Nov 20 2011

roasted squash and papaya soup

While dining at La Luna, a roof-top restaurant in Costa Rica, we discovered this tropical soup. What’s not to love about the fantastic food and stellar views offered to La Luna diners – as this restaurant is nestled in the magnificent coastal forests of Costa Rica which allow for 360 degree panoramic vistas of the Pacific coastline and surrounding rain forest of Manuel Antonio.


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Apr 22 2010

dark chocolate covered guava jelly


While on a fun foodie tour in Costa Rica I discovered these yummy dark chocolate covered guava jellies.

Costa Rica has a long history of growing coffee so I was excited to learn more.  I chose the Cafe Britt Coffee Tour because we had our children with us and they offered a unique interactive tour that was fun for the whole family.  The Britt Coffee plantation tour consisted of actors who were hired to pose as plantation workers.  The plantation workers walked us through the plantation (acting out skits and making the tour fun) while sharing the processes for sustainable growing practices, harvesting, and roasting.  The tour ended in the coffee bar where we happily indulged our palates.

It was hard to choose which goodies to bring home.  From the delicious chocolate-covered coffee beans, exquisite coffee liqueur, gourmet candies and lovely coffee blends…it was too much.  One of my favorites still remains – the dark chocolate covered guava jelly.


Mar 12 2010

cocoa nibs


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On a recent trip to Costa Rica I discovered cocoa nibs on a sustainable organic spice farm tour. Cocoa nibs are the whole foods version of chocolate. They are very high in antioxidants and packed with powerful nutrients. Cocoa nibs are bits of roasted cocoa beans that can taste bitter when eaten raw so I was thrilled when I recently discovered cocoa nibs dipped in dark chocolate in my local grocery store!  I keep a tin in my purse at all times for whenever I need a little chocolate fix and want a dose of antioxidants.

*Raw cacao is the top antioxidant bearing food.  It has double the amount of antioxidants of red wine and triple the amount of green tea leaves. It reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer.

You can order this product from my website.  You will find them under “favorite foodie finds” – located at the top of this website.  They are only sold in packs of 12, but if you become addicted (like me) then ordering 12 at a time will not be a problem.