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Fiddlin’ Around – January 2018

Fiddlin'Around headerAt the stroke of midnight on December 31st I’ll bet many of you were enthusiastically singing along to the song Auld Lang Syne. Some of you with lampshades or goofy hats on your head. Or with your optimistic arms around someone else besides your significant other. Many of you hadn’t been up later than 10 pm since last years’ festivities. And then there’s the amateur drinkers embarking on their first epic hangovers. But every year, throughout the world, we somehow manage to unite for a couple of musical minutes to say goodbye to the past year with this ancient tune.

Portrait of Robert BurnsAuld Lang Syne was written by the great Scottish poet Robert Burns in the year 1788, and was set to the tune of a traditional folk song. Besides being used to bid farewell to the old year, it is also sung at funerals, graduations, or at the end of group events or gatherings. Many scouting organizations sing the song to close their yearly jamborees, and it is meant to pay homage to old friends as it conveys a sense of longing for the past. It is a melancholy yet beautiful song which looks at the past with nostalgia, but also with a feeling of comradery about our shared experiences. Though most of us know parts of this song, so we’re able to tipsily sing along, I’ll bet most of us don’t really understand the meaning of many of the words or their origin.

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Karma Saving the Rainforest – January 2018

KSTR logoBy Karma Casey

Happy New Year from Karma, a spokeskid at Kids Saving the Rainforest! With the first issue of the year, I wanted to reach out to our wonderful community of Manuel Antonio and Quepos and see how we can all get involved helping out Costa Rica’s wildlife!

To learn about one great way to help Kids Saving the Rainforest, check out the LEAF-let we are including in this issue! You can help collect leaves for the hungry sloths, anteaters, monkeys, and other wildlife in our care! These animals need lots of fresh leaves to help give them a more natural diet. The animals in our nursery and rescue center need to learn the foods they will eat in the wild once they are released. You can help!

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What’s Shaking at Marina Pez Vela? – January 2018

What's Shaking headerWOW…while there are likely more appropriate adjectives to describe all that took place during the month of December and close of the 2017 year here at Marina Pez Vela, the sheer pace of it all and incredibly memorable moments have even our most verbose of collaborators speechless! Triathalon, Bright Lights, Christmas, New Year’s….a truly fantastic close to 2017 is like the red carpet for 2018 and an AWESOME year ahead. 

January has the family at Marina Pez Vela continuing with some amazing events and news and we are very excited to share with you all the most important reminders for this first month of 2018!

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That’s Fishin’- January 2018

That's Fishin' headerBy Benn Gilmour

January kicks off the peak time in our Billfish season, where our waters off Quepos offer Anglers some of the best Sailfishing on the planet when huge numbers of big Pacific Sailfish (70-140lbs) gather here to reproduce. Anglers flock from all corners of the earth to come and experience our amazing fishery for themselves. There are not many other places in the world where you could be in with a chance of double-digit Sailfish releases in just one day. This is what Quepos is famous for—you have come to the right place!


Pelagic Rockstar TournamentWith the arrival of our Billfish, it is by no coincidence that the first of our major tournaments, The ‘Pelagic Rockstar’ takes place this month from January 11-13. The event promises to throw the entire Marina Pez Vela into party mode for the weekend with Rock ‘n Roll Bands, Pelagic Girls, dockside parties, & your chance to purchase some awesome Pelagic fishing apparel at the tournament village. For the competing teams there are some big cash prizes (and bragging rights!) to aim for but even if you will not be fishing, come down to the Marina Pez Vela and join all the fun. There will be early morning boat parades before the teams head offshore and from sunset onwards you can join us for the nightly bands & entertainment. This event promises to be a blast!

Last minute entries to the tournament can be made by contacting the iFish Quepos team at tournaments@marinapezvela.com.

Pelagic Rockstar Tournament Schedule

January 11 Team registration & 7pm kick-off party.
January 12 6.30am boat parade, day 1 fishing & 4.30pm dockside social.
January 13 6.30am boat parade, day 2 fishing & 7pm evening prize presentation.

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Leftover Turkey Gumbo

Chef's Corner logoUsing leftovers from holiday meals is just another way to prolong the feast. Here, the turkey carcass and meat scraps can become a wonderful hearty soup to serve with rice and plenty of hot sauce.


  • 3 quarts of leftover turkey carcass stock
  • 1 ½ cups of flour
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large green pepper
  • 3 sticks of celery
  • 1 lb (or ½ kg) of sautéed andouille sausage or any sausage
  • We like shrimp too
  • Turkey meat
  • Steamed rice
  • Hot sauce
  • Parsley to garnish

Leftover Turkey GumboDirections

  1. All gumbos start with a roux which means browning flour in oil. I use a low flame and plenty of patience for stirring the pot.
  2. When the roux becomes dark chocolate brown, you must add that Cajun “holy trinity” which is chopped onions, green peppers, and celery.
  3. Then you follow with the stock, and finally the meats. The meat choices are really up to you and what you have on hand.

The only rules to making gumbo are: don’t burn the roux and laissez les bon temps rouler. Or “let the good times roll!”

¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – January 2018

January 2018 coverBienvenidos…Welcome 2018, we hope you had a wonderful Holiday. High season is upon us in Costa Rica and we are glad you are here to be part of it with us. Green season has provided us a beautiful backdrop to begin this new year of adventure. Our magazine is filled with the best of the best the Southern Pacific Zone has to offer and should help your stay here a trip you never forget.

Try something new this year like sport fishing for a record Marlin (Marina Pe Vela). Zip Lining and exploring the tree tops (Hacienda Baru or Titi Canopy). Paddling thru the Mangrove with Tucanes Tours. Hiking thru some of the most beautiful National parks in the world. Just chillin at the beach, try parasailing or learn to surf ( Aquas Azules or Marcos). They will have you hanging ten in no time. So let the “Pura Vida” lifestyle set the pace for your 2018. Life is short…GO LIVE IT!

We want to thank Paul Gerace for his incredible hairy caterpillar on ginger cover. You can check out more of his photos at photosofcostarica.com, or buy his photo books on blurb.com or amazon.com.

We are always looking for new covers so please send your best shots to info@quepolandia.com for future consideration.

Looking for great food, great drinks, and NFL Football? Stop in to Jolly Rogers, Sanchos, or Double Hook to catch all the games.

Also, great food, great music, and a great cause at PAWS Battle of the Bands, on January 28th at Ronny’s Place.

We would like it welcome our new advertisers this month… Costa Rica Yacht Sales, Karma Lounge, Manuel Antonio Deli, Mogambo Bar, Shanti Spa, and SmartWebCR.

We hope you enjoy our magazine and it helps guide you through this enchanting paradise we call home. You can always follow and share us here and at facebook.com/quepolandia. We appreciate and welcome your comments. Have a great New Year.

Peace and Enjoy..D

The Second Half-Century Club

Shambling through paradise headerI promise this entire article is not going to be a bummer, but—I have reached the age where the death of a contemporary no longer elicits a response of ”O my god, What happened?” No, it’s more like “What was it she had again’’? Or “Yeah, no great shock, last time I saw him he looked like garbage wrapped in skin”.

When I arrived in CR almost 30 years ago, the core of expats I first got to know were primarily 2nd half century club members. Not too long ago I ran into one on the street. Back in the day we called him “Memo Loco’’. His real name was William. I had not seen him in at least 20 years. My last recollection of him was a rainy Sunday morning at the San Clemente in Dominical. I was having breakfast when Memo Loco entered. He was in the middle of an extended coke and alcohol-fueled party. On a dare, in front of all the customers, he stood in the middle of the restaurant, tilted his head to one side and poured his beer into his ear.

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Spanish Sucks – December 2017

¡Hola amigos!  How did you do filling the previous seven verbs?  Remember to check your answer on this link: http://www.oscostarica.com/printable-spanish-flashcards/

This month there are seven new verbs.  THE LAST SEVEN ONES.  Fill the boxes with the conjugations of the verbs in present tense…

Remember that I chose those 70 verbs based on the frequency of use, the importance of complexity and the pattern of conjugation… Every month I will give you seven flashcards to fill!  Go to my website and compare your fillings with mine:  http://www.oscostarica.com/printable-spanish-flashcards/

Spanish Sucks

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Surrender the Selfies

The way we portray ourselves to the public is never how it seems. The lexicon of internet usage that has just appeared this century has a word that spurs on many thoughts for me. Selfie. This unique noun, brought to us from technology has gone beyond a picture, it is a word that has changed how people experience moments in time and brings a “mirror” to every situation that has a cell phone. Like anything, there are varied opinions on what a selfie is actually showing. A picture is worth a thousand words. Everyone has an opinion, and very easily images can be misconstrued. Health, happiness, beauty, and achievement all are on a sliding scale and a matter of opinion. A projected public picture can translate to egocentric, self-involved, or pompous…for it is a very fine line indeed. The phenomenon of woman pursing their lips (duck face) with an ever so mystic look in their eyes to me is downright idiotic. Sickening when it is a young girl just doing what she’s seen hundreds of times before. We are bombarded daily by television, magazines, and internet often saying that we are not good enough, that we just don’t measure up. Culture, trends, and the ever so popular cosmetic surgery all help to shape opinions on who is beautiful and what the “in thing” is…Hollywood reigns supreme. With Go-Pro cameras making everyone think they are heroes (or not) body image is a major player in how we go about our work, play, and our very lives.

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Ocelot Factory


Photo: Daniel Allen

By Jack Ewing

On September 14, 2016, one of the Hacienda Barú guides sent me a photo of an ocelot killed on the coastal highway in front of the Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge. From the spot pattern on its neck and shoulders I was able to identify it as a young male, about two years old, who I had previously named “Frodo”. His identification was made possible by comparing the photo of the dead ocelot with photos and videos of Frodo taken by our trail cameras. Every individual ocelot’s spot pattern is unique, and this facilitates identification. There are tunnels under the highway at Hacienda Barú, and most of the ocelots use them. I assume Frodo had never crossed the highway before and didn’t know about the tunnels.

Dead ocelot on the roadA couple of months earlier a new mature male, an enormous individual who I named “Brutus”, had ousted the male who had reigned for at least three years. I would imagine that Frodo, who was probably a son of the ousted alpha male, and who was approaching reproductive age, felt threatened by Brutus and was forced to leave the territory where he was born and raised. The death of the beautiful, young spotted cat was saddening, but not cause for alarm. There was at least one producing adult female and an immature female, “Tinkerbell”, about a year from reproductive age. There was also quite possibly a second mature producing female within Brutus’ territory. So the death of Frodo wouldn’t have a major impact on the population. We thought.
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That’s Fishin’ – December 2017

That's Fishin' headerBy Benn Gilmour

Our November Fishing here in Quepos was a blast with lots of big Dorado (Mahi Mahi) keeping Anglers busy during their Offshore trips. The bite has been super close to Quepos with great Dorado fishing only 10 or so miles from the Marina. Dorado will continue to be caught in December, however, boats will be pushing out further and deeper as most visiting Anglers will be here with one thing on their mind, Billfish!

Blue Marlin ready for release

Blue Marlin ready for release

December is one of the top months of the year to catch Marlin and our Sailfish bite will be heating up as the month progresses before it peaks between January & March. With good numbers of Sailfish about and the opportunity of catching Blue, Black & Striped Marlin, December holds great potential for Anglers that would love to try and catch a grand slam of three different Billfish species in a day. No easy feat anywhere in the world, however, Quepos holds that potential.

There will be some great Yellow Fin Tuna fishing Offshore whilst our Inshore fleet will be focusing on Roosterfish, Snook, Snapper, Jacks & Mackerel whilst fishing the rocks, islands and river mouths close to Quepos. With the water temperature warming as we enter the summer, we will see more bait inshore around Quepos than we have for six months bringing the predatory fish hot on their heels.

Check out those dentures!

Check out those dentures!

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Transitional Design

A Harmony of the Classic and the Clean

Design WiseBy Shelagh Duncan

If you appreciate the classic shapes and silhouettes of traditional interiors, but also enjoy the minimalism and open concepts of contemporary and modern interiors—then the transitional style is probably right for you!

Transitional interior design is a perfect fusion of traditional and contemporary styles. It borrows from the best of both worlds to create a balanced and sophisticated space. As the name probably suggests, transitional design came about by combining two opposite styles. It’s sometimes referred to as “an updated take on the classics”.

Transitional DesignOn the one hand, you have the warmth, comfort and balance that comes from a traditional aesthetic. But refusing to be bogged down by the ornate details that can sometimes make traditional spaces feel outdated, the transitional look pares it down and incorporates the clean lines and simplistic nature that defines contemporary design. At its best, this style feels timeless with a modern twist.

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The Harmful Effects of the Wildlife Selfie Craze

Young slothBy Sam Trull, Sloth Director/Co-Founder The Sloth Institute Costa Rica

Recently there has been a proliferation of wildlife selfies being posted on social media sites, with Instagram alone reporting an increase of 300%. And thankfully, there has been a huge response from the global community on the harm these selfies impose on wildlife. We get that some people just don’t realize that taking selfies with wildlife is simply not only harmful but unethical.

A recent video uncovered by the investigative work of “World Animal Protection” tells a horrific story. Trees are being chopped down and sloths are being ripped out of trees and are passed around from tourist to tourist as if they were a toy. These sloths are wild animals and show all the signs of being in stress when taken from their environment. An average tourist thinks that the sloths outstretched arms are a sign of the sloths posing when in fact it means they are in high stress mode.The Sloth Institute logo

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Orange and Sesame Chicken with Thai-style Chayote Slaw

This is an American-Chinese favorite, Asian fusion at it´s finest.

For 8 to 10 servings

Orange and Sesame Chicken with Thai-style Chayote SlawThai-style Chayote Slaw


  • 1 Chayote
  • 1 Carrot
  • 2 tbs Thai fish sauce
  • 2 tbs white sugar
  • 2tbs lime juice
  • Peanuts
  • Cilantro


  • Slice chayote & carrot into small matchsticks.
  • Make a dressing with Thai fish sauce, white sugar, and lime juice.
  • Pour dressing over matchsticks and garnish with chopped peanuts and cilantro.



  • 1 kg of chicken thigh fillets, cut into nice chunks
  • 3 tbs flour
  • 3 tbs cornstarch (maizena)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/3 cup of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup of water


  1. Mix together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and powder, soy sauce, sesame oil, vegetable oil, and water until a smooth paste is formed.
  2. Add the chicken pieces and let sit for about 30 minutes.
  3. In a shallow pan, heat 2 cups of cooking oil and fry the chicken pieces in batches until golden. Keep warm.

Orange and Sesame Sauce


  • 2 tablespoons of finely shredded fresh ginger
  • 6 to 8 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 100 grams of orange marmelade, or a small jar
  • 1/2 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup of white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of rice wine vinegar 
  • 1/4 cup of ketchup
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • Toasted sesame seeds for garnish


  1. In a saucepan, fry the garlic and ginger in a little bit of cooking oil until fragrant.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil.
  3. Mix 3 tablespoons of cornstarch into 1 cup of water and mix well before adding it to thicken sauce.
  4. Pour over warm chicken nuggets and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.
  5. Serve with steamed rice and Thai-style chayote slaw.

Karma Saving the Rainforest

KSTR logoBy Karma Casey

Greetings! Karma Casey here, a spokes-kid for Kids Saving the Rainforest! You may remember me from my interview with Lexi Bacca a couple of issues ago. I moved to Costa Rica to help KSTR, and I’m 9 years old, just like Janine & Aislin when they started our organization way back in 1999.

Baby sloth on stuffed toyIt’s that time of year again: The holidays! If you are looking for a unique gift that makes a difference, you might consider sponsoring a sloth at Kids Saving The Rainforest! For a donation of at least $30, you will get a plush sloth, a photo and a story of a real live sloth saved by KSTR, a certificate, and fun facts about sloths!

To learn more, visit sponsorasloth.wordpress.com.

Although plush sloths are good to snuggle and hold, real sloths are not! They will become so stressed out they may even die. Also, it is very illegal to hold or touch wild animals. When an orphaned baby sloth comes into Kids Saving The Rainforest, they are given a plush animal to hold onto very much like the one you will receive. They cling to it like they would their mother.
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