San Bernardino, CA Level 10
I'm really interested in local cuisine. I love trying new snacks and dishes, and i’m also particularly drawn to different types of fruits. What local food would you recommend if i visited your town?
My mother was from Singapore and every time we go to her hometown these are the foods my grandmother prepare for us! I would really like you to try these foods. It is really amazing!
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If you visit Chile, try the "Completo" hot dog with toppings, Empanadas pastries, Chilean blueberry fruit, and the Leche Asada baked milk custard for dessert. ❤️
A Culinary Tour: The Hidden Gems of Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
Guanacaste, a province known for its sun-kissed beaches and vibrant festivals, holds a secret that few outside its borders know: it's a culinary goldmine. As a passionate Costa Rican chef and researcher, I've had the privilege of delving deep into the heart of Guanacaste's culinary traditions, and I'm here to share some of its most cherished dishes.
Arroz de Maiz: A Time-Honored Tradition
Corn, a staple in many Central American diets, takes on a special role in Guanacaste cuisine. But no dish celebrates it quite like the "arroz de maiz." This slow-cooked corn and chicken stew is a testament to the region's agricultural heritage. The process of removing the corn's skin, known as "cascar," using a traditional tool called "Pilón," is an art in itself. Infused with local spices like culantro coyote, achiote, and cumin, this dish is so iconic that many travel enthusiasts and foodies seek out when visiting Costa Rica.
More than just a meal, it's a tradition that's becoming rarer with time, preserved by a few masterful hands.
Tortillas Palmeadas: The Art of Handmade Tortillas
For those searching for authentic Costa Rican breakfast dishes, "tortillas palmeadas" is a must-try. These hand-tossed corn tortillas, reminiscent of the artistry of Italian pizzaiolos but with a unique Guanacaste twist, are often paired with local dips like "Natilla" and "Cuajada." Accompanied by sides like "platano maduro" and avocados, it's a gastronomic journey that showcases the best of Costa Rican breakfast traditions.
Picadillo de Chilote: Celebrating Baby Corns
"Chilotes," or baby corns, are a unique harvest of Guanacaste farmers. Picked in their early growth stage, they form the heart of the "Picadillo de chilote." This dish, a pan-fried medley of onions, peppers, and local spices, celebrates the tender, juicy chilotes. Often served alongside rice for lunch, it stands tall with other classics like picadillo de vainica and picadillo de pipián.
Guanacaste's culinary scene is a rich tapestry of flavors, traditions, and stories. At The Road Less Traveled Cuisine, we take pride in showcasing these hidden gems in our tasting menus, inviting diners to embark on a gastronomic journey that's as rich in history as it is in flavor. As we champion food tourism in Guanacaste, we invite you to savor these dishes and many more, each telling a story of the land and its people.
Hello @Bea2137 😊
I just had to join in after reading this fun thread! It's great to see Hosts sharing their local foods. It really helps us learn more about places we've visited or hope to visit 🌍.
Right now, I'm in Port Moody (Canada) and one dish I can't get enough of is Poutine. It's French fries with gravy and cheese curds 😋. Trust me, it's a must-try for anyone looking to an authentic Canadian food experience.
@Paula I am a fan of hot chips (french fries for some) Forget the gravy and cottage cheese (cheese curd.) I will just have the fish.
Interesting how language is different in different countries.
But @Bea2137 I do like sticky rice cooked with coco milk and raw cane sugar wrapped up in babana leaves where we first tried in the Phillipines.
Lmk when you come again. I’ll prepare a good one for you! We have plenty of versions of it in different regions. I can cook some from my region.
Omg yes i love poutine. I cook it with A LOT of cheese, my friends would joke, “Where are the potatoes?” Hahahahahahaha!
If you come to my Airbnb in Maine @Bea2137 you will have to have lobster! We would go down to the dock and ask the lobstermen to pull up traps so we can choose the ones we like. Bring them home, steam them in an inch of salt water, and serve with melted butter and lemon.
Or we can go down to a shack on a nearby island and have it outdoors at a picnic table where your only utensil is a rock for cracking the shells. Bring some wine and sit looking at the peaceful view as the sun sets. Nothing better!
@Ann72 I know I should stop but my mind is wandering thinking it could be a meet up for interested hosts wanting a holiday.
But this then could be called a party which is against the rules.
I can only dream!