Forging new culinary traditions in San José, Costa Rica

In the capital, San José, a group of enterprising chefs are turning Costa Rican cuisine on its head, looking beyond rice and beans and attempting to create a new national cuisine.

How to make it: Santiago Fernández Benedetto's fish caldosa recipe

Santiago Fernández Benedetto’s recipe puts a fine-dining twist on a dish that started out as ceviche spooned into bags of tortilla chips. The fish needs to be super-fresh — check with your fishmonger

California cool: Beyond the Redwood curtain

Upstate is a world apart from classic California. A bucolic, forested wilderness, it's home to sleeping volcanoes, glassy lakes and sulphur springs.