When I first decided to study abroad in Latin America, I’m ashamed to say I expected meals would be similar to the Tex-Mex dishes I ordered at On the Border. But what I found in Costa Rica turned out to be much different.
My motto is taste everything. And throughout my first month in Costa Rica, I’ve followed this. But not all food was created equal, as evident in my segregated food lists of the good and the bad.
–Chocolate is hard to find:
One would think that chocolate would be readily available in a country where coffee is the #1 export, but unfortunately, that is not the truth. While American brand chocolate such as M&Ms and Snickers can be found almost anywhere, Costa Rican chocolate is scarce. However, there is an abundance of cookies.
–Rice and beans, rice and beans, RICE AND BEANS:
Both are a staple for Costa Rican meals, and if you’re unlucky, you’ll find them in every meal. I get my daily dose with lunch and dinner, which can seem repetitive at times, but the key is to mix food together to mask the bland taste of rice and beans.
+It is acceptable to drink coffee at any time of day
Typically, Americans drink coffee in the morning or at night as a college student. However, everyone drinks coffee throughout the day in Costa Rica: morning, mid-morning, after lunch, mid-afternoon, after dinner and any time of the day listed between those previously mentioned.
+Fruit is cheap and delicious:
Mangos, watermelon, strawberries, papaya, bananas- you name it, and they have it. You can buy the fruit by themselves for less than a dollar in almost any supermarket or street vendor, or you can pay a little more to consume them as a juice, smoothie or even ice cream.