Costa Rica Cost of Living Update: Misc. PVC parts and glue to fix a garden faucet that exploded outside—$26 (Rob said men would like to know this.)

Our first episode of Building Up An Appetite is almost finished! Here is a sneak preview of the cooking segment. This clip was shot in a gorgeous house, Villa Bougainvillea, with a ridiculously beautiful pool and view. I could have filmed there all day.

It’s also the place where Rob periodically yelled out, “Stop sounding so Jersey.” I’m not quite sure what that meant. I didn’t say, “Badda Bing” once throughout the shoot. Nor did I tease my hair or discuss waste management.

I did wear lipstick, as per my mother’s advice. She had also advised me not to talk about monkeys, since according to her, “I’m heavy on the monkeys.” Apparently, my mother has become my publicist. My sister just told me not to say anything stupid. It’s the same advice she has given me for the past 20 years.

Thanks for watching. We can’t wait to release the entire episode . It was so much fun and I’m already teasing my hair for another segment… FuhGetAboutIt.

About Nadine Hays Pisani

Nadine is the author of the best-selling series, Happier Than A Billionaire. Join her as she navigates living as an expat in the sometimes confusing, always beautiful, country of Costa Rica.
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  1. My husband and I are enjoying your books. After 7 trips to Central America we are laughing at all your familiar experiences. We’ve shared quite a few and love it!

    • Nadine says:

      I’m sure you have Sharon, and probably have many of your own. Costa Rica has been amazing and keeps getting better and better. It’s good to bring along your sense of humor though… not everything goes as planned!

  2. Rick Dauffenbach says:

    You must explain on your show the difference between mangos and mangas. Once you eat a manga, you will never go back to a mango. They are labeled at your local Pali. The manga is sweeter and less fibrous. By the way, my wife and I just returned from Punta Uva where she cut her knee on coral while snorkeling. If you ever get down to Punta Uva again you have to stay at Casa Viva, a wonderful ocean side cabinita run by Jeannie Waller an ex pat from Lake Geneva Wisconsin. Its a beautiful set of cabins built by her late husband. My wife and I are from Wisconsin and have Costa Rican friends living in Cartago. Love your book and am looking forward to Sequel.

  3. Kelly Fredrickson says:

    Renting at Villa Bougainvilla as we speak. They might have to pry me outta here.

  4. Motown says:

    Sorry..Joi-seee accent!

  5. Motown says:

    …doubting your husband’s fishing abilities is ONE thing…not realizing he was spot on with your Long Island accent is another like when you said…”that’s 000-aawwwlll you do” with the word ‘ALL’ dragged through a meat grinder at low speed!

    Love your website..I’ll be tropically livin’ large in Philippines soon..will enjoy this new cooking show!



    From Bay Area Northern Ca

  6. Sheryl Axelrod says:

    You look great! I smell success. My only criticism: what’s the recipe? Sounds great. Guess I’ll have to wait till we’re down there in June. That’s ok since we can’t afford the mangoes here anyway.

  7. I barely heard Jersey 😉 And I love that you’re “heavy on the monkeys” — I’m dying!

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