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What type of food is in Costa Rica / ¿Qué tipo de comida hay en Costa Rica?

Posted by on July 23, 2014

Of course, every country is different and yes, the typical American fast food restaurants do exist down there. But Costa Ricans like to eat their typical dishes such as something called pico gallo. Its’ basically a mix of rice and beans and can be fried. It’s served at all 3 meals because it’s so easy to make and serve. But pico gallo is just a part of a bigger meal which is called casado, which means in Spanish as married.

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Typical Costa Rican breakfast with pico gallo / desayuno tipico de Costa Rico; hay pico gallo también

Casado is basically pico gallo, vegetables, and a piece of meat such as fish, beef, pork, etc. It’s really tasty and can be well-made in certain restaurants. Most ticos can eat this in restaurants called Sodas where the food is generally for the average Costa Rican, not a tourist.

Depende pero su comida normalmente todos los días es pico gallo. Es un mixto de arroz y frijoles y generalmente es frito. Se lo sirve durante desayuno, almuerzo y cena. Pero pico gallo es una parte más grande que la gente de Costa Rica come. Es casado.

Casado no es una pareja o matrimonio en Costa Rica. Es una comida con pico gallo, vegetales, y carne or pescado. Es simple pero bueno para llenar un estómago de una persona hambre. Pero todo depende en el restaurante y su estilo.

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Casado with fried pork / Casado con chicharron

Sopa de mariscos

Seafood soup/stew / Sopa de mariscos

Costa Rica also has a variety of seafood. Now generally, most tourist restaurants serve stuff like fish or something like that. San Jose and other tourist spots are notorious for serving typical Western/American-type food. But you can, however, go to where the ticos/ticas go which is what I did and I was surprised to find the seafood really good.

They have sopa de mariscos which is seafood soup but it’s unlike the one I had in Spain or Colombia. It’s clear and more watery but very tasty. It was also served with crackers which I found it very good to eat.

The item I ordered was shrimps – specifically a shrimp cocktail. They tasted really good because they were harvested locally unlike the imported ones in the US.

Costa Rica también tiene pescado pero es un poco más caro. Hay pescado como sopa de mariscos y ésta sopa es diferente. Yo la había comido en otro paises como España y Colombia y su sopa tiene tomate así que el color de la sopa es roja. La costarricense es más acuosa pero tiene más cebollas, papas y galletas fuera la sopa para comerla.

Camarones son populares, así. Yo probé un coctel de camarones y eran ricos porque eran frescos, acabó de obtenerlos de océano.

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Shrimp cocktail with dried banana slices / Es coctel de camarones con pedazos cortados de plátano

Unfortunately, most of this food is directed for the Costa Ricans, not for tourists. Most tourists would never know such food items existed and probably would never eat them anyway. This gives an important lesson and that is to learn the local language. Some of these restaurants don’t have English menus so it’s vital to know and go so you can have the best travel experience possible.

Sin embargo, toda de ésta comida es para costarricenses o ticos. Turistas jamás van a los mismos restaurantes y encuentran restaurantes turistas con menus en inglés. Yo fui a restaurantes en Costa Rica con menus totalmente en español y por la mejor experiencia, ¡se debe ir soló fuera la zona de gringos!