Monthly Archives: July 2012

Pineapple Quilt

There’s more to pineapple than pina coladas and upside-down cakes. For example, there are several variations of pineapple quilt blocks. While I’ve never made a pineapple quilt myself, I admire those made by others, such as this one by my sister Barb.

And here is a closer look.

Why not an even closer view?


Pineapple every day

Sweet ripe pineapple is served every morning at El Diria Hotel in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. (The limes are for squeezing onto slices of papaya, another staple on the breakfast menu).

If you’ve never grown a pineapple, it’s pretty easy in the right climate. Just save the “crown” from the top of a pineapple, plant it in the ground and wait–about a year. I have planted several, but none have grown much bigger than an orange before being killed by frost. This one is thriving next to the church we visited in Villa Real, Costa Rica. It was about ready to eat when we were there. Hope the “crown” was planted for next year’s treat.

This mini pineapple grows about the size of  a grapefruit. I do not know whether it is edible, but it sure is cute. Note the difference in the leaves of the “crown” compared to the one above. Also, the mini fruit forms at the top of a three-foot stalk. We found this one at the Blue River Resort.

Coffee with Hot Milk

Coffee may reduce the risk of skin cancer? I’m sure I heard it on the news last night. Well, I certainly hope there is some truth to it. Here at El Diria Hotel in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, our morning coffee is served with hot milk: cafe con leche.

And what  more perfect view for enjoying that morning cup of java than the beautiful Tamarindo Beach on the Pacific Ocean? I can take some coffee home to enjoy later. Wish I could take this beach with me, too.

Costa Rica’s Blue River


Some in our group traveled from our hotel in Tamarindo to a volcanic river resort that is appropriately named Blue River Resort. The water is indeed very blue.


I believe this is white ginger. The blossom is much larger than I grow in Florida, but the shape is very similar.


This gorgeous flower is called Torch Ginger, and it is every bit as pretty and red as the photograph.


And, finally, my flavor of the day is ARROZ CON POLLO, or rice with chicken. The cone-shaped presentation was certainly unique, as was the flavor. I’ve had a lot of different versions of rice and chicken–Puerto Rican, Cuban, Costa Rican–but this one served at the Blue River Resort had a very slight ginger flavor. I thought it was a nice change, but Carlos was not impressed. I ordered a Fresca to go with my dinner, but the server brought me a GINGER ALE instead. I’m discovering my transition from one flavor to another each month seems to be somewhat blurred. And that is just part of the fun of writing this blog!