• Costa Rican Boiled Potato Recipe

    These potatoes are unique because after cooking, they are roughly mashed and then refired in a typical Costa Rican sofrito before serving with a meal (such as in picadillo), or using…

  • Dulce de Leche Empanada Recipe – Costa Rica

    Dessert empanadas are popular throughout Latin America, and Argentina and Chile are most well known for their sweet empanadas, but Costa Rican empanadas have a special place in my heart because…

  • Cheese Empanadas – Costa Rica

    Costa Rican cheese empanadas are half-moon shaped fried appetizers made from a corn-based dough. They are then filled with traditional white Costa Rican cheese and fried up until hot- and the…

  • Shredded Beef Empanada Recipe – Costa Rica

    These crispy deep-fried half-moon shaped empanadas are filled with shredded beef and then fried to golden perfection. This beef empanada recipe uses a traditional Costa Rican shredded beef filling. While many…

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    Costa Rican Pineapple Empanadas

    These Costa Rican pineapple empanadas (empanadas de piña) combine a homemade pastry dough and sweet pineapple preserves baked to perfection for a delightful baked dessert. With just a few ingredients- flour,…

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    Costa Rican Suspiros Cookies (Espumilla)

    Costa Rican suspiros are little delicate meringue cookies popular year-round but especially at Christmas and Easter. With just three ingredients, they are easy to make with what you have on hand,…

  • Learn Spanish At Home With Calico Spanish

    We know that kids who learn a second language from an early age have a huge advantage over monolingual kids. We also know that many schools don't offer Spanish classes at…

  • Huge List of Disney Songs For Kids

    Like almost every bilingual parent, I am constantly looking for authentic, fun Spanish language input for my kids. Although we only speak Spanish at home, there are definitely times when I…

  • Where To Eat In Jaco Costa Rica

    We love Jaco beach in Costa Rica for so many reasons- it's super close to San Jose. We have our all-time favorite accommodations there, and there is so much to do.…

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    Costa Rican Yuca Fries

    These yuca fries are made by boiling large chunks of yucca in saltwater, cutting the rounds into thick straw pieces, and then frying them in vegetable oil. The taste is very…

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    Costa Rican Vigorón Recipe

    Like many popular Costa Rican dishes, the Costa Rican vigorón is an easy to prepare mix of several popular Costa Rican recipes combined to make a unique dish. Made from chicharrones…

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    Boiled Yuca Recipe – Costa Rica

    Yuca roots are large tubers endemic to Central America and much of the world. It's one of the oldest foods around- it's filling and inexpensive. Many Latin American countries use yucca in…

  • costa rican taco bowl chifrijo with chimichurri sauce

    Costa Rican Chifrijo Recipe

    The Costa Rican chifrijo, much like its name, is a mix of several Costa Rican recipes, and it's a beloved dish throughout the country. The word chi-frijo is a combination of…

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    Easy Chimichurri Recipe From Costa Rica

    This Costa Rican chimichurri sauce recipe is served with almost every meal possible in Costa Rica. It's made from ingredients readily available year-round in Costa Rica (tomato, onion, cilantro, lime and…

  • costa rican pink sauce for dipping fried appetizers

    Costa Rican Salsa Rosada Recipe

    So let's get one thing straight- salsa rosada is decidedly not just a Costa Rican thing. It's a Latin America thing- and I actually suspect that back in the day McDonald's…

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    Casa Bonita Denver – What’s It Really Like?

    Casa Bonita has been delighting families for years. The Mexican themed restaurant and family entertainment destination located in Denver has been named as one of the nation's top 10 roadside attractions…

  • Costa Rican gallo pinto- the national dish and arguably the most memorable part of any Costa Rican vacation. Recreate the traditional Costa Rican gallo pinto recipe at home for the perfect breakfast or vegetarian side for any meal!

    Traditional Costa Rican Gallo Pinto Recipe

    Lovingly called "pinto" for short, you can also find this dish on lunch and dinner menus alongside freshly braised meat. Sometimes we substitute gallo pinto for rice and beans in a…

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    Baked Carnitas Recipe – Carnitas Tacos

    About 10 years ago I spent part of the summer at Trinity University in San Antonio, grading Advanced Placement Spanish Language Exams.  I left the area and left with a serious…

  • Ice Castles Visitor’s Tips

    Each winter the Ice Castles franchise picks six different places to create a large castle made out of only ice. There are interior and exterior walls, ice slides, tunnels, ice sculptures…

  • Monster Jam With Kids

    We recently headed over to Monster Jam here in Denver at the Pepsi Center. We'd never been and didn't have a ton of idea what to expect. So we learned a…

  • Our top 20 Costa Rica Pacific beaches list includes everything from Costa Rica's cleanest beach, to the biggest party beach, and a beach whose coast is made entirely of small shells. There's a beach for every personality on this list! #costarica #beachlife #familytravel #traveltips #costaricatravel #tmom #beachvacation #vacation

    Do You Share Your Kid’s Photos Online?

    When I began blogging almost 4 years ago,  I  made the decision to rarely, if ever, post my kids' faces on the internet. Even if I miss out on a specific…

  • How To Watch PBS Kids Spanish Programs

    News flash- I adore PBS Kids programming. It is the one channel that I feel 100% comfortable letting my kids watch unsupervised- and sometimes for longer than I originally said they…

  • how bowl of chili- chicken, sour cream, lime and great northern beans

    Skinny White Chicken Chili Recipe

    I have been making this white chili recipe for years. I grew up eating a red chili that my mom would make in the winter. Delish, but I actually prefer a…

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    Why Do You Want A Blog Post?

    Brands often ask me to write them a blog post, and then are greatly taken aback when either I won't do it for free, or they see my rates.  I'm going to…