The more time I spend in Costa Rica, the more I use these strange ingredients to my advantage. We would never have attempted lentil burgers or Thai green curry had bags of legumes and cans of coconut milk not been so plentiful. We are no longer distracted by the frozen vegetables and heat-and-serve dinner kits we once bought from Trader Joe’s.
The shadows were lengthening when I turned a corner and saw them: A long procession of figures, dressed in togas made of leaves, their faces covered in masks. Scores of people marched down the road, arms linked over shoulder, forming ranks of beastly warriors.