Hola, and greetings from Costa Rica!
Hope you are well, healthy and enjoying life! Things are magical here and I just wanted to check in and share with you all that has been happening, food related, of course. 🙂
So, Café Organico has been keeping me pretty busy! Right now, we are in the beginning of “low season”, so we are not busy all of the time. We do, however have a yoga group who has joined us for 1 month, and they dine with us for breakfast and dinner every day! So, that keeps me and my kitchen staff pretty busy!
El hefa (the boss) has left for her home town of Turkey for over month and I am now in charge! Ha! And still learning Spanish! This should be fun! Please pray I don’t burn the place down!
I am learning a lot about what it takes to run a place, especially in a foreign country, where things you need are not so readily available. Well, since everything we use is high quality, and organic, we do have a lot of abundance-it’s the specialty items that become a challenge.
The fruits and vegetables come directly from either San Jose or neighboring towns and they are always fresh and brightly colored. We use a lot of pineapple, mango (oh my gosh, the mangos here!!!), watermelon, coconut (okay, side note…you can buy fresh coconut oil at the library here J), mint, tomato, avocado (I do have to say, though, that nothing beats a California avocado!), garbanzo beans (for falafel and for hummus), etc. What we have issues with, is getting agave (really, it’s not available anywhere in Costa Rica…not even San Jose, so we always ask anyone visiting to bring it as we are trying to use only that as a sweetener). They have nice honey (miel), but agave is preferred for all the baking and raw desserts. We have to order tahini, some nice teas, quinoa, wheatgrass, etc. Montezuma is truly a small town (literally, only 200 people live here), so it takes a lot of effort to do what Organico is doing. When you see how happy people are when they eat the food though, it makes it all worth it. Travelers from all over the globe dine with us and are so appreciative of the vegetarian/vegan fare since it is a rarity when traveling abroad.
Some of the most popular items on the menu are our Tacos Ricos-which are tacos made with a soy meat and our home made tortillas, our Spicy Thai Burger-which is a veggie burger (made with beans, lentils and spices) with an amazing Thai inspired sauce that comes with a nice little salad, and of course of smoothies and desserts are heavenly! Our Chocoholic shake is amazing-home made (vegan) chocolate banana ice cream and soy milk-que rico!! All of our ice creams are delicious and you wouldn’t even know they were vegan! We have a chocolate mint with real crushed mint and vegan chocolate chips that is so refreshing after a day in the sun!
I cannot rave enough about my experience here, or the food we serve at Organico. If anyone is in the area, please come and say hello. Check out our website: www.organicocostarica.com and please join our Facebook page so you can see what is going on, check out pictures, etc. I have to say, that living/working in another country definitely builds character, confidence, humbles you, enthralls you, and you can guarantee that every single day in Montezuma is going to be different. It’s all about Pura Vida and living for today and living for now…here, there is no past and no future; only this moment. If you live your life this way, you may notice things differently and love someone deeper today, forgive someone for something silly, ask a question you have always wanted to, or even take a journey within to see what it is that you truly want out of life. Whatever that may be, just have faith that today is YOUR day and you can make it happen, because who knows what tomorrow will bring? Do it now.