Snapshot on the Santa Teresa Costa Rica organic cuisine scene
Organic food flourishes in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.
“At Pranamar we try to satisfy not only your stomach, but also your soul with cuisine that is varied, distinctive, delicious and healthy,” explains Pranamar Villas Head Chef Rodrigo Soriano of Argentina.
The open-air Buddha Eyes Restaurant, overlooking the lagoon-style pool at the Costa Rica beach resort, features organic Costa Rican fruits and vegetables, creative vegetarian cooking, local farm-fresh meats, and fresh just-out-of-the-ocean fish and shellfish.
“We buy our fish fresh each day from local fishermen in Santa Teresa and Malpais. It can’t get fresher than what we have!” commented Soriano, who has been working with Pranamar Villas for nine years, and leads the restaurant team with chefs Claudio “Cicco” Mazzone from Italy and Jesus Zabala from Venezuela.
Local farmers in the southern Nicoya Peninsula region provide the hotel with grass-fed beef and free-range chicken and eggs. The beachfront Santa Teresa Costa Rica hotel grows some of its vegetables and fruit, including zucchini, zucchini flowers, basil, pumpkin, squash, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, mangoes, plantains, bananas, star fruit and coconut.
“We grow what is in season and we try to buy products that are in season so they are fresh. We buy very few things from a supermarket,” noted Soriano.
Yoga in Santa Teresa Costa Rica is magic at Pranamar’s Yoga Shala
A yoga studio can be a magical place. If designed well, and filled with calm energy of a good yoga instructor, entering a yoga studio can change you into a happier, more relaxed and less stressed person.
Pranamar Oceanfront Villas & Yoga Retreat in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica has a Yoga Shala (Sanskrit for “studio”) that does just that. The beachfront Santa Teresa Costa Rica hotel specializes in yoga and yoga retreats, and the yoga space was carefully crafted to reflect the owners’ beliefs.
“We believe the practice of yoga is for people of all ages, all levels, and all intentions. Our classes will challenge you physically, but more than that they will be an opportunity to increase self-awareness, knowledge and joy,” state Pranamar’s owners.
Visit Costa Rica’s first nature reserve, Cabo Blanco
More than 46 percent of Costa Rica’s forests were lost from 1950 to 1983, cleared for farming, ranching and lumber, according to the Costa Rica Ministry of the Environment (MINAE) and the National Forestry Financial Fund (FONAFIFO). What started Costa Rica back on the path to reforestation and protecting its natural resources was the Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve.
The tiny nature reserve at the extreme southern end of the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica seems too pretty and unassuming to have changed history, though it did.
In 1960, when Swede Nicolas Wessberg (known as Olaf or Olle) and his Danish wife Karen Mogensen bought a farm near the town of Montezuma, the forest on the peninsula tip was completely cut for farming and cattle except for a small piece of primary forest.
Waterkeepers defends clean water in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
“Without water, there can be no life. Without clean water, there can be no healthy life.”
This is the maxim of the worldwide environmental organizaation Waterkeeper. Based in the United States, the Waterkeeper Alliance aspires to protect every major watershed around the world, to advocate for every person’s right to clean water, as well as the wise and equitable use of water resources globally.
Presently, there are more than 200 Waterkeeper grassroots organizations on six continents pushing for clean water in their communities. Costa Rica is the only Central American nation with a Waterkeeper organization.
The progressive, environmentally-friendly town of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, on the southern Nicoya Peninsula, is the lucky home of Costa Rica’s Waterkeepers. Founded in October 2012, the Nicoya Peninsula Waterkeeper group is focused on improving the quality of water in the Santa Teresa area, and helping the community properly deal with its residual waters.
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