As an ex-patriot living in Latin America, one of the questions that I always get is, "Is there anything that you miss?"
In the beginning, I would mention little things like "good deli meats," or "Diet Doctor Pepper." However, things have changed down here and I can get just about anything I want. Additionally, the honeymoon of "living in paradise" is over, and only the big ones count... In short, there is still a major deficiency that lurks: BEER.
I totally fucking miss beer, but not just beer- great beer; served out of a tap in a heavy glass pint; beer, stout, ale... ice cold, or just above room temperature.
I miss going to a bar or pub and watching the barman pull the Guinness tap and watch it pour and slowly separate like I am watching a documentary on the on the creation of Heaven and Earth.
I miss going to a random microbrewery, like Three Floyds, putting the beer menu on the table, and telling the server to "pick me a good one." Then, repeating the process as many times as I can until my the ability to make sense is lost, while making a good attempt to try every beer that they have on the menu.
Sure, we have beer here in Costa Rica, but let me assure you that I totally took great beer for granted.
Costa Rico offers a handful of national beers (upcoming post), and we also get a fair bit of European imports, but it just is not the same.
Well, off for a glass of Whiskey (Jameson 12 I think).
Next post (unless something really interesting happens)... Beers of Costa Rica