Seafood Dishes From the Road

Like a lot of people, I look forward to the foods of the cities I travel to as much as the sights and activities. I am passionate about food and because of that, there are places I’d return to just so I can satisfy my craving for the food.

On the other hand, there are some places I doubt I’ll visit because I have no interest in the food.

During my recent trip to Costa Rica, I tasted foods similar to what I’d have in Jamaica – but with a twist. One morning, for example, I chose gallo pinto, the desayuno típico of Costa Rica. Gallo pinto is rice and beans, fried plantains and scrambled eggs. I swapped the scrambled eggs for sausages and left out the cheese. I was almost finished eating when I remembered that I hadn’t taken a photo.

In Jamaica, we usually leave rice and beans for dinner. About 10 years ago, it was reserved for Sundays and special occasions like Easter and Christmas.

Since we were staying near the coast, we had fish or seafood almost every day. One evening for dinner at a restaurant, I had grilled snapper accompanied by risotto.

Three Meals from the Road
Avocado & Shrimp Salad
Three Meals from the Road
Grilled Snapper with Risotto

Near the end of my week-long visit, I took a day trip to Granada, Nicaragua where lunch was sea bass with rice and salad. I can still remember the sharp taste of the lime on the fish.

Three Meals from the Road
Rice and Sea Bass

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9 comments on “Seafood Dishes From the Road

  1. Hi Marcia, Glad to see Foodie Tuesday has returned and your fish dishes absolutely have my mouth watering. Amazing what a different flavor and location will do to a piece of fish, right? Yummy!!!

  2. Hi Marcia, I haven’t been around for a while – no food posts recently! – but it’s good to be back. I’d love to visit Costa Rica, I’m jealous of your trip.

  3. I agree with you Marcia, something about food that leaves an indelible mark in ones mind. Btw, rice and beans is also very common in Kenya.

  4. You really get me with these food posts, Marcia! I’d be all over that gallo pinto and fried plantains as well as the avocado and shrimp salad. Or the grilled snapper with veggie risotto. I’d eat those any time of day–like right now:)

  5. Looks delish. I suppose the food could be a deal maker or breaker when considering a revisit. I always though beans and rice were the norm. What made it change?

  6. I would go to Costa Rica just for the shrimp and avocado salad. The grilled snapper with risotto I would eat right now, and I haven’t even had breakfast. Rice and beans Southern US style used to appear on my family’s table frequently, but I doubt it was as good as the kind you’re talking about.

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