It's all about the food!
Just a little over a year ago, I spent a month in Costa Rica. There was an abundance of restaurants in the area with a wide selection of just about anything you could want to eat. There was Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, French, Mexican, American, Greek, Argentinian, and yes....even fast foods such as McDonald's and Burger King. But that being said, I really couldn't spend all that time there and not try the local cuisine.
One of the staples in Costa Rica is a dish called Gallo Pinto. This is very basic dish made of black beans and rice cooked together. Although Gallo Pinto is most commonly eaten at breakfast time, served with scrambled eggs, goat cheese, and corn tortillas, some variations of it could be found at any meal of the day.
4 to 6 servings
2 to 3 TBSP oil
1 Finely chopped onion
1 Finely chopped Bell pepper
2 or 3 cloves of Garlic, minced
2 cups cooked red black beans, drained (reserve the liquid from the beans)
Salt and pepper -- to taste
3 cups hot cooked rice (long grain is best)
I was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and spent the first half my life there. I became a mom just after I turned 20 and within a couple of years, decided to move from a small town to a bigger city to take advantage of better job opportunities. After a few great jobs, I finally settled in at a legal publishing company. 13 years later, I'm still there.
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