About one or twice a year, business travel takes us up north either to visit agencies or talk to media about the Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels and Lodges. That is a good thing as it also keeps us in touch with our most important target market for our hotels and lodges which is the United States.
First of all, we are very happy that we live in a tropical country with a wonderful climate where one needs just ONE kind of wardrobe: summer. The recent freeze up north is brutal and we certainly understand much better now that we have felt it with our own ” skin” why everybody is coming in the ” high” season months of November through April. Brrr”¦.
What also struck us is how spoiled we are down here in terms of tropical fruits. If you ask our employees at the hotel about eating fruit, they will say, yes, ok, nothing special. Imagine as you are reading this sitting in the cold Northeast of the United States and that a piece of fresh mango or passion fruit juice is nothing special to them. They probably walk by several fruit trees on their way home from work. If you grow up with so mucho of something around you, it becomes a commodity and believe it or not, a chocolate doughnut might be much more desirable to them.
We realized how hard it is to get fresh fruit up north in the wintertime. Of course, there is everything always available every day in specialty supermarkets. Berries and all the tropical fruit you want. But it is not quite the same and it comes with a hefty price tag.
We are so privileged to have all that fresh tropical fruit almost all year around. Papaya, Pineapple, Mango, Bananas that taste like bananas, sweet lemons, Maracuya or Passion Fruit, Guyabana, Guayaba and of course coconuts. And the best thing is that by the time they are on your breakfast plate or mixed into your cocktail before dinner, you can be sure that they had been harvested only a few days ago.
So next time you are in Costa Rica or Nicaragua, ask your server to see what is in season and what is special. Right now Mango season is just starting”¦ Frozen Mango Margaritas anybody? Just for the record. We did enjoy that spiced apple cider next to a wood stove while looking at the snowflakes dancing outside in the cold wind.