El Avion, the most unique place to eat in Costa Rica?…

Sometimes it is funny how things just seem to “work out”. About 3 days before my trip to Costa Rica I had watched the Tom Cruise film American Made, which is a biographical crime film based on the events surrounding the Iran-Contra affair.

El Avion, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

So what does that have to do with a restaurant and bar, made out of a Fairchild C-123 in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica? As story would have it, this particular C-123 was one of two purchased by the CIA, for the use of facilitating arms sales involved with the Iran-Contra affair. After being abandoned at the San Jose airport in the 1980s, the plane would eventually be purchased in 2000, by the El Avion proprietors. I would later find out that the plane was too large to be moved over land, rather it was dismantled and sailed around the coast. It would then be dragged up the Manuel Antonio coast, and reassembled at its current location.

The result, an once in a lifetime dining experience with a view to die for.

I had the calamari to start, some of the best I have ever had! The main course was Caribbean Style Yellowfin Tuna, which was great. The cliche drinks with the little umbrellas, were delicious, and greatly enjoyed. Although above average, I will say it was not my favourite meal during the trip, but only because I preferred the “typical” or traditional Costa Rican food fare. Also a little on the expensive side for a backpacker, the aesthetics of El Avion make it a must stop.

Caribbean Style Yellowfin Tuna

I only had one day to spend in Manuel Antonio. So it was unfortunate, that due to my schedule, my visit occurred at noon. I would highly recommend, if you have the opportunity to do so, to make a reservation for sunset. The view, as the restaurant overlooks the western coast, is breath taking. I can only imagine this would be an ideal hot spot to take in a Costa Rican sunset!

The breathtaking view from the dining area.
The cockpit of the infamous Fairchild C-123
The hull of the C-123 has been transformed into a bar.

New Year, New Blog…

I know, I know I am changing my blog platform AGAIN! It has been a difficult “adventure” to find a platform that works the best for me, and my current website. However I think I have finally found something that will fulfill all the needs I have, as I want to ramp up my blog, and vlogs.

I have been guilty in the past of not really following through with my blogging commitments, however I hope the new platform can help rectify that. So bear with me and I cannot wait to share some photography tips, travel stories, product reviews, and other neat things. Like how about recipes anyone? The most unique thing about travelling is the difference in what people eat. I love learning about local foods, and cooking technique on the road. I love even more when I come home and get to attempt to recreate some of these local flavours in my own kitchen to relive those amazing memories!

I am currently going through my Costa Rican captures and I have a lot of cool things I cannot wait to share. So the new blog has landed at the right time! Keep your eyes open and I promise there will be some content coming soon!


New Release: The Spirit of Saskatchewan

It was an unseasonably warm December day for Saskatchewan. The temperatures were flirting with the melting point, there was a beautiful cloud cover, and the wind was at bay. It was a perfect day to explore for a candidate for my Abandoned series.

I have drove by this barn countless times. In the Saskatchewan country a landmark such as this is as good as a street sign. No doubt directing countless travellers on their way. It has always spoke to me, however I have never really found a vantage point to my liking. Today was different. The still vibrant reddish orange of the barn wood stood proud on the horizon. The white clouds swirling into the peacock blue sky, as if whimsically brushed onto a canvas by a master painter.

I depressed the button on my Nikon D800, and I knew I had captured it. The Spirit of Saskatchewan. An icon of agriculture, reaching into the living sky, a true trademark of the prairies.

+Nikon D800 36.3 MP
+Torquay, Saskatchewan, Canada

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