Culinary Costa Rica
Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss
Photo by Michael Reiss
Costa Rica is a naturalist's dream come true. This diminutive country--the size of West Virginia with a population of 4 million--has made its mark on the tourist map by devoting more than a third of its land to natural parks and wildlife preserves.
It's reputation as an ecological sanctuary, filled with carefully preserved fauna and flora, is legendary. From the rugged, volcanic mountain peaks to the tropical rainforests, to the world class surf, this country rocks.
Its natural resources include an abundance of food stuffs that have been used by chef's around the world. Now, Costa Rica is waking up to it's own culinary possibilities. Once known only for its wholesome, if bland dishes, chef's are now using their indigenous ingredients and the global palette of herbs and spices to revive and create their own culinary identity. Here are some highlights of your culinary tour.