Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tamarindo Day 2

Day two in Tamarindo was another beautiful day. We decided to stay local and enjoy Playa Tamarindo, but since we had jumbled up the directions to the town the day before, we thought we'd better get them again. The only person we saw available was the groundskeeper, who didn't speak any English. Both Gary and I are learning Spanish, and we're still very limited in what we can understand, but we thought we'd give Eladio, the groundskeeper, a try. After some back-and-forth between the three of us trying to figure out what each was saying, we felt we had a pretty good idea of which way to go. We ended up at the south end of the beach without too much trouble. Here's a video of what it looks like. (Sorry for the "chunky old man" in the middle.)

As we walked farther up the beach, it became nicer. There were also several beachfront cafes where you could sit in the shade, stick your feet in the sand, and order something cool to drink.

One of the beachfront cafes

We walked quite far up the beach, then staked our claim on some lounge chairs under an umbrella. There were several "walking vendors" going up and down the beach looking to sell jewelry, pottery, whistles, drinks, or Pipa Fria. We decided to try out some Pipa Fria which is a chilled coconut that they machete-chop one end off of, then stick a straw inside. It was cool and yummy!

Pipa Fria

We ate dinner at one of the restaurants on the beach. I'd been dying for some Gallo Pinto since our last trip, and noticed they had it on the menu for breakfast, but not dinner, which is normal since it's more of a breakfast food. I did my best job of asking in Spanish if I could get some Gallo Pinto for dinner, and our waitress said she'd ask the chef. It must not have been a problem since they brought out  a wonderful side dish of it with my dinner! 

Gallo Pinto
Gallo Pinto is basically a black beans and rice dish, and I had tried recreating it at home, but I was missing the most important ingredient--Salsa Lizano. It's just not the same without it. Salsa Lizano is a Costa Rican creation that you can find on just about every table in Costa Rica. It's not a hot sauce, but full of flavor!

Needless to say, I brought back the largest bottle I could find of Salsa Lizano. It's great on rice, beans, eggs, meat, and whatever else you want to pour it on or cook in it. Yummy! I'm looking forward to making some Gallo Pinto at home.

After walking back to the hotel, we again watched the sun set from the hotel roof, but when we walked back down and opened the door to our room, we noticed an 8 legged visitor on the floor. It was a spider, but not too big. The funny thing was Gary went to push him out the door with a shoe in his hand (really, he wasn't going to squish him, the spider was too big for that), but the spider must have seen him coming as it bolted out the door ahead of him. It was pretty funny. Another great day in Paradise!


  1. Sounds like you had a good time. Their version of salsa looks a bit different to what we're used to. It almost looks like a liquid. What's different about it that you can't recreate it here? Didn't know you explored a different part of the island. Looks real nice, especially the picture of the pipa fria with the ocean background. :)

    1. Hi Nina, Yes, we had a great time. The Salsa Lizano IS a liquid and has lots of flavor. I'd tried making Gallo Pinto without it, and it just tasted bland. You guys will have to take a trip with us sometime!