While it would take a minimum of 18 hours to get from Costa Rica to Lebanon, many of us can quickly get to Falafel House, a taste of the country, in Barrio La California, San Jose, Costa Rica.
The gastronomic experience to be had there is out of this world. Go with an empty stomach ready to delight in the various delicacies of the Middle East. From the moment you walk in the smells intrigue the senses.
Pita wraps, shish kebabs, shawarmas and burgers are beautifully arranged with equally tasty side dishes like hand-cut fries, BBQ tamarind, and roasted onions and herbs. The experience is complete with the typical bronze-colored jars to drink from.
Many Lebanese left their land because of sectorization and division suffered under the Ottoman rule. They headed for New York but landed in Mexico. The names of the dishes have changed through migrations. The Döner in Turkey, Shawarma in Saudi Arabia, Gyro in Greece and even Taquitos al Pastor in Mexico all come from a Lebanese influence and we can taste them right here in Costa Rica.