One of the exciting parts of visiting a new country is trying out the local cuisine. When choosing a restaurant, many factors come into play such as price, type of cuisine, health conscientiousness and kid-friendliness. Be sure to check the restaurant rating and any reviews from people who have eaten there. Reviews can give you an idea of the level of service at the restaurant and the type of food, but keep in mind that everyone’s palette is different. We’ve provided a list of some of the popular restaurants in Puerto Rico.
- Bistro de Paris
- Cafe Puerto Rico
- El Jefe Burger Shack
- El Quenepo
- La Casita del Chef
- La Estacion
- Marmalade Restaurant & Bar
- Morton's of Chicago
- Pasta y Pueblo
- St Germain Bistro & Café
1 tbsp olive oil ½ cup chopped ham ½ cup sofrito 2 cups white rice 4 cups water 1 packet sazón 1 15oz can Pigeon Peas/Gandules
Heat olive oil in a large pot. Saute the chopped ham and sofrito for 1 minute. Add the water, rice, sazón and pigeon peas.
Bring to a boil, and let boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce to medium low heat and cook covered for 40 minutes, or until rice Is completely cooked. Makes 4-6 servings.
Note:Sofrito may be bought in a store, or homemade. To make at home chop and blend the following ingredients: 2 green and 1 red bell pepper seeded, 2 large tomatoes, 2 medium onions, 1 head of garlic, 1 bunch of cilantro leaves, ½ bunch of parsley leaves. Makes approximately 4 cups of sofrito.
Settlers from all parts of the world have influenced the cuisine in the Caribbean. Popular elements of Caribbean cooking include spices such as pimento, ginger, nutmeg, garlic and cloves. Many of the Caribbean islands use spicy peppers such as the scotch bonnet, habanero and jalapeno peppers. Jamaica is most famously known for its spicy jerk seasoning, while Grenada is known for its use of nutmeg and Cuba is popular for it’s garlic and lime marinades.
Many of the islands produce their own brand of beer and rum, such as Red Stripe and Appleton Rum in Jamaica, and Banks in Barbados. Along with these popular alcoholic drinks, be sure to try these non-alcoholic drinks: mauby, Ting, ginger beer, carrot juice, Irish moss, coconut water, soursop, sorrel, horlicks, mango juice and guava juice.