NEWSLETTER - Issue 005

Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste, Costa Rica


This newsletter is a monthly publication from your friends at Boomers Offshore.  It's just our way of trying to stay in touch and to encourage on-going communications between family, friends or anybody interested in our lives in Costa Rica.

Welcome To Boomers Offshore...

August has been an extremely busy month.  As you can see, we kicked ass at the  International Living Conference in San Jose, received our long awaited Cedulas and , went shopping for meat and fish.

Our cavernous potholes are being slowly but surely repaired... with sand.  This is pretty damn stupid since it washes away after just one or two rain storms. 

Just remember... "Don't ask why" and "it is what it is!"

this month's news...


A Report From The 2010 Int'l Living Conference...

Recently, Fran and I were invited to speak at the International Living Conference in San Jose Costa Rica.  The event was held at the Marriott Hotel and Resort, located near the airport in the town of Alejuela.  While we were only one of several speakers, much of the advertising International Living was doing to promote this event seemed to focus on our move to Costa Rica.  If we weren't the humble souls we are, all this hype may have gone to our heads!

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We're Legal - 581 Days Later...

It only took 581 days, but Fran and I are now legal residents of Costa Rica.  We now carry a "cedula", the equivalent of an American "green card", that now states we are legal residents of Costa Rica.

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Who Says You Can't Get Good Beef In Costa Rica?

It is a known fact... Costa Rica is not recognized for the quality of it's beef, at least not in the the gastronomic eyes of North Americans and Western Europeans.  In fact, gringos who know Costa Rican beef claim its some of the worst meat they have ever eaten.  I can attest to that... for it took two days of slow cooking in a crock pot to get a piece of tenderloin soft enough to where it can be chewed!  That is NOT an exaggeration.

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Beat The High Cost of Fresh Fish...

It's kind of paradoxical that we live adjacent to a fairly huge fishing village, Playas del Coco, and it is very difficult for us to buy fresh fish.  It seems that most of the fish caught here goes (first) to the restaurants and then to the supermarkets.  Once the markets get it, it's frozen immediately and then made available for sale.  If and when you do buy it... be prepared to pay out the wazoo for it.

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Going Postal in Costa Rica...

One of the biggest challenges facing newcomers to Costa Rica is how to receive mail.  As you have probably found out, Costa Rica is devoid of any sort of street addresses system to where mail can be sent.  Yes, there are post offices (Correos de Costa Rica) but there are no mail carriers, so to speak.  It has also been reported that sending anything through the CR mail system not only takes a long time to reach its destination but is not terribly secure.

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this month's guests...


Future expats, Randi and Dean from Chicago stopped in for a few days.  After taking a tour of the Central Valley, they hopped a bus and headed up out to Guanacaste for a few days of R&R.  After visiting us here in Hermosa, they were back on the bus headed for Grecia for their final week of due diligence.

Randi and Dean are doing it right... try before you buy.  They are coming back in Mid September for an extended stay at the cabinas in San Ramon.  There, they will be exploring Costa Rica without a car, relying solely on public transportation.  My hat is off to them for their pioneering effort.

new videos...

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Oral Surgery Delays Video Production...

Some recent oral surgery had put a major crimp into creating new video installments of our adventures in Costa Rica.  Whenever I try to speak, either on camera or in voiceovers, I sound like ELMER FUDD and that's not a good thing!

I did manage to crank out a short new video featuring Fran and her struggles mastering the Spanish Language.

CHAPTER 65 - Spanish 101

Rest assured, we are working on our next production entitled "Mythbusters."  We have been culling through our video library looking for clips containing declarative statements we made about Costa Rica, some were accurate and some not.  We will bring you the results as Fran and I go on camera to report on the accuracy of the statements.

joke of the day...

Why Sharks Circle You Before Attacking

Two great white sharks swimming in the ocean spied survivors of a sunken ship. 

"Follow me son" the father shark said to the son shark and they swam to the mass of people. "First we swim around them a few times with just the tip of our fins showing." 

And they did.

"Well done, son!  Now we swim around them a few times with all of our fins showing."

And they did.

"Now we eat everybody."

And they did.

When they were both gorged, the son asked, "Dad, why didn't we just eat them all at first?  Why did we swim around and around them?"

His wise father replied, "Because they taste better without the shit inside!"

This joke courtesy of mi amigo Sergio Ciccone in Charlotte NC.

andy's recipe of the month...

As the end of summer approaches, what better way to enjoy outdoor life than with plenty of food and drink.  Last month I published an original recipe for my new drink, The Boomers Offshore.  This month I want to share with you my home grown recipe for Tomato Salsa.  Actually it's more like a Pico de Gallo.

All these ingredients can be found both in Costa Rica (obviously) and abroad.

Costa Rican Chicken Soup...

         My mother and grandmother taught me to make an incredible, New York style, Jewish chicken soup when I was a kid growing up in Miami.  Now that I'm a big boy, I have the opportunity to play with their recipe and (kinda sorta) make it my own. 

Living here in Costa Rica, where damn near anything grows, I get to amp up Mom's soup with some new spices like cumin, cilantro and red pepper.  While retaining the soup's New York roots, this new recipe gives it an encouraging kick in the ass.

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what's on tap for next month...

What do I have... a crystal ball?


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