A bittersweet tour of chocolate

As I tentatively sip a watery concoction of cacao, almonds and chili, the possibility that this bitter-spicy beverage is even a form of chocolate seems remote, let alone that under my crinkled nose froths the ancient precursor to all chocolate as we know and love it. But history is a lot like taste — surprising, born of the bitter stuff and prone to unlikely combinations. … Read More

Emily CuretonA bittersweet tour of chocolate

Changing face in Escazú

When we pull up to his Escazú home, Gerardo Montoya hits play. Parade sounds fill this sleepy neighborhood in the hills overlooking Costa Rica’s capital city. Crashing cymbals and snare drums punch off time as we walk down the driveway towards a garage workshop where our host awaits, dancing among the monsters he’s created, many of them large enough to swallow a man whole. He cuts the music and announces: “Meet … Read More

Emily CuretonChanging face in Escazú

¡Gracias Sele! Celebration discounts

Costa Rica is out of the run for World Champion, but the whole world cheered as they finished unbeaten in 5th place, just under four of the historically strongest national teams. We celebrate this fantastic performance as the underdogs, and all the passion that it inspired not only in Ticos, but in people everywhere praising the names of Jorge Luis Pinto, … Read More

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What’s on in July?

This is going to be a fun month! Events coming up include the University cinema’s “Month of Laughter,” music festivals, a national surf championship, traditional Costa Rican and American celebrations and a “Night at the museum(s)”. 4th of July Picnic For all the Americans who are going to be in Costa Rica for the Independence Day, the American Colony Committee organizes this annual … Read More

Susanna KowalzikWhat’s on in July?