Burgers and surprises

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It was a cool Saturday morning in Portland. My English roomie asked if I had plans for the day. I didn’t, so she invited to what she called an eating adventure. I was totally in, given that she is an absolute foodie just like me. You must be thinking now that all my friends are foodies… I think you are probably right.

We hoped on a bus and started our way downtown. It took us about 30 minutes to get there. Once off the bus, we started walking around. Turns out my friend didn’t have the exact address of the place. Fortunately, it didn’t take long before we got to the Little Big Burger, located at the Pearl District.  The place was packed. So, I thought the food was going to be delicious. I was not wrong.

The menu is not extensive at all… it includes three different types of burgers and fries. I think that is partly why they are so good, they are completely specialized. Now, the restaurant’s name is Little Big Burger… but that doesn’t mean the food is a little to big. In fact, I found the size of the burger a bit disappointing. As most of you may now by now, I like to eat. The taste however made me think not of the size but the flavor.  I think there is some kind of secret ingredient on the meat, because it was really good. Plus, the way in which they are cooked left a tasty char flavor on parts of the meat… yum yum!

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The fries were the best I’ve ever tried. They were crunchy, tasty, salty… just a dream come true! I was even giving it a thought of buying an extra order.  However, my friend said that she had a surprise for me. I was kind of excited about the surprise. After finishing our food, we started walking and walking and walking. I was so tired I was ready to quit on the surprise when we had to cross the highway. My friend laughed at me… it’s just across the street she said.

We kept walking… Look, she said, as she pointed to beautiful and colorful houses. That is the surprise! I was shocked! I had seen them since about a month ago… I think she saw my annoyed faced, so she rapidly stated we were just around the corner.  We got to a little place near 23rd street where you can get the best cupcakes in town!

Saint cupcake bakery is really what a saint’s place ought to be. It was full of sugary treats that were just so nice that made you confused as to what to order.  This place was, of course, packed too. We waited for a few minutes and ordered our cupcakes. I asked for the carrot cupcake while my friend had a chocolate one. They were both so pretty it was almost sad to bite them. The butter cream frosting was high enough to make a mess, so we were careful.

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My cupcake was fluffy, soft, sweet and very carroty. It tasted like heaven. The creamcheese-butter cream topping was also delicious, although I felt like it was too much.  I ate it any way.  My friends was also really good. I couldn’t help but steal a bit of it. The chocolate was sweet, but it still had something that made it different.

All in all, I think it was good we walked so much… I at least burned some of the thousands of calories…

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Happy ending

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Hubby was planning where to go on Sunday since last week. He decided we were going to see the Ujarras ruins, go have lunch at a place where one catches their own trout and eat dessert at the Coffee Plantation Restaurant. So after breakfast and getting ready, we got into the car and off we went.  He was really happy to see that the construction in the highway were done and traffic was not that bad.  However, when we were getting close to Cartago, a small town we had to drive through, there were a lot of cars “parked” on the streets.  I started looking around and saw a large group of horses, more than a 1000 easily, and so got to the conclusion that there was going to be what the Ticos call Tope, a horse parade where all you see are horses walking.

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Given that Hubby was hungry, the amount of cars and horses got on his nerves, so we decided to give a u-turn and drive back home.  On our way back, he kept asking me where I wanted to go, but I had absolutely no idea. I started giving ideas with the help of a webpage that presents “all” the restaurants in Costa Rica, but he was not happy with the results. He then proposed to go to… McDonald’s. I was not very happy with his suggestion, but decided discussing the idea was going to be a waste of time.

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Getting in McDonald’s was a triumph. There were about 20 cars making a line for the Auto-Mac. The parking lot was completely full, and people were walking all around to get to their cars.  Once inside, I sat on one of the few tables that were free, and waited for Hubby to bring the food. After setting the food on the table, he went to get the beverages and ketchup. I sat looking at the fries and noticed that the big fries are a waste of money given that the amount of fries was exactly the same as the medium ones. The nuggets were good, crispy and hot. Now, this is not our first trip to MD, so I do have to warn you… if you want to eat there, you have to make sure the place is packed and there is a long line to order. In this way, you are sure you are getting fresh food just made, otherwise, they may give you a hamburger that has been sitting there for hours.

After lunch, we crossed the street to see puppies at the pet store, but here were none! I was kind of sad given that since I can’t have a dog at home because of the building’s policy, I like to at least look at them… After this third disappointment, we went to our car. I was still hungry… Hubby made a last suggestion; let’s go with the french guy he said.

I was so excited by the fact that I am sure my eyes glowed.  We got to Chez Christophe in about 4 minutes. We sat on a table at the terrace and enjoyed the good weather while waiting for the waiter. He soon came and asked our beverage orders; we both asked for tea. The waiter brought the tea box so we could choose. I picked a strawberry-mango infusion while Hubby grabbed a digestive tea.

I then proceeded to the counter, where my dreams came true. I couldn’t decide on what to order. I was hoping for a pain au chocolat, but true to be told once I was standing looking at all the desserts I completely forgot about it. I was supposed to go back to my sit and order the pastries, but I couldn’t help it, I had been seduced by the sweet looks of everything that was standing under the lights.  I asked the girl for a lemon pie and an apple tart.

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When Hubby saw my happy face while holding a plate, he decided to do the same.  He came back with a moccha cake, a three chocolate cake and a fruit pie. Now, don’t be shocked, all this delicious treats are made mini-size. It’s not like we ate a huge piece of each. It all looked lovely. I first had a try of Hubby’s choices… they were all really good, specially the moccha cake which had the perfect combination between the sweetness of chocolate and the bitterness of coffee.  The three chocolate cake was a bit too much for me, but Hubby loved it. And the fruit tart was tasty, sweet and just in the right size.

As for my pastries… the lemon pie was really delicious. The filling was soft, the bottom crust crispy. The taste of the lemon was enhanced by the sweetness of the crust. Mmmm, super good! The tart was even better, it was sweet, creamy, buttery and crunchy. It was the best of the best… just sublime! I think that a trip to Costa Rica wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t have a taste of this lovely sweet pieces of heaven. So don’t forget to visit Chez Christophe if you come visit… it is located just across the west side of Paco commercial center.

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