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Guanacaste, Costa Rica by Joseph Emanuelli

Real information and stories from Guanacaste , Costa Rica. Presneted by a long time expat living and working in Costa Rica
Guanacaste Costa Rica, Playa Hermosa, a US Style Thanksgiving in the Tropics and Weather for November 21, 2012

Hello from Playa Hermosa! Well I missed yesterday’s blog as I had a couple sets of prospects looking to purchase their piece of paradise and had to out and on the road by 6:30 AM. So since there are more people starting to come to the area for vacation and Thanksgiving, I will start on Monday doing the weather for as a weekly forecast instead of daily. Reason being it will be basically the same every day for the next 3 month.

Now back to Thanksgiving. Pam and I, prior to relocating here for good spent 7 Thanksgivings in row in Costa Rica. It just worked out better with the long US weekend of 4 days and tacked on a few extra days, it made for a great week vacation. Beside the weather at this time of the year is spectacular. Every year we made sure that we avoided any of the “Special Holiday Offerings” from some of the local restaurant. We did not come to Costa Rica to eat turkey. Besides being a retired chef I have cooked enough turkeys to last me a life time.  Yesterday when I was out with clients they asked me “So where or how do you celebrate the US thanksgiving holiday” I informed them that many restaurant do the traditional turkey dinner, but is you want to cook your own you can find everything you need to pull it off. So we went to the grocery store over to the freezer section and lo and behold there were big fat Butter Ball brand turkeys in one section. My client was ecstatic, until she looked at the price and made a funny face (I guess she was trying to make the colon to dollar conversion) She turned to me and said “ this turkey is $89 dollars” I took a look and said” You are 100% correct” I thought she was going to give birth to a turkey. She just could not believe it. So I had to explain to her that being a US brand and being frozen, that the transportation costs to keep that big bird frozen is all the way down here from the US or even Canada, is not cheap. For food safety reasons that thing needs to froze solid, hence the cost.

“Well” she said “I guess it is burgers for us next year” Then I explained to her that once you spend more time here and get to know the area, there is actually a really good butcher in Liberia, named Obando, and you can go in a week before Thanksgiving and order a fresh killed turkey. The best part is the price. An 18 pounder will run about $46 US. And the reality is, it is a better tasking product. Now of course you have to know who to cook. Those big brands up north are pumped with all sorts of tenderizers and fake butter flavor for the ones that always over cook the bird, this helps them stay moist.  For all the other trimming, as in yams, stuffing or dressing (however you like to call it, it is basically the same thing) cranberry sauce, pumpkins fresh and can pumpkin for making pies and all the other trimmings, you can find them in the AutoMacardo and the Louperon in Playa del Coco. Hell you can even buy a pre-made pumpkin or pecan pie in the freezer sections.

So if you love to have your typical Thanksgiving feast, and you are in your own home or condo in Costa Rica, fret not, you can get everything you need to pull it off. Me, I am having grilled red snapper with a pecan crust and citrus butter sauce! See I have a touch of the tradition in there, I am using pecans.

 

Yesterday, Tuesday, November 20, 2012  Recap of Yesterday’s weather--- Just beautiful, mostly sunny high temperature of 88OF with a average humidity of 56%. NON RAIN It is sover.

Today, Wednesday, November 21, 2012  

The Morning low temperature was 74OF / 23OC under mostly cloudy skies with a 78% humidity level. The Afternoon high will be 86OF / 30OC with partly cloudy skies and the humidity should stay in the mid 60%-70% with the cloud cover.

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! May the Sun Shine on you no matter where you are!!

“Pura Vida” Pure Life Baby!!

Comments

Ricardo Cardenas said:

Hi Joe,

Just to say Happy Thanksgiving and congratulate you on your blog. Keep up the good work. We're proud to have you at RE/MAX!

Ricardo Cardenas

VP RE/MAX Latin America & Caribbean.

# November 21, 2012 11:28 AM
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