Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Still Here



A year ago Chris came to CR and soon after El Castillo. Whatever expectations he had are now replaced with real experience. One thing I learned is that he makes good videos - enjoy!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Fly By







Last week Ashley flew into Carillo airport and took some cool shots from the plane of Samara and Playa Buena Vista. Always nice to get a different perspective.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Family Pizzeria



All this time and I never made a post about pizza! Over the past four years I've cooked many different things in my restaurant, but in the past year I've moved toward themes. Smoked BBQ pulled pork and grilled fish topped the list last year and this year pizza. No new lessons learned - pizza is universally delicious for everyone and although it's available everywhere in the world, it never gets old. Normally I don't have an audience in the kitchen, but these German kids from San Jose love pizza and just kept coming back to watch. What is it about pizza?

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Bullshit





Some moments here make you look twice. Is that really a cow shit sitting on my table?!? Yes we have cows that stroll through (sometimes 50) and the herd leaves destruction and shit in its path, but this?? This cow was too motivated - he had to back up just right, line up his ass and drop a bomb. Not your everyday tropical paradise problem, but this is Costa Rica.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Thank You!

A global community may sound like an idealistic dream, but on a person to person level I see the building blocks take shape. How we treat each other as people opens our eyes to the universal magic in all of us. Maybe this sounds a bit too esoteric so let's just say that when you do what you do with enthusiasm sometimes you get a care package!

Mail is delivered to the Castle by a guy on a dirt bike from Samara who comes maybe twice a year and deserves the beer he expects for his trouble. On Tuesday he brought a package addressed to me with the added description "Cocinero Americano alto rubio" - did I mention I love surprises? The names on the return address didn't spark any memories, which is normal here since you remember the people more than their names. Inside the big envelope I found two new high quality grill brushes and a paperback along with a note. Iris and Manuel from Montreal visited my restaurant in January 2008 and tried the grill plates. I remember them well because they were so interested in my little Weber grill that I brought from the states. Come to find out they have the smaller version and wanted to know the tricks of the trade. We talked about grilling and science fiction and they reminded me why I like my job so much. A job made easier with better tools that I can´t just run out and buy - my old grill brush was frequently borrowed to scrape rust off windows so the upgrade is much appreciated! The book "The Left Hand of Darkness" is a good read from page one and again not something easily available in paradise.

This is my first thank you post and my appreciation goes out to Iris and Manuel as well as those others who sent Christmas in a box (Claire, Kevin, Romi). Thanks for making me feel like a kid again!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

A Job for Rainy Season




Queensland tourism seeks a caretaker to promote the Great Barrier Reef by keeping a blog of experiences for six months. On top of living on Hamilton Island they're paying some 80k for the job which has generated endless amounts of free publicity. The website currently lists 15,500 videos received and from this, 50 will be top selected and then 10 and then one. Before you laugh too much at mine, check out some other applicants on www.islandreefjob.com - Whatever happens, it was great fun to make the video and reminded me how much I miss updating this blog. The video was made with borrowed computers and cameras and there in lies my technical problem. This year's dry season hasn't yielded too much fruit yet for computer shopping. The global knee jerk response to hold on to money shows me dry season can feel much like rainy season when it comes to pizza dollars. Looking past judgments on this season, the very fact that I'm writing this entry on a full stomach always makes me smile. Also I'm excited about the new opportunities created from needing some extra cash. Australia is one possibility but the world is completely open and I find myself where I did four years ago - free to apply my enthusiasm in any direction. Teaching English has come up again and doing so in Thailand sounds that much better - vamos a ver! For the moment I focus on what's really here - not so much work means more time to appreciate what's right in front of me.