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Pura Vida serves delicious Latin food

Pura Vida brings a new way of dining to McMinnville. The restaurant serves Latin American style food that leaves customers in complete satisfaction and the urge to become a regular.

The Tacos del Dia, were specially made vegan with a range of vegetables from radishes to mushrooms, carrots and avocados served with a side of black beans.

The Platano Madura, fried plantains, was the perfect add to the meal, providing a warm, lightly fried, sweet and overall outstanding flavor combination.

As customers enjoy delicious Costa Rican food, with art on display and for sale can also be appreciated. One of the most fascinating aspects of the restaurant is that all the art for sale is either work done by Carmen Borrasé, a co-owner of the restaurant, or direct purchases by Borrasé from artists of Costa Rica.

Within the late lunch, early dinner hour, the restaurant was fairly dead but that allowed interpersonal communication with the friendly, intriguing server and other staff members of the restaurant.

The Pura Vida staff all seemingly showed love and gratitude for their job, making the environment sentimental even from an outside perspective.

“I’m able to practice my Spanish while making jokes with the cooks,” said Fern Unfolding, a Linfield alumna and a recent employee of the restaurant. “I’m so glad I found it, because I love it.”

The generosity of the servers cannot be undermined.

Every staff member working showed attentiveness in personal dietary restrictions, whether it is veganism or gluten-intolerance, they want to work together to make sure each customer’s needs are met.

Unfolding showed innovation when speaking with the co-owner Ricardo Antunez, on how to establish an eye-catching way for consumers with dietary restrictions to choose confidently from their menu.

More people need to discover the restaurant because it’s not exclusively about the food, but also the passion and purpose that have been recognized by the employees and owners of Pura Vida.


Special Lovincey / Columnist

Special Lovincey can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.

Pura Vida brings new Latin American cuisine

sign The new Pura Vida Cocina y Arte restaurant brings a taste of South American Latin food to McMinnville’s Third Street, where one can find a variety of five star cuisines.

The restaurant’s Spanish name, ‘Pura Vida’ is the Costa Rican song for good life and ‘cocina y arte’ means kitchen and art.

In April 2013, Carmen Borrasé and Ricardo Antunez-Bahena leased the space that used to be known as the Ochard Bistro. Together the duo created Pura Vida Cocina y Arte that highlights Bahena’s chef skills and Borrasé’s artistic skills.

“We saw that [Ricardo’] Latin style food and my Latin merchandise had a good relationship,” Borrasé said.

According to Pura Vida Arte y Cocina’s Biography Description, the restaurants’ colorful and artistic interior makes the space an open and friendly.

Hibiscus LemonadeThe use of warm, rich colors for the furniture done by local artisans, paintings made by Costa Rican painters and the wide selection of artwork  and merchandise mostly made by Borrasé  also add to the restaurants Latin atmosphere. And don’t forget Bahena’s Latin American dishes!

Bahena, who grew up working in his mother’s restaurant, has learned to add his own twist to the dishes to make them unique from the traditional recipes he picked up from exposure to different culture in Latin America and San Francisco.

“What comes [out of Pura Vida’s] kitchen is a little piece of art.” Borrasé said, referring to Bahena’s Latin dishes that also have an artistic presentation. Pura Vida’s Latin dishes are made from local and fresh McMinnville produce. And the artistic merchandise are made from recycled materials.

For instance, there some pieces are made out of “Jewelry made out of seeds and dried fruit… wooden boxes with metallic applications and wooden non-toxic toys.”

Borrasé , who is from Costa Rica, became interested in art as a child from the influence of her grandfather, Tomas Povedano, who was the founder of one of the fine arts school called Academia de Bellas Artes de Costa Rica at the end of the 19th century.

She studied art in college as well. Art became a way to express herself.

ChurrosOn Wednesdays Pura Vida Cocina y Ate have a Linfield Special Day discount for students and faculty.

They will give a 10 percent discount with the presentation of a valid Linfield ID.

Pura Vida also offers cocktails that are made with fruit and Latin American imported from beer, including Imperial, a Costa Rican favorite. The restaurant also carries imported coffee from Costa Rica.

Pura Vida Restaurant is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and they have several employees’ that include Linfield students.

Mariah Gonzales / Culture editor


Helen Lee/Photo editor


Pura Vida Cocina y Arte is a new restaurant on Third Street in downtown McMinnville. The restaurant serves a variety of Latin dishes from various countries in Latin America.

Helen Lee/Photo editor




Pura Vida’s churros and chocolate sauce for dipping. The restaurant also sells Latin American art.