In the middle of Costa Rica overlooking lake Arenal is a restaurant and hotel that few will find. But once you do, Gingerbread will become a dinning experience that will make you appreciate your life. My idea of a last meal would be what is served. As a consultant, I have traveled to some of the world's finest restaurants and hands down this little restaurant puts them all to shame. Its a dining experience and not just a meal. Its location is just this side of heaven and I say that because it is surrounded by tropical plants, exotic birds, and the majestic power of one of the world's most active volcanos.
When the first course arrived, the staff placed the food before us and it was presented as artwork. Our host and chef explained each piece with such detail my eyes and mouth watered with anticipation. The aroma's caught a ride in the clean mountain air and completed the presentation. There was so much food, I thought there would be little room for our main course. Our party of ten cleaned each dish leaving little evidence there had been a first course. I soaked up the mushroom sauce with my bread and had a second slice to do the same with my salad dressing. The flavors exploded in your mouth and complimented all your senses. My tastebuds screamed with delight as thoughts of what might be coming next.
When the main course arrived, our party was shocked and maybe a little scared by the amount of what was placed before us. My 19 year son and eating machine was finally challenged with a meal fit for a King. Our party sampled each tasty piece as each one delighted your senses to nourishment fit only for GODS. Each mouthful melted joyfully as you moved the food around your mouth like you were sampling fine wine. And yes, we did have wine another component that danced flavors around like a beautiful love song. As I enjoyed each moment of this meal, I began planning my next trip to Costa Rica and Gingerbread. After finishing off dessert which destroyed my idea of what dessert should be, our chef demonstrated his international talents with the finest meal I have ever had the pleasure of eating. I would say the finest meal I have ever eaten ANYWHERE. This is a must on your things to do. And one piece of advise - stay in the garden of eden room and have the breakfast, you may never want to leave this tropical Heaven. I left feeling sad that it has taken me 46 years to find such a treasure and that I had missed this place twice on my two previous trips to Arenal. Now, I will be spending more time in Costa Rica and making Gingerbread a crown jewel of each trip. The piece that made this experience even more enjoyable was the character who prepared the meal. Please take time to listen and talk with this great human being. I felt honored to have met him and I truly was humbled by this dining experience. A world class experience beyond my words and I hope you will find Gingerbread to be just this side of Heaven too. It was beyond my expectations, for price, taste, quantity, quality, cleanliness, service, and was left with a belly filled with food prepared in a manner I won't ever forget. A world class restaurant!
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