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Three weeks or so after I met Arturo, he invited me to his house for a dinner party. Nestled in a corner of the kitchen, I took up the post of bartender. It turned out to be a great way to meet all of his friends in a no-pressure way (not to mention I was the delivery point for a refreshing concoction of fresh squeezed citrus juices and vodka, which made me a pretty popular gal). My post was also a perfect observation point for the night, during which I saw all of the guests participate in making this dinner come together. Chopping, cooking, cleaning, laughing, talking, drinking… the pace went from busy to complete chaos, and then the threads of each dish somehow came together at the table. I think we ate around 10 or 11, and everything was delicious.

During subsequent dinners my level of participation raised by notches – helping to plan the menu and shop, taking the lead on a dish or two, playing DJ, and eventually partnering with Arturo on the overall orchestration of the dinner.  Our basic premise is this – we plan the menu, we buy the ingredients, we supply ample drinks, great music and great company. You all show up and are full participants in the whole dinner preparation. At the end, many toasts, hugs and kisses later, Arturo and I head to bed with our bellies and our hearts full.  And this, dear readers, is where lovefoodmusic was really born.

If I was missing our lovefoodmusic dinners in Costa Rica, this past weekend went beyond expectations. We had a group of about 15, a mix of Americans and Costa Ricans, and we rented the house next door, Casa de Los Suenos, so we could be together on the beach. Breakfasts were at Feliz and lunches and dinners were at Suenos, so we could enjoy the pool (ahhh, the pool…) before and after dinner.

Listo por el fin de semana (Ready for the weekend)

We are blessed with wonderful friends, and one of them happens to be an extremely talented chef. Roy had a tapas bar in Barcelona for a time, and also lived in Chicago, and now lives in San Jose, Costa Rica. Roy planned our Saturday early dinner and Sunday lunch, and truly did not disappoint.

Mi hermano y el cocinero extraordinario Roy (My brother and an extraordinary chef)

I could not think of a better way to spend the weekend then by making my way from beach to pool to kitchen to table (with a mojito or cold beer in hand, of course!).  What could be better than a weekend of lovefoodmusic?

Sunday morning chat at Casa Feliz

Friday Night Dinner

Grilled Corvina Entero (whole fish) with garlic, lime juice and olive oil
Arugula, tomato, cucumber, carrot salad with Joya’s dressing
Rice and beans

Saturday Breakfast

Scrambled eggs with tomato and basil
Gallo pinto (traditional Costa Rican dish of beans and rice with onions and peppers)
Fruit salad

Saturday Late Lunch / Early Dinner

Jicama, cucumber, orange salad with lime juice vinaigrette
Avocado salad (like a guacamole but much chunkier)
Angú (which Roy calls “Costa Rican Hummus”)
Seafood and chicken paella

Sunday Lunch

Tomato, onion, hearts of palm salad
Pastel de Azteca (a Mexican dish similar to lasagna but with tortillas instead of pasta)

Making the angu

Ensalada de jicama, pepino y naranja (Jicama, cucumber and orange salad)

Jose works on the chicken

Paella in progress

Paella on the BBQ

The finished dish

Roy serves up paella to happy customers

“Good Enuff” Playlist
(upbeat reggae music for cooking and pool time)

Name Artist
Good Enuff Major Lazer Feat. Collie Buddz & Lindi Ortega
We’re Gonna Make It Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
Marcus Garvey Burning Spear
Duppy Conqueror (Fort Knox Five Remix) Bob Marley
Pressure Drop Toots & The Maytals Feat. Eric Clapton
You don’t love me (no no no) Dawn Penn
400 Years Bob Marley & The Wailers
Here Comes The Hotstepper Inikamoze
The Harder They Come Jimmy Cliff
Get Busy Sean Paul
Mellow Mood Bob Marley
Khaki Suit Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
Zungguzungguguzungguzeng Yellowman
Sinsemilla Black Uhuru
007 (Shanty Town) Desmond Dekker
Natural Mystic Bob Marley & The Wailers
Get Ready Sublime
Kinky Reggae Bob Marley
Sitting in Limbo Jimmy Cliff
Sweet And Dandy Toots & The Maytals
Legalize It Peter Tosh
Spear Burning Burning Spear
Two Sevens Clash Culture
For the Babies Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley

Stacey (and her SO John) from Boston joined us

Laura and Perlita decide if it's time to boogie (board)

Me and Arturo (with Roy behind us working the paella)

Perlita esta cansado (Perlita is tired)... the party's over (for this weekend)...


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About Danielle Hart

The three foundational aspects of my life, that keep me healthy and sane, are love, food and music. I am truly blessed to have the love of, and to give my love to, my husband, family and friends. I choose to surround myself with and to seek out healthy, yummy, nourishing food. The soundtrack of my life is upbeat, fun and totally danceable. As I begin this blog, I have embarked on a new journey to open my heart to new love, food and music. I hope to share some of my experiences here as a travelog for my friends and family back home in the US. As they say here in Costa Rica, pura vida!


5 thoughts on “lovefoodmusic Costa Rica

  1. La Pura Vida! It all looks so lovely. Enjoy your time there. We will look forward to eating with you in SF when you return! XOXO

    Posted by kortney | March 13, 2012, 12:03 pm
  2. Looks like a lot of fun and a lot of work. Just give me a ice coffee and the pool.
    Take care, love mom

    Posted by Charlotte Hart | March 14, 2012, 7:24 pm
  3. Wow Little sis, I feel like millions dollars, heheheheh love this blog.

    Posted by Roy Marin | March 19, 2012, 10:37 am

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