April 19th, 2011

Olga’s coffee Shop is situated just meters away from Plaza Conchal, in the same place as Voodoo lounge is. Olga’s, as many other cafes in Tamarindo, offers rather indifferent food, including bagels, omelets and quesadillas. What is interesting about Olgas’s Coffee Shop is that it also has a gluten free breakfast which comes in handy for some people. They also open quite early – around 7am so if you are like us, still on the European time zone, you may have no choice but to pop in as everything opens later in Tamarindo.

In our first morning in Tamarindo we woke up early and had no choice but go to Olga’s to get something for breakfast. The food was just ok, so we have never felt like going back. Although, it might be an interesting place for Russians as the owner is a woman from Moscow, Russia who has lived in Costa Rica for eight years now. So, you may want to come round and have a chat with a Russian lady.

To go to the official Olga’s Coffee Shop web-site

April 18th, 2011

I just fell in love… with Ajillo. It is amazing that there is a special tree/ bush/grass in Costa Rica, the leaves of which taste of garlic with a touch of spiciness to it. Yes, I know how real garlic looks like and even how people grow it. It is a completely different plant. Costa Ricans even use it in cooking.

I am thinking is there any way of growing it or you can only find it in the wild in the jungle?

April 15th, 2011

We tried yet another exotic fruit in Costa Rica. It is called caimito, but apparently it has many other names including cainito, star apple and   estrella.

It is a round fruit with a purple skin and a few big seeds inside. It tastes delicious with a nice sweetness. You should eat only the middle part, the skin and the seeds are not edible.

Arenas Adventure Tours is located next to Voodoo lounge and Plaza Tamarindo and offers a variety of tours like kayaking, surfing, snorkeling and also ATV tours.

We only bought a Tamarindo estuary tour from them while many people buy ATV tours. What is good about them is that they own ATVs and it is their tours, so you are welcome to negotiate the price which proved to be possible :).

April 13th, 2011

Le Petit Café is situated in Plaza Tamarindo and owned by a  Jamaican / Canadian lady. It serves paninis, salads and desserts. We live right next to Le Petit café, that’s why we gave Le Petit Café a try a couple of times, going for breakfast and for snacks but were rather disappointed starting with the level of service and finishing with the food.

Talking about service, once I asked for a bagel with bacon and tomato (they didn’t have it in the menu) and guess what we received? A bagel with a slice of tomato in it :). The waitress spoke no English, so it was not easy to explain what we wanted …

There was though one good deal in Le Petit Café: they offered a breakfast burrito (which was quite tasty) with a free cup of coffee all for 2000 colones, or $4.

To visit Le Petit Cafe web-site>>

Nougi’s is located on the beach right by the Tamarindo circle. It was supposedly first opened in 1974, at least the sign says that.  Nougi’s is also one of the few places which operates in the mornings (though we noticed sometimes on different days a week they were closed for no reason)  and serves breakfast so once we decided to give it a try.

Both the service and the food were ok, indifferent. The prices were rather steep, adapted to US customers. You also have to keep in mind that their menu does not include the 13% food tax which together with a mandatory 10% service charge comes up to a quite different amount than expected.

The only reason I can see to ever go to Nougi’s is to enjoy the scenic view of the beach and/or of the sunset if you are at the right time of the day.

Seasons is rated as one of the best restaurants in Tamarindo. On closer inspection it does appear to be one of the better restaurants.

We went there quite early in the evening and having no reservation took the last unreserved  table near the nice pool area. I think it is best to arrange your table in Seasons in advance as they were packed later.

We bought a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and went for the specials of the day including a shared appetizer. The portions were rather small (but I don’t mind it in good restaurants) and what struck my boyfriend is that both entrees (I had grilled salmon and he had spicy shrimps) were served with exactly the same veggies which were decorated the same way. This is also a difference between a good chef and an average one. I think Mr Shlomy belongs to the category of the decent chefs rather to the extraordinary, especially as deserts were again on an average level.

I think people expect too much from Seasons by Shlomy, where the food is rather indifferent, although the service and atmosphere is good. If you are after exquisite food, I would recommend Dragonfly restaurant, it was my best experience in Tamarindo. The prices in most restaurants are similar, so you might as well go to the better restaurants like Dragonfly. My review of Dragonfly is here.

To go to the Seasons by Shlomy website click here

Driving South towards Jaco next to Carara Park we noticed a lot of people on the bridge staring at something. Parking right after the bridge we saw the following picture…

crocodiles-underneath-the-bridge-costa-ricaThe crocodiles were enormous. I was only happy to be on the bridge, otherwise I could have been a tasty dinner for these hungry crocs.

April 7th, 2011

La Via Del Gusto was previously an Italian restaurant which was located in the Luna Lena hotel in Tamarindo. Right now it is a small kiosk with a few seatsIn front of the entrance to the Super Compro supermarket.  La Via Del Gusto  is still operated by the same Italian couple. We went there  many times for the delicious coffee (my boyfriend loves it!), but they also sell Italian breads, sandwiches and smoothies.

I would definitely recommend it for those who like coffee, whether to sit in or to go. We tried to find a good cup of coffee in many places in Tamarindo but most of the time is was rather a bearable cup than an enjoyable one…

I had to take a picture of the schedule of the Super Compro Supermarket. One day I noticed that the days of operation differ in English and in Spanish.

So, for Spanish speakers the Super Compro Supermercado operates Monday through Sunday while for English speakers it is only opened Monday through Friday. Yes, who needs these bloody tourists on the weekend?