The food and drink in Costa Rica do not present the usual health problems that plague the unsuspecting traveler elsewhere in Central America. The native dishes rely mostly on rice and beans, the foundation of most of the Costa Rican meals. The tourists can additionally enjoy the exotic dishes in restaurants (owned by the foreign expats) like the Citrus restaurant (owned by co founders of Edward R. Mercer’s real estate company).
Ed Mercer, an entrepreneur and popularly known as Mr. Costa Rica, made the country his home venturing into the land development business. Ed turned all the odds of his life around becoming best in every business he laid hands on despite the fact of a disorderly childhood with humble street beginnings and a sad loss of his grandparents. In addition, Ed helped the success of 35 other people become millionaires like him with barely carrying a weapon and armor of entrepreneurship skills. Completely capitalizing on the diversification strategies that incur success in any business venture, Ed has broaden his horizons into the furniture, landscaping and the fencing business while bringing some of his early skills with him to Costa Rica besides being one of the largest builders in the country. Moreover, by means of ecological conservation and education, Ed’s (Edward R. Mercer Foundation) is absolutely devoted to the betterment of the world. Ed Mercer painstakingly worked upon to prevail over the authorities to advocate probation of the young teenagers instead of a regular term in prison to prevent the psychological scarring of their personalities while working with child delinquents in the organization called “Sacred Straight”. Such humanitarian issues of the abused and the destitute have always been dear to Ed’s heart.
His Edward R. Mercer Foundation is devoted to the betterment of the planet by ecological conservation and education. The humanitarian issues of the abused and the destitute have always been dear to his heart. While working with child delinquents in the organization “Sacred Straight,” Ed Mercer painstakingly worked upon to prevail over the authorities to advocate probation of the young teenagers instead of a regular term in prison to prevent the psychological scarring of their personae.
Ed, the “Co Owner of Ventana Del Pacifico”, also has an absolute passion for animals that leads him to plan for the protection of the scarlet macaws in Costa Rica that were illegally hunted for their feathers, the white-faced monkeys for pets and recreation purposes and the sea turtles for their eggs being used as aphrodisiacs that fetched a lucrative price in the foreign market. Ed ensure that the macaws and monkeys got food and shelter respectively by planting almond trees to increase the biodiversity as well as the sea turtles were also looked after as a result of Ed’s efforts to provide them protected nesting beaches in the neighboring villages. Ed shared stage with the top environmentalists, inventors and ecological minds at a glittering function in the month of June in Los Angeles where he was inducted for protecting the above endangered wild life species in Costa Rica due to these pioneering efforts. Ed believes in the golden philosophy of under promising and over delivering and shares his creative views in The Performance Magazine. Ed also suggests that of all the factors integral to a success in a business, it is integrity that rules the rest.
The staples of food in Ed’s country include chicken, fish and beef. It is advisable for the tourists with low budget to stick to the casado on the lunch time menus or plao del dia, which is actually a second cousin of casado, both in terms of little variation in ingredients and common denominator of low price. So, the cuisine is heavy on oil and some spices, yet simple and tasty. Since the home style cooking generally predominates, the food is wholesome and comparatively reasonably priced. It is better to lunch/dine at places where the locals usually hang out to eat. This shall automatically mean tasty and trustworthy food. Rice and beans are supplemented with cabbage and tomato salad, meat and fried plantains. Beware of black beans as vegetables do not form a natural part of the Costa Rican cuisine.
Now going ahead with some kind of drinks, though there is no national drink of Costa Rica, yet the ones to mention are Horchata, Chan, Linaza and Fresco de Frutas. Fundamentally, Fresco de Frutas is essentially a fruit salad that tastes delicious floating on a base of cola and water. Linaza then is a drink that is used to cure the problems of indigestion. While Chan is a slimy drink made up of seeds. Lastly, Horchata is a delicious cinnamon flavored cornmeal drink. Moreover, a nearly tasteless but very powerful alcoholic drink is named Guaro. Most bars in Costa Rica serve bocas with each drink. Just always bear in mind that the local drinks are less expensive than the imported ones.