Nothing beats the feeling of exploring a new destination for the first time. The bubble of excitement you feel when you step in a foreign land and meet people you've never seen before, is nothing short of magical.
And of course, one way of really getting to know a destination or a country is through their local cuisine. And if you're lucky enough to score a holiday in Costa Rica, well then, here are their best local foods you should not miss:
Casado. Typically a full meal, a Casado consists of white rice, a side of black beans, vegetables such as plantains or cabbage slaw, and a slice of chicken, fish or pork. This dish varies in some restaurants in Costa Rica. Sometimes they add cheese, picadillos or avocado slices.
Chifrijo. If you're out drinking with the locals or your friends in Costa Rica, then make sure to order their popular beer chow or "bocas". Basically, Chifrijos are made from "chicharon", beans, with corn tortillas on the side and smothered with tabasco or other local spices. There are also versions of chicken and veggies.
Cacao Fresco. Everyone knows that the cacao fruit is used to make chocolate, specifically the cacao beans. But Costa Ricans love eating the fruit when ripened, the white flesh that covers the beans. Surprisingly good, it will give you a whole new outlook on what chocolate is made of.
Tres Leches. Did you know that Costa Ricans adore sweets? One of their most common desserts, Tres Leches, is mostly a sponge cake smothered with evaporated milk, heavy cream and condensed milk, then topped with whipped cream and colorful sprinkles. Too sweet for you? Try it first!
Rondon. Costa Ricans like their meals savory and bursting with flavor, and this dish is no different. Basically, it's a spicy coconut soup, mixed with fish head or other type of seafood and vegetables. It is then cooked with coconut milk over burning wood and finished with a dash of Panamian chilies.