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The other must-have when in Puntarenas is, “Where do we eat the Churchill?” This dessert immortalized now even in cakes has its origins, decades ago in the first kiosks of the Paseo de los Turistas.

Gas station the night before: full tank. Water bottle filled at the car door. Things Have Changed by Bob Dylan sounds on my YouTube list: the journey begins: Puntarenas, here I go.

Route 27, money for tolls, air conditioning, it’s 9 am and the first question we all ask ourselves when we start our trip is: ‘Where do we stop for breakfast?’. The answer is easy on this gastronomic trip: La Casa del Sabor.

Taking some extra time to go, leave in a hurry and wanting to have breakfast on the road is very common. This restaurant at kilometer 69.5 over the 27, is located just before going down to the Jesús María river (which divides Orotina from Esparza), for at least 10 years it has provide me with guaranteed satisfaction. Safe stop for breakfast, the menu has been improving over the years.

Generous portion of Gallo pinto, homemade tortilla, two fried eggs, natilla and coffee.

Throughout the decade, this family business has maintained and improved the taste of its home-made tortillas, gallo pinto, its meat in sauce and the size of its clientele evidence that they have grown for good. It started like a soda, now it deserves the restaurant title.

It is the ideal place to go hungry, stop to eat and arrive without a rush to Puntarenas.

Generous portion of Gallo pinto, homemade tortilla, two fried eggs, natilla and coffee with milk: ¢ 4,300.

A few hours later a new question: ‘Where do we have lunch?’. The answer begins to get a bit more complicated, because in Puntarenas there are several recommended options, but let’s go to the classics, since Puerto Puerto is a national tourism classic.

One of those classics, with 50 years of existence, faithful to a traditional menu focused on seafood has an exotic and well-known name: El Kaite Negro. Recently moved from its original location. Now it is located at the Paseo de los Turistas (150 west of the Tioga hotel).

In this gastronomic establishment the bet is for the traditional seafood menu. Here you can find from the classic ceviche to the seafood soup.

Among the classics are their clams, either butter or garlic. Good portion of fresh shells with a thick sauce, with good salt, just to begin to feel in the beach mood and enjoy the heat, the sea breeze and the palm trees that sway to the rhythm of the sea. Served with potatoes and salad: ¢ 4,000

Garlic seafood platter is a good option for a main course. Good shrimp, various types of bivalves (mollusk with two shells), octopus and fish dance in the creamy sauce, with a correct level of garlic, which lets you enjoy all the flavors, one by one, or that the whole is enjoyed in its total dimension (¢ 10,000).

El Kaite Negro is a place to enjoy the Puntarenas of yesteryear.

El Kaite Negro is a place to enjoy the Puntarenas of yesteryear, the train rides, the stories of their dancers next to the sand, of our parents and grandparents who took us to know the sea for the first time. El Kaite Negro holds that nostalgia and that spoon.

The other must-have when in Puntarenas is, “Where do we eat the Churchill?” This dessert immortalized now even in cakes has its origins, decades ago in the first kiosks of the Paseo de los Turistas.

An urban legend states that a man, very similar to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill asked for slush in the way we now know and was named in his honor.

A super coloso with powdered milk, condensed milk and crowned with a vanilla ice cream ball.

The rest we already know. What we need to know is that nowhere else does a churchill taste better than in the Paseo de los Turistas. And my favorite kiosk is the Rio de Janeiro. Why?

Because I’ve come there all my life. I like the service, makes me feel at home, watching people go by, the inflatables that remind me of the desire I had as a child to have them all.

The churchill of the Rio de Janeiro made with the mastery of decades, did not disappoint: a super coloso with powdered milk, condensed milk and crowned with a vanilla ice cream ball (¢ 3,250), thanks to the heat, after 10 minutes, all turned out to be a kind of churchill milkshake, loaded with happy calories, that travel directly to the heart, to memories and to the future: here I will return, so that my daughter knows this same place and the tradition of going to our favorite places continues through them , through our food, through our Puntarenas.