Traditions

  • Churchill’ s Ice Cream

    Have you heard about the famous “Churchill” in CR? 

     It is a product usually sold in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Especially for relieve thirst an heat.

    The ingredients are ice, kola syrup, condensed milk, powdered milk, and sometimes it includes ice cream and wafers.

    Now you can get it in a different way.   Also known as a Churchill’s Ice Cream.  The taste is very similar to the original crushed ice Churchill’s of Puntarenas. 

    With your visit to CR you should try them. They are delicious!!! You can get this product in San José:  www.facebook.com/DeliciasLaConstancia

  • CORN DELICIOUSNESS

    Products based on sweet or dry corn, they offer sweet and savory foods for your enjoyment. Some of the ingredients used are sugar, cinnamon, cloves, butter and cheese.

    These products can be combined with hot drinks such as coffee or cold ones such as horchata and resbaladera.

  • Costa Rican jewelry design

     
     
    Ximena Esquivel is a young Costa Rican that ventured into jewelry since she was 19 years old. Strongly influenced by her mother and aunt, she started working her first pieces with her hands motivated by what she thought her target audience might like. She created original pieces inspired by the Costa Rican nature and incorporating great textures. 
     
    In May this year, this entrepreneur opened the doors of her own store "Ximena Esquivel Joyería" in Plaza Tempo Escazú, close to Cima Hospital, with the support of her parents, as she commented, based on the knowledge she acquired on advertising design and goldsmith at the national and international level.
     
    Her collections are not what we are used to find in the different jewelry stores. She describes her style as "classic- versatile- original". It means that any piece of jewelry that you purchase from her you can use it if you are looking for a formal or more informal look. It would fit your needs accordingly. 
     
    She uses mostly pearls, crystals and sterling silver for her jewels. All of them are hand-made in Costa Rica and completely original. She also uses stones brought form all around the world and always preserves the natural shape of the stones she uses.
     
    According to her, her success is due to a lot of effort, proper management, constant and up to date training, and being autodidact. For these reasons, you can find her art in different art and design stores, in the Costa Rican airports and renowned hotel chains. Be sure to visit this interesting jewelry store when visiting our country. Location: Plaza Tempo, Escazú. For more information:  www.facebook.com/ximenaesquiveljoyeria/
     
     
     
     
    With only 26-years of age, Ximena Esquivel has already worked her way up the Costa Rican hand-made jewelry business.
     
  • Our colorful traditional dances

     

    As any other country, the traditional dances in Costa Rica are very different and have a unique essence. Also, the colorful and beautiful traditional dresses enchant at first sight even before the show starts. Because of this, it is a must-do in your agenda when visiting our country.

    In our traditional popular music there are a lot of different rhythms, many of them were “imported” during the days of the colony and others were born after that. And little by little these rhythms started to mix with our indigenous music to give birth to new music with a change in the harmonic form as well as the rhythm and melody.

    This is how we are interested in presenting to you the Cultural and Folkloric Foundation “La Malacrianza” in Costa Rica; organization that has stood up for its various public and private presentations. This folkloric ensemble, according to the General Director, César Sandí Vargas, was born in 2002 as a response of the concern that had existed for years in several of its members about rescuing, preserving and spreading the values, traditions, dances and music of Costa Rica.

    This group is named after one of the most rebellious of bulls in the present days in our country: the “Malacrianza”. Also, the phrase “malacrianza” is a popular phrase of our “sabaneros” (cowboys) when the show off their horses or they allude to their manliness.

    The main goal of this group is to rescue the traditional music and dances from national authors reinforcing it with original compositions, offering a fresh proposal of our professional folklore by showing the best of each one of its members. The common purpose of this ensemble full of color and joy is to offer high quality performances, putting into practice the researches done in the field, using as resources different scenic arts, dances, music, oral tradition and acting.

    During this year, “La Malacrianza” has already important projects, such as their first official recording called “Llegó la Malacrianza” (The Malacrianza has arrived), the same name as the current show, which you can get as an interesting cultural souvenir in Costa Rica, and the other project is their show called “Los devotos del negrito” (The devotees of the black). You can attend this show when you visit our country.

    For more information please visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/fundacionlamalacrianza

     

     

    Photos by:  Fundación Folklórica y Cultural La Malacrianza

     

     

     

     

  • The Holy Week HERE

     

     

    It is almost certain that this is one of the hottest seasons in our country, maybe with one or two quakes, but there is nothing to worry about.  The public labor sector normally takes the whole week for vacations and the private sector works until Tuesday or Wednesday.

    The Holy Week is also a time for family gathering in our country because many families travel far to see their relatives wherever they are in the different provinces. Or simply staying home resting and watching seasonal movies.

    The Holy Week in Costa Rica has strong traditions.  Among them the Catholic Church prepares the well-known "Procesiones", religious activities on the streets, some with theatrical dramatization personages and passages from the Bible.  Specific regions in the country stand out for preparing in advance dramatizations of great artistic value such as San José downtown and also San Joaquín de Flores in Heredia province, where a lot of people go to observe them.

    Of course food cannot be missing, among the most famous dishes for the Holy Week you can find: the Chiverre -a strand-fruit that is cooked for several hours with "tapa de dulce", cinnamon and clove, and it ends up being a sweet preserve, traditionally served cold with ice cream or rice pudding, or using it for bread or in Chiverre empanadas (patty)... Delicious for the palate! Another product is the Itabo flower hash, and also the green papaya hash, prepared sweet grapefruit, rice with heart of palm, salmon, sardine, or special seafood of the season.

    The days during the Holy Week pass by in our country in a calmer way. There is less traffic in the Great Metropolitan Area because families rest in their homes or they go to touristic places such as beaches to make a stop along the way and put their body and mind in calm and reflection.

     

    "Procesiones" religious activities on the streets. The Chiverre is a big fruit.  Chiverre Patty!!

                                                                                                                                

     

     
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • The traditional "Tamal" during the Christmas season

     
     
    Today I wish to tell all of our followers in this blog which are the most famous traditional foods in Costa Rica during Christmas. 
     
    We will start with the "tamal", a meal that cannot be lacking in many Costa Rican homes. This meal is mead with corn dough and each family prepares it in a unique way.  It has different ingredients that are previously cooked and prepared, like carrots, sweet pepper, hemstitch, rice, and pork meat. In some cases, some people add potato cut in squares, olives, eggs, raisins, or ever plums.
     
    Also, some people prefer chicken instead of pork or even some other options for vegetarians. The tamal is later wrapped in green bananas leaves that have been previously put in a pan. People use a rope to tie it up.
     
    Later, the tamales are boiled a few hours so the dough can be cooked, they have normally a rectangular shape. The traditional tamales can be cooked for breakfast, lunch or even dinner.  It is a very flexible meal in the Costa Rican cuisine during the Christmas season. Additionally, you can have it with a good coffee or with an "aguadulce", a typical sweet Costa Rican drink. Also, if you wish for the tamal to have more flavors , you can put a spoon-size amount of "salsa inglesa" (Costa Rican sauce) to it. You can find the tamales in many homes in Costa Rica or in different establishments such as restaurants or sodas.