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Hola! Welcome to Paradise. My name is Michael Simons - the Owner/Broker of 3 major real estate franchises in the Papagayo Region - RE/MAX Tres Amigos in Playa Hermosa , RE/MAX Prestige Ocean Properties in Playa Panama and RE/MAX Ocean Village in Playas del Coco.

The majority of people interested in buying real estate in Costa Rica tend to have many of the same questions so I took the time to answer them in detail here in a fun and informative way. This site contains a tremendous amount of information for you and allows me to express my views and pass along wisdom gained while living and doing business in the tropics. Hope you can join us. Pura Vida!

I will respond to your questions immediately with an email or personal phone call.

See you here in Paradise!

Can I lose Weight on the Costa Rican diet?

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Food, Costa Rica Living, EX PATS in Costa Rica, FAQ's

Can I lose weight in Costa Rica

Can I lose weight on the Costa Rican diet?

First off, please read the previous blog about FOOD in Costa Rica.

www.tanktopsflipflops.com/hows-the-food-in-costa-rica/

After years of drinking beer every afternoon and basically eating whatever I wanted, I woke up a few months back realizing I was overweight. I was never “The Fat Guy” and yet here I was; beer belly and all. I didn’t like it, but I had no idea how to change. My friends Dan and Michael, had both started an eating plan, called KETO, and had incredible success, so I reached out to them for advice. I decided I was going to get serious about changing my diet, lowering my carbs and sugar, and get myself back to the weight I needed to be. I was concerned that I would not be able to find the products that I needed within the Costa Rican diet, but I soon found out I was wrong. Everything I needed for KETO was here, and all the local restaurants were spectacular in allowing me to “special” order my meals. It was challenging, but worth every minute of it. I lost 23 pounds in 34 days, and I have never felt better. It is a wonderful feeling, when you run into people in public and the first thing they comment on is how thin I was.

“You look GREAT”

I have heard dozens of times, and it really gives you a rush of self-confidence. Much nicer than the comments I used to hear; “when is the baby due Mike?” I am not a health nut but any means. I have been kicking my own ass for 54 years. But I just wasn’t happy with what I had become, and wanted to get my mojo back. As my buddy David Lee always said, “it doesn’t matter what you are doing as long as you look good doing it.”

results of the Costa Rican diet

All of a sudden, dozens of people are calling me and emailing me, asking for advice. What is your secret? I found myself spending a tremendous amount of time trying to help others understand how KETO works and how to do it with the foods available in the Costa Rican diet. So, I figured the least I could do, was to give a presentation and video it, so that others could learn from my success.  Here it is, I hope it makes a difference for you too. There are two Apps that you need to download into your phone.

KETO DIET RECIPES

CARB MANAGER

In the last couple months, I have watched about 25 of my friends lose weight and get in better shape. One of my oldest friends John came to visit me from San Antonio Texas.  He went home determined to change his life, and lost over 20 pounds.  I didn’t plan on being a guru but it is nice to see so many people losing weight; but if you call me Richard Simmons, I’ll pop you in the mouth.

“How do you find the time to do all of this?” a buddy of mine asked.  You always have a client in your car; you are everywhere selling Tank Tops Flip Flops Shirts for charity; you rescue dogs left and right; and now you are teaching a KETO class?

When you enjoy what you do and it makes you happy, you want to help other people, and it isn’t work.  It is a huge reward seeing so many people whose lives are better because of coming to Costa Rica.  It is super fulfilling to help all these organizations in the community, and everyone knows my love for dogs.  And now, having people come up and hug me in a bar, thanking me; telling me they lost 10 or 20 pounds on the Costa Rican diet doing KETO is just unbelievable.

It seems that the older I get, the better my life has become.

I LOVE IT.

Come on Down Baby!

Awards for Best Restaurants in Papagayo Costa Rica

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Charity, Costa Rica Food, Costa Rica Living, EX PATS in Costa Rica, Guanacaste Tourism, Newsletters, Papagayo Region, Playas del Coco

Taste of Papagayo Awards  2019 for the best restaurants in Papagayo Costa Rica

If you were lucky enough to attend this years Taste of Papagayo, you were treated to the best of the best food and entertainment in the entire Papagayo Region.  While all the 20 restaurants who flaunted their wares did a wonderful job bringing their best dishes for you to try, three restaurants were awarded as the best restaurants in Papagayo Costa Rica. But more on that later.

Best restaurants in Papagayo Costa Rica

Everyone who came was eligible to vote for their favorite restaurant.  As an added bonus, if you were 1 of 200 people who went through and tasted every restaurants food you got a limited edition Tank Tops Flip Flops Taste of Papagayo 2019 T Shirt.  Needless to say there were no shirts left at the end of the evening.  Check out this video put on by the host Hotel La Puerta del Sol that is a nice summary of this years event

Eco Coco received 15% of the admission ticket sales and also the proceeds from the sale of custom Tank Tops Flip Flops shirts.  In all $1,325 were raised at this great community event.  Eco Coco’s Mission is to inspire the community through environmental education and community projects to be environmentally aware, respectful of natural resources and to generate a positive impact on the environment.  Check them out and get involved in your community!

Even though the real winners were those that got to taste all the wonderful food and enjoy the great live music and have a few laughs with their friends and families these restaurants came to WIN!  So without further ado watch the awards video where top three winning restaurants are recognized for their great effort and even better food.

First Place went to Maracuya Restaurant and Beach Club for the second year in a row.  Chef Nicolas and his professional team did it again!  You can find them just on the other side of Ocotal Beach at the Beach Club at Bahia Pez Vela.  They are open every day from Noon to 9PM and offer a wide variety mouthwatering chef prepared dishes and specials served right on the beach.  You will not be disappointed if you make the trip.  Check out this video where Maracuya accepts their first place people’s choice award and invite you to join them for a tasty meal.  Congrats!

The second place award for the best restaurants in Papagayo Costa Rica went to a brand new restaurant in Playa Hermosa called the Buzzed Monkey BBQ & Grill.  As you might guess the offer mouth watering BBQ meats and southern food inspired sides and specialty dishes.  Join them from 11-8PM Wednesday thru Saturday.  They are located in the Hermosa Heights Commercial Center in Playa Hermosa.  Welcome to the community Buzzed Monkey!

Our Third Place People’s Chioce for the Taste of Papagayo goes to Masala Indian Restaurant located in downtown Liberia, Guanacaste, just across the street from the Guanacaste Museum.  Masala serves authentic, homemade indian food using only fresh ingredients and prepare all their tasty sauces right in their kitchen.  Open from 11:30-10PM, Masala is the only authentic indian food restaurant in Guanacaste and will treat you to an exquisite indian food experience.  It is definitely worth the trip to Liberia!  Great Job Masala.  See you soon.

We want to congratulate all the restaurants who participated and for Hotel La Puerta del Sol and The Garden Bar for putting on such a great event.  And of course we want to thank all of you for coming out and enjoying a great day of food, music and good fun.

See you all next year for the Taste of Papagayo 2020!

Come on Down Baby!

Michael Simons

Tank Tops Flip Flops Newsletter edition no. 137

 

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