A soda is what they call a mom and pop restaurant here. This is Vivianna who own’s Soda Pura Vida in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui. We always visit her, even if it is just for a drink. She always greets us with this huge smile, a warm hug and a kiss on the cheek. She always asks how we are doing. Even though we speak very little Spanish and she speaks no English it is always a joy to see her. Her soda is set up on the front porch of her house just a few blocks off the main street. When my husband and I first went there we were so new to the area. We sat down on a stool and asked for a Coca-Cola, she doesn’t sell soft drinks, what she has is even better. All natural drinks made right there in her kitchen. So we got the pineapple and was hooked. She then came out a few minutes later and gave us some fresh slices of pineapple for free. We have been going back ever since.
When I went to the States this summer and asked her if there was anything that she wanted, this is the woman who told me all she wanted was a bag from Victoria’s Secret. She got it to say the least. She always makes us feel so welcome and at home there. She gave me a big bunch of banana’s one day and didn’t charge me anything for them. I can’t say enough about how wonderful this woman is. We go to Puerto Viejo at least once a week and always stop to see her. If I don’t go see her I feel guilty.
So, if you are ever in Costa Rica and go to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, stop in and say hola to Vivianna. Go to the Banco National and go down that street for about a block towards the river, it is on the corner of the next road. Her cooking is absolutely wonderful!