Join twowildtides on the country challenge. Each week, we’re going to be heading to a new country (in spirit). Primarily, we’ll be cooking a meal from each country; but we’ll also be watching travel documentaries, reading travel blogs, and listening to music. During the global pandemic, travel is largely inaccessible. We want to reignite our wanderlust, satisfy our travel bug as much as we can, and learn some new things along the way. I have a feeling our bucket list will have a number of items added to it through this experience as well. We created a simple alphabetical spreadsheet with all the countries of the world, and each week we will draw a random number that corresponds with a country on the spreadsheet.
Costa Rica is a beautiful country in Central America. A well-traveled but not-too-touristy destination, Costa Rica is on our travel bucket list for sure. Costa Rica is known for their conservation efforts, rich natural environment, and eco-tourism. It is also one of the safer Central American countries. Check out this travel itinerary:
The national dish of Costa Rica is Gallo Pinto, a rice and bean dish usually eaten for breakfast. Gallo Pinto is rated as the number one dish to try in Costa Rica on these lists by Go Visit Costa Rica, Mr. Hudson Explores, and International Expeditions. The latter list actually had a Gallo Pinto recipe written in their post, so that’s the one we went with:
All the posts and recipes we read about this dish insisted that Costa Rican export Salsa Lizano is a necessity for really good Gallo Pinto. It was available on Amazon, so we decided to buy it, and I’m happy we did. It’s a condiment unlike anything I’ve ever tried and it certainly made this dish!
From start to finish, the recipe only took about 20 minutes. It was so easy! We served our Gallo Pinto with a fried egg and avocado, which a few of the posts we read recommended. This was a filling, healthy, and flavourful dish we will absolutely make again. A perfect way to start the day.
While we ate, we watched this travel vlog which had us dreaming about a Costa Rican holiday: