Before I came to Costa Rica, I did a presentation on Costa Rica for one of my Spanish classes so I would have an idea of what I would soon be getting myself into. Of course in presentations you touch on all the basic things like holidays they celebrate, what some of their beliefs are, and naturally, what kind of food they eat. I knew they had all these beautiful tropical fruits like pineapples, mangos, and coconuts and newly learned mama chinos and tamarindos. Any and everyone who researches anything about Costa Rica will become very familiar with the comida tipica Gallo Pinto.
Before actually coming to Costa Rica, I asked a bunch of people who had already come here about their experience, what they liked and disliked etc. None of them ever failed to mention the frequency of having the famous gallo pinto for breakfast, lunch, AND/or dinner! That was probably one of my biggest concerns upon arriving. I arrived late at night so my first meal was not until the next morning and what did we have? Gallo pinto. My first thoughts were I had better get used to it. But now, after being in Costa Rica for a month I have only been served gallo pinto about 4 or 5 times. Which is not bad at all in comparison to the stories I had heard from past students. I am so satisfied that they are way more options of food than the typical rice and bean platter. I have had chicken, fish, steak, beef, a variety of new vegetables (chayote being my new favorite)! I promise you Costa Rica has SO MUCH MORE food to offer you than just gallo pinto =)