San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Coco Capsule

“Food, glorious food!” Thus begins one of the great Broadway songs of the last half century, and that theme will be celebrated April 17 when the Coco Lions Club hosts the fifth annual International Food Festival at Zi Lounge in downtown Coco, from 3 to 6 p.m. Admission is free. Booths sponsored by many of the area’s finest restaurants and a number of the major food companies in Costa Rica will ring the large lower deck, each offering samples of their best dishes for a donation of ₡500 to ₡2,000 ($1 to $4). Given the range of our excellent eateries, attendees will have the chance to build a complete meal of favorite and perhaps untried foods from faraway places, prepared with a distinctively Costa Rican flair.

A few booths are still available for restaurants and people wanting to participate. For information, contact Carolyn Ryan at 8389-5776 or 2670-1306.

This is a major fundraiser for the Lions Club, with all proceeds going to fund the many educational and health-related programs the group has been involved in since its inception a decade and a half ago.

And on the subject of food, I have a few comings and goings to pass on. Bosque del Mar Hotel in Hermosa has opened the new Nya Bar, featuring an extensive tapas menu as well as drink specials and live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Concurrently, Restaurante Villa Flores, offering international cuisine, has opened on Coco’s main street, 250 meters east of the Lizard Lounge. Closings to report include that of Carlito’s Way in Hermosa Heights and the Coco Coffee Company in Plaza Colonial. Although Carlito’s has promised to reopen, that promise is far away in San José. Both will be missed.

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