Great Restaurant Poas Volcano area. Fredo Fresas is a Treat!

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freda-fressaimg_0247Great Restaurant Poas Volcano area.  Fredo Fresas is a Treat!

Fredo Fresas restaurant in Costa Rica is  located on the “Touristic Route Alajuela to Poas Volcano”,  about four miles down from the entrance to the Poas Volcano National Park.  It’s the real thing in Costa Rica cuisine with all   home grown ingredients  from  Emillio’s organic garden.  And  7,000 feet above sea level makes you remember to bring along your jacket because it’s cool here.  This is a great choice for lunch after your morning excursion into the park. A rustic wooden structure built by the owner Emillio of cypress wood locally grown in these high altitudes around the Poas Volcano  is the perfect rural setting in this picturesque pastoral community of “Tico” families who live off the land and run small tourism related businesses.  Emillio and his wife along with their children, nieces, and nephews do it all. The ladies do all the cooking on a wood burning stove,  from homemade tortillas rolled out by hand to home made bread fresh from the oven. Typical Costa Rica food is their trademark. Lots of “picadilla” made with potatoes, corn, sweet red pepper, and cilantro (a green leafy herb grown in their own garden) and “casada” which is the plate of the day consisting of rice, black beans, picadilla de potatoes, small green salad of fresh lettuce and tomato with lime dressing, topped off with homemade tortillas, and the meat of your choice hot off the wood burning grill. My husband had a grilled chicken sandwich made with freshly baked bread-delicious! And we each had a scrumptious milkshake made from fresh locally grown strawberries. And the price was great…all for $14.00.

But that’s not all..we had a surprise at the end! A personally guided tour by Emillio to his home across the street from the restaurant where he introduced us to his pet baby deer named Bambi, and to Camillo his beautiful golden retriever. Bambi and Camillo are such good friends that Bambi cleans Camillo’s face by lovingly licking it.  Later we strolled thru  Emillio’s private rainforest trail passing a small stream while listening to the sounds of the wild green parrots which make their home is this high cloud forest. He told us that here in the month of August one can see the infamous reclusive Quetzal bird with it’s brilliant feathers of  emerald green.
Then on to the  greenhouse, home to an organic vegetable garden of onions, lettuce, green peppers, black beans , and cilantro. What a  great day! “Pura Vida
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