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Food Guide: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Food Guide: San Juan, Puerto Rico

I wrote a long explanation about the different kinds of cultures that went into the making of Puerto Rican food and then my blog ate it. A good reminder to write blog posts in Google docs before copying and pasting them into squarespace. What a waste of time and energy. 

I knew next to nothing about Puerto Rican cuisine before I stepped off the plane in San Juan and I still know little. An amalgamation of Taino, African, Spanish, and Indian influences, Puerto Rican food heavily features pork, plantains, rice, beans, and fresh fruit. Maybe you've heard of mofongo, fried mashed plantains served with just about anything under the sun, or lechon, the roast pork available from roadside eateries; there's an entire highway dedicated to the stuff. 

Six Things That Surprised Me in Puerto Rico

Six Things That Surprised Me in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a wonderful destination for getting away from the winter blues or want to experience the Caribbean without a passport. You can get as immersed in the culture as you like or you can eat from the incredibly nostalgic Sizzler salad bar. Don't forget, this is not entirely the U.S. and some things are different. You might see graffiti painted "Yankees go home!" and union and pension protests. Puerto Rico is not quite the United States and it's not quite its own country. It will be interesting to see what becomes of it in the upcoming years, especially under the Populist Trump regime.