Grocery Shopping in Palmar

Yesterday, Bill and I went into Palmar Norte to do some grocery shopping.

Given our location, we have two choices for groceries.  We can go north to Uvita where there are several large grocery stores, much like a US Safeway (i.e. a large variety of items with prices to match) or we can go south to Palmar, which is primarily a working Tico town.  Here are some interesting facts about Palmar, which is comprised of Palmar Norte on one side of the river and Palmar Sur on the other:

The small river town of Palmar Sur is the home of the mysterious granite stone spheres  that date back to Costa Rica’s pre-Columbian period.  There is also an airport located here and is the gateway to the Osa Peninsula, the true “wild west” of Costa Rica. To place it precisely, it is some 270 km south of the capital city of San Jose.  Palmar Sur lies on the banks of the River Sierpe in the Diquis Valley.  It is an important river port and is home to some of the largest mangrove swamps in the world.

I was delighted to go on this adventure, as it allowed me to practice my Spanish with the local folks (ok…”Hola”, “Buenos Dias” and “Adios”) but it is a start. For me, it is about having the courage to jump in there and try and to be willing to make a mistake.

It was great fun going into the different shops to gather our groceries..first the “frutas y verduras mercado” for some produce.  Check out those radishes!!

That haul cost us about $20 US.

Next, off to the “panadería” for some treats!

And finally, the “carnicería” for some meat.

Ground beef and some steaks for the BBQ (to be frozen for when we need a beef fix or have guests – hint, hint!)

One of the goals of our move was to eat healthier, so I am delighted with the choices we have here.  Neither Bill nor I are (or were) big “junk” food eaters, but I do love my potato chips and Buffalo Wings!

With all our delicious goodies, Bill and I made “Joe’s Special” for dinner. It was yummy!

Here is a better picture and the recipe, if you have a craving for that wonderful San Francisco treat:   http://www.tasteandtellblog.com/2010/07/joes-special/

“Buenas tardes” from Tres Rios!

About Jamie

A Californian by birth, a traveler by heart...In May, 2012, I will be getting on a airplane with my cat Bentley and joining my boyfriend of 12 years in Tres Rios, Costa Rica to begin the second half of our lives. Come join us on our most excellent adventure!
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