Savoring Puerto Rico: Words and Images

Puerto Rico Slideshow from kim sunee on Vimeo.

Some quick fast notes from Puerto Rico:
Faded cerulean blue cobblestones
Rice and Peas
Powder sugar-dusted mallorca and papaya milkshake
La Bombonera
Jesus from Lares
Old man in the doorway
Yellow blossoms, achiote
Rice and Peas
El Yunque, Arabica
Oceanside salsa and piña colada
Prince, J. Lo, Ricky Martin
La ruta del lechon
El Morro, San Cristobal
Crunchy caramel-colored cuarito
Alcapurria, Morcilla, guyabano
Puerto Rico does do it better!

Where to Stay/Eat/Shop: in Old San Juan, Hotel El Convento where, presumably, Sally Field’s The Flying Nun series was based. A few streets from El Convento is the Restaurant El Jibarito, one of my favorites for old-school Puerto Rican cuisine, including red beans and rice, pernil (roast pork), and super-light yuca mofongo with garlic shrimp. For ocean views and world-class Alain Ducasse cuisine, stay at the W Hotel in Vieques. Other places: La Bombonera (toasted mallorca and papaya milkshakes), La Casita Blanca, Kasalta. Stop in at the Hilton Caribe for a piña colada where legend has it that after one taste of the famous rum cocktail, Joan Crawford announced that it was better than slapping Bette Davis in the face. And bring back bottles of the 3-Star Ron del Barrilito Rum. Only 11,000 cases are sold annually and most of the bottles stay on the island.

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  1. April 29, 2012 2:24 pm by Pierino Reply

    I could really go for that piggly wiggley lechon sandwich right now. Especially as I’m sporting my new pork pie hat.

  2. April 29, 2012 4:32 pm by kim Reply

    That lechon was delicious–love the crispy, crusty edges. I’m sure you have lots of pork pie and other recipes in your new book.
    Can’t wait to read it!

  3. April 30, 2012 1:52 pm by bondjamesbond Reply

    WOW that is really a taste of PR. my lips are shiny and slippery just from looking at all that pork. Que rico!

  4. April 30, 2012 9:22 pm by kim Reply

    Gracias, Bond James Bond. You might have to give up the martini for a sip of Barrilito!

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