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That’s Fishin – January 2014

Sailfish action

Sailfish action

By Sarah Munro

If you’re a fisherman sitting reading this article, and it’s the first bit of January, you’re about to drop the magazine and run for the nearest boat. The fishing is WAILING this time of year, and you are definitely in one of the top 5 fishing destinations in the WORLD. Easily, bar none. The IGFA Offshore World Championships are held here, now two years in a row. And even better right now, the best eating fish, (according to me), snook are running right now. The best part for you, my friend is that the sport fishing fleet here in Quepos has specialists and boats for every kind of fishing in this area.

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Local Music Fests

Envision Fest

Envision Festival

By Nancy Buchan

Best wishes to all for a fun-filled and prosperous 2014! Now I may be too broke to pay attention, but I can help with the fun part! There are three music festivals coming up in January and February in our area that are guaranteed to be fun! In the December issue of this fine magazine I wrote about The Jungle Jam music event in Jaco that happens Jan. 16th – 19th. Read my article about the festival and go to their website to listen to the bands that will be performing there – like this beautiful country, the line-up is very diverse.  There is a jam band theme, but this year has some interesting new acts and it is in a beautiful setting at the Doce Lunas Resort. 

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Cosmic Confetti’s Horoscopes – January 2014

capricornCAPRICORN – December 22-January 19

Crying over spilt milk may seem like a folly, but perhaps not if you’ve spilt piping hot milk over your naked body. Weekend “raves” are not something that happen to you anymore. But it’s okay, you have things like Wogan instead.

aquariusAQUARIUS – January 20-February 18

Continually turning around in a circle is not a good way to avoid seeing the horrors you have created. Your life is a mess, now stop getting dizzy and sort it out. Danger, excitement, thrills. Even spills. These are buzz words which may catch your attention this week, possibly in the form of a horoscope. 

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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – January 2014

January 2014 coverBienvenidos/Welcome to 2014 in Paradise!

Happy New Year to everyone – we hope you are having a great time …you have come to a wonderful place to enjoy everything that Costa Rica has to offer-and more…we have the most exciting tours and the best restaurants so play hard and eat well……a first time advertiser is Buru Restaurant –“where the best food & best service converge”.. their menu looks awesome and tell them you heard about them in Quepolandia….another great restaurant is located to the south just a little past Dominical , La Parcela, sits on the point with an incredible 180 degree view – you can see some of the surrounding area an enjoy a delicious meal…everyone is invited to The Battle of the Bands  at Rancho Leon Jan. 26th to benefit PAWS– it will be an incredible afternoon of live music –  our awesome cover  of the sailfish was sent in by Mark Jansen of  Mar 1 Sport Fishing– thanks Mark for sending in more of your great photos…we have  the best fleet of charter boats with knowledgeable Capts and crew to provide you with an outstanding off shore or inshore fishing experience including Luna Tours, Quepos Sailfishing Charters & Pez Rey so get out there and make  some memories… read  Sarah’s That’s Fishin’ and you’ll be ready to go…..you can also get wet with white water rafting with Quepoa Expeditions or renting your own boat with Tres Ninas or go for a wild ride with Jungle Coast Jets -you’ll find all their contact info within our pages..we hope you enjoy  our magazine and beautiful area – you can even follow us on facebook.com/Quepolandia  and check us out here online when  you get back home.

 …Happy New Year…ciao for now… ….P

Baby Steps

By Paul Gerace, Dominical

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I had been photographing this sloth with it’s baby for about a month and a half. The baby was always clinging to her and they were never apart. They stayed in the same tree for about a week at a time, but always returned to that same tree. 

With lots of patience I was lucky enough to see the baby sloth’s first venture out away from it’s mother. It was thrilling in slow motion. The mother positioned itself next to a branch above. Then sloth baby slowly climbs up mother’s body, over her shoulder, and steps off of her arm. Junior did different hanging poses and gave some glances towards it’s mother. About 15 minutes later it climbed back down and reattached itself to it’s mother. I was able to photograph the entire sequence.

Great Ideas for lighting Your Bathroom & Kitchen

By Shelagh Duncan

Bathroom Lighting 

amazing tub accent lightingWhen it comes to lighting, an often ignored area of our homes is the bathroom. We’ll choose great tiles and faucets, but lighting usually plays a supporting role. Whether we opt for that minimalist Spa look, luxurious opulence, or just a serene place of refuge, lighting can make or break the effect. 

Let’s face it – the strip light above the mirror is the cheap and easy fix. A well thought-out lighting plan takes time and money, but makes the world of difference in any room. Basically you should have the three main types of lighting present – Task Lighting, Ambient Lighting, and Accent Lighting. 

Royal Palm Interiors

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Feliz Navidad

 By Os 

¡Feliz Navidad amig@s!  Quick review, before we start I need you to be sure that you can both understand and say these lifesaving pregunta words. 

  • ¿Cómo?    =           ¿How?
  • ¿Qué?    =              ¿What?
  • ¿Dónde?    =          ¿Where?
  • ¿Cuándo?    =        ¿When?
  • ¿Cuál?    =              ¿Which?
  • ¿Quién?    =           ¿Who?
  • ¿Cuánt@?    =       ¿How much?
  • ¿Cuánt@s?    =     ¿How many?
  • ¿Por qué?    =        ¿Why?

Spanish Pura Vida

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Nature Unbound in Costa Rica

 Costa Rica Nature UnboundBy Jim Parisi

 The good people at Ojala Publishing have your invitation waiting for you, in the form of their new book, “Fronteras Naturales”, or “Nature Unbound”, a collaborative project by photographers Luciano Capelli, Juan Jose & Sergio Pucci, with underwater images provided by Diego Mejias and Jose Manzilla. The open invitation comes from the book’s writer, Yazmin Ross, as a request for the reader to “empathize with the world and protect its fragile equilibrium”, as she puts it. The subject matter is the National Parks of Costa Rica, beginning with an introduction and brief history of the country’s parks and reserves, from their founding fifty years ago, to the current effort to keep these “ecosystems as unchanged as possible so that future generations may appreciate them without having to having to resort to photographs”. Yazmin has a way with words. And the project is a team contribution. Juan Jose Pucci, for example, is a Costa Rican physician who travels to different national parks on the weekends, photographing landscapes and wildlife that interest him. It is truly his passion. His brother Sergio is the author of two books: “Guanacaste” and “Costa Rica Pura Vida” as well as freelancing throughout the country.

Jaime Peligro Books and Music
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Camote (our local sweet potato) is the world’s healthiest food according to the USDA’s North Atlantic Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging. 

  1. It’s an energy food because of high carbohydrate contents. It can replace rice in diet.
  2. It’s good for diabetics. It helps stabilize blood sugar levels by increasing adiponectin, an important factor of insulin metabolism. It has moderate glycemic index of 50.
  3. CamoteIt’s high in dietary fiber and has a low fat content. Good for the heart and tummy. Fibers help reduce bad cholesterol and ease bowel movement.
  4. Yellow camote contains lutein and beta carotene. Antioxidants to prevent rapid aging and maintain good eyesight. Eat yellow camote instead of taking eye supplement.
  5. It contains lots of essential minerals and vitamins. Manganese, copper, potassium, iron, Vitamin – E, C, B6, B2, and A. It’s like a combination of  rice and vegetables in a single package.
  6. It’s an effective detoxifying agent. It adsorbs heavy metals and removes them from your body. 

Plus they taste great & are very versatile. In our house we especially like them with pork & corn. Here are my 3 favorite ways to prepare camote (all low or no-fat). But you can also use them in deserts, such as cakes, pastries, puddings & cookies.


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We Be Jammin’!

Bob MarleyBy Nancy Buchan

The great Jamaican musician Bob Marley wrote a song back in the late 70’s about jamming. It was a celebration of sorts – an enthusiastic anthem for the Rastafari movement and an effort to take music outside of the socially deprived areas of Jamaica to an international audience and help foster regional peacefulness. He says the word jammin’ about 35 times in the song, but here are some of the other lyrics – “I wanna jam it wid you and I hope you like jammin’ too… Ain’t no rules, ain’t no vow, we can do it anyhow, I and I will see you through. ‘Cos every day we pay the price with a little sacrifice…”

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Are rescued Squirrel Monkeys suitable for release to the wild?

By M.Sc. Daniela Solano-Rojas, President, Fundación Saimiri

Bonnie & Clyde

Bonnie & Clyde

In 1999 when I started my career at the University of Costa Rica, I never imagined that an organization started by 2 kids willing to save the rainforest in tropical Costa Rica would be such an important inspiration to my future work. 

Kids Saving the Rainforest started as a dream of Janine Licare and Aislin Livingston when they were only 9 years old, back in 1999. They both saw the rainforest disappearing and the negative impact of this on the animals, particularly the Squirrel monkeys. After 13 years, the KSTR role in the conservation of Central Pacific Squirrel Monkeys has been astonishing. Rescued animals and monkey bridges are some of the highlights. 

Kids Saving the Rainforest Logo

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That’s Fishin’ – December 2013

Jim's Tuna

Jim’s Tuna

By Sarah Munro

One word. ANGST. That’s right, that’s what happens when a sea-loving maven doesn’t get to stretch her legs on the water often enough. Especially when the fish are running. I managed one offshore trip this month, had to cancel three others. Funny how I work to fish but sometimes the work takes over and the fishing doesn’t happen. So, I have to be satisfied with only 11 Wahoo. 

You must be thinking, this girl is out of her mind, and yes, you are right. For those of you who have fishing in your blood, it’s easy to understand. For those of you who don’t – sorry – but whatever. 

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Cosmic Confetti’s Horoscopes – December 2013

sagittariusSAGITTARIUS – November 22-December 21

There is a lot of anger in your brain. Douse it with cool, flavoursome beer. Everything you are thinking about will end up getting lost in some sort of fuzzy logic.

capricornCAPRICORN – December 22-January 19

If you’re ignorant are you blessed? Only with ignorance, my stupid friend. Just because people laugh at you doesn’t make you a comedian.

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Keeper of the beat leaves us…Niven Keymer, aka “Gringo Star”

Gringo Star

Gringo Star

Keeper of the beat leaves us…Niven Keymer , aka “Gringo Star”, passed away on Oct. 30th in Quepos. Niven was a long time resident of our little paradise. He was also the “go to” drummer for almost every band in the area. Born in England in 1949 then moving with his family to Toronto where later he and his brother Geoff had their first band, The Manta Rays. Niven also lived in Key West and California but Quepos became home. 

He is survived by his bother Geoff of Nova Scotia and sisters Lesley and Sheryl from England. There was an outpouring of friendship and love from the community at a Celebration of Life held Nov 7th in Quepos at Dos Locos – one of his favorite “hangouts” and weekly gigs. Space limits us here to express all the kindness that was sent in Niven’s honor but here are a few quotes from the many stories shared that day: Read More…

¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – December 2013

Cover December 2013 We are happy you are here and know that you will have a wonderful time in our little corner of Paradise…….where has the year gone? Christmas just a few weeks away- gift ideas….a zip line tour, off shore fishing,  Villa Vanilla Spice Tour, a white water rafting trip, rent a chair at the beach and watch the waves – ahh….or enjoy a delicious meal at one of our outstanding restaurants – maybe stop at a fun “watering hole” for a cold one….see there.. now your shopping is complete!…..Jerry from Luna Tours would like everyone to drop by and meet his new partners Geoff & Heather – gee you could book a fishing trip at the same time…we also invite you to keep an eye out for a new restaurant & barCoconuts opening soon on the road to Manuel Antonio….if you are looking for great Italian food check out Gondola Restaurant located at Tres Bandera Hotel. You can also try Escalofrio or L’Angola in Quepos….there are so many great places to eat we can’t name them all.  We heard from Sunspot Poolside Bar & Grill at Hotel Makanda that they have special menus for Christmas Eve and New Years Eve – it’s a beautiful setting so check out their ad. There will be a turkey dinner somewhere around so don’t worry. We love our cover this month ‘cause that Mom & baby sloth are just too cute..many thanks to Paul Gerace of Dominical for sending us the great photo on the cover and the others inside with how he was  lucky enough to get awesome shots. This is Paul’s second cover so congrats! We have beautiful sunsets this time of year so stop by for a happy hour sunset that I bet will lead to a great dinner at El Lagarto BBQ Restaurant 2 x 1 cocktails—or run up to Ronny’s Place for the BEST SANGRIA anywhere….New Years Eve is always FUN– usually Fireworks on the seawall at midnight….live music New Years Eve at Dos Locos Restaurante in Quepos – a great party….looks like I’m out of space so I’ll end with best wishes for a great vacation Holiday Season and a Prosperous New Year to ALL…..follow us on facebook.com/Quepolandia  and check us out here online when  you get back home…tell your friends what a great time you had and come back soon………..ciao………….P

Feliz Navidad y un Próspero Año Nuevo