Humans aren’t very logical creatures. Sure, we like to pretend we’re rational beings. But as it turns out, our emotions drive more than 80% of our decision-making. You probably already know this, though. Maybe it’s why you bought that plane ticket to Costa Rica in the first place. Or perhaps it’s why you still call Costa Ballena home all these years later.

There was a definitive feeling you couldn’t ignore: an emotional pull to explore this patch of paradise, where lush jungle dissolves into unblemished beaches and sun-dappled afternoons give way to zesty cocktails at sundown. If you know, well — you know.

It’s now been four years since I opened Mosaic, and there’s still a question I hear on a near-daily basis: “What made you want to open a sushi and wine bar in Costa Rica, anyway?” My honest answer? I have no idea. There was absolutely no logical reason why I should open a restaurant in the jungle.

I had no experience working in the industry, save for a quick stint at a pizza place as a teen. Plus, I was already busy enough growing a digital marketing agency. But those pesky, decision-driving emotions are hard to quell once they rise to the surface. Again — if you know, you know.

What started as a whim quickly became an unshakeable mission: Create a comfortable space to relax with good food, great wine, and even better company. My initial ideations for Mosaic were quite different — and much less ambitious — than what we ultimately created.

I suppose that’s a blessing, or else logic might have made its rare appearance and stopped me in my tracks. Once opening Mosaic became a non-negotiable imperative, my next undertaking was to convince my sister-in-law to join me on the adventure.


If you’ve been to Mosaic, then you’ve likely met Sarah — and you know my objective was successful. I’ll save the rest of our origin story for some time over a glass of wine, should you be so interested. Here’s what I will say, though: Both Sarah and I are endlessly grateful for all the illogical decisions that led us to exactly where we are today.

Mosaic has been a gift more extraordinary than we could ever have imagined — even through all the trials and tribulations. Our staff is our family. Most of our employees have been with us since the start. It´s been a tremendous reward to grow alongside each of them over the past four years.

The same is true of our providers. We source as many ingredients from local artisans as possible, and it’s been a privilege to get to know these wonderful families over the many years. (If you haven’t tried David’s homemade bread or Deiner’s hand-picked coffee or Kattia’s Swissinspired cheeses, put these goodies at the top of your to-taste list.)

Last but not least, and perhaps at the risk of sounding cliché, there’s you, too — our incredible community. We’ve forged beautiful friendships and lasting connections with many of you. Thank you for your longstanding  support and for always making Uvita feel like home. We wouldn’t be here without you, and we don’t take that lightly.

Again, thank you. If you haven’t yet made your way to Mosaic, it would be our great pleasure to welcome you. We look forward to meeting you and sharing the Mosaic experience with you soon!



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