There is a phenomenon that occurs when you visit tropical areas near the equator. The sun goes down at 6pm. All year long. Not a ton of variance. In Minnesota, in the summer, the sun stays out from 5:12am until 9:20pm on the longest day, and rises at 8:03am to 4:20pm on the shortest day. I just realized I have been lying to people and telling them that in winter we only have 4-5 hours of sun. Oops. (They should know I always exaggerate by now.) But my point is that in Minnesota we have 8 hour days and we have 16 hour days. Here in Costa Rica it's completely the same all the time.
Which poses a problem for two gals who really aren't into the club scene. What do you do after dark? Here's what we do:
|We walk for miles down the beach at sunset.|
|Some of the beaches have shells instead of sand.|
|We bring Nicole's dog, "Scotty", and he is really friendly and everybody loves him.|
|Then we come home and make dinner.|
Here's how to make brussels sprouts taste good (special thanks to Summer Grimes for this one):
Buy the little minis fresh. Cut them in half the long way. Toss them with olive oil and sea salt. Place them face down on a cookie sheet, which you can line with tin foil if you're not into dishes, and throw in the oven for about 20-30 minutes at 400 degrees. I like them when they are just the slightest bit charred, as pictured above. But go with your preference, just kind of "toast" them. YUM. They make a yummy healthy snack. Eating them reminds me of eating popcorn.
The fish is Corvina. Nicole just mushed a bunch of garlic for the top and salt/peppered it with olive oil. Maybe 18-20 minutes at 400 degrees. You gotta just take them out when they're cooked through. The other day we had tilapia and for the salsa on the top I minced garlic, tomato, cilantro, cucumber and that was added after the cooking. That was pretty good too.