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"To generalize a Costa Rican meal, one would certainly have to talk about black beans and rice (gallo pinto).
This simple, standard dish, often referred to as comida tipica, is the backbone of Costa Rican cuisine.


Costa Rican cuisine is known for being flavorful, yet fairly mild, with high reliance on fresh fruit and vegetables. Rice and black beans are a staple of most
Costa Rican meals, often served three times a day; gallo pinto, a breakfast dish of rice and beans mixed together with onions and bell peppers,
is often considered the Costa Rican national dish.

For lunch, the traditional meal is called a casado. It again consists of rice and beans served side by side instead of mixed. There will usually be some type
of meat (
carne asada, fish, pork chop, or chicken) and a salad to round out the dish.




"Drink only bottled water, called agua purificada or agua mineral. It is available even at the smallest stores, and is much cheaper than in North America.
Use bottled water even when brushing your teeth. Ask for your drinks sin hielo, meaning "without ice." Skip uncooked foods, fruits with the skin on, and
unpasteurized milk and milk products.

Words to remember: "Boil it, cook it, peel it, or forget it."



Since it is better to be safe than sorry, and since we don't want the short time we will be at The Sanctuary to be 'sick time', bottled water is recommended
 for drinking and brushing your teeth.  The Sanctuary filters it's water so that it is safe for cooking and washing dishes.


All of the meals that will be prepared for us at The Sanctuary will be safe for you to eat.  When we go out, anything that is thoroughly cooked, and or peeled is safe. 
Other than that, just take a pass.  You may want to pack some familiar foods that travel well if you think the regular diet of rice and beans will be hard for you.

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