Grocery shopping in another country is alway a fun and sometimes challenging experience. My favorite is finding something unique to that country based on recommendations.
My family is taking its first trip to Costa Rica (first to any Spanish speaking country for us). We are staying at a few places that have kitchens so would like to take advantage of them to 1) save money and 2) discover some fun at a different grocery store. We will be staying in the Arenal, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio areas.
Question 1: General advice
I'm assuming it will be pretty basic/obvious. We don't speak any Spanish at all but expect we can figure it out. Should we shop in Quepos or Manuel Antonio? Any general advice about grocery shopping there?
Question 2: What to get
What is your advice on food to get or not get? Something like "you have to try ____ brand of ____" or "every American seems to love ____" or "the one thing I bring home to the US with me is ____".
We've had friends in the past inform us that even though something looked just like it does in America, it was much better or much worse in that country. Those tips have helped us find some of our favorite foods that we still miss.