The Sarong Goddess' (aka Vicki Skinner)
COSTA RICA EATS RESTAURANT GUIDE
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HOLIDAY DINING
WHERE TO GO TO CELEBRATE CERTAIN HOLIDAYS!!


NEW YEARS DAY - JAN. 1
Not much open this day & IF they are, most likely they will close early!!  The Central Valley is a Ghost Town from about Dec. 26-the Saturday or Sunday after New Years as MOST people go to the beach or family finca somewhere!!
Time Out Tavern -  11am-1am
El Novillo Alegre  - noon-3pm & 6:30-10:30pm


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ST. PATRICK’S DAY - MARCH 17, 2010

After 2 days of calling around, here's what I've come up with so far on Where to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Costa Rica.  I found MANY places that have celebrated in the past - had corned beef & cabbage before - aren't doing it this year!

WHERE I'M PROBABLY GOING (between 4-4:30pm if anyone wants to join us)
THE PUB 
(2-288-3062 /  http://ThePubCR.com  /  ThePubCR@yahoo.com)  -
HOLIDAYS:  St. Patrick’s Day - Corned Beef, Cabbage, Potatoes, Carrots – 5,500-c.  Rueben Sandwich – 3,900-c.  Drinks – Baby Guinness (shot with Baileys & Café Rica), Shot – Irish Flag.  Green Beers, Irish Music.  
LOCATION: Escazu (Centro) -  up the Hill from the Scotia Split heading towards Escazu (Centro).  When you get to the place where you MUST turn Right because it turns into a one-way street (I’ve never noticed a notice that’s it’s one-way) the road curves – go RIGHT – it’s RIGHT THERE on your RIGHT (look for the BIG green Heineken awning & "THE PUB" sign.
THIS IS WHERE I'M PROBABLY GOING - around 4-4:30pm  - if anyone wants to join us!!!


TIME OUT TAVERN & DELI & SPORTS BAR
(2-289-3217 / http://facebook.com/timeouttavern / twitter.com/TimeOutTavern  / TimeOutEscazu@gmail.com) 
HOLIDAYS:  St. Patrick’s Day – Corn Beef & Cabbage–7,500-c & Rueben Sandwich–5,900-c, Irish Music & Green Beer.
LOCATION: San Rafael de Escazu - on Country Club Road - 500 meters up from Calle Vieja - South of the Costa Rica Country Club on the Left - The sign isn't up yet so look for the tan doors with the black columns & swinging saloon doors in between two dental clinics & caddy corner from Magia Verde Vivera/Nursery.


THE BEST DEAL BY FAR & I think the BIGGEST IRISH-STYLE CELEBRATION/PARTY!!!!
GALILEO HOSTEL
(2-248-2094 / http://HostelGalileo.com)
HOLIDAYS:  St. Patrick’s Day – ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT Corn Beef (in a roasting pan on a grill smoked with Hickory Chips) & Cabbage, Irish Relish, Baked Potato Bar –3,000-c & Rueben Sandwich & 1 FREE Green Beer-5,900-c.  Green Jello Shots, Drinking Games & LOTS MORE!!  Come PARTY like an Irishman!!!!  HOURS:  This is owner’s FAVORITE HOLIDAY so they’ll be blasting the Tommy Makem & the Clancy Brothers music starting around 9am & food starting around 4pm till they run out (or the last person falls!!  They even have some Irish guests so that means the party may last till Friday!!!).  Wear GREEN!!!
LOCATION:  San Jose (Sabana Este/Sur-ish)-100 meters East of Soda Tapia, 1 block away from Paseo Colon.


WHERE TO FIND CORNED BEEF - EITHER PRE-COOKED OR RAW/YOU cook
DON FERNANDOS!!!!! el Especialista en Carnes  (http://CarnesDonFernando.com)
ONLY in Escazu can you walk in & get it last minute (today & tomorrow) – Cooked (6,995-c/Kilo) or Raw (4,700-c/Kilo) (other locations you need to order it a few days before picking it up)
HOURS:  Mon-Sat. 8:30am-7:30pm.  GRILLING HOURS: Mon.-Thurs. 11am-3pm & Fri. & Sat. 11:30am-5pm (Pozos & Curridabat may still be just Sat. 11:30am-5pm)
LOCATIONS:
ESCAZU (San Rafael de)  -  ON Calle Vieja – 125 meters West of Mas x Menos in Plaza Colonial  2-289-9165-phone / 2-289-8171-fax   HOURS:  8:30am-7pm.   GRILL- Mon.-Thurs -11:30am-4pm, Fri. & Sat. 11:30am-9pm (closed Sun.)
POZOS DE SANTA ANA (“Lindora”) - Centro Comerial Vistana Este, Contiguo a Matra  2-282-0181 / 2-282-0182.  They only grill on Sat. (with only 1 side dish)  Mon.-Thurs. 11am-9pm, Sun. 11am-4pm    
CURRIDABAT - Plaza Carpintera - contiguo a Aldesa Valores  2-271-3334
PINARES – Plaza Carpintera (2-271-3334)  &  Rincon Parrillero  (2-272-5744)
TAMARINDO  -  Rincon Parrillero  (2-653-2265)


AN EXCELLENT DEAL WITH THE MOST AMAZING VIEWS!!!
CAPITAL GRILL at the White House 
(2-288-6362 / http://WhiteHouseCostaRica.com)
HOLIDAYS:  St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef & Cabbage ONLY $5.99 (reservations HIGHLY suggested as THIS is one of the BEST DEALS added to INCREDIBLE VIEWS++!!! (& they also have CREME BRULEE on their menu!!)
LOCATION: 
Escazu (San Antonio)-WAYYYY up the hill - 600 mts. South of the cemetery. 


STAN'S IRISH PUB

(2-253-4360 / http://IrishPubCostaRica.com

HOLIDAYS:  St. Patrick’s Day - Irish food, green beer and black and tans, with live music by Boys of Summer, March 17 & 20.  Guinness on Special, Green Beer, Whiskey, Black & Tan.
LOCATION:  Zapote – 150 Oeste/West of Casa Presidencial 


Chubbs Sports Bar (formerly The Shannon) 
(2-222-0835 / http://ChubbsBar.com
HOLIDAYS:  St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef & Cabbage with a shot of Jaimeson Whiskey – 5,000-c, Rueben Sandwich with side choice of fries, onion rings, potato side or green side – 4,000-c.
LOCATION: San Jose (Barrio Amon)-Calle 9 between Avenida 1 & 3 [near Parque Morozan - 50 mts North of the Del Rey.


New York Bar 
(2-257-8812)
HOLIDAYS:  St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef & Cabbage - 4,500-c – 11am-till no more.
LOCATION:  San Jose (Centro) - 25 meters South of Hotel del Rey.  Parque Morizon.


Papi’s Sports Bar (formerly Dos Gringos)
(2-258-1844)
HOLIDAYS:  St. Patrick’s Day - Corned Beef Sandwiches, DJ playing Irish Music, Magic Show - 8pm.
LOCATION:  San Jose (Barrio Amon) -
100 m west of Hotel Del Rey.


Sportsmen's Lodge
(2-221-2533 / http://SportsmensCR.com)
HOLIDAYS:  St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef & Cabbage - ?????  STILL haven't confirmed.
LOCATION:  San Jose (Barrio Otoya) - 200 mts. West "rampa" Hospital Calderon Guadia & 25 mts South - Calle 13 & Avenida 9th & 11th - http://SportsmensCR.com/map.html


Iguana Azul Hotel (2-658-8123 / 2-658-8124)
HOLIDAYS:  St. Patrick’s Day - Irish dinner & lodging package, March 17-19, reserve by March 10. 
LOCATION:  Junquillal, Guanacaste.


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VALENTINE'S DAY  -  FEBRUARY 14, 2010



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EASTER - April 4, 2010
Not much open this day & IF they are, most likely they will close early!!  The Central Valley is a Ghost Town from about 2 Fridays BEFORE Easter (March 26, 2010) till the Saturday or Sunday after Easter (April 3 or 4) as MOST people go to the beach or family finca somewhere!!  This INCLUDES doctors/dentists so DON'T come during that time if you're wanting any medical/dental proceedures done!!!


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OCTOBERFEST

THE PUB 
(2-288-3062 /  http://ThePubCR.com  /  ThePubCR@yahoo.com)  -
HOLIDAYS:  St. Patrick’s Day - Corned Beef, Cabbage, Potatoes, Carrots – 5,500-c.  Rueben Sandwich – 3,900-c.  Drinks – Baby Guinness (shot with Baileys & Café Rica), Shot – Irish Flag.  Green Beers, Irish Music.  
LOCATION: Escazu (Centro) -  up the Hill from the Scotia Split heading towards Escazu (Centro).  When you get to the place where you MUST turn Right because it turns into a one-way street (I’ve never noticed a notice that’s it’s one-way) the road curves – go RIGHT – it’s RIGHT THERE on your RIGHT (look for the BIG green Heineken awning & "THE PUB" sign.
THIS IS WHERE I'M PROBABLY GOING - around 4-4:30pm  - if anyone wants to join us!!!


STAN'S IRISH PUB
(2-253-4360 / http://IrishPubCostaRica.com

HOLIDAYS:  St. Patrick’s Day - Irish food, green beer and black and tans, with live music by Boys of Summer, March 17 & 20.  Guinness on Special, Green Beer, Whiskey, Black & Tan.
LOCATION:  Zapote – 150 Oeste/West of Casa Presidencial  (I've tried this phone # a few times at different hours but no answer so not sure what's up here).




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CANADIAN THANKSGIVING  -  OCT. 7 
Canadian Club  http://CanadianClubCR.com


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HALLOWEEN  -  OCT. 31



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U.S. THANKSGIVING   -  The 4th Thursday in NOV. (NOV. 25, 2010)

see   http://LivingLifeInCostaRica.blogspot.com/2009/11/holidays-thanksgiving-celebrations-in.html

As of Nov. 25, 2009 – SOMEONE at each business gave us this info. As you know, it’s not always accurate so note that EVERYTHING is subject to change so YOU call to verify it before you go!!!



NOTE: MANY places say “Mandatory Reservations” but I think most can get you in (since from what I’m hearing, numbers are down) though you may have to wait to ensure those with reservations get taken care of first.


Tell them you heard about them from Vicki (aka the “Sarong Goddess”) with the Costa Rica Resource Guide (note I make not one colon/penny from ANYONE on this list - just LOVE sharin' info!!).



OLD WEST
(2-282-9210)
Join Chef Elkin - formerly the great chef at Rock & Roll Pollo - at his new gringo bar for Roast Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Green Beans, Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Apple or Pumpkin Pie (I've spent most of my holidays in the past eating where Elkin was!!). LIVE MUSIC - BLUE DESERT (country/gringo music) starting at 7pm.
HOUR: noon till they run out.
COST: 10,000/$17.62 (INCLUDES Impuesto & service fee) Reservations not crucial but suggested - especially if you plan on going early.
LOCATION: Santa Ana - Calle Vieja - West-bound - 100 meters East of Cruz Rojo


CAFE DE ARTISTAS
(2-288-5082 / http://Cafe-De-Artistas.com / BillHill98290@yahoo.com)
Enjoy your host William Hill at the longest running traditional Thanksgiving celebration in Costa Rica (8 years). Our Menu includes imported Turkey, sage dressing, Mashed Potatoes and giblet gravy, candied sweet potatoes, and green bean casserole, accompanied by a Waldorf Salad or Pumpkin soup, fresh baked corn bread, Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce, and homemade Pumpkin Pie. All meals include a glass or wine or beverage.
TAKE OUT: All dinners can be packaged to take out, including whole fresh baked Pumpkin Pies.
HOURS: noon-9pm. Reservations accepted but not mandatory.
COST: $24. Kids under 12 (smaller portion) 1/2 price. (INCLUDES Impuesto & service fee)
LOCATION: Escazu (San Rafael) - 100 mts. SE (behind) Plaza Rolex (CitiBank - which is almost across the street from RostiPollo), just off the main road in and out of Escazu, just 4 blocks from the Pista.
NOTE: Just in time for the holidays we also are showing exclusively the latest collection of original acrylics and prints of world famous artist Hans Doller, with a Costa Rica flora and fauna theme. We look forward to celebrating and giving thanks with all of you. Come in and introduce yourself and become part of our family.


SNEAKY PETE'S DINER
(2-232-6556 / SneakyPetesDiner@yahoo.com)
Join owner James Binanchi for Turkey Wisconsin Style stuffed with Savory Sage Apple Dressing, Cornbread Dressing from the heart of Georgia, Roasted Garlic SMashed Potatoes, Apricot Glazed Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans with Pecans & Mushroom Sauce, Homemade Chunky Cranberry Relish, Jellied Cranberry Relish, Giblet Turkey Gravy, Dinner Rolls Homemade, Herb Butter, Desserts: Pumpkin Pie or Pecan Pie. BYOB (setups are .75 uncorking no charge). FAMILY-STYLE(if you want something special other than Turkey please contact him at least a day before and he may be able to facilitate you).
COST: $18.50 (INCLUDES Impuesto & service fee)
HOURS: They have 2 Seatings - at 2 & 5:30pm (space is limited as only 20 people per seating so reserve EARLY).
LOCATION: Pavas/Rohrmoser - Centro Comercial Plaza del Oeste (across from the U.S. Embassy)


TIME OUT TAVERN
(2-289-3217 / TimeOutEscazu@gmail.com / twitter.com/TimeOutTavern)
Fresh Roasted Turkey & Gravy, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Cranberry Sauce, Pumpkin or Apple Pie.
COST: 10,500/$18.50-ish (INCLUDES Impuesto & service fee)
This is THE PREMIER SPORTS BAR (so LOTS of FOOTBALL) with 13 flat screens TVs with 7 DirecTV feeds from the States, 2 Dish Network feeds from the States, and 2 Sky TV feeds. We offer more sports options than any other spot in the country. We carry all of the NFL games on Sundays. We are also your best option for NHL and NBA.
HOURS: 11am-?? (till they run out)
LOCATION: Escazu (San Rafael) - on Calle Country Club - 500 mts. South of Calle Viaja - an unmarked beige building with black columns on the left - diaganol to Vivero Verde - with the "Yes This Is The Place" painted on the side of the wall.


The Muse Restaurant at the BEACON ESCAZU
(2-228-3110 / http://MyBeaconEscazu.com)
Roasted Turkey stuffed with Pejivale, Pumpkin Soup, Waldorf Salad, Mashed Potatoes with chives, Cranberry’s with orange relish & Pumpkin Pie Chantilly.
HOURS: noon-11pm – Reservations Suggested
COST: $25 (+ 23% Impuesto & service fee)
LOCATION: Escazu (Centro) - 200 mts. West of the park


BRAD’S GRILL
(2-582-0724 / 2-582-0725 / http://BradsGrille.com)
Traditional Turkey dinner including a choice of apple or Pumpkin Pie.
HOURS: 11am-9pm - Reservations recommended but not mandatory (they're noon, 2:30, & 5)
COST: 9,500/about $17 (INCLUDES Impuesto & service fee)
LOCATION: Pozos de Santa Ana/Lindora – Plaza Momentum (across from AutoMercado).


LA LUZ - ALTA HOTEL
(2-282-4160 / http://TheAltaHotel.com)
ELEGANT dining with one of the BEST yet one of the few ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BUFFETS around with Roast Turkey & Filled Turkey, Lomo Relleno (filled with rice, ham, shrimp, spinach, berneau sauce), gravy, stuffing, Cranberry sauce, Mashed Potatoes, veges, Waldorf salad, Pumpkin soup, & MORE including Pumpkin Pie.
HOURS: 6-10pm - Reservations Suggested but not mandatory
COST: $26 (+ 23% Impuesto & service fee)
LOCATION: Escazu - Calle Vieja on the road towards Santa Ana


LA PATAGONIA
(2-289-0231 / reservations@LaPatagonia.co.cr / http://LaPatagonia.co.cr)
Turkey breast stuffed with fruit & seeds, Cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, carrots and sherry dessert prepared by Chef Marcel!
HOURS: noon-11pm (or till they run out) Reservations suggested.
COST: 12,000 (INCLUDES Impuesto & service fee)
LOCATION: Escazu - 500 mts. South from MultiPlaza in Golden Plaza


CAPITOL GRILL at the White House Hotel
(2-288-6362 x404)
Roasted Turkey with brown giblet Gravy carved at your table by the chef, Cranberry Sauce, Walnut & Mushroom Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes sprinkled with parmesan cheese, Green Bean Casserole, Pumpkin Pie. Have a group of 6+, you get your very own Turkey CARVED AT YOUR TABLE!!
HOURS: 1-10pm.
COST: $24.95 (+ 23% Impuesto & service fee). Kids 5-10 1/2 price (down $5 from last year!!)
LOCATION: Escazu (San Antonio) - way up in the hills with AWESOME City Views!!!


SAN JOSE
SPORTSMEN’S LODGE
(http://SportsmensCR.com / 2-221-2533)
The BEST DEAL if you're a gal!!! ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT TURKEY & FOOTBALL!! - Turkey & Gravy, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry's, Pumpkin Pie or Cake, wine. LOTS of TVs for FOOTBALL. They have some non-smoking areas out by the fountain.
HOURS: 2-8pm (Reservations Suggested but not mandatory)
COST: $20/11,350. Women, Senior 65 y.o. & children under 12 just $10/5,675. (INCLUDES Impuesto & service fee)
LOCATION: San Jose (Barrio Otyoa) - Calle 13 entre Avenida 9 y Av.11 - Casa 949.


MARRIOTT HOTEL’s - ANTIGUA RESTAURANT
(2-298-0207 / 2-298-0206 / marisol.murillo@MarriottHotels.com)
THE BIGGEST BUFFET!!! - LAST YEARS Menu - Fresh Roasted Turkey & Gravy, Pecan and Apricot Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes with herbs, Mini Mixed Vegetables, Glazed Sweet Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce and Pumpkin Pie, along with many things from their traditional fabulous Sunday Buffet like their Salad Bar, Cheeses, Antipasti & various other non-traditional hot dishes like Sea bass Ceviche, Tartar Salmon, Vinaigrette Octopus, Sautéed Squid, Tortellini with dried tomato, basil and mushrooms, Sliced Turkey Breast , Mushroom Ragout and Gravy Sauce, Grilled Mahi Mahi Filet with orange glaze and vanilla, Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Spinach and Pancetta, Caramelized Purple Cabbage with dried cherries, Sea food stew with White Wine and Saffron, Clam Chowder, Roasted Corn Cream Soup, Mini Roasted Potatoes, Roasted Prime Rib with Herbs, Smoked Ham with Maple Syrup and Pineapple, Port and Figs Sauce, Potato and Apple Salad, Grilled Corn and Vegetables Salad, Shrimp Salad with Tomato and Cucumber, Angels Hair Salad with Mushrooms and Balsamic Vinegar, Mini Caesar Salad, Sweet Potato and Chicken Salad as well as numerous Desserts. Valet Parking
DINNER-2-GO: Serves 10-12 - $210 (+ 23% Impuesto & service fee) (whole Turkey, stuffing, side dishes, salads, dressings, sauces, desserts+). Orders taken until Wed. Nov. 25 - 1pm - to be collected on Nov. 26 at Casa del Cafe)
HOURS: 4-11pm.
COST: $38, kids 6-12 $19. (+ 23% Impuesto & service fee) (Reservations Mandatory)
LOCATION: Belen (San Antonio).


HOTEL LA AMISTAD Restaurant & Martini Bar

(2-258-0021 / http://HotelAmistad.com)

Turkey, Mixed Salad, Cranberry Sauce, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Pumpkin PIe & one glass of Wine.

HOURS: 5-10pm - Reservations not necessary

COST: $25 (will probably give discount for kids)

LOCATION: Barrio Almon - 1 block west of Hospital Calderón Guardia on Calle 15



HOLIDAY INN - El Mirador Restaurant
(2-523-1000 xt. 681- / 451)
Traditional Thanksgiving dinner - LIVE MUSIC (Classic Chamber) 8-9pm. Each couple receives a free House Half Bottle of Wine!!
HOURS: noon-6pm & 9pm-mid.
COST: $25 (INCLUDES Impuesto & service fee)
LOCATION: San Jose-Downtown - corner of Avenida 5 & Calle 5-in front of Morrison Park.


CASINO CLUB COLONIAL’S MAGNOLIA RESTAURANT
(2-258-2807 xt4519 / 4520)
BUFFET of Turkey, stuffing, Cranberry sauce, applesauce, salads, Mashed Potatoes, veges, Pumpkin Pie & beverage.
HOURS: noon-9pm
COST: $20 (+ 23% Impuesto & service fee)
LOCATION: San Jose-Downtown - Ave. 1& 3 & Calle 9 &11.


EL PATIO DEL BALMORAL
(2-222-5022 / http://ElPatioDelBalmoral.com)
Roasted Turkey, stuffing, Cranberry sauce, salads, Mashed Potatoes, veges, Pumpkin Pie & fruit punch.
HOURS: 11am till they run out (they close the kitchen at 9:45pm)
COST: 9,700 (INCLUDES Impuesto & service fee). Reservations suggested but
LOCATION: San Jose (Centro - Central Avenida) - between 7th & 9th St.


DEL MAR
(2-257-7800 xt232)
Caesar Salad OR Pumpkin’ Soup, Roasted Butterball Turkey & Giblet Gravy, Stuffing, Mashed or Roast Potatoes, Roasted Yams, French Beans, Cauliflower, Cranberry Sauce, Pumpkin, Apple Pie or Tres Leches.
HOURS: noon-10-11pm-ish (or when finished)
COST: 10,500/$18.50-ish (INCLUDES Impuesto & service fee). Reservations Suggested
LOCATION: San Jose-Downtown - across from the Del Rey



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OUTSIDE SAN JOSE & ESCAZU

CASA HOLANDA B&B
( 2-238-3241 / 8-880-3997 / info@CasaHolanda.com / http://CasaHolanda.com)
Don't feel homesick - come to Casa Holanda B&B and literally get the feel of being at home (without the "family dynamics"!!) with all your favorite foods!! LIVE MUSIC (your host James is a WONDERFUL Pianist!!)
COST: $15 (INCLUDES Impuesto & service fee). You can even make arrangements to have it all To-Go OR - for a set price of $400 get enough food to feed up to 40 people. You can order any of this the last 2 weeks of Nov.
(they'll also be doing a Christmas EVE dinner!! Like being at home)
LOCATION: Heredia (San Pablo)


BOUGAINVILLEA HOTEL
(2-244-1414 / SBiolley@hb.co.cr / http://hb.co.cr)
Enjoy the GORGEOUS gardens that surround you through big windows while Roasted Turkey & Gravy, Stuffing, Veronica's Salad (grapes, nuts, lettuce, feta cheese), Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce & Pumpkin Pie a-la-mode. When you're finished - take a walk through their magical labyrinth / maze!
HOURS: noon-3-ish-pm & 6-10pm - Reservations needed (but they MAY be able to facilitate you last minute so call).
COST: 12,500 (INCLUDES Impuesto & service fee)
LOCATION: Heredia (Santa Domingo)


VISTA DEL VALLE PLANTATION INN
(2-450-0800 / 2-451-1165 / frontdesk@VistaDelValle.com / http://VistaDelValle.com)
Join Jo & Mike overlooking onto a Nature Reserve for Turkey, stuffing with castanas (CR's version chestnut), Mashed Potatoes, various veges (including string beans/almond slivers), Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkin Pie & more - most everything they serve is ORGANIC!!!! HEALTHY, hefty!!!
COST: $22 (+ 23% in taxes & service fee)
HOURS: 1pm till they run out but space is limited so I'd recommend calling to make reservations ASAP.
LOCATION: Rosario de Naranjo - 20 minutes north/west of the airport



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AROUND COSTA RICA:

PLAYA GRANDE
HOTEL BULA BULA’s GREAT WALTINI’S RESTAURANT/BAR
(http://HotelBulaBula.com / 653-0975-reservations mandatory)
Their Thanksgiving Dinner is THE BEST I’ve EVER had!!! Turkey with Giblet Gravy & 2 types of Stuffing - Cornbread, Sausage, Sage & Mushroom AND a Cajun Bread Stuffing, Creamed Corn, Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, Pumpkin Pie, Coffee or Tea.
HOURS: 3:30-8pm
COST: $15.95 plus taxes & tips
LOCATION: Playa Grande (JUST north of Tamarindo)



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SATURDAY - Nov. 28
UNITY Spiritual Center Thanksgiving
(2-203-4411 / 8-381-5147JET@UnityCostaRica.org)
HOURS: 6:30-9pm (bilingual service at 5pm)
COST: POTLUCK - Bring a dish - big enough to feed 15.
LOCATION: San Pedro


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TURKEY’S / “PAVO”

Many people I’ve heard from feel Costa Rican Turkeys/Pavo don't have flavoring (including MSG which to me is a GOOD thing!!) or preservatives and can be quite tough, but they’re local hence not as expensive (no freezer container/import taxes).

Sarah Joy heard that turkeys raised in Costa Rica tend to be raised primarily for Christmas so if you want one for U.S. or Canadian Thanksgiving, they most likely won't be at their perkiest!!!

TURKEY COOKING HINT:
Don’t laugh too hard but in college I used to sell Tupperware hence, as UN-Domestic Goddess as I am, I did learn some hints!!
• cook the Turkey breast side down and IF there was ANY way to get a BIG brown paper bag to fit it in (withOUT wax paper in it) – put it in that!!! TENDER!!
• I’ve heard if you cook it in one of those Reynolds Turkey bags – you take it out & while still in the bag, wrap it in towels to soak up a lot of the juice (don’t know why you’d want to soak up the juices as I LOVE a REALLY JUICY Turkey!!).



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FRESH NATIONAL TURKEYS

PRIVATE TURKEY RANCH
Principally corn + grain fed FRESH (or Frozen) FREE-RANGE TURKEYS!!
Small / Medium / Large = 3,000 colones a kilo. DELIVERED in Greater Metro San José area for 8,000 colones (inquire for pricing for further areas).
Contact me directly (CostaRicaResourceGuide@gmail.com / 8-378-6679 [phone is best]) & I’ll hook you up!!


PIPASA Belen
(2-239-4355)
COST: 2,875/kilo (they average 8-9 kilos)
DELIVERY: I heard they will deliver if you're in Santa Ana or Belen.



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FROZEN TURKEYS
PRICESMART - Whole Honey Suckle Turkeys.
LOCATIONS:
Escazu - From the Autopista Prospero Fernandez, 200 meters Oeste mano izquierda - from the toll on the left. Get off at the gas station & go all the way to the end & loop around under the Pista, pass Office Depot & it’s on your right. If you hit CIMA Hospital – you’ve gone too far (288-0008).
Heredia - 300 m. north of Atlas Electrica (2-262-4848)
Llorente - Llorente de Tibas in front of the Monseñor Anselmo LLorente School of Tibas (2-297-2343)
Zapote - Southeast of Fuente de la Hispanidad (2-283-4494 / 2-280-8359). (open till 8pm on Sun.)
HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 10am-8pm. Sun. 10am-7pm


AUTOMERCADO - http://AutoMercado.co.cr / 2-281-1515
LOCATIONS:
Escazu (San Rafael – Plaza Atlantis) (2-588-1743 / 2-588-1742) HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 7am-10pm, Sun. 7am-9pm
Escazu – MultiPlaza (2-201-6174) - HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 8am-10pm, Sun. 8am-9pm
Pozos de Santa Ana - on the road heading towards the Airport (2-203-5335) - HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 8am-10pm, Sun. 8am-9pm.
Rohrmoser – Plaza Mayor (2-232-5555) - HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 8am-10pm, Sun. 8am-9pm.
DELIVERY: http://AMIDomicilio.com / 800-800-2886


M&N (Munoz y Nanne)
(2-253-4646 x219 [Yamileth speaks great English]/ http://MunozYNanne.com)
American Turkey
COST: Cooked - 7,995/kilo (need to reserve 1 week in advance), Un-Cooked - 4,250/kilo.
LOCATION: San Jose (San Pedro)


NATIONAL TURKEYS

PRIVATE TURKEY RANCH
Principally corn + grain fed FRESH (or Frozen) FREE-RANGE TURKEYS!!
Small / Medium / Large = 3,000 colones a kilo. DELIVERED in Greater Metro San José area for 8,000 colones (inquire for pricing for further areas).
Contact me directly (CostaRicaResourceGuide@gmail.com / 8-378-6679 [phone is best]) & I’ll hook you up!!


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PRE-/READY-MADE TURKEY’S
READY for YOU to serve in YOUR HOME

DON FERNANDOS!!!!! el Especialista en Carnes (http://CarnesDonFernando.com)

I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS PLACE!!!! Their meats are basically ORGANIC (currently there’s no “official certification” for organic of meat but for all intensive purposes they are as they say “DF’s meat is produced in harmony with nature & free from hormones, chemicals & antibiotics!!! NO animal is more than 20 months old (this helps with their guarantee to be tender & disease-free and insure that the animals are matured naturally) and there’s very litle corn in their diet and they use a natural 15-20 day curying process. It’s BY FAR the MOST BEAUTIFUL/TENDER meat I’ve found in this country!!! Their farms are located in La Fortuna near Arenal hence the cattle gets to graze on grass from the WONDERFUL soil of this area!! They are also VERY environmentally conscious.

HOLIDAY FIXIN’S!! I sampled their side dishes like the Costa Rican version of Sweet Potatoes - Camote - 8,495-feeds 6, Potato/Apple Salad - 8,995/feeds 6, Pumpkin Pie (they don't grow "pumpkin's as we know them) - 9,995/feeds 8, Pecan Pie - 16,500/feeds 12, Apple Pie-9,995/feeds 8. For MY taste - their Mashed Potatoes (9,9950 - feeds 6) were the BEST I've EVER had (there was garlic in them!!!). COST: COOKED MEATS: Pierna de Cerdo Asada Criolla (pork?) - 15-17 lbs - 8,995/kilo, 25-30 lbs 8,995/kilo; Turkey/Pavo Asado – 7 kilos/feeds 15-17, medium 3.5/kilo, small-1.5/kilo – 8,995/kilo, Virginia Ham - 9,495/kilo - 2 or 5-kilo, Lomo de Cerdo Asado-Hawaiian – 2-kilo or 1.5-kilos – 10,900/kilo; Relleno de Pavo (apio, crotones, wine, apples)– 8,995/kilo; Roast Beef 7,995/kilo; lomo de res Asado 2k – 6,995/kilo; Virginia Hamp – Tipo/Natural – 9,495/kilo. Cooked: 5,000/kilo, Not Cooked: 3,500/kilo (don't quote me on the exact price as the guy I spoke with was a bit iffy with it). DISCOUNTS: Order/Prepay in full a couple weeks before & SAVE 10%!!

ESCAZU (San Rafael de) - ON Calle Vieja – 125 meters West of Mas x Menos in Plaza Colonial 2-289-9165-phone / 2-289-8171-fax HOURS: 8:30am-7pm. GRILL- Mon.-Thurs -11:30am-4pm, Fri. & Sat. 11:30am-9pm (closed Sun.)

POZOS DE SANTA ANA (“Lindora”) - Centro Comerial Vistana Este, Contiguo a Matra 2-282-0181 / 2-282-0182. They only grill on Sat. (with only 1 side dish) Mon.-Thurs. 11am-9pm, Sun. 11am-4pm

CURRIDABAT - Plaza Carpintera - contiguo a Aldesa Valores 2-271-3334

PINARES – Plaza Carpintera (2-271-3334) & Rincon Parrillero (2-272-5744)

TAMARINDO - Rincon Parrillero (2-653-2265)

CATERING (2-227-0245)

TV SHOW: Watch their tv show (in Spanish) “Cosina Alternative” on Channel 7 at 11am on Sat.

HOURS: Mon-Sat. 8:30am-7:30pm. GRILLING HOURS: Mon.-Thurs. 11am-3pm & Fri. & Sat. 11:30am-5pm (Pozos & Curridabat may still be just Sat. 11:30am-5pm).



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PRE-/READY-MADE / COMPLETE MEALS
for YOU to serve in YOUR HOME

To me, this option and dining out are THE ONLY way to go!!! No slaving!!!

DON FERNANDOS!!!!! el Especialista en Carnes (http://CarnesDonFernando.com)

I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS PLACE!!!! Their meats are basically ORGANIC (currently there’s no “official certification” for organic of meat but for all intensive purposes they are as they say “DF’s meat is produced in harmony with nature & free from hormones, chemicals & antibiotics!!! NO animal is more than 20 months old (this helps with their guarantee to be tender & disease-free and insure that the animals are matured naturally) and there’s very litle corn in their diet and they use a natural 15-20 day curying process. It’s BY FAR the MOST BEAUTIFUL/TENDER meat I’ve found in this country!!! Their farms are located in La Fortuna near Arenal hence the cattle gets to graze on grass from the WONDERFUL soil of this area!! They are also VERY environmentally conscious.

THEY’LL PREPARE or GRILL YOUR MEATS FOR YOU!!!! THIS is MUI CHIVA (“cool”)!!! Whether it be a steak you picked from the case for lunch (They have a grill on the premise. NO fee for this & they have some prepared side dishes you can buy like fried yucca, romero potatos, potato salad, green salad from 500-700 colones) OR any of their meats including Prime Rib for that dinner party (or like me – you’re just not wanting to cook!!) - for a small fee (I think about 2-3% of the cost). They’ll prepare it for you PROPERLY – the way YOU like it!!!! Either go there & pick your cut/what you desire or you can fax/call it in (they need about a day for this) and DELIVERY is FREE with 10,000-c+ in purchases. FYI - Most of the staff I’ve found only speak Spanish.

Be it fresh, frozen or ready to eat meat of better quality than I’ve seen at markets BY FAR. They carry everything from VEAL, LAMB, Beef, Pork, Chicken, RABBIT, DUCK, Chorizo, Seasonal meats like TURKEY, whole HAMS+++!! In their deli section, they have the BEST CHIMMY CHURI dipping sauce I’ve EVER had (parsley, LOTS of garlic & what makes theirs so great I think is they use olive oil) – YUMMMMM (sometimes I just dip pieces of cooked chicken into it!!!)!!! They also carry cheeses like camambert 2,200/piece, feta (Roteborg) 2,995/piece, PATE (pork liver) 3,100/kilo), turkey PASTRAMI 6,886/kilo & some other goodies. FYI - Most of the staff I’ve found only speak Spanish.

HOLIDAY FIXIN’S!! I sampled their side dishes like the Costa Rican version of Sweet Potatoes - Camote - 8,495-feeds 6, Potato/Apple Salad - 8,995/feeds 6, Pumpkin Pie (they don't grow "pumpkin's as we know them) - 9,995/feeds 8, Pecan Pie - 16,500/feeds 12, Apple Pie-9,995/feeds 8. For MY taste - their Mashed Potatoes (9,9950 - feeds 6) were the BEST I've EVER had (there was garlic in them!!!). COST: COOKED MEATS: Pierna de Cerdo Asada Criolla (pork?) - 15-17 lbs - 8,995/kilo, 25-30 lbs 8,995/kilo; Turkey/Pavo Asado – 7 kilos/feeds 15-17, medium 3.5/kilo, small-1.5/kilo – 8,995/kilo, Virginia Ham - 9,495/kilo - 2 or 5-kilo, Lomo de Cerdo Asado-Hawaiian – 2-kilo or 1.5-kilos – 10,900/kilo; Relleno de Pavo (apio, crotones, wine, apples)– 8,995/kilo; Roast Beef 7,995/kilo; lomo de res Asado 2k – 6,995/kilo; Virginia Hamp – Tipo/Natural – 9,495/kilo. Cooked: 5,000/kilo, Not Cooked: 3,500/kilo (don't quote me on the exact price as the guy I spoke with was a bit iffy with it). DISCOUNTS: Order/Prepay in full a couple weeks before & SAVE 10%!!

ESCAZU (San Rafael de) - ON Calle Vieja – 125 meters West of Mas x Menos in Plaza Colonial 2-289-9165-phone / 2-289-8171-fax HOURS: 8:30am-7pm. GRILL- Mon.-Thurs -11:30am-4pm, Fri. & Sat. 11:30am-9pm (closed Sun.)

POZOS DE SANTA ANA (“Lindora”) - Centro Comerial Vistana Este, Contiguo a Matra 2-282-0181 / 2-282-0182. They only grill on Sat. (with only 1 side dish) Mon.-Thurs. 11am-9pm, Sun. 11am-4pm

CURRIDABAT - Plaza Carpintera - contiguo a Aldesa Valores 2-271-3334

PINARES – Plaza Carpintera (2-271-3334) & Rincon Parrillero (2-272-5744)

TAMARINDO - Rincon Parrillero (2-653-2265)

CATERING (2-227-0245)

TV SHOW: Watch their tv show (in Spanish) “Cosina Alternative” on Channel 7 at 11am on Sat.

HOURS: Mon-Sat. 8:30am-7:30pm. GRILLING HOURS: Mon.-Thurs. 11am-3pm & Fri. & Sat. 11:30am-5pm (Pozos & Curridabat may still be just Sat. 11:30am-5pm).


Casa Holanda B&B
(http://CasaHolanda.com / 2-238-3241 / 8-880-3997 / info@CasaHolanda.com)
COST: $15/plate - To-Go OR - for a set price of $400 get enough food to feed up to 40 people. You can order any of this the last 2 weeks of Nov. (INCLUDES Impuesto & service fee)
(they'll also be doing a Christmas EVE dinner!! Like being at home)
LOCATION: Heredia (San Pablo)


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PUMPKIN PIES

PRE-MADE

Robin’s Cosina
(8-382-4412 / CocinaDeRobin@hotmail.com)
TASTY Pumpkin Pies along with the BEST Pecan Pie I've EVER HAD!!! Her pies (ESPECIALLY her Maracuya/Passion Fruit) are TongueGasmic!!! Pumpkin-6,240. Apple - 2-Crust-7,925, French/Dutch (with crumbly topping)-8,680, Pecan Pie-6,430, Blueberry-10,170. 9” pies feed 8. Pie's are made to order so you REALLY MUST Reserve at LEAST 24 hours in advance (though she may have some last minute no-shows)!! You can find many of Robin’s pies even at AutoMercado (but none of these).
LOCATION: Escazu (Centro)


You can get the Libby's canned Pumpkin Pie filling at AutoMercado pretty much year-round BUT I have not seen frozen pie crust yet so ya gotta make your own.

AutoMercado & PriceSmart also usually sell Pumpkins so if you feel a need to make it yourself, get those BUT they ain't cheap!! AutoMercado had them for about $14 & it wasn't even that big!!

Nasty as some people may think it is, my choice for whipped cream (mainly out of ease [plus I LOVE squirting it into my mouth!!]) is ReadyWip in the red can but lately I've had a hard time finding it. I USED to be able to find it at AutoMercado, Sorreto's & PriceSmart.



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WHERE TO FIND THANKSGIVING FOODS TO PREPARE YOURSELF
(these are LAST years prices)

AUTOMERCADO - YEAHHHH!!! They FINALLY have many of the items at the end of an aisle by the registers!! Turkey (U.S. Butterball style & Tico Turkeys), Stove Top Stuffing (Chicken, Turkey or Savory Herb) 1360-c, Libby’s Pumpkin Pie Mix 2050, Cranberry’s - Ocean Spray Whole Berry OR Jellied Cranberry Sauce 1453-c, S&W Jellied Cranberry Sauce 1080, Sweet Potatoes 1583, Bruce’s Yams 870, Henry’s Jarred Homestyle Roasted Turkey Gravy 1900, Knorr Packaged Gravy 980, McCormack’s Packaged Gravy 920, Idahoan Mashed Potatoes 605, Apple Sauce 1050, fresh yams, Reynolds Oven Bags 3575 (2), aluminum foal pans 1300-1335. Frozen Mrs. Smith’s Apple Pie 3575.

PRICESMART (see above) - Whole Honey Suckle Turkeys - 16,875 for 15lbs. I went there a few days before Thanksgiving and they didn’t have hardly anything except Reddi Whip 2795. What they did have are things good for Xmas like Walnuts 5195, Almonds 4825, Mixed Nuts in Shells (hazelnuts, almonds, pecans and brazil nuts) 3205, Sliced Almonds 2595 (450 grams), Pecans 8995.

MAS X MENOS - Carolina Turkey’s - 2,895-c/kilo, Stove Top Stuffing, Libby’s Pumpkin Pie Mix, Ocean Spray Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce, Reynolds Oven Bags (I hardly found any of these when I was

SORRETO’S (2-228-0247 / 2-228-6703) - Escazu (San Rafael) - past Pizza Hut & the Shell gas station by La Cascada Argentinean/steak restaurant or 200 mts west of the Los Anonos Bridge - All I found there was one Canned Cranberry Sauce, Oven Bags & Reddi Wip whipping cream.


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LARGE COOKING SUPPLIES

TIPS
(http://TipsCR.com / 2-220-0484-repair / ventas@TipsCR.com / ServicioalCliente@TipsCR.com / arojas@TipsCR.com)

JopCo
(215-3545 / http://JopCoCr.co)



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CHRISTMAS EVE  -  DEC. 24
Christmas Eve seems bigger in Costa Rica than Christmas Day so MANY businesses/restaurants will close early today & then be closed on Christmas Day or longer.

For most of these holidays - I think most places that are open will stay open as long as there are people paying!!

Antojitos Mexican  -  1-9pm
Villa Rey Chinese - 11am-3pm & 6-11pm
Time Out Tavern -  11am-late afternoon or early evening
Café Te Con Te  -  7am-5pm-ish
Casona de Laly  -  
Café des Artistes  -  8am-5pm
The Pub  -  11am-5pm


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CHRISTMAS DAY  -  DEC. 25
Antojitos Mexican  -  1-9pm
Casona de Laly  -  
Villa Rey Chinese - 11am-11pm
Time Out Tavern -  5pm-11/mid.-ish (till the paying people leave) (no special Christmas meal)
El Novillo Alegre  - noon-3pm & 6:30-10:30pm



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NEW YEARS EVE    -  DEC. 31
Antojitos Mexican  -  1-9pm
Villa Rey Chinese  - 11am-3pm & 6-11pm.  
Time Out Tavern -  some sort of New Years Party
The Pub  -  11am-mid.  
Café Te Con Te  -  7am-5pm-ish
Café des Artistes  -  8am-5pm
El Novillo Alegre  -  Santa Ana – noon-3pm & 6:30-10:30pm, Escazu – noon 3pm


(this list is being enhanced so keep checking back with us)

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