after all that hiking in Tenorio Volcano National Park and along the Rio Celeste River we were exhausted and def ready for the hot spring at our hotel, Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort. hot spring is a must if you are visiting costa rica.
the resort is beautifullllll. if you didnt stay at the hotel, a day pass to the hot spring is around $60 per person. it is free for people that do stay at the hotel. i think i only paid $200 a night for the hotel room. it’s a much better deal to stay at the hotel. this is def the best hot spring resort in the area according to my research.
a quick tip on shooting waterfalls:
take a look of these two pix, which one looks better?
i hope you think the pic on the right looks better. the water flows a lot more smoothly than the one on the left. to achieve this effect, you need longer shutter speed. i use 11 to 15 shutter speed to shoot waterfalls. its slow enough the capture the water flow, but still fast enough for me to hold still with a tripod so my pictures dont turn out blurry.
more pix of the rest of the resort
i highly recommend staying at this hotel is you are visiting Arenal. not only the natural hot spring is one of the best in the world, the staff also was extremely nice and helpful. everything was perfect except for booking tours through the hotel was more expensive than online prices. i’d book ahead of time online to save 10-20 per tour per person.
13 Km Noreste de Centro de la Fortuna de San Carlos, Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica
read about the rest of my trip:
its day 2 in costa rica. we signed up a tour last night through our hotel to go to rio celeste river. i believe its $20 cheaper if you booked online, but since we booked it last min, i thought it was easier jus to do through hotel.
celeste river is a river in the rainforest of tenorio volcano national park of costa rica. it is known for its distinctive turquoise coloration caused by a chemical reaction between sulfur and calcium carbonate.
the tour guy picked us up in the morning. it was just us and a girl from argentina so it felt like a private tour.
volcano arenal was all cloudy the entire time when we stayed there. the local told us only 30% of chance seeing the volcano. mostly cloudy all year round.
on the way there we saw a white face monkey and a sloth.
one of the benefits of having a tour guy is he can spot wild animals so well. i had a hard time find the animal even when he pointed out for me. they are really blended in with nature or maybe im just blind.
it was some intense hiking. the trail was almost nonexistent; you pretty much walking in mud the entire time. i pretty much hike everywhere with flip flops but wouldve not made it with this one. i did in toms tho but only because it didnt rain. i wouldve been fucked if it started raining. hiking shoes are actually necessary if you come on a rainy day.
Porkbelly here. I had the great opportunity to eat at NeBo in Boston to try out the new fall menu featuring the delicious locally grown tomatoes from Backyard Farms. Backyard farms is a year round Tomato producer in Madison Maine, you heard that right, year round in Maine! They produce the freshest Tomatoes and they happen to be right in our Backyard (pun intended). I am excited to announce that Backyard farms is releasing a new beefsteak tomato, the Somerset Pink in the up and coming weeks. They are the very first large tomato producer to bring this beefsteak tomato to the market! The tomato will be available only in Maine, New Hampshire, and on the new NeBo fall menu. The tomato is like nothing I’ve ever had, it has a very rich flavor (and light in color), almost a うま味 (Unami) flavor, like a deep savory taste, it is like nothing I’ve ever had in a tomato before!
Nebo Boston is located off of Atlantic Ave next to the Intercontinental Hotel. I took an extended lunch break today to attend their new fall menu tasting luncheon featuring the tomatoes from Backyard Farms. Nebo was founded by two sisters the Chef/owners Carla Pallotta & Christine Pallotta, utilizing the receipts inherited from their mother, inspired by their travels to Italy and Italian upbringing. Nebo stands for North End Boston, They originally opened in Boston’s North end, they have since moved to a larger location near Boston’s Financial district.
The menu looks very promising!
First up is the Backyard Farms Somerset Pink Tomato with Burrata, Saba, and EVOO (Extra Vigin Olive Oil). The Burratta complimented the Somerset Pink Tomato very well, the Burratta tasted extremely fresh, and the Somerset Pink tomato gives it further depth. The olive oil is excellent, I believe it was imported from Italy.
We received a gift bag from Backyard Farms, we’ll reveal what we received further below!
This bread is called Mama, it is a potato based bread, the potato is cooked, broken down and incorporated into the dough. The starter for this bread is over 100 years old, the reason why it is called Mama is because when they would feed the dough, they would sing the song Italian song Mama, it is a starchy potato based bread that goes very well with the tomato jam. When the owners moved restaurants they had a 5 month period between locations, they had to keep the dough alive, originally they didn’t know how they would keep it alive, they researched and researched, and through perseverance the dough is here with us now. Once the bread hit the table, I could tell it was something special, the aroma of the bread is intoxicating.
Backyard Farms Vine Ripe Tomato Jam….
The Bread matched very well with the sweetness of the tomato jam. It is quite addictive. I think I helped myself to 4th or 5ths.
Salumi Misti – Prosciutto Di Parma, Mortadella, Finocchiona Salami, Coppa, Speck, and Asiago cheese. Standard Italian fare, very delicious, everything went will with each other. The bread, jam, salumi, and cheese it was like they were made for each other.
The restaurant was packed during lunch
As I said, the jam is very addicting…… the Backyard farms tomatoes were very fresh.
Handmade Pasta – Spaghettini, Backyard Farms Cocktail Tomato, Capers, Olives, and EVOO. The pasta was delicious, at BunnyandPorkBelly, we love hand made noodles. Nothing can compete with that Chewy texture. Everything paired well together, the tomatoes are sweet and flavorful without being mushy, and the capers are delicious, I believe they are imported from Italy. The pasta was perfect, I don’t believe I’ve have had handmade pasta in Boston before…..
Veraci In Brodo – Baby clams, Finicchiona Salami, Ceci, Backyard Farms Cocktail Tomato + Bruschetta with spicy Aioli…. The clams were like nothing I’ve had here, they were imported from Italy, they have a nice sweet succulent flavor. The Finicchiona Salami is a nice addition, the bread is great for dipping into the sauce, and of course the Tomato gives it a nice sweet hint. An overall well executed dish with the best ingredients.
Finally we get to the Pizza Blanco – Backyard Farms Beefsteak Tomato, Prosciutto Cotto, Ricotta, Mozzarella, Arugula, Parmigiano.
I love Ricotta on a Pizza, it adds a unique texture and taste. All of the ingredients tasted extremely fresh, especially the Somerset Pink Tomato, which added to the savory pallet of the pizza. The Arugula gave it a nice balance.
Finally, we can find out what was in the gift bag…..
Some delicious Tomatoes, Somerset Pink and Cocktail, a cutting board, Knife, and a USB stick. Thank you Backyard Farms, I can’t wait to enjoy this.
Thank you Nebo for inviting us, and Thank You Backyard Farms for supplying the delicious Tomatoes! If you have a chance, try the new Fall Menu with the Tomatoes! Overall everything extremely fresh, NeBo uses the highest quality ingredients, most of it imported from Italy. The Tomatoes taste spectacular, I can’t believe it in grown year-round in a greenhouse in Maine. Everyone has to try this!
131 River Road
Madison, ME 04950
i went to costa rica back in august. i accidentally wiped my memory card and didnt realize it til it was too late to recover. i lost a lot of pictures i took in manuel antonio. i was so heart broken so i wasnt in the mood to write these posts til now. i still cant believe this happened, but oh well shit happens.
costa rica is rated #1 happiest country as well as the greenest country in the world. its one of a few sovereign nations without a standing army.
normally i’d rent a car and drive myself, but costa rica is notorious for terrible road conditions. since we are only two girls traveling by ourselves, i didnt want to risk it. we mainly depended on private shuttles and tours. the roads were indeed terrible; i wouldve not been able to make it if i drove myself.
day 1. we arrived to san jose around 11:00 am. i booked a private driver to drive from the airport to our first hotel Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort in arenal. shared shuttles to arenal wouldve been cheaper, but i wanted to visit poas volcano on the way to the arenal so we had to hire a private driver to drive us. the driver warned us that the best time to see the volcano is very early in the morning, we only had 40% chance of seeing the volcano at noon due to the clouds. i still insisted on going because we wouldnt have another time to go.
it supposed to look like this when its not cloudy oh well
we finally arrived to tabacon grand spa thermal resort
early sept i attended this year’s The Taste of WGBH Food & Wine Festival 2014 Chef’s Gala Reception. the reception featured 25 of the best chefs in boston. all the dishes were paired with selected wines and craft beers.
i had a blast at the taste of wgbh food and wine festival chef’s gala reception. the food and wine were great and it was nice to be able to talk to some of my fave chefs in boston. great live music as well. i hope i will have a chance to come again next year.
it’s been a while since my last post. i am still on vacation in asia, will be heading back to the states soon.
here’s a cat cafe ive been to in beijing. im not a fan of cats but i like taking pix of animals. the cats were kinda cute too, so i kinda liked it.
地址： 东城区 北锣鼓巷北下洼子胡同14号(北锣鼓巷南口400米金色凉山餐厅斜对面)
beijing bei luo gu xiang
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