"We come to the table because our hunger brings us there. We come with a need, with fragility, with an admission of our humanity. The table is the great equalizer, the level playing field many of us have been looking everywhere for. The table is the place where the doing stops, the trying stops, the masks are removed, and we allow ourselves to be nourished, like children. We allow someone else to meet our need. In a world that prides people on not having needs, on going longer and faster, on going without, on powering through, the table is a place of safety and rest and humanity, where we are allowed to be as fragile as we feel." This is an excerpt from Shauna Niequist in her book that reads like a love letter to life around the table: Bread and Wine.
Costa Rica has a variety of flavorful food options. Gathering around the table for meals is a beautiful part of this culture and the people here are proud to share their traditional foods with visitors.
The most popular “pinto” is a mix of rice, black beans, cilantro, red pepper, and onion with a special Lizano sauce served with a fried egg, cheese, and plantain.
A “Casado” is a meal served for lunch or dinner that contains everything you need: a protein like chicken, fish, pork, or beef, rice, beans, and a small salad.
“Arroz con Pollo” is a rice with chicken dish that is made red with a seed called achiote an made with veggies and commonly served with potato chips.
“Ceviche” is a fresh fish dish where the fish or shrimp is cooked in the juice of a lime. It is tart and tangy and refreshing on a hot day in the Costa Rica sun. Quepos is a large fishing port so the seafood is fresh and delicious.
“Picadillo” is a stewed mix of vegetables like ayote, potatoes, palomito, or chayote.
“Chorreadas” are corn tortillas that can made salty or sweet, eaten with sour cream.
“Olla de Carne” is an elaborate yet simple stew commonly made best by grandmothers.
“Arroz con leche” is a delicious dessert enjoyed by many here in Costa Rica.
I love sharing meals with people. Gathering around the table is one of my favorite things.
I have been cooking a so much lately with my housemates and friends.
I host or attend a dinner party every other day. It is so fun for me to share meals with friends. I love learning to cook new things and old favorites.