More food & drink from Costa Rica
t20mxs1 at CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU
Wed Mar 21 06:43:54 UTC 2001
Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:
> LA COCINA DE LENA bills itself as ¨the best restaurant in town.¨ It´s > located in the El Pueblo restaurant section of San Jose. Some items are below.
<<several items skipped so I can emphasize just two>>
> ALMUERCITA--stuffed cabbage.
That word is troublingly strange. "Almuerzo", commonly, is the second meal of
the day, after desayuno, literally breaking a fast. (There are five mealtimes
per day in much of Central America and in southern Mexico. Desayuno would be
something light at around six A.M.; almuerzo is a much heartier breakfast eaten
around ten AM. Then there's comida at around 2:00 PM, some kind of snack at 6:00
PM or so; and cena, supper, at perhaps 9:00 or even 10:00 PM.) The infinitive
for taking that second breakfast is "almorzar", accent on the third syllable; in
derivatives, o changes to ue in an accented syllable . That's a standard shift
of pronunciation in many Spanish words. "Almuercita" is strange because the
"-ita" diminutive shifts the accent to the third syllable; normally, the ue of
accented syllables would change to o in another syllable. The word I would
expect would be "almorcito". I'd also expect a masculine terminal -o, not
Then again, maybe I've just gone through a tremendous scholarly demonstration of
the depths of my ignorance.
> GALLO PINTO--mixed rice and beans, meat, eggs and sour cream.
That's a very high-class gallo pinto. Ordinary gallo pinto is rice and beans,
served with optional hot sauce. The simple gallo pinto is a major staple in
peasant diets in Central America . . . where meat, eggs, and/or sour cream
would be more than a peasant family could afford.
-- mike salovesh <salovesh at niu.edu> PEACE !!!
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