Retired to Costa Rica in 2005. Divide my time between browsing the internet, painting the house and baking/cooking. Make my own bread, and love trying new desert recipes. Im diabetic so try different things to keep the sugar down. Part of my problem here in Costa Rica is finding ingredients listed in recipes. I'm sure that if I lived in San Jose, i would be able to find everything I need. However, I live 3 hours away by bus (no car)so I spend alot of time looking for substitutes and even then, I have problems finding the ingredients for the substitutes. It can get frustrating. Needless to say I spend alot of time looking for things that I can make with what I know is available locally. And, hopefully won't take several hours to put together. Even when a recipe says its fast, for me that is not necessarily true. I know that next time I go to San Jose, I will stock up on what I can manage to carry home with me. Many times I will see something locally that I have been looking for, but in two weeks it will be gone and they won't restock it LOL. They stopped stocking peanut butter, I couldnt get an answer. That was 4 months ago. This week they have it again. ??? Anyway, its been a challenge cooking here.