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Friday, June 20, 2014

Costa Rica: Street Food Bite and Booze of the 2014 World Cup

As the FIFA World Cup 2014 continues, so does the street food guide to each match; up next is Costa Rica (playing Italy at 11am CDT)! Simple, tropical, and delicious-- Costa Rica isn't known for too many street foods. Their culture is focused on family style meals, but you can find a few snacks while perusing the roads. Let's take a look at what they have to offer!

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Sweet fruits such as mango and papaya can be found almost anywhere in Costa Rica at fruit stands in the streets.  When I eat mangos I do as the Costa Ricans do: score them, drizzle them with a little fresh lime juice, and lightly dust them with chili powder. This is a great sweet and subtly spicy snack!

Aguardiente (firewater)-esque, Cacique Guaro is a nationally famous spirit made with sugarcane featured in the Cacique Guaro Sour. A couple of shots of Cacique and a little lime juice later you have it right. For a little flavor add some local strawberries or mixed berries from the farmer's market and enjoy the match!