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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Undoubtedly true that they are an acquired taste..I've never eaten the greasy looking pejjis sold in the markets, but they look quite unappealing. I forgot to add one item in the soup recipe,,,add a couple of cut up tomatoes to your saute before blending.


    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. I bring chocolate chips and walnuts to CR and bake toll house cookies. My GF is addicted to them and I distribute some to my neighbors. They are all amazed that there are cookies that are not hard and dry! In return I have received jars of jam and slices of (tico) cake. It is a good way to interact with the vecinos.


    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.

  7. 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 ...

  8. Hello All!


    Great suggestions! I'll be making my first trip to CR in Jan 2013 and plan to move there in Jan 2014. I was trying to think of some token gifts to bring with me. I plan to visit the families of some Tico friends I have made here in New Orleans. I've written your ideas in my planning book for future reference.


    Thanks. I am enjoying reading all of your comments and suggestions.





    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!

  9. Shea - My understanding is the same as yours - that this is a normal re-negotiation of the ARCR group rate. Of course, everyone can speculate as to what the results might be but I've not heard anything about them doing away with it (I've simply said that I understand why CAJA WOULD do away with it now that all legal residents must join as part of their residency requirement).




    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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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