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  1. Well put, everyone! Yaaaay! You all took the words right out of my keyboard!
  2. What network are they on? It's possible you can see them on www.USTVnow.com. I'm watching the Olympics free on NBC through that site.
  3. This has been such an interesting discussion for newbies, wannabes, and those who have lived here for years. One of the difficulties in adjusting to life here is learning about different foods and doing without the ones we are familiar with. The more we can learn, the easier it will be to adapt. At least it makes us a bit more amenable to trying something new and perhaps finding a new food passion. We need more threads like this. I hope as people have questions they might post them to encourage discussion and sharing of information.
  4. Julie, thanks for pinpointing the map! I hope to go there if I can get someone to go with me. I'm a block east of ruta 32 and about 4 blocks north of La Florida at the edge of the Rio Virilla Canyon. Doesn't look like it's a very long way. Paul, there's no way the info on the cans in the U.S. is printed as small as in CR. It has to be about 2 pt. type. I can read the U.S. can information. I have some here in my pantry. I can't read the CR info with readers plus a magnifier.
  5. Just to clarify, we're talking about the font size on canned items, not on the forum. Tiffany, I tried the canned ones just because they were giving out samples at PriceSmart. They really tasted about the same as the fresh ones. I don't know about the additives, though, because I can't read the list!
  6. If you wash the oil off before you peel them (which you would probably do anyway), they aren't greasy inside. I can't wait to try the soup! Thanks for posting the recipe.
  7. Nothing is wrong with eating them with mayo! Double yum! Here's a suggestion to find out nutritional info. They come in cans which have all the details. You can read the can in the store without making a commitment, that is if you bring your super strength readers or magnifying glass. The type size is about 2 pt. Also, I sampled the canned ones at PriceSmart yesterday and they pretty much tasted the same as the fresh cooked ones, with the same texture. Pricey, though.
  8. Tiffany, good advice about using the slow cooker. I use mine all the time so might as well try it with pejibayes, if I ever find any uncooked ones. I'll see if I can find the feria. I go there to Walmart, but don't know my way around.
  9. Gayle, you can buy one at your local supermarket or maybe even at the feria to see if you like it before you invest the time to cook them yourself. They are reddish or yellowish roundish golf-ball-sized-ish with thin stripes on them. You will find them in a bin of hot oily water, cooking away in the store or feria. Peel it, take out the pit and slice or quarter it. Hard to describe what they are like, but yummy! If you do decide you like them, it's a lot cheaper to buy them on the stem at the feria and cook them yourself. I don't know how long they need to cook. Stewart.tb? Also, how long will they keep? As you said, Yum! Where did you get all the info on nutrition, etc.? The only place I've seen them raw was at the feria in Atenas. The Tibás feria doesn't seem to have them at all. Dang!
  10. I've been doing this for years and my Tico neighbors love them, especially the kids of my current landlord. I break down and buy the walnuts and chocolate chips at PriceSmart, since I can't go north to get them. Pricey but worth it. PriceSmart has Ghirardelli chocolate chips. The original Toll House cookie recipe is online.
  11. If you put enough milk in it ... lol. I had it at Cafe du Monde and liked it, but I think it was pretty doctored with milk or cream or whatever they do to it. As for the beignets ... Sweet heaven! I just had another thought. How about translating a recipe for Bananas Foster and putting it on a nice colorful recipe card. Very cheap. So many of the ingredients are available here for the recipient to buy, and you could possibly provide a small bottle of rum and/or banana liqueur if you want to spend a bit more. You can get the American-style brown sugar at AutoMercado, or bring it back with you. The ingredients are so tropical that I think it would be a big hit. Now I have to go to the grocery store ...
  12. I'm watching it on NBC channel 60 through CableTica. I'm another junkie!
  13. You're in New Orleans? How about a box of beignet mix? Or some chicory coffee? Too bad you can't bring food. I would place my order right now for an oyster loaf! Yum!
  14. This reminds me. I mentioned this to a friend and he said the Caja wouldn't do away with the ARCR group rate because they collect all the money, from all the participants, at once and on time. Given the performance of the government and large companies, I would think that would be a good thing!
  15. Where are you hearing this? From ARCR? Or from somebody who told someone who told someone? Has it been in their magazine? There was talk awhile back on these forums about ARCR negotiating with the Caja, but when Anabelle (or maybe Carolina) was asked about this she said it is something that is done at that time every year, just a normal part of the process. Then if there are any changes as a result of those negotiations, they are announced sometime early the next year. That is what happens when the rate goes up, as it did a couple of years ago (the increase being something like $3 a month). If it is your understanding that "there are no more group plan rates through ARCR", please name your source of this information.
  16. There's that wonderful popcorn with nuts and dried cherries at the Pike Place Market. Bring me some, please! Can't remember what it's called. Maybe something involving images (statue or painted object like a plate) of Orcas or moose. Or a little scarf or handkerchief with a PNW image. The native designs are really interesting if you can find something small and inexpensive with such a design. You knonw the designs I'm talking about. Can't remember what they call that style. If you are near Pike Place Market, that might be a good place to look for small items. Also, the Made in Washington stores, which are located here and there throughout the state. They might have some small items that wouldn't cost too much.
  17. There are numerous Asian markets in Costa Rica, so you shouldn't have a problem finding tofu.
  18. Two things: Medicare Part A is free (having been pre-paid through the years, I guess). So when you are receiving it, you aren't paying for coverage. Consequently, would that meet the requirement of having to buy insurance? Is Medicare considered a tax?
  19. Since so many of these things are generic, it would be easy enough to pick up a few things here and there as you see them, and put them away for when you need them. Saves the last minute rush.
  20. Smaller bags of coffee from the grocery store instead of buying at the airport. A friend who goes back and forth from the U.S. does this and saves a lot of money. Also those sock-like and wooden coffee makers, which I think are really cheap. Little miniature ox carts.
  21. I say congratulations to the U.S. for (belatedly) joining the rest of the industrialized world in providing health care. If this had been done years ago I would still be there.
  22. Isn't there a sizeable exemption before you have to pay U.S. income tax on money earned in another country? Has that exemption disappeared?
  23. Xfinity has a photo article on 10 ways to keep mosquitoes away, both in your environment and on your body as a quick nosh. Very informative. http://xfinity.comcast.net/slideshow/news-keepmosquitosout/?cid=hero_media_ivillage
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