Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Itskazu School

The Itskazu School is 100 meters east of the Casa de Dona Lela. I always thought it was a preschool from the little play ground out front to the design of their sign. It is a school that runs from Kindergarden to Senior in High School. It is an all Spanish speaking school and my kids don't speak spanish. Some of my friends think this is harsh but I do this from experience. I grew up in a town with many Portuguese imigrants who sent their kids to school and none of us spoke Portugese. They all learned with in a few months. My kids have the luxury of having some English speaking kids in their school. I am confident they will excell.

The schools main focus is on the arts and being creative. The strss many diferent ideas of tolerence, peace, honesty, etc. Yolanda an English teacher at the school and a woman that lives close by to us has been great. During the opening talk which was focused on mothers and family and their role in the family. The importance of their actions and importance of being happy. Stressing being a good mother is not good enough being a happy mother is important. How can we teach are children about peace in this day of a warring world. With this in mind I added a cost of war meter to my site. Not trying to be to political just think though about what the costs of war are and what we want the world to be.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

The Pub

I grew up in the local bar business in Kearny, NJ. My Grandfather had bought a Tavern he never stepped foot in and gave up a $200 a monnth pension he would have had from the factory he worked. I believe he was in his mid 50's when he purchased it and when my father started working there around 1959 it was only his second full time job besides his time in the airforce. I always liked the bar/restaurant business and went to college for Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management at Johnson & Wales in Providence, RI. The local bar has always been a congregating point for me to get comfortable in a new community. In RI it was the Recess Pub. I met a beautiful young blonde from NY there and now we have two daughters some 17 years later. In PA it was Sal's where my good friend Wes Settle owned this dumpy college/local hang out. Arizona was a place where I never really found a place with a local feel. But here in Escazu I found the place. One of my poker buddies Camisa Bob and I were talking about places to eat and fin certain foods and the subject of Fish & Chips came up. Now Kearny, NJ is a Scotts/Irish community that had five authentic Fish & Chip Restaurants. So I am always skeptical when someone has good Fish & Chips. I was told head straight up the Hill past the Scotia bank heading towards Escazu Centro. When you go around the curve to the right at the top of the hill it will be right on you right hand side. It will have a green Heineken awning and read "THE PUB".

I am very picky as I said when it comes to my Fish & Chips and I will say they are really good. I prefer to eat a Cod or Halibut but you have to go with what's available. For the price you definitely can't beat it. I am not much of a price watcher but I believe they are under 3,000 colones. The first thing that caught my eye is that this place is just a small hole in the wall. Some people like big and fancy some like small and charming. The wood work is really nice and if there is 50 people in there it is elbow to elbow. Now if it only is run well and has a hospitable owner and staff, than this is our place. The first night there I met one of the owners, Chris, an expat from Canada and a great host. He bought us a round of drinks welcomed us to Costa Rica and we had some good Fish and Chips. The food there is only Bocas and Pub Grub and it's good. Not gormet but a great place for a burger and some conversation. I love the Taco Chinos and the Jalapeno Poppers.

The staff is Wilson and Neil the bartenders/waiters who both make you feel at home. Plus with Neil I get to practice my spanish since his english isn't great and with Wilson it is pure Spanglish. Wilsons english is pretty good. I go down to the pub anywhere from 2-4 times a week. Especially when I need any type of information or translation. This is where the other owner, Caroline, enters into the picture. She is a runs The Pub in the daytime and is a Grigatica from Canada that came down here on vacation fell in love and never moved back. She is a real sweer heart and her husband Tiger, I mean Tavo, is a great guy and have both helped me out with local problems where I need some help talking on the phone in spanish and Tavo even took me down to the electric company when I had a problem and took care of it for me. I know these aren't service options on The Pubs menu but man what nicepeople the owners are. Chris is very protective of the single female customers that come in. He wants to make sure they always feel secure and comfortable. By the amount of woman that go in there at night I would say they must like the service and hosptality.

The Pub in the daytime is basically a gringo hang out and at night it goes anware from a good mix to total tico and I love that. You never know what to expect when you get there.

How does a rating scale of 1- 5 beers sound? I am pretty picky so I am not quite sure if I should do ratings. Well tonight we are walkiing across the street to meet our god friends William and Caroline at the Taj Mahal. This will be a first time experience and I think they just did some remodeling so I will write about it in the next day or two.

Any other recommendations?

Monday, August 07, 2006

Motor Psychos Bar, Grill, and Shop

I took my kids to the movies at Cinemark in the Multi Plaza in Escazu. While standing in lines in McDonalds, they love the fries I saw a young Tico with a cool tatoo of a green clover, blue diamond, red heart, and a black spade. I asked him if I could check it out and he responded in English that I could. We got into conversation of where he had it done. I don't have any tatoos but you can tell it was really good art and creative with a design of cards a nine ball covering his whole upper arm covered. It ends up the artist that did it is the same artist who does tatoos on Sundays at Motor Psychos in Piedades, Santa Ana.

Motor Psychos as my brother says has made it onto the rotation of local watering holes we frequent. Here is a rough list of spots we go to:
GT=Gringo/Tico spots
TT=Total Tico
Now obviously if we go there it isn't Total Tico but we rarely see other Gringos at the spots.

The Pub(Escazu Centro)GT
Lalys(50 meters west of The Pub)TT
Bar Snoopy(Up 1KM behind Paco)TT
Henry's(San Rafael Caje Vieja)GT
Cerros(San Antonio across from soccer field)GT
Big Dogs(across from Serettos)GT
Cebolla Verde(Calle Vieja top of hill Santa Ana)TT
Rock and Roll Pollo(Calle Vieja bottm of hill Santa Ana)GT
Bar Amigos(Santa Ana Centro)TT
Motor Psychos(Main Road to Piedades just over the small bridge)GT

Here is a picture of there sign. It is the three owners on their bikes.

Motor Psychos is really a different place. Tak is in charge of building custom bikes there. His image is the guy in the center of the sign. He had a cool shirt on it said ....Respect Is Earned Beatings Are Free.....I asked him and Richard when the beatings started and he said "We are giving them out as door prizes later" I replied "I will take that as my time to leave". This place is a total tropical biker bar. Open air bar and dining area and a shop to order parts and get biker related gear in the back. The shop is run by Ken the other owner who's image is on the left side of the sign. That leaves us with Richard who is the bar/restaurant guy.

I first met Richard at Rock n Roll Pollo's in Santa Ana. He just got back in town from a long trip was my understanding. He use to be partners with Dr. Bob over at Tex Mex also in Santa Ana. I guess they had a falling out and he was talking about opening a biker bar/part shop/custom shop with light food mainly bocas. Now Richard is known in the area for the high quality food he can put out and the menu has been coming along slowly and I thought they had hardly any food. Well Sunday it was just rolling out, quesadias,nachos, real Buffalo wings, etc. I was sitting right next to Richard and suggested he put out some more food, past experience lead me to believe they wasn't much on the menu. Boy was I wrong and he let me know it. Which is coll because I love to bust balls and can take it as well as dish it. We had a real good time there and all three partners are very hospitable. Here is a picture of Richard.

IF you know of any other spots in the area we should try out just email me at dodgingpotholes@yahoo.com