Local food is a way of life in Costa Rica. Corn, beans, and root vegetables are grown here and find their place on most Tico tables. Start the day with locally produced coffee, served alongside such Costa Rican fruits as pineapple, cashew fruit, and sapote. Don't be surprised by the heaping portions of gallo pinto, a rice and bean dish served any time of day. At breakfast, it's usually accompanied by an egg, tortilla, and thick slice of farmers' cheese. Plantains and meat often join gallo pinto at lunch and dinner. Costa Rican food is not spicy; if you need an extra pop of flavor, splash a dash of Lizano Sauce (akin to HP Sauce) on your meal like locals do.
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