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hgraham Dec 3rd, 2004 12:00 PM

Help, Spanish speakers
What does "casado" or "cassada" mean? I read to try the mahimahi casado at the Marlin Restaurant near Manuel Antonio park entrance. Or at any of the local sodas throughout Costa Rica, ask for "la plata typica o cassada" which, I think, means the daily special of typical local food. My Spanish phrasebook/dictionary defines "casado(a)" as meaning "married". Is this the same word? Is it like a stew where they combine (or marry!) all the ingredients? Just wondering...

shillmac Dec 3rd, 2004 02:01 PM

Casado means "married man". It is the name of the most popular meals in Costa Rica. When you order a casado (with beef, chicken, pork, or fish) you get a plate full of food. I love em!

Rice, beans, salad, platains (platanos in espanol), yucca or other veggie, meat, and sometimes a big old fat fried egg on top!

We were told that this plate lunch grew popular because it is so filling and the working fellows often just ate one meal a day--so it needed to be a plate full! I'm sure there are other reasons for the name as well.

DO try one--they are just great! It is comida tipica at its finest!

hgraham Dec 3rd, 2004 02:41 PM

Thanks, shillmac. We will order them. I won't worry now that they will laugh at me for ordering "a married man" if that's what everyone else is ordering!

Molly2 Dec 3rd, 2004 03:05 PM

I agree, it's an often delicious and unique dish. Shillmac, I had no idea what the word translated to LOL!

TripleSecDelay Dec 4th, 2004 11:29 AM

Be sure not to accidentally say "cansado" which means tired or sleepy.

mikemo Dec 4th, 2004 02:24 PM

Abit different in MX, but well done by the CR folks.

Joespanol Dec 7th, 2004 09:34 AM

I am told by natives that casado means the "Marriage" of beans and rice, the prototypical Latin American dish, often used as a side dish.

miguelgcuadra Dec 7th, 2004 09:41 AM

I think mixed rice and beans is called casamiento o gallo pinto

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