Category Archives: Costa Rican Food

Find your fitness ‘Pura Vida’ in Costa Rica

chefpreparing_square_smallJoin Michele Shorter, founder and owner of The Shorter Approach for a week-long experience in Costa Rica which will include goal-setting, cardio and strength training, and nutrition planning mixed with a myriad of activities at Finca Rosa Blanca; coffee plantation tours, cooking demos and tasting menus, hikes up a nearby volcano and through the Cloud forest, and salsa dancing with locals every day.  The week will be shared between the coffee growing highlands of Costa Rica to the beaches of Arenas Del Mar in Manuel Antonio.

Here at Finca Rosa Blanca, you will get flexible, strong, and energized, set goals and create a focused plan while enjoying:

  • Early morning yoga with the birds.
  • Salsa lessons with Diego our dance instructor who has the most captivating Latin moves.
  • Hike to the Volcano and find the foot prints of a jaguar and a quetzal nesting far above in the Cloud forest.
  • A tour of the organic coffee plantation at Finca Rosa Blanca and a class on Cupping Coffee.
  • Wildlife and Bird-watching with our resident Wildlife Guide.
  • Cooking demonstrations with Chef Gustavo using the fresh local and seasonal ingredients of Costa Rica.

On your first day experiencing the wonders of Finca Rosa Blanca,  we will share with you our  chef Gustavo who will prepare an artesanal salad, with organic ingredients from the Finca Rosa Blanca Farm and Greenhouse.  You will help harvest the ingredients and then watch and learn as the chef prepares your salad at a Cooking Demo in our main dining room  He will prepare his renowned Citrus salad, with organic field greens, fresh herbs, and three different citrus fruit from our gardens and orchards, red onion, crispy garlic croutons, fried leeks, and passion fruit dressing.

Space is limited. People may register or learn more by contacting GreenSpot’s Costa Rica travel expert Irene Edwards at

 The Shorter Approach is based on 18 years of training clients from all fitness levels and backgrounds. Through The Shorter Approach, Michele delivers proven expertise, guidance and support to help you achieve your fitness and wellness goals, nourish yourself and live the life you want.

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Celebrating our new Chef Gustavo!

Chef Gustavo

Chef Gustavo

Chef Gustavo Alvarado has joined our family at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort.  He brings over 12 years of successful experience in food service and management to El Tigre Vestido Restaurant and the Bar Buho.

Gustavo trained at culinary school in Florida and worked in many famous restaurants in Naples Florida among many Maximo’s Restaurant, Alexander’s Fine Cuisine and Maxwell’s on the Bay.  Just before moving back to Costa Rica three years ago, he was Chef de Cuisine at Carmelo’s Restaurant in Lewiston, New York.Atun bonita springs

Carmelo’s is a highly awarded five star contemporary Restaurant known for its emphasis on Seasonal Farm to Table cuisine.

Gustavo is an artist in the kitchen and his knowledge of international cuisines and New World Fusion recipes will take full advantage of FRB’s extensive organic gardens, orchards, and coffee plantation.  We welcome Gustavo to our family and look forward to his culinary creations in the kitchen of El Tigre Vestido!

Restaurante City Chefs Chef Ejecutivo Gustavo Alvarado Foto Armando Del Vecchio

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Chef Ejecutivo Gustavo Alvarado
Foto Armando Del Vecchio





More Delectable Menus at El Tigre Vestido

In less than 3 weeks we will be digging into yet another fabulous meal at the Tigre Vestido Restaurant! On June 4 our guest chefs Gilad Chudler and MikeC of Napa, California will be presenting along with Costa Rica’s Craft Brewing Company, a menu which features the artesenal beers and porters made here with local ingredients, including Finca Rosa Blanca’s own organic coffee.

Coffee Honey Porter Braised Pork Belly, Libertas Tropical Ale Battered Fish Tacos, and Oatmeal Stoat Brownies paired with the Craft Brewing Company’s seasonal beers are just some of the delicious creations of our Guest Chefs for this meal. Join us for this culinary experience of a lifetime at Finca Rosa Blanca!

Artesanal beer-themed menu to whet your appetite!

Artesanal beer-themed menu to whet your appetite!


Guest Chefs at Finca Rosa Blanca Prepare Organic Coffee Menu

In less than a month Finca Rosa Blanca will feature Guest Chefs MikeC and Gilad Chudler from Costa Rica Culinary Tours who have created a fabulous event for foodies in Costa Rica and featuring our own Finca Rosa Blanca Organic Coffee in all of the plates to be served on Monday, June 2 at the El Tigre Vestido Restaurant. We wanted to share this fabulous menu with you first here on the Finca Rosa Blanca Blog!

-Costa Rican Style Black Bean and Coffee Soup with Poached Egg, Rice, and Cilantro
-“Cappuccino Salad” Grilled Pineapple Salad with Organic Mixed Greens, Toasted Macadamia, Fresh Avocado Slices,  Red Onions and a Coffee and Local Honey Vinaigrette with a Coffee Rubbed Crostini
-Slow Roasted Coffee Rubbed Pork Ribs with a Yucca and Garlic Confit Puree, Chayote Picadillo and Coffee Spiced Plantain Chips
-Espresso Bean Flan with Coffee Liqueur Whipped Cream Quenelles and Chocolate Ganache Covered Coffee Beans

Coffee Menu with Guest Chefs

Join us for exquisite food!

Call us at 2269-9392 for reservations.  The menu is pre-fixe at $65 and we will recommend wine from our wine list to accompany the courses!  Call now to reserve your table with a view of the twinkling lights of the Central Valley below!


El Tigre Vestido Celebrates Semana Santa with Easter Treats

The Costa Rican population is predominantly Catholic and retains many of their  traditions in the celebrations of Easter Week, including meals. Just go to the provincial markets, supermarkets or farmers’ market to see many of the special products of the Holy Week, including a greater variety of fish and seafood, fruits and vegetables for the preparation of traditional dishes, including chiverre, heart of palm or the itabo flower and sweet sugar cane or sugar, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, raisins, corn meal and other basic ingredients to prepare traditional Holy Week meals.

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Delicious Easter Treats at Finca Rosa Blanca

We invite you to share our Easter Week traditions, both culinary and cultural, with our Semana Santa Daily Menu of Heritage Dishes.  Each day we offer a special Main course and a special for breakfast in the morning and afternoon coffee.

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