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Recession Obsession: Where The Valley Meets Costa Rica

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A Recession Obsession is, 1) a meal so great that it sticks in your mind long after digestion's end, and, 2) plays nice with your sensitive wallet. Is there a better place than Los Angeles to eat a wide variety of amazing food that so happens to be inexpensive? Probably not. We're as lucky as we are well fed. We last obsessed over Oinkin' Tacos Downtown, and Rainy Day Ramen. Today, we obsess...

When I moved to Los Angeles from Back East, I immediately heard of two magical destinations for which East Coasters darned not speak: Costa Rica and Hawaii. Apparently they’re too far from Back East, but not Out Here.

Fast forward a few years, and I'm spending almost a month in Costa Rica and loving every minute of it. (A monkey sat on my shoulder! OMG!) While the place fascinated me, the food didn’t -- yet I loved it. The fare was clean and simple, matching the good living I was doing down there. Pura Vida, they say.

A daily staple was the casado, a typical meal, consisting of simple, basic, typical dishes. This adds up to a single plate featuring a grilled meat, a salad, some rice, beans and plantains. Some chef will make their subtle mark on the dish with some minor addition.

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It turns out they have these in The Valley. They’re great, and while not $3-$5 USD like Down There, they’re $7-$8 and I’m sold. Tasty and nostalgiariffic. That’s why Las Delicias is LAist’s latest Recession Obsession.