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The Gentle Swing of Rialengo

By at July 18, 2012 | 3:09 pm | 0 Comment

The Gentle Swing of Rialengo The first time I listened to “Musica Profana”, the new CD by Rialengo, I found myself being impressed time and again by the vocal and instrumental harmonies and the seamless, gentle flow of the melodies. The music is a mesh of Cumbia, from Colombia, and Swing Criolla, which itself is a marriage of Peruvian Criolla and American swing

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Music and Book Reviews

Central American Music Box II

By at July 18, 2012 | 7:39 am | 0 Comment

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[caption id="attachment_3954" align="alignright" width="150"] Guillermo Anderson[/caption] Largely overlooked by the global music scene, Central America is diverse and rich in its musical genres. Luckily for the music listener, there are people dedicated to exposing this treasure trove. Central American Music Box 2 is the second release contributed by Moka Discos

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Ceremony Décor

By at June 12, 2012 | 3:30 pm | 0 Comment

Tamarindo Weddings

The most popular option for a destination wedding ceremony is the beach, overlooking the water.  For many, it’s what you think of when you close your eyes and imagine your wedding in Costa Rica.  What else do you imagine when you close your eyes?  Often times a simple canopy with white cloth is all that’s needed, but this can be personalized and made a little more

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Hearts of Palm/Palmito and Pejibaye

By at May 15, 2012 | 2:05 pm | 0 Comment

Hearts of palm

I love hearts of palm.  They are the artichokes of Costa Rica.  One of my most delicious memories is sitting next to a waterfall near the Rio Celeste, eating the heart of a young palm fresh from the forest.  It peeled like string cheese. Hearts of palm are harvested from the inner core and growing bud of certain palm trees, including coconut, acai palm, sabal and

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Gift Bags for your Destination Wedding Guests

By at April 26, 2012 | 2:37 pm | 0 Comment

Tamarindo wedding gift bags

Your family and friends are traveling a long way for your wedding and wedding festivities, and of course, why wouldn’t they?!  So make sure they feel as welcomed and as comfortable as possible.  Keep in mind that Tamarindo, traveling internationally (let alone traveling in general), is very new and/or stressful to many people.  One way of calming nerves and making

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Costa Rican Flowers

By at March 23, 2012 | 2:40 pm | 0 Comment

photo of ginger varieties

Costa Rican flowers come in all shapes and sizes, and are always colorful.  Flowers are an important aspect of any wedding, and selecting the right flowers to withstand the warm weather in Costa Rica is important.  The flowers listed below are always in season, are durable, in the sense that they last, and always give any bouquet or flower arrangement that tropical

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Arroz con Mango?

By at February 29, 2012 | 3:40 pm | 0 Comment

Mangos

Today I am sitting in my office, hiding from the incredible wind storm that has been raging around Tamarindo for the past few days.  I’m answering emails, and every once in a while my concentration is broken by what sounds like a bowling alley on my roof.  This sound is as much a part of the season as the wind and the blazing sun of early March.  It is the sound of

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Tamarindo

By at February 20, 2012 | 1:24 pm | 2 Comments

Tamarindo photo

Yesterday just before sitting down to lunch on the beach, I stepped on a ripe tamarind pod.  My friend, a longtime resident of Tamarindo and a very competent Indian cook, confessed that he had never seen a tamarind pod – he always buys his tamarind in a brick. The tamarind tree is native to tropical Africa, and is extensively cultivated in tropical areas throughout

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Rainy or Dry, Any Season’s A Good Season To Get Married!

By at February 18, 2012 | 9:16 am | 0 Comment

beach wedding photo

Costa Rica has two seasons: rainy, also known as winter, and dry, also known as summer.  Although the months can vary from region to region, there are still only two seasons.  In Tamarindo, which is located in Guanacaste, rainy season starts mid-May and ends the beginning of November and dry season begins mid-November and ends mid-May. Dry season is always considered

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Bride’s and Bridesmaid’s Wedding Attire for Tamarindo, Costa Rica

By at February 18, 2012 | 8:32 am | 0 Comment

Brideswear

We recently wrote a blog post about “Grooms and Groomsmen Wedding Attire for Tamarindo, Costa Rica”.  Sounds entertaining to shop for the guys in the wedding, but let's face it ladies, THIS is the fun part, the wedding dress!  With a wedding in Costa Rica, you can really get away with anything from soft, romantic whites and pinks, to super modern and bold.  

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Groom and Groomsmen Wedding Attire for Tamarindo, Costa Rica

By at December 29, 2011 | 11:30 am | 0 Comment

Tamarindo Wedding photo

There are many trends and endless ideas for the attire of the groomsmen and groom.  However, there is something different about getting married in Tamarindo; there is something here that allows you to be a bit more eclectic, funky, fun and yet you can still be traditional and formal.  Because the locations here are endless (formal outdoor beachfront luxury private home

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How to Brew the Perfect Cup of Coffee

By at December 21, 2011 | 4:49 pm | 0 Comment

coffee beans

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the coffee aficionados on your list?  Here’re some suggestions from Kelefa Sanneh’s article in a recent issue of The New Yorker (“Sacred Grounds”, November 21, 2011). Gift item Numero 1.  Fresh, whole coffee beans.  Check out www.ticotimes.com/costa-rica-coffee-retailers for a list of online coffee retailers. 

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When Life Gives You Lemons…

By at December 19, 2011 | 11:15 am | 0 Comment

lemon photo

I went to the Auto Mercado this morning and saw a plastic container of Limon Acido (Persa), or where I come from, what is commonly known as lemons.  What a find!  Whenever I see a citrus fruit that resembles a lemon I try it.  Sometimes the flavor is beyond bland, but today the lemons were juicy and flavorful.  I made some vinaigrette for my salad, and grated some

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GO BANANAS!

By at November 13, 2011 | 11:21 am | 0 Comment

Photo of cuadrados

What’s more tropical than a banana?  Although the banana could be an icon for Central America, it is not native to the Americas.  Bananas were introduced by Portuguese sailors who brought the fruits here from West Africa in the 16th century.  Wild bananas exist in extraordinary diversity throughout southern Asia, and cultivation has created even more varieties

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Planning Your Tropical Wedding

By at November 11, 2011 | 11:15 am | 0 Comment

Wedding Planning in Costa Rica   A wedding coordinator is someone who works with various vendors and makes sure your big day and the months leading up to it are as stress free as possible.  Your Costa Rican wedding coordinator will be doing all of the above and more, however all will be done in Spanish.  They will negotiate your hotel/condos/private homes,

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Thanksgiving

By at November 1, 2011 | 8:45 am | 1 Comments

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Food is culture. As the 18th century French gastronome Brillat Savarin famously pointed out, “Tell me what you eat and I´ll tell you what you are” You could say that we taste culture, and one of the most compelling reasons to travel is to experience distinctive cuisines.  Although the global market has brought exotic dishes to a restaurant near you, it is very

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