The Sarong Goddess' (aka Vicki Skinner)
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COUNTRY DELI Restaurante y Salon de Eventos  (http:// [coming soon]  /  2-288-1028 / 8-815-1161 /  -   A VIC’s PICK!!! Join your hosts Tatiana (Taty) Mendez (she speaks GOOD English!!!) & her mom at their NEW RESTAURANT - Country Deli Restaurante & Salon de Eventos!!    Taty & her mom used to run this little “soda” out of their garage off the side street by my home & I was SOOOO BUMMED when they closed over 2 years ago but we’re BLESSED to have them back in the neighborhood!!!  Their food is SOOOOO TASTY (& I’m not normally a big fan of “Tipico Tico food” [not being a rice & beans kinda gal!!]) & they’re REALLY SPECIAL PEOPLE!!! Their menu is TASTY TIPICO TICO FOOD dishes & sometimes they'll have some things prepared on a FLAME GRILL!!!   You have GOT to try their Corn "Bread" that is the BEST - Linguasmo/TongueGasmic (better get it early though as a guy that just had lunch there the day I first went loved it SOOOO MUCH that he bought EVERY PIECE they had left to take home (or perhaps to share with his co-workers as he works right across the street!!)!!!  CHEAP LUNCH SPECIAL:   CASADA SPECIALS include an Entree, rice, beans, vegetables, plantanos, salad AND a natural drink -  JUST 2,400-colones!!!  EXPRESS / DELIVERY!! This space is a GREAT LARGE SPACE to hold EVENTS like a baby shower, wedding, meeting, etc. on Saturdays & Sundays!  CATERING!! WiFi    TEMPORARY DETAILS:   /  /!/album.php?aid=2066491&id=1364767178    PLEASE tell ALL your friends about them& until their website & Facebook page are up, email me at for notification of their upcoming SPECIALS  that will be EXCLUSIVELY for their Supporters!!!   HOURS: Monday-Fri. 8am-9pm (but if you're there around 7:30am they'll I'm sure let you in!!).  Saturdays & Sundays are reserved for PRIVATE EVENTS!!!   LOCATION: Escazu (San Rafael) - 200 mts. West of the Scotia Split.  Across the street from Plaza Colonial & next door to Burger King. That beautiful ivy covered building where Bio__ Floristeria used to be.  

Make sure to tell them VICKI SENT YOU!!!! (& report back to me YOUR experience!!)


CAFE DES ARTISTAS -  Escazu  (San Rafael) ( / 2-288-5082 /   The REBIRTH of Café des Artistas with new owner professionally trained Chef Chris Reeves and still a WONDERFUL FUNKY/COOL/ARTSY AMBIANCE (on of my FAV places for this!!)!!  AWESOME place for BREAKFAST (3,500-5,150-c)!!  Eggs Benedict, U.S. style homemade cinnamon rolls and their FRENCH TOAST with our new home made cinnamon-sugar Challah bread and their black bean-chorizo quiche that will be served with a cilantro-lime sour cream and diced tomatoes.  Watch for their upcoming EXECUTIVE LUNCH SPECIAL. Lunches range from 4,800-5,200-c.  WEEKLY SOUP SPECIALS. The new menu will include many of the old delish menu items as well as a Chicken Chorizo Burger with avacado mayo and a french dip with garlic-herb cream cheese, caramelized onions and an Au Jus to dip into, Pressed Turkey on Foccacia with sliced Bacon; Garlic Scented Spinach, raspberry mustard and mozzarella cheese pressed on the grill; and Blackened FISH TACOS with shredded cabbage, black bean-roasted corn relish and a mango-chipolte sauce!!  House Specialty - Toasted walnut-honey chicken salad croissant and a tuna salad wrap with cucumber slices, tomato, leaf lettuce and avacado slices.  HOMEMADE BREADS - They make their OWN baguettes and foccacia for our sandwiches.  DINNER - Soon they’ll be doing their "Chalkboard Menu" dinner service where you’ll get to choose one thing from each category of 2 appetizers, 2 salads, 5 entrees and a featured dessert. Watson’s the sweetie to take care of you (in English!!).  Have dietary restrictions?  Chris can be quite accommodating given some notice.  HOURS: Tues.-Thurs. 8am-4pm, Fri. & Sat. 8am-6pm (starting May 14 they’ll also be open for dinner with an EARLY BIRD SPECIALS from 4:30-6pm (5,500-c-ish) & regular dinner menu from 6-9pm ranging from 7,000-10,950 (for Medallions of Carne) & Sun. 8am-4pm. LOCATION: 100 mt. east of Plaza Rolex (PR is opposite Rosti Pollo on the right/East hand side of Calle Vieja as you go up towards Scotiabank).  As soon as you turn the corner beside the Rolex Plaza (CitiBank) & crest the first hill, you'll see the Cafe on the left next to the Mosaic store - Tallercito!!  Look for the Tiki Torches!

KA’KAU CAKE SHOP & RESTAURANT  (2-288-5181 / /  - Michael comes from 3 generations of German Bakers & makes the BEST CAKES I've tasted in Costa Rica & other tasty DESSERTS & his WONDERFUL/beautiful Venezuelan wife & truly the TOTAL HOSTESS with the MOSTEST - Beatriz (to see her talk about how MUCH she ENJOYS food [especially Mike’s!] is like Nigela’s – so just YUMMMMMMM!!!!) recently opened the DELISH Ka’Kau (Ka Kau / KaKau)!  You HAVE to try their brownie that was the BEST brownie I have EVER eaten in my LIFE - both the BROWNIE part & the CRANBERRY's they added - LINGUASMO/TONGUEGASMIC!!!!  Another specialty of the house is their Whiskey Bomb... a marble cake with whiskey.  At the private party before they opened, I tasted their REALLY TENDER – fall off the bone Baby Back Ribs with a YUMMMM 3 or 4 cheese potatoe au gratin!!  The Broccoli soup – DELISH & they had this WHITE Tomato Soup that was SOOOO unique & TASTY!!  BREAKFAST is served ALL-DAY!! Their menu is constantly changing so check their Facebook site!!  Constantly refreshing & preparing the FRESHEST treats!!  WIFI  ALFRESCO.  HOURS:  Tues.-Sat. 7am-10pm, Sun. 8am-10pm.  LOCATION:  Escazu (San Rafael) – Paco Plaza – to the right of Arena Track – across the street from BAC.  (THANX for turning me onto them Sanita!!)

OASIS has expanded their wonderful restaurant & taken over the space across the street in the Maria Alexandra Hotel!!

THE PUB  -  has added to their Friday British-style Fish & Chips Night - Fish Burger (4,000 w/cole slaw & fries) & 2 Fish Taco’s with a cabbage, caper & jalapeno white sauce (3,600-c.  Just 1 taco-1,400-c) 

TIME OUT TAVERN –  has added a Rueben Sandwich, French Dip & Sloppy Joe’s to the regular daily menu!!!

CASSAVA SPORTS RESTAURANT & GRILL  (2-228-1645 / 8-813-3844 / 313-6603 / /  - A casual yet REALLY NICE NICE more upscale Restaurant & SPORTS BAR (I feel it’s like Henry’s or TGIFridays but with class & a higher class Latin clientele and a NICE OUTDOOR/ALFRESCA area located a bit above the street in a home on the fringe of Centro Escazu that serves everything from waffles to salads to steaks with tasty desserts like CHOCOLATE MOUSE, BANANAS FLAMBEE++.   I believe outside they’re going to have a BUNCH of 80’s Video’s!!!  On weekends they have an OUTDOOR GRILL!!!  SPECIAL – Eat/Drink 10,000-colones worth & you can choose for FREE either an order of Wings, 2 national beers or 1 cocktail!!!   ANNIVERSARY:  March 1, ’10-opened.  HOURS:  Tues. & Wed. 11am-MID., Thurs.-Sat. 11am-1AM, Sun. 11am-MID.  OWNERS:  Say Hola to Owners Jenn & Ermel (living out his lifelong dream) from Ecuador & their son Galan (they ALL speak GREAT English) & their son Derek (& the mui guapo manager Andres!!).  LOCATION:  Escazu (Centro) – 150 mts East of the former Shell gas station or another way is saying 250 mts East of the Church/Park.

I hear Times Square (formerly Wall Street) is now in Plaza Robles across from MultiPlaza & InterContinental  -  Details coming soon!!


35% OFF the BILL!!!

CitiBank card holders that got 8 stamps on this special card in March & April get to continue saving 35% off their pre-tax bill in May & June at Café Te Con Te (just across the street from me so if you're in the area - call me at 8-378-6679!), Inka Grill, Pane e Vino, RositPollos, Pizza Hut (including Express), China Wok, Terrino, Actitud Buenos Aires & Los Cebollines

  A few other banks have similar 35-50% off promos!!!



MEATLOAF  - Time Out Tavern-Escazu (San Rafael)


All-You-Can-Eat-SUSHI – around $23  -  Muro Ji - Escazu

MEXICAN DAY  - Time Out Tavern-Escazu (San Rafael)



$12.99 PRIME RIB  -  White House-Escazu (it only comes with a baked potatoe & chances are GOOD you’ll buy LOTS more but I hear it’s REALLY TASTY!!!!


BRITISH-STYLE FISH & CHIPS & now Fish Burger (4,000 w/cole slaw & fries) & 2 Fish Taco’s with a cabbage, caper & jalapeno white sauce (3,600-c.  Just 1 taco-1,400-c)  -  The Pub-Escazu (Centro)

FISH & CHIPS  -  Time Out Tavern



ARGENTIAN NIGHT – DELISH Tender Steak-Flame-grilled with an EXCELLENT Chimichuri Sauce!!, BIG baked potato & nice size salad just 7,200. The Pub-Escazu (Centro)

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