San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Tamarindo Talk

The indomitable Kata Kis of Papaya Con Leche is at it again. Tomorrow night, the diva of design will officially welcome the rainy season with a “Let It Rain” fashion show at Bar1. The models will hit the runway at 8 p.m., and for ¢5,000 ($9), you will see the latest and greatest from the designer as well as an aerial acrobatics show. A portion of the proceeds will go to the nonprofit CEPIA to benefit area kids. For more information, call 2653-3902 or 8831-9555, or e-mail

The modern new Tamarindo-Villarreal post office, about two kilometers from Tamarindo on the road to Villarreal, is a great all-service operation. It even has private mail boxes for rent.

If you want to organize a meeting or just have some “me time,” Hotel Pasatiempo offers a special Coffee Break every day from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., featuring a $5 plate of sweet and salty pastries and, of course, coffee.

Run by Jim Reilly of Kahiki, Jimmy’s at Hotel Mamiri introduces the Elvis breakfast special: French toast stuffed with peanut butter and bananas and topped with cinnamon. Or try the eggs Benedict or traditional gallo pinto, on the menu every day.

Black Stallion Hills offers an authentic Guanacaste experience every Friday starting at 3:30 p.m., when people get together for a one- to two-hour horseback ride on the 1,500-acre property. The ride culminates  with a ranch-style barbecue ofchicken and beef, along with beer, wine and live music. The cost is $49 for just the ride or $85 with dinner. For reservations, call 2653-1828.

Longtime Tamarindo resident Gisele Whiteman, owner of the Taco Stop, died of cancer April 25 in Canada. She will be deeply missed. A memorial service is planned for sometime in June, when her business partner and ex-husband, Richard Whiteman, returns to the area. I will be sure to announce the details so all who knew Gisele can attend. In the meantime, condolences may be sent to Richard at

–Ellen Zoe Golden


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