You always find what you're looking for! We were living in Monteverde, The Cloud Forest. Exploring & adventuring around Costa Rica in search of Wide Awake locations. The criteria: organic foods, creative & inspirational vibe, service that feeds you energy and the feeling of being "at home." In spaces like these your world disappears, you recharge, tap into your Inner artist and something new opens up. We needed a place that was close to San Jose Airport that we could give the Wide Awake stamp of approval since most locations we work with have a longer commute. I was also in search of a rejuvenation spot for when we did our "City" errands.
We had heard of Pura Vida Retreat & Spa. As we drove up I didn't think much of it. It looked like a normal residential street about half way up a mountain. I couldn't imagine what was hiding behind the entrance gates, it was so unassuming from the outside. As soon as we walked in It was a "hell yes" (always a good sign for us). After touring the facilities, the General Manager invited us to hang out so we could really feel the vibe of the Retreat Center. Bonus! This is how we discovered the Tamarind Elixer. Super delicious, feels sooooo good in the body and too good not to share.
4 5 cm pieces Turmeric Root or 1 Tbsp of turmeric powder
2 inch Fresh Ginger Root or if you can find it use Galangal root
1 Tbsp Raw Honey or substitute pure maple syrup
1 Tbsp Tamarind Paste
1 pinch Sea salt and Pepper
2.5 cups Filtered Water
Boil turmeric, galangal or ginger and the water for 20-25 minutes until it gets a slightly creamy texture.
Cool the mixture down for a few minutes, then pour it into a blender.
Add tamarind paste, honey, sea salt and pepper. Blend & strain if needed through a sieve.