Living in Costa Rica can be a daily challenge, especially when it comes to food. We all have our favourites,  and though many North American foods CAN be found in Costa Rica, they will be really expensive or you just will only find them totally randomly once in a blue moon.

You try to replace the foods you love with their Costa Rican equivalents, but that ends in frustration.

Gloriously Huge Fruit

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THANK YOU, growth hormone.

Greasy fish ‘n’ chips

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Enormous Delicious Salads

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Restaurants with respectably large salad options are few and far between. It’s not unheard of for ex-pats to burst into tears of joy upon their first return to a Whole Foods salad bar, Chop’t, or any restaurant in California.

Buffet Restaurants

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OK not a food, but still related to food. In Costa Rica, almost impossible to find a buffet restaurant

Bagels and Cream Cheese

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Chili fries

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Root beer

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Wherever you are in the world, if you want a Coke, you can get one. Ditto for Pepsi.

Vegetarian Meat

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Kristy Kreme donuts

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Canadian Maple syrup

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Chestnuts

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Philly Cheesesteaks

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Potato Skins

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Montreal-style Smoked Meats (Pastrami, Corned Beef)

1024px-Schwartz_smoked_meat_montrealMontreal smoked meat is typically served in the form of a rye bread sandwich slathered with yellow mustard. While some Montreal smoked meat is brine-cured like corned beef, with spices applied later, many smoked meat establishments prefer dry-curing directly with salt and spices.

Pepperoni

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Yes, you can get it on a pizza, but try to find a peppering stick anywhere.

Coffee Crisp, Aero, Caramilk, Glosette, Mr Big, Smarties, Crunchie, Reeses chocolate

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Use the comments section to add to the list what you miss most from home in Costa Rica.