I’m tucked away in our lodges seating area- away from the rain which is falling harder than I knew was possible. Raining is some what of a regular thing here in costa rica- Monteverde, where we are staying at the moment has four meters a year. Wowza! And this is no London drizzle- this is the heavens opening and buckets of water being chucked down- unrelentingly. When you have a month of holiday though, it’s hard to complain and rain time becomes time to play scrabble, read or plan the next stage of our trip. Anything that avoids us getting our shoes wet again, which take will take another two days to dry.
Apart from rain, the other thing that there is an awful lot of here is rice and beans- often referred to on the menu as typicales. Typical breakfast dish served with eggs, typical lunch dish served with chicken, typical dinner dish…you get the point. And for someone whose always lacked a love-rice tooth, i’m pretty smitten with this typical combination. I never thought I’d smile at the choice of rice, let alone for breakfast but I’m not far off an admission of love. Not, that i’m going to start getting up earlier at home to boil some beans and rice for breakfast- that would be a different kind of love. The beans are always black beans, heavily salted and sometimes tossed with diced red pepper or coriander. Reading all the guidebooks I was pretty sure that I would not be interested in CR culinary attributes but so far we’ve managed to find a few gems. Besides, anything can be jazzed up with some hot sauce or salsa. But my favourite things have been the fruits- avocadoes, pineapples, bananas and oh the limes! The limes are something to write about! They are round and knobbly and smell much more like the kaffir limes of Thailand. Inside they are a much deeper yellow/orange colour and the taste is less sour but much more intense. Perfect for salsas and mojitos. Speaking of which, it’s got to be time for a drink!