You Think You Deserve a Tip? Here’s a Tip…

2015.Feb.27 Friday

I get asked, a lot, for “coaching” or whatever the current buzzword is on opening a closed door restaurant. While it’s hard to distill the nearly 10 years of Casa S and all the dinners I used to do in NYC, plus a couple of decades of restaurant experience, down to anything that resembles the […]

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Last Glimpses of San José

2015.Feb.19 Thursday
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I’ve had this slowly growing realization over the last few years that I really don’t like to go on vacation. Don’t get me wrong, I love to travel, I love to see and do new things, I love to meet new people. It’s the “vacating” part of vacation that I’m not enamored with – when […]

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Where Life’s a Beach

2015.Feb.15 Sunday
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Look, Jacó, Costa Rica, is not going to win any awards for World’s Most Beautiful City, or Best Place in the World to Dine, or anything else of the sort. The town of 10,000 is pretty much a strip mall of bars, restaurants, surf and souvenir shops. There seem to be two kinds of tourists […]

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Four Meals, a Goodbye to San Jose

2015.Feb.13 Friday
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I had planned to take a couple of days to go “somewhere” in Costa Rica between San Jose and Jacó, where I am now. The idea of visiting a cocoa plantation had gotten stuck in my mind, and I’d sent off inquiries to various spots that offered tours and/or accomodations, mostly along the Caribbean coast […]

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A Little Art, A Little Heart

2015.Feb.12 Thursday
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The days are starting to blur, and I’m falling a bit behind – here it is Thursday and I’m just posting about Sunday – however, some of that will get caught up – I can already see, Monday and Wednesday were pretty much do-nothing days, for different reasons, so they’ll end up a combined food-only […]

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Organics and the Red Moon Pizza

2015.Feb.11 Wednesday
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Vivi, my new local chef friend, suggested we meet up again on Saturday morning for a look at one of the city’s newer markets, the Feria Verde de Aranjuez, an organic food market that’s held every, well, Saturday morning. It’s held on the grounds of a local sports park in the zone of Aranjuez. Originally […]

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Of Coffee, Falling Water, and the Volcano That Wasn’t

2015.Feb.09 Monday
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As best I can tell, Costa Rica’s only real industries are tourism, coffee and cocoa. The first is clearly the dominant one, and everywhere I turn here there’s something being offered that’s designed to involve some sort of tour or activity, preferably that I will part with dollars for. In fact, they make it as […]

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Markets, Monuments & Beer

2015.Feb.08 Sunday
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One, of course, must start out a new adventure fortified, and with local fare – so my first morning brought with it a traditional tico breakfast of gallo pinto (rice and black beans) with scrambled eggs, options to add – various sauces, ranging from a simple ranchero (not spicy, like the Mexican version, just a […]

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St. Joe’s at First Glance

2015.Feb.05 Thursday
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Arrival safe and sound in San Jose, Costa Rica, where I’ll be putting out these missives for the next couple of weeks. Almost no sleep, and arrival early afternoon, so I was dead tired – there’s not going to be a whole lot to report on for the first day – I pretty much got […]

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