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Archive for ‘Restaurants’

Pura Vida Pantry – Coconut Oil & Cookbooks

Pura Vida Pantry is a sweet little outdoor restaurant in Herradura that serves vegetarian, vegan, and raw cuisine.  I’ve been following their facebook page for quite some time now but hadn’t made it over to check them out until now.  I don’t want to tell you too much about Cassidy, Paul, and their awesome little spot because I plan to go back again very soon, so I can give them a proper review when we have the time to actually eat what I hear is some crazy delicious food!  For now, I want to share about the cookbooks and coconut oil I purchased while there.

Sweet, sweet coconut oil, how I’ve missed you.  When you move to a different country and are still figuring out where to buy those special things that make life more wonderful, it’s always such a treat when you finally do.  I now have ‘dealers’ all over this coast.  The woman I get my fluoride free sea salt and toothpaste from.  The farmer guy I get my chia seeds from.  And now, my coconut oil gal.

Coconut Oil

For lunch, I made the Ensalada Fiesta and Avocado Cilantro dressing out of the Living Recipes for An Awakened Lifestyle cookbook.  I won’t give away Cassidy’s recipes here because she sells the e-book versions online worldwide.  So if you’re interested, I highly recommend you check them out!   My teenagers had their heads buried in them all afternoon, deciding what they want to try first.  What I love most about them is how much of Cassidy’s sunshiny personality is sprinkled throughout the books with beautiful quotes and messages.  She poured her passion into these pages and it shows!


Now, for my lunch.  Prepare to drool, my friends…

ensalada fiesta

For the dressing, I got to try out my new super cute mini food processor.  I haven’t found a full sized one yet but for now, this little bad boy does the trick!

mini food processor

Here she is, all dressed and ready to devour.  mmm…

avocado cilantro dressing

You guys.  The textures… the flavors… the colors.  CrAzY good!!!  So looking forward to going back there.

As a token of my gratitude for the Pura Vida Pantry and all they do to promote love and health in Costa Rica, I give them (and you!) baby opossum squeeze hugs.  awwww

baby opossum


Taco Bar Restaurant- Jacó

A popular outdoor fast food type restaurant in Jacó, the Taco Bar is probably the place we visit most often since the food is served quickly, it’s inexpensive, and their options are many.  Everything from a fresh fruit plate and other vegetarian options like hummus and mouth watering baked potatoes to chicken fingers and fries, pizza, or their signature dish, fish tacos.  Best part, they have SWINGS.  Who wouldn’t want to eat lunch on a swing?!  The smoothies are fantastic, too.  I almost always order the strawberry, blackberry, banana, guanabana mix. Riquisimo!DSC08679






FRUTARICA – Jaco beach

I’ve been wanting to share about some of the places we frequent and since we hit up my favorite smoothie joint in Jaco this morning I figure we may as well start there!  The smoothies are ice cold and served with a straw and spoon they’re so thick.  Another thing I really like about them is their drinks always taste the same so you know what you’re getting.  There’s another place we go and no matter how many times I order the same drink it’s hit or miss, turns out different every time.

Frutarica’s drinks are organic, pesticide and chemical free, and made from fresh locally grown produce.  I almost always order the Beach Bum (#4) which is a mix of passion fruit, banana and mango.  Drool worthy, my friends.  There are mornings I wake up craving one and nothing else will do.  The people are sweet, the drinks even sweeter.  If you’re ever in Jaco… GO!  Then come back here and tell me how much you love it.





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