While I don't want to stray too far from the point of this blog, I have a strong urge to share my trip with you. So, why don't want talk about Costa Rican cuisine? That way we stay on topic and I can brag about my wonderful trip!
Since I had never been to Costa Rica before this trip, I was not sure what to expect about the food. I knew rice and beans (or Gallo Pinto) is a very popular dish down there. Costa Ricans primarily eat this dish for breakfast, which I found a bit odd. I also assumed that seafood would be a big part of their cuisine, but I had no clue beyond that. Once I got down there and had the pleasure of visiting some amazing restaurants and trying traditional Costa Rican food prepared by a native, I was both blown away and pleasantly surprised at how much I loved the food.
A fine restaurant that we ate at the first night I was in Costa Rica is this unique and colorful restaurant called Graffiti in Jaco. The atmosphere of the restaurant is unlike any other restaurant that I've visited, and the food is out.of.this.world. They have a set menu that is always available, but they also offer multiple specials that change every night. In other words, you could go to this restaurant many, many times and never try the same scrumptious dish. I think this is both very brilliant and very intriguing-it would certainly make me want to keep going back! While we were there, we ordered tuna tartar and shrimp and mushroom arranchinis to share. For my entree, I ordered one of the specials: herb crusted mahi over a truffled mushroom risotto. All of the dishes were amazing: 4-star quality without the 4-star price. And even though we were all stuffed to the brim, we decided to order the Elvis French Toast, which consisted of thick layers of french toast that sandwiched homemade peanut butter and sauteed bananas, with a generous slather of syrup all over top. Do I need to say it again? Ok, I will: it was AMAZING. If you visit Costa Rica and do not stop by Graffiti, you are surely missing out.
Long story, short: You all need to visit Costa Rica! If not for the food, go to see wonderful beaches, explore all of the interesting cities, stay at beautiful hotels, hike through rain forests and see a ton of wildlife (monkeys and toucans are everywhere), visit waterfalls, volcanoes, and other natural wonders, meet some of the friendliest people in the world, and work on your golden tan. And if you do decide to plan a trip, please allow me to squeeze in your suitcase.