on how to define yourself against others. Anna has completely lost herself and her identity in the “versions of love” her life allows. (more…)
I saw four kinds of monkeys last week. And a three-toed sloth. And a shark. And these weird creatures that look like tiny pigs if tiny pigs were also lemurs.
I also learned a lot. I learned how to identify a howler monkey. I learned that I’m a terrible wakeboarder (truly, just awful). I learned that sloths only come down from their trees once every ten days to poop.
People warned me about Costa Rica.
“You’re going to have the best time,” they said.
“You’re never going to want to come back.”
We napped in hammock and found rickety bridges and saw four different types of monkeys, swam with a shark, and ate a coconut we found and smashed open on the beach. I practiced my Spanish, learned how to surf, and started to like rum.
If you’re heading to Costa Rica any time soon, here are some tips: (more…)
6:30pm Arrive in New York City and make your way to Brooklyn to drop off you bags. Magically navigate the subway during rush hour.
9:30pm Head to Greenwich Village for dinner at the Olive Tree Cafe. This place is adorable – all the tables are chalkboards and they show black and white movies on a big screen in the back. A falafel is $4.00, which is a little bit wonderfully outrageous for this city. Grab some food and ask your waiter to put your name on the standby list for the next show.
12:00am See the late show at the Comedy Cellar to kick off the weekend right. (more…)