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Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste Costa Rica. How an Expat grocery shops and daily weather November 8, 2012

Good Moring from Playa Hermosa. I hope that no matter where you are in this vast world you are safe and sound. One of my clients asked me the other day where do I do my grocery shopping as they are getting ready to relocate here for good. So let me give you a short synopsis of what I sent to them.

When it is time to go grocery shopping, I do not go to one of those mega super grocery stores, yes we have them here in Costa Rica as well. I go to a local family owned store called Luperon. They have a large store in Playa del Coco and a small satellite store in Playa Hermosa. 90% of the time I go to coco to do the big shopping. This is where I purchase all the Non- perishable items like laundry detergent, toilet paper, tooth paste and can goods and beverages. Speaking of laundry detergent, when I was living in the states I was a true diehard for TIDE. When I first came here over 5 years ago, I was completely shocked at the price of Tide.  A box that did 54 loads was $48.00. I thought Oh well I guess I will have smelly clothes now. Then it dawned on me, it was made in Cincinnati and had to travel all the way here. So it made sense. Then I stated looking at some of the brands that I never saw or recognized before. I looked at the back of the bags to see who made it and Low and behold, Ariel is made by the same company as Tide but made in Central America. The cost for a 54 load bag of this detergent was $16.00. Now that’s what I am talking about something I can afford. Since my wife worked for P & G, the makers of Tide, she contacted a friend in the detergent division and he said “it is basically the same soap with a different scent”. So that’s what I use now and my clothes do not stink and come clean. A lot of people forget that when they come to Costa Rica, this is not Florida with a more Latin feel. This is a completely different culture and way of life. So do not expect to find all the same products you do up north. And when you do expect to pay more for them as they are IMPORTED!!.   A great example is Snyders Pretzels, I love them the pretzel rods, Now I do not know what the cost in North America, but down here a bag will run me C 2600.00 colon or at present exchange rate 493 to a buck it cost me over $ 5.00 a bag. But I love them so I buy them.

Now I do not purchase my fruits and veggies at the grocery store nor do I purchase my seafood and beef there. I go to different locations for all of them. There are 2 small farmers markets in Coco and the produce is great, you may not find everything you are looking for so I suggest going there first and what you can’t find in there you pick up in the grocery store. The same goes for beef. If you have even purchased beef in the grocery stores here you know what I am talking about. If not you might as well eat your sneaker as it may actually be more tender. Most of the beef in the grocery stores is grass fed hence much leaner, hence not as tender. The flavor is great but you better have a good jaw. I go out by the Liberia International airport and Pick up My beef from a distributer directly. Let me ask you this? What do you pay for a pound of whole tenderloin of beef? You know this is what they cut a filet mignon out of.  I pay $7.50 per pound and it has all the fat cleaned off and ready to cut into steaks. The quality is exceptional as this is the export quality beef.

The same goes for Seafood. I get from the local fisherman that does it for a living. Not the grocery store. I can get red snapper filet for about $3.50 per pound, mahi mahi for about $4.00 per pound and so on. Do you know how to filet fish? If you do you can get the seafood even cheaper!

So if you decide to come to playa Hermosa, Costa Rica and need help leaning how to shop, let me know and I can help. By the way I have to go today as well since Pam, my lovely wife of 27 years, retunes today and there is nothing in the house.

Yesterday, Wednesday, November 7, 2012  Yesterday’s Recap------- The afternoon high reached 89OF / 31OC with a relative humidity of 54%. In the late afternoon there were a lot of dark clouds coming from the east and thought for sure it was going to rain as I just got my car washed. But it did not.

Today’s morning low was 72OF / 22OC under partly cloudy skies with a relative humidity of 88% both recorded at 5:45 AM. Today’s afternoon high will get close to 90OF / 32OC under mostly sunny skies. There is a 40% chance of rain, and I hope we get some. The Afternoon humidity should drop to about 57%

Today, Thursday, November 8, 2012  

Today’s morning low was 72OF / 22OC under partly cloudy skies and a relative humidity of 89%. There is a low pressure system that may bring afternoon rains and refreshing breezes today. So I am going to say we will have a 50% chance of rain in the afternoon. The afternoon highs will reach 88OF / 31OC under partly to mostly cloudy skies.

As Always, thanks for stopping by my blog spot. I hope you enjoy some of my rants and craziness, if you want to make a comment just send me an email to jaaechef@gmail.com this is my personal address. If you have an interest in or are just curious about Costa Rica and the possibility of owning your own piece of Paradise just click this link and have a look around www.costarica-american-connection.com

I look forward to hearing from you!

“Pura Vida” Pure Life Baby!!


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