What Vegans Eat – Day 1683


Fruit: I am coming to the end of my trip. Today I will take a 3 1/2-hour bus from San Isidro to San Jose. Before I go I want to swim. This is the rainy season where the mornings are beautiful and sunny and the afternoons and early evening have downpours. The morning is the time to get in the pool. But first I have to go into town to withdraw some cash and buy my bus ticket. Yesterday I cut up a pineapple and this morning I ate it up.

First Meal: I had a heavenly swim in the hotel pool. Afterwards I was hungry! I had the same fruit plate every morning here but today I needed something heavier and savory. I chatted briefly with the server with my limited Spanish. We came up with this satisfying plate of Plantains, Avocado, Carrots and Zucchini and Rice.

Snack: Since the long bus ride here got me a little nauseous I wanted to be prepared on the way back. I found some simple organic biscuits to settle my stomach when necessary.

Second Meal: Once in San Jose, my taxi driver Hector picked me up at the MUSOC bus station and brought me to my hotel. I am staying at the Doubletree near the airport and I was blown away with how stunning this place it. I was hungry and I peeled and ate the Avocado I had brought along. It’s a little like eating an ice cream cone.

Then I peeled and ate a few Mamon Chino (rambutans).

Third Meal: After walking around finding the gym and the pool, I took myself to dinner. The server was very helpful. When I told him “soy vegan” he reviewed the menu with me. Then he had an idea. He suggested a modified “cansada,” a traditional Costa Rica dish. Mines came with Rice, of course, Black Beans, Salad, Mashed Plantain Patties and a very delicious Garbanzo Bean and Vegetable Sauté that was seasoned with Cumin.


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