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In a little mountain town called Cachi lives José Alvarez, a great Tico chef who looks like Richard Gere and serves up palate-blowing Costa Rican dishes at Hotel Quelitales. Although the menu is vast and amazing, the best part is the pejibaye palm fruit, which tastes like a potato-and-squash lovechild. I brought the fruit myself, and Chef Alvarez served me a traditional appetizer of pejibaye halves with mayonnaise, then massive and unforgettable bowl of creamy pejibaye soup that warmed me from the inside. 

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In a little mountain town called Cachi lives José Alvarez, a great Tico chef who looks like Richard Gere and serves up palate-blowing Costa Rican dishes at Hotel Quelitales. Although the menu is vast and amazing, the best part is the pejibaye palm fruit, which tastes like a potato-and-squash lovechild. I brought the fruit myself, and Chef Alvarez served me a traditional appetizer of pejibaye halves with mayonnaise, then massive and unforgettable bowl of creamy pejibaye soup that warmed me from the inside.