Food in Costa Rica is relatively cheap compared to the prices in the United States. Here, a person can order a casado, which includes a choice meat, rice and beans, salad, fried plantains, another side item, and juice or coffee. This is a typical meal in Costa Rica and it is only about four to six dollars. Even though I LOVE the taste of the rice and beans, they upset my stomach a lot. It is very unfortunate because rice and beans are such a staple part of meals in Costa Rica. My host mom and I have had to adjust my meals to include white rice and fruit as a substitute.
My most memorable food memory in Costa Rica was trying ceviche. Ceviche is a popular seafood dish in Latin American countries. My Spanish professor at UMich often advised students to try ceviche if ever given the chance. Once I went to a restaurant that was serving it, I immediately ordered it. I expected ceviche to be some type of rare and fried, coastal fish. Imagine my shock when I was served a bowl of uncooked, cubed tilapia. Ceviche can be made of different species of fish, but it is cured in citrus juices and spices; it is not fried by any means. I was taken aback when I seen the cold fish on my plate, but I tried it and guess what? I loved it! I was worried at first, because I am usually skeptical of uncooked meat, but it was absolutely delicious and refreshing. I would recommend to anyone and it was a tasty, zesty departure from all the arroz y frijoles (rice and beans) haha.