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Costa Rica: Appetite-Enticing Culinary Blogs

Costa Rican bloggers are successfully exploring their culinary skills in an attractive variety of blogs, complete with recipes and pictures. These healthy, sweet, typical, and experimental dishes capture the attention and enticing the appetite of the blogs’ readers. The bloggers range from amateur chefs to simply people passionate about food, whose aim is not only to present the recipes, but to encourage readers to start experiencing fun through cooking.

Italian octopus stew by Mariana Flores (Food Junky) and used with permission.

Italian octopus stew by Mariana Flores (Food Junky) and used with permission.

Food Junky [es] is the culinary blog of Mariana Flores. The name of the blog suggests food addiction, which is not difficult to imagine, because of the delicious presentation of her finished dishes. As a real fan of cooking, her list of categories on her blog is as long as the variety of dishes which are featured, and of which the preparation is far from complicated.

Flores’ love for cooking is one of the reasons why she started publishing recipes as her blog’s first post states quite clearly [es]:

Yo sé que hay millones de blogs de gente que cocina y comparte recetas, y fotos, y tips y de todo, pero ninguno es mío.

I know that there are millions of culinary blogs that share recipes, photos, tips and everything, but none of them are mine.
Pork in mango and tamarind sauce by Mariana Flores (Food Junky) and used with permission.

Pork in mango and tamarind sauce by Mariana Flores (Food Junky) and used with permission.

Food Junky can be followed on twitter (@food_junky).

Manos en la Masa [es] (Hands in the Dough) is a collective blog that has been publishing since 2007. Lena, Adriana, Liz, and Jules have been sharing their live experiences with tasty recipes, the proper use of organic ingredients, healthy recommendations, and even a bit of humor. The authors are enthusiastic sponsors of experimental creative cooking and that is well reflected in the way their recipes are written [es]:

Seguimos utilizando la berenjena como sustituto de la pasta de trigo. Colocamos una capa de berenjena encima del queso, y volvemos a empezar: tomate, queso y más berenjena. Coronamos con una leve capa de tomate y un par de dientes de ajo crudos picados bien finitos. Como la receta no lleva mucho aderezo, esto le ayudará a crear un contraste maravilloso, créame.

We continue using eggplant as a substitute for wheat pasta. Place a layer of eggplant on top of the cheese and then we begin again: tomato, cheese, and more eggplant. Top it off with a light layer of tomato and fine chopped raw garlic. This recipe does not contain much dressing, which will create a wonderful contrast; trust me.

Emblematic regional dishes are also part of this initiative. In his blog Cocina Costarricense [es] (Costa Rican Kitchen), Luis Gonzalez explores his preference for home cooking: typical Costa Rican food. The recipes and cooking advice that have been kept in the hearts for generations are now within reach of anybody thanks to Luis’ passion. The blog header delivers a description of what his site is about:

En Costa Rica la gastronomía es herencia y resultado del cruce de razas. La auténtica cocina costarricense se hace en cocinas de leña (fogón) y al lado de hojas de plátano. Recetas que intento rescatar y dejar plasmadas en este blog.

In Costa Rica, gastronomy comes by heritage and as a result of miscegenation. The authentic Costa Rican cuisine is made in wood stoves and next to plantain leaves. These recipes I try to recover and display in this blog.
  • http://lizrincon.tumblr.com Liz Rincon

    Jenny, thank you for showcasing us :)

  • http://food-junky.blogspot.com Mariana Flores

    Hi! Thanks for mentioning me! =D

    And I follow the other blogs as well, Manos en la masa showed me how to cook beans, and I have done lots of recipes from Cocina Costarricense, I highly recomend them both!

  • http://www.sinosoul.com SinoSoul

    nice! now how about some RESTAURANT reviews for those in the states? I’m off to CR in a month.

  • http://nubenumeronueve.com Jenny Cascante Gonzalez

    Liz and Mariana, you are welcome. It was such a delight to write this post!

    SinoSoul, I found some good reviews on the web. These may help:

    http://www.ticotimes.net/restaurants.htm

    http://www.restaurant.cr/

    http://www.concierge.com/travelguide/costarica/restaurants

    And welcome to Costa Rica! hope you enjoy our wonders :)

  • http://www.comidacostarica.com/ Ivan

    There are so many Costa Rican ingredients to be explored, I saw a chicken with a sauce made with a fruit we call “Rose Apple” which as the name suggest has a flavour similar to rose petals, it really caught my attention.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gas.cooktop Gas Cooktop

    Costa rican food is the best and can be easily made on a gas cooktop or any other cooktop

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