I eat a lot here. I suppose walking a few miles every day contributes to this, but I still push away from the table with what feel like stretch marks forming on internal organs after every meal. Costa Rica's main staple is rice, which you will see a lot of below. A typical dish combining rice, some meat and some veggie or fruit is called a "casado".
|Here is a casado with chickpeas, carrot, and chicken. Hard-boiled eggs with kidney beans for a side.|
|Here is the same casado five minutes later.|
|Here is Profesora Sofi eating a casado with shrimp.|
|A different lunch today with pasta with a mild, creamy sauce, accompanied by a beet salad.|
|Brown rice with eggs and ham.|
|Classic gallo pinto for breakfast, complete with a fried egg and toasted garlic bread.|
|For lunch, casado with pescado al ajillo, puréed potatoes and rice. Fresh salad.|
|For desert, cinnamon custard with bananas.|
|More gallo pinto with fresh fruit. Breakfast matters.|
We have a joke in the house that I live in the best restaurant in the city. My mom owns a catering business, so it stands to reason that her food would be above average. After some field testing, I would say it stacks up against every host family I've eaten with. I'm tired tonight. Long Monday of classes and errand-running, following a long weekend of waterfall swimming, beach bumming, and artisan shopping.