San Francisco

January 31st, 2010

Juan and I spent a couple days in San Francisco in November… yep, I am just getting around to posting this…

We don’t have a ton of pictures… but I picked a few… we roamed around as per usual… went to Alcatraz…

we saw some sea lions… and none too late apparently

giggled over the composting bin…


saw the last known pay phone in Chinatown… oh yes, ate some great food including Tartine… more on that to come!   Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!  Juan is here visiting so I’m quite happy!

Costa Rica III: Costa Rican Fruit

October 13th, 2009


Juan and I both like to roam around grocery stores looking for new, exotic, interesting ingredients. Juan, especially, likes to look at the fruit and Costa Rica was no different… We discovered many different types of fruit, which led to an entertaining photo shoot, as I struggled to get decent photos with very bad lighting… Now, beside the abundance of papaya and pineapple at every meal, we also found these fruits… which I’ve tried to correctly name… except for that top picture… I can’t seem to come with a definite answer… any ideas?  We broke them open with our teeth and sucked out the pulp…very sweet…
Starfruit- this one was a little sour but I still love starfruit.

Guanabana- As I showed you before, Guanabana is an interesting looking fruit.  I drank it almost daily as a fruit juice for breakfast.  It is sweet and very refreshing.

Lychee? also known as Mamones… We bought a huge bag for a dollar.  A little sour but fun to photograph.

Passion Fruit…This was really good, although I have a strange aversion to little seeds, so I had to eat it with my eyes closed.

Costa Rica: Mar y Sol

September 23rd, 2009


Oh, how nice it would be to go back to Costa Rica… sip a yummy fruity drink…sit overlooking a gorgeous view… eat delicious food…
Normally, I am not one for restaurant reviews but Juan and I loved Mar y Sol so much that we took a ton of pictures so I could blog about it… well, as I was putting this post together, I realized that I sort of forgot what we ate… I do remember it being amazing… so much in fact that Juan and I went two nights in a row…. there were just so many other things I wanted to try. If you are ever in Playa de Flamingo, it is definitely worth going too… a beautiful view and such delicious food!  The first night, Juan and I ate in the bar area overlooking the ocean.  We started with the drinks above that were fruity and yummy.  We were served a bread basket with some herb butter and tomato bruscettas… I may have eaten too much of the bread.  For the first course, we started with soup. He chose the lobster bisque with caviar and I had the gazpacho with avocado.
For our second course, we shared the tuna tartare with truffle oil and avocados… so delicious! Then, we shared the homemade salmon raviolis in a dill cream sauce… those were the highlight of the first night’s dinner… Wow!  I’m still drooling thinking about them…  at that point, I wanted to try the chocolate dessert but could not eat another bite… Juan being the amazing man that he is said… let’s come back tomorrow…

The second night, we started off with fancy drinks again this time sitting in the normal dining room overlooking the ocean and a little more romantic. I had a kir royale… then we tried the beef carpaccio…not wanting to fill up on bread… I tried to resist but I’m pretty sure I asked for more…  For my entree, I had the fish above… with a mango salsa, I believe… it was great!
Juan had this huge platter of seafood with a coconut-lobster sauce… he liked it…


Finally, we ended the night with the chocolate cake I had been eying and some coffee…which I ordered for us, after Juan coached me a bit on how to say everything correctly…  all the food was fabulous, the service excellent, the view beautiful, and the company, well, I’m sure you can guess…  wow, I would really  like those raviolis for dinner tonight…