Saturday morning here in Puerto Viejo always starts with an early morning trip to the feria, the outdoor market. Today by 8 am, the place was hopping.
This is the place to purchase goat cheeses and milk, eggs, fresh chicken, and a variety of fruits and vegies. I make it a point each week, to purchase some fruit or vegetable that’s unfamilar to me. My only criteria is knowing, do I cook it or eat it raw.
With so many people, it’s a great social event too. We ran into Stash this morning and got the scoop on aspecial “Japanese Fusion” event at his restaurant July 2nd. He also invited us to stop by with the “kids” for a drink. He’s a great guy and an amazing cook. He started with Loco Natural when it first opened and here 10 years later, he owns the restaurant. If you ever get here to visit, Stash’s ConFusion is definitely THE place to eat!
Jewlery is another thing you will find at the feria.
Family Art features indigenous jewelry and carved art by a wonderful husband and wife team. I purchased several pieces last year.
Today’s mystery fruit is Mamon Chinos. Very tropical appearance.
Mamon Chino shell opened to reveal the fruit inside. Popping the fruit in your mouth, the taste and texture is very similar to a skinless grape but with an oversized seed that needs to be spit out. Refreshing and healthy snack food!
My other find today was a vegetable I fell in love with last summer — heart of palm.
This is the inner core of certain palm trees. I tried canned heart of palm when I returned home last year and, my advice is, don’t waste your money. Besides Costa Rica, I don’t know where this vegetable grows but if you do find it, here’s my favorite recipe. Very simple.
After briefly steaming, rinse in cold water and cut into chunks, add tomatoes and avacados. Finish off with an oil and vinegar dressing. Delicioso!
This afternoon I just couldn’t help tossing all the fresh vegies plus some sweet mango into one big salad. In such hot weather, a salad is about all a person wants … and maybe some watermelon! Did I mention, I currently have a major love affair going with watermelon? At least down here, watermelon even tops chocolate! Best food EVER!!