Costa Rica, historically snubbed by restaurant snobs, is getting its day in the sun now that foodies have discovered the delicious flavors found in a growing melting pot of restaurants offering farm fresh, international cuisine. Even casual roadside sodas in the city can serve farm fresh fare since there are farms nearly everywhere. A year-round abundance of colorful ingredients includes super-fruits such as soursop, papaya, cacao and mamonchino, which complement staples such as rice and cassava on a casado, the traditional Costa Rican lunch plate. Snake your way from coast to coast and through the rainforest covered mountains of the country and enjoy many meals sourced directly from the garden or farm, or even grown and harvested at the hands of the chef. In the mountain village of Santa Elena, Chimera is a cozy restaurant serving an original Costa Rica style of farm fresh tapas and small plates perfect for tasting and sharing. On the Caribbean coast, the Lizard King Resort tops homemade pancakes with papayas and pineapple grown just steps away from the inviting open-air café. Don’t miss a meal under the stars at Stashu’s Con Fusion, where every dish is farm fresh, artful, and delish, this is la pura vida.
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