Have you ever promised yourself you would start something but time got the best of you? Well, this is two promises to myself that I am finally keeping. My two promises to myself were to write about my Costa Rican experience and to learn how to make Costa Rican Tamales. Having imported Costa Rican Products for 15 years, I have learned a lot about Costa Rica and their culture. I had hardly knew anything about Costa Rica, until I met my husband in Houston on the month February of 1997. Being born in Costa Rica, he took me to there for our honeymoon to introduce me to his country and family. I immediately fell in love with the country. It was absolutely beautiful. If you have not had a chance to visit, you should make it your next vacation spot. One of my favorite Costa Rican Foods is the Costa Rican Tamales that are traditionally made during Christmas. Oh! I look forward to visiting at least once a year to get my fair share of tamales. It is not the same as a Mexican tamale but made similar. It is made with Masa and wrapped in green banana leaf. An old Costa Rican tradition as each house makes their own tamales and exchange them with their family, neighbors, and friends. So everyone gets to try each other’s tamales. Now, how fun is that. You have to understand the Costa Rican Tamales requires a lot of work. So I have decide to teach myself how to make Costa Rican tamales this Christmas. And my family has happily offered to be the taste tester. Now we will have to wait and see if they regret that offer. So, I invite you to explore this adventure with me of making tamales. I will continue to write about my tamale making experience. My next step is to research the making of the tamales, and I will share with you the next time I learn something .