Do you miss this as much as I do?

I know, I know. There’s nothing to stop me from putting beans, rice, and the other components of a Costa Rican casado on my plate at midday.

But I just don’t. While the venerable olla de carne, picadillos galore, and homemade tortillas are all in rotation in my lockdown home, the casado remains, for me, a dish to be eaten at a soda for a workday lunch, or at a roadside restaurant when I’m traveling. Rice and beans: every week. But rice, beans and all the fixins’, down to the perfectly caramelized plantain and a dollop of ensalada rusa, is something I’ve really missed during this stay-at-home phase.

Do you feel the same? Or do you serve up casados at home on the regular? Let me know. Maybe I can get myself motivated (and set up for some mid-afternoon naps).

Featured image from user Esdelval via Shutterstock.

I’m a writer in San José, Costa Rica, on a year-long quest to share daily posts on inspiring people, places and ideas from my adopted home as a kind of tonic during a rough time in the world. Sign up (top right of this page) to receive a little dose of inspiration every weekday in your mailbox; tell a friend; check out past posts; learn how to join my Overwhelmed Writers’ League, every Saturday at 1 pm EST; and please connect with me on Instagram or FacebookTo learn more about how to support Costa Rica during the crisis, visit my COVID-19 section – or for ways to enjoy Costa Rica from afar, visit Virtual Costa Rica.

One thought on “Do you miss this as much as I do?

  1. Yes! I miss casado! I cannot even say which soda ,out of dozens ,that I loved the most!
    Every casado is different at every soda. Each one so delicious I dream about them. I cannot wait to get back to the sodas in beautiful Costa Rica. I also long for the refreshing drinks at the sodas, vino de coyol, chan, aqua dulce, aqua de tamarindo, Mango batidos con leche oh and cas! So many great sodas to eat casados and drink wonderful refreshing nonalcoholic drinks! I can’t wait to get back to Costa Rica!


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