Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Arenal Report

January 27, 2011

Valentine’s Day at Longhorn Bar and Grill is bound to feature in future Arenal lore. Longhorn owners Cindy Carroccio and Jason Elliott have a stock of extraordinary wines, which lucky connoisseurs may sample at a wine-tasting evening Feb. 14 at the restaurant in Cinco Esquinas, a few minutes from Tilarán on the lake highway. The crown of the event, says Cindy, will be an Italian Antinori Solaia 2005, rated a 97 by Wine Spectator and available from Wine.com at $259 a bottle. In addition, there will be Spanish, Italian, South African, Argentine, French, German and U.S. wines. The food will also be extraordinary, according to chef Jason, who is trying to acquire traditionally aphrodisiacal foods for the special evening, including oysters, caviar and truffles, as well as favorites such as salmon. The cost is $40 per couple or $25 per person. The corks begin popping at 6 p.m.

Fuentes Verdes Ecological Association will hold its annual meeting tomorrow, Jan. 29, at 1 p.m. at the Hotel Tilawa, after a year in which it threw a stick into the spokes of the Arenal Maleku condominium project.  The group was responsible for getting the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court (Sala IV) to void resolutions of approval from various agencies, giving the developers four months to prove they can supply adequate water to all the condominiums by legal means. Fuentes Verdes has seen to it that all governmental entities from the municipality up were notified of the court’s decision. Meanwhile, however, construction has continued on the two massive – by Lake Arenal standards – condo buildings, and the condo project’s website, www.cantico.ca, announces that the first phase is completed as of January 2011, and that special pricing is available.

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