Malls

Movie Review: The Wolf of Wall Street

wolf of wall street 2A groups of friends went to the movies the other day and we saw The Wolf of Wall Street. We went to the movies at the Avenida Escazu . Their webpage is here: http://www.avenidaescazu.com/

What I love about going to the movies in Costa Rica is tha you get to pick the seat you are going to sit in the theater when you go to purchase your tickets. What I hate is that they don’t have butter for the popcorn!!! Well not at this theater. The do have caramel popcorn and you can get yours 1/2 and 1/2. I was actually thinking of taking my own melted butter next time in a container. Well once I can eat real butter again. :-)

Now at this theater they have 2 movies theaters that they call VIP. They are just that VIP! The seats are leather recliners and you get waited on like in a restaurant. There is a selection of real food you can order as well as the normal popcorn and candy. You can also order alcoholic drinks!  So its like being at home watching the movie only you have people to wait on you as well. Let me tell you the prices are very reasonable and nothing like back in the states.

The regular tickets are $6 and the VIP tickets are $10. Getting a popcorn and soda isn’t going to take you broke either. Movies in Costa Rica are a nice cheap way to spend some time with the family not like in the States.

Now onto the movie review. So if you like sex and the glorification of drug use than this movie is for you. If you don’t I would advise you not to go see it. There is a lot of sex scenes in this movie. I’m not just talking tasteful in bed loving scenes. These are graphic orgies with full frontal nudity. They do it everywhere! I have a hard time seeing how this was a R rated movie and not an X. Now I wouldn’t say it was a XXX, but it should have at least 1 x . Now there is the drug use. It is constant and it is made out to be the best thing ever. It covered everything from Cocaine to prescription medication abuse. They do it all in this movie and sometimes all of them all at once. So avoid this movie if any of that offends.

Now that I have that out of the way I can get to the movie. This is a story about a simple guy who lead a very simple life until he started to work for a firm on wall street. Does his life change and go wild. It is an interesting story to say the least. If this guys life was really like this movie and they didn’t take artistic license, I have no clue how he is even alive. The acting by Leonardo was again amazing. They put together a great cast  who all brought their A game on this one. This was a movie of rages to ritches to jail movie. It was well done, but be warned it is a long movie. It is about 3 hours. It had many moments where I was like, “OH my god they didn’t just do that!” I was laughing many times though out the movie.

So lets wrap this up. The movie was long but worth it, the plot was good, a little over the top with the sex and drugs which I am ok with but could be a problem for others. Overall not a waste of 3 hours a good movie to go see with your significant other. Don’t take your mother, father or kids that is for sure. So I give this one 4 seashell1out of 5. It was really pretty good. I was surprised. Pura Vida!

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Heredia: Plus size shops and more!

So after our visit to our nutritionist today we had some time to kill before we took the care in for its 5K kilometer oil change. Daniela our nutritionist suggest we go to the mall to kill time. Our plan was to go to the nutritionist, get some lunch than go for the oil change. So we took her suggestion. The mall was very nice! Lots of shops, lots of places to get food, very clean. Here are some pictures of places in the mall. I don’t know if Daniela sent us here to help us or test us.

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There was a Pops, a Cup cake House, a Misses Fields and a number of other place that we can not eat at. ;-) These were not the places she sent us there fore. While we were here we figured we would walk around. They had a pretty nice size food court that had every fast foot restaurant you could ever want. If you go there and don’t find a place to eat you are one very, very picky person. Here are some  photo’s of the food court.

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As you can see very large. Our target goal was not the food court, although we could have eaten at some of the places there. There were a number of places that had very healthy options and some that had some amazing looking salads! I will eventually get to the restaurant we actual ate at I promise. :-)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe one thing we have found that is lacking in Costa Rica is plus size shops. Women who  are not a size 1 or 2 will find it hard to find clothing here. This mall actually had two plus size shops. So if you are a plus size woman this is the place to go! You should check out this website.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis was a shock to see. Laser Tag!!!! I have not played this in years and didn’t think there were any more of them around. The mall had a lot of stuff for kids. A couple of play areas. It is most definitely geared toward families without a doubt.

The mall have very good parking. There was free parking as well as paid parking. We used the free parking as there were many spaces, but you have to keep in mind we were there at 10:30 am on a friday. When we left at about 1:30 or so it did have a number of cars and less free parking spaces open. I didn’t not go through the paid garage area so not sure what that was like.

Now onto the restaurant which was our main reason for coming to the mall today. Here is the place that we ate at:

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I really loved this restaurant. OK,  so keep in mind we are on a special diet. We need to eat 8 oz of protein and 2 cups of vegetables for lunch today. This was the perfect place! Good food at reasonable prices.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy wife and I both had a the same salad, which when we were done we both said, “Wow that was a meal!” After our salad we each had an entree. The vegetables were grilled over a nice bed of lettuce. Can I say the salt they had on the table was amazing. I love the taste of it and went very nicely with the vegetable salad.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis was my entree and let me tell you it was delicious. There was another small salad, a pepper filled with cheese that I could not eat on the diet so I did leave that behind. I did clear the rest of the plate and just wanted to lick it, but I was in public so I fought back the urge. There are 3 kinds of meat on the plate. On the right is a chicken breast that was tender and juicy. The middle was a piece of steak that was cooked to a perfect medium. The only issue I had was the waiter didn’t ask me how I wanted my steak, but it turned out very nice. I like mine a little more rare, but this was nice and it was also tender. Something you don’t always find here. The only reason I got this entree was I wanted to try the steak and this gave me options if it was as bad as most steaks in this country. I will only eat steak from a restaurant that a friend has tried and given a good review. I will on occasion give it a shot, but every time I have done that I was disappointed with the steak. It was usually over cooked and very tough. Now the item on the left is pulled pork. My wife tasted it and wasn’t thrilled by it, but I thought it was good. Not as good as the chicken or steak, but good. Needless to say after I was done with this and the salad I was stuffed!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis was my wife’s entree. She got the corvina (fish) and again it came with a salad and a potato filled with cheese. She could not eat the potato because of the diet. I did take a very small taste of it on my fork and it was a little bland, but add the salt from the table and I’m sure it would be fine. The fish was cooked to perfection and had a very good taste to it. A winner when you go and if you like fish.

The only minus with the restaurant for us was that it only carried Pepsi products. We do not like Pepsi. We are hardcore Coke people. She did get the diet pepsi and I got the diet sprite. The drinks come out in a small pitcher. There is about 2 1/2 glasses in each pitcher and you are charged for each one. I was hoping since it was fountain soda it was free refills but it was not.  Our total meal came to 30,000 colones which is about $60 US. It may seem pricey for lunch, but keep in mind this is our dinner meal. It was a lot of food and very tasty it was well worth the price. We could have gotten away with just the salad and drinks and came out with a very cheap meal.

So lets wrap this up. The mall was very nice. It was clean, the bathrooms were well maintained. A lot of stores so I doubt you wouldn’t find what you are looking for. So the mall I give 4 seashell1 out of 5.

Now the restaurant wrap up. Service was great, food was great, restaurant was nice. so, I also give it  4 seashell1 out of 5.  I would have given it 5 out of 5 if they didn’t sell Pepsi and if they gave free refills.

Pura Vida!

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