free webpage hit counter



A.M. Costa Rica

Third News Page
AIM new ad
San José, Costa Rica, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, Vol. 14, No. 211
Sports
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us
 
Church speaker

  Page One is HERE!     Page 2 is HERE!  Page 4 is HERE!  
   Page 5 is  HERE!     Page 6 is HERE!  Page 7 is HERE! Sports is HERE!
Opinion is HERE!   Classifieds are HERE! 
Plus useful links
NEXT
PAGE


Caribbean cacao growers gear up
for the annual chocolate festival


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A week from today is the start of the  2014 Puerto Viejo Chocolate Festival. It runs three days, Oct. 31 through Nov. 2.

Expats who want to see how their chocolate gets from the tree to the palate will have resources from 39 vendor and producers. Most already know that chocolate bars are not picked right off the tree and that the production of fine chocolate is an elaborate process.

"The mission of the Puerto Viejo Chocolate Festival is to unify local organic farmers, chocolate makers, and chocolatiers, while bringing national recognition to the cultural, historical, and economic value of Costa Rican cacao," said an announcement. That tradition goes back at least 3,000 years because chocolate in many forms was well developed long before the Spanish arrived.

The textbooks say the first chocolate beverages were brewed in the Valley of México, but current knowledge of ancient times is spotty.

Chocolate drinks could have been invented right there is Puerto Viejo!

Costa Rica's chocolate makers are working in partnership with the Association of Talamanca for Eco Tourism and Conservation to host Puerto Viejo's festival, said organizers. The cacao fruit is turned into a variety of products, most prevalently, chocolate, it added.

The festival is free. There also are a number of activities for which tickets are required. The festival Web page is HERE!

Alexia Maizel of  Samaritan Xocolata, a sponsor, said that on Nov. 2, a Sunday, visitors will be able to take tours of chocolate growing operations.
chocolate
A.M.Costa Rica photo
Theere is a long road from the tree to these delights.


In Costa Rica there is an added reason for an expat's chronic cough
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Several expats are complaining of a chronic cough. The sufferers include a new arrival in Escazú and a longtime expat on the central Pacific coast.

The Pacific coast expat said that he had been dosed with enough antibiotics to kill a bacteria colony the size of Escazú over the last four months and then given a seven-day antibiotic drip.

The problem is that the medical literature online says that only 10 percent of acute coughs are from bacteria. The antibiotics have little effect on viruses or environmental causes.

Harvard Medical School said the leading causes of a chronic cough are postnasal drip, asthma, gastroesophageal reflux disease,  chronic bronchitis and  treatment with ACE inhibitors used for high blood pressure.

Costa Ricans can add another cause: The rainy season.

Some of these coughs can last weeks, months or even years, said Harvard. Allergies also can be a cause, according to online sources. These include sensitivity to mold and also cockroaches and other insects that might be nearby but unseen.

Of course, smokers get a continual smokers cough, but when the symptoms become more than a morning throat clearing, the suffered is inclined to give up smokes. There are some reports that marijuana causes a prolonged cough.

The literature is consistent in suggesting a doctor's visit if a cough last for more than a couple of weeks.
cough
A.M. Costa Rica grphic
Usually not life threatening but a real pain.

You need to see Costa Rican tourism information HERE!

el Rey Halloween

  Page One is HERE!     Page 2 is HERE!  Page 4 is HERE!  
   Page 5 is  HERE!     Page 6 is HERE!  Page 7 is HERE! Sports is HERE!
Opinion is HERE!   Classifieds are HERE! 
Plus useful links
NEXT
PAGE


Sports
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us
What we published this week: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Earlier
The contents of this page and this Web site are copyrighted by A.M. Costa Rica.com Ltda. 2014 and may not be reproduced anywhere without permission. Abstracts and fair use are permitted.  Check HERE for details