When I was a teenager, I traveled for a few months with a Mexican shoe-shiner I met in Mazatlán. We thumbed rides across the country and were taken in along the way by a dozen or so of his relatives. I often found myself in the kitchen with his aunts, cousins, and nieces, making tamales, […]
Recommended: Shaping Costa Rica’s food culture with tourism Over the last seven years of testing out tropical food species at Costa Rica’s Rancho Mastatal, we found that some plants that grow well here are not palatable to certain individuals or groups of people. Okra grows like a weed, but we have a hard time getting […]
How has travel and tourism affected Costa Rican cuisine, and how can we embrace local ingredients without shutting out the world?