October 15, 2010


October 15, 2010 - .  

breakfast at 100% Natural Coffee Shop in Cahuita, Costa Rica: coffee; fruit plate with pineapple, banana, watermelon, and red/orange fruit with avocado-like texture (?) that I dipped in hot sauce; gallo pinto and bread (this time, when asking if it was totally vegetarian and explaining that I don’t eat milk or eggs, the waiter said it was vegano, so I feel quite confident about it. I didn’t ask about honey in the bread, though. 95% confidence?)

lunch at Veronica’s Place in Puerto Viejo (taking the bus there solely to go to this all-vegetarian restaurant, where everything short of breakfast eggs can be made vegan. Definitely the only place with soy cheese, soy milk, and soy meats I saw on this trip): beet, carrot, string bean, and apple juice; starfruit and ginger juice; patacones (crispy-fried plantains) served with black beans, cabbage salad, and vegan soy meat in coconut sauce; Mamma’s mashed potatoes, also served with black beans, cabbage salad, and coconut sauce, and with the protein option “carrot tart”, which was one of the best meat substitutes I’ve ever had (she makes it out of carrots and oats).

dessert, still at Veronica’s Place: coconut cake/cookie; yummy banana ice cream with crushed cacao (the server said he helped pick the bananas at either their farm or a farm of a friend, I couldn’t quite follow. Nice to eat bananas that weren’t from one of the ubiquitous Chiquita farms, where they use so many pesticides they keep the bananas in plastic blue bags while they’re still on the trees)

dinner: 1st failed attempt at making my own coconut sauce, buying an overly-sweetened can of “coconut cream”: chickpeas with garlic, onion, hot pepper, crema de coconut, cayenne, black pepper, curry powder mix, garam masala, and fresh lime, served on corn tortillas with Lizano salsa and lime

Imperial cervesa 40s (!) with lime

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