Monthly Archives: October 2013

Happy Halloween at the Butterfly Garden!

Halloween is not celebrated in Costa Rica.  There is no trick or treating and kids don’t dress up in costumes.  I think part of this is because it is considered either a pagan or even “gringo” holiday, but I bet … Continue reading

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Pantantal, Brazil 2013: Part 3, And Finally….The Jaguar!

Full Disclosure:  I was not financially compensated for this post.  We received a small discount for professional courtesy from Southwild.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  In Parts 1 and 2 of my Pantanal Trip blog series, I talked about staying … Continue reading

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Pantantal, Brazil 2013: Part 2, River Otters, Caiman, and Birds…Oh My!

Full Disclosure:  I was not financially compensated for this post.  We received a small discount for professional courtesy from Southwild.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  Please visit my previous post for Part 1 one our trip. … Continue reading

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Pantantal, Brazil 2013: Part 1, Getting There and the Lodge

Full Disclosure:  I was not financially compensated for this post.  We received a small discount for professional courtesy from Southwild.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  We were blessed to have the opportunity to travel to … Continue reading

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Reflections on Eating in Costa Rica

I hope you enjoyed the last two weeks of blog info about eating in Costa Rica.  Being Mexican mom, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen and I equate food with love, so these blog posts are dear … Continue reading

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Redesigning Pura Vida Familia: Update

We are back!  We spent 10 glorious days in Brazil’s Pantanal region.  The purpose of our trip was for Chris to scout it out as a potential spot to lead wildlife photo tours and for all of us to see … Continue reading

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Chayote Soup Recipe

Chayotes grow in pretty much everyone’s property in Monteverde.  We have a couple of wild vines on our rental.  The kids love to pick the chayotes for me which I then make into soup or picadillo, depending on my mood. … Continue reading

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Hire a Tica to Teach You How to Cook

Tico cuisine is naturally low in fat, sodium and calories.  The locals use very little fat in their cooking.  They eat their vegetables fresh, steamed, or lightly sautéed. They don’t refry their beans in lard or bacon grease as is … Continue reading

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What Do You Eat in Costa Rica?

One of the questions I am often asked by friends and family is what we eat in Costa Rica.  Last week, I blogged about where I shop for food.  This week, I will focus on how I put everything from … Continue reading

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Reflections About Buying Food in Monteverde in Pictures

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