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Puerto Rico Restaurant Week is Back!

Puerto Rico Restaurant Week 2015

From May 27 until June 3rd, Puerto Rico will celebrate the fourth Puerto Rico Restaurant Week.  This highly anticipated event will take place from Wednesday, May 27th through Wednesday June 3rd.  As in previous years, restaurants throughout the Island will offer pre-fixe dinner menus for $28 or $38, with options for the appetizer, entrée and dessert. Several restaurants will also offer pre-fixe lunch menus for $20. Participants include more than twenty-five of the best eateries in San Juan, Santurce, Condado, Miramar, Ocean Park, Isla Verde, Hato Rey, Guaynabo and Humacao. Read More…

Saborea Puerto Rico 2015

Photo Credit: Joe Colon for Saborea Puerto Rico. All rights reserved.

Photo Credit: Joe Colon for Saborea Puerto Rico. All rights reserved.

Earlier this week we talked about my five lessons for best enjoying Saborea Puerto Rico.  I’ll show you today why you shouldn’t miss the most important culinary showcase in the Caribbean.

New restaurants for culinary adventures

My friends and I are already planning road trips to visit delicious “new for us” places like Asadura in Luquillo, and Asador San Miguel in Naranjito.

Straight from the smoker, ribs and smoked chicken marinated in pineapple from Asadura in Luquillo.

Glazed smoked pork with shoestring potatoes from Asador San Miguel

Winery Experience in Puerto Rico

We love to do wine tastings and visiting wine countries in general.  The Ambrosia Fine Wines area in the middle of the Tasting Pavillion brings the tasting room experience to Saborea Puerto Rico.  The delicious wines and knowledgeable pouring staff will guide you through the wines and suggest pairings from the featured Saborea restaurants and food artisans.

White wine flight, featuring European and Californian wines

New Products Showcased

Our favorite discoveries in the new product front were the versatile recipes from La Hacienda Foods, the micro-greens from Tropical Fresh, and the delicious Empanadillas Geometricas available to purchase by the dozen.  Those will come in especially handy next time we’re having a party.  The chicken curry and carnitas ones blew our minds.

Salmon bites with cilantro cream cheese and micro cilantro from Tropical Fresh.

Chef Talent for Sunday

I cannot stress this enough.  All the chefs we talked to yesterday are incredibly approachable.  We bumped into a few in the Tasting Pavillion and didn’t hesitate to ask questions about recipes and their restaurants.  Whatever your kitchen conondrum, take it to the experts.  And chances are you will learn a trick or five by sitting in the GE Monogram Demo Kitchen Theatre.

 

This is today’s GE Monogram Demo Kitchen Theatre schedule:

11:30 AM
Chef Alex Perichi-Instituto de Banca & Juan Nieves

12:00 AM
José Santos: presented by Dominican Republic Department of Tourism & Pedro Alvarez

12:30 PM
Denisse Oller & Maria Germania Diaz

1:00 PM
Chef Chango & Luis Piñeiro

1:30 PM
Jeremie Cruz & Chef Marilyn & Angel Santiago

2:00 PM
Chef Lorraine & Ana Parga

2:30 PM
Mayra Alejandra & Lorelei Carrión; presented by Splenda

3:00 PM
Juan José Cuevas & Luis Castillo & Rafael Barrera

3:30 PM
Ben Vaughn & Giovanna Huyke

4:00 PM
Puerto Rico National Culinary Team 2015
Johnattan Hernandez, Gerardo Lugo, Suzette Diaz Alberto Febo- Jorge Olivera, Elvin  Rosado: presented by Subway

4:30 PM
Victor Rosado & Kunal Chakrabarti

5:00 PM
Ventura Vivoni & Joel Rodriguez

5:30 PM
Josue Diaz & Hector Gonzalez

Need more reasons?

Browse through Twitter and Instagram using the #SaboreaPR hashtag to see all the great food and moments enjoyed by many.  And head out to El Escambrón to enjoy it for yourself!

Five Lessons: Saborea Puerto Rico

Saborea Puerto Rico

The Saborea season is finally here!  Saborea Puerto Rico kicks off this next Thursday, April 9th, celebrating the best of Puerto Rican gastronomy and hospitality.  For the eighth consecutive year, this culinary extravaganza takes over San Juan, showcasing local chefs, restaurants, produce and artisanal products.

We’d like to think we are Saborea veteranos after three years of enjoying this festival, so we will be sharing our top five tips to enjoy the Saborea experience.  Got any of your own?  Make sure to share them in the comments section below.

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Puerto Rico Restaurant Week 2014

Puerto Rico Restaurant Week 2014

Foodies in the island, rejoice!  For the third consecutive year, Puerto Rico Restaurant Week will take over some of the best restaurants in San Juan.  In addition to their regular menu offerings, the participating restaurants will offer pre-fixe dinner menus for $28 or $38 with options for the appetizer, entrée and dessert.  For the first time – and especially exciting for me, now that I’m back working in the metro area – several venues will also offer pre-fixe lunch menus for $14 or $19.  Close your kitchens from Wednesday, May 14th to Tuesday, May 20th!

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Saborea Puerto Rico Liveblog – Sunday April 6th

Saborea Puerto Rico Liveblog

We’re live blogging from Saborea Puerto Rico today!  You will know what we are tasting, who are we watching and talking to as it happens.  For more real-time Saborea updates, follow the Twitter and Instagram hashtags #saboreapr and #saboreando. Read More…

Saborea Puerto Rico 2014 – Saturday April 5th

Saborea Puerto Rico 2014

 Saborea Puerto Rico… it gets better every time!

Today we arrived at the Parque del Escambrón close to noon.  The day was beautiful!  On the Thursday press conference, it POURED and Friday was very rainy but there was nothing but blue skies today.  It was breezy at the Parque del Escambrón – the perfect weather to enjoy this culinary extravaganza. Read More…

The High Food Holiday: Saborea Puerto Rico 2014

Looking for more Saborea 2014 coverage?  Click here for my Saturday recap and here for Sunday’s liveblog.

April and May are my “big” food months.  No offense to the traditional Thanksgiving-Christmas-Reyes trifecta, but when I think of the best months to celebrate Puerto Rican cuisine, spring time takes the cake.

Saborea Puerto Rico

Some of the awesome local chefs featured in Saborea Puerto Rico 2014, with Clarissa Jimenez, president of the PRHTA and the Secretary of Tourismo Ingrid I. Rivera Rocafort. (Photo credit: PRHTA)

Next weekend, the island’s premiere gastronomic event, Saborea Puerto Rico, will take place.  This culinary extravaganza is presented by the Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association (PRHTA) and it celebrates its seventh year.  Saborea Puerto Rico 2014 is a weekend-long feast of food and beverages that showcases the local hospitality industry while raising money for the PRHTA educational programs and scholarship fund.

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Puerto Rico Restaurant Week

Puerto Rico Restaurant Week

I love May.   It feels like a happy month: we celebrate birthdays, mothers, the beginning of school summer vacation and more laid back summer traffic.  Starting last year, I look forward to May for another reason.  Puerto Rico joins the ranks of other major metropolitan hubs and celebrates its gastronomy through Puerto Rico Restaurant Week.  For two weeks starting on May 14th,  over 40 restaurants through the island will offer 3 course prix-fixe dinner menus for $26 or $36 (not including tax, gratuity or beverages). Read More…

Saborea Puerto Rico 2013: The Event

What a great day!  Saborea Puerto Rico, a Culinary Extravaganza took over the grounds of el Parque del Tercer Milenio in San Juan.  Hundreds of people from all corners of the island, the US and beyond arrived to the Saborea village to enjoy a sunny afternoon of food tastings, cool drinks, and entertainment. Read More…

Saborea Puerto Rico 2013: Chef Jimmy Carey

One of the highlights of attending Saborea Puerto Rico is the opportunity to meet and greet some of the most talented chefs del patio and the ones travel to the island to be part of this event.  One of the chefs I’ve had the chance to meet in the 2012 edition was chef Jimmy Carey.  He was one of the chefs with the most active Facebook and Twitter presence during last year’s Saborea Puerto Rico, which helped us track each other at el Parque del Tercer Milenio.  Chef Jimmy currently owns and operates three locations of Jimmy’z Kitchen in the greater Miami area.  Do not be fooled by the name.  The minute you meet him, you forget he was born in Greenwich Village.  His warmth, sense of humor and 75% of his accent are distinctively boricuaRead More…

Saborea Puerto Rico 2013

Image courtesy of the Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association

Want to read about my experience at the event? Click here.

If Puerto Rico had an official food holiday, Saborea Puerto Rico would be it.  The sixth edition of Saborea Puerto Rico – A Culinary Extravaganza kicks off tonight, with its flagship event taking place on April 6th and 7th at the Parque del Tercer Milenio (el Escambrón).  This event is organized by the Puerto Rico Hotels and Tourism Association and sponsored by the City of San Juan, the Puerto Rico National Parks Company, and MasterCard among other entities.  Sixty-two chefs from Puerto Rico and the US will be participating in different activities during these four days of tastings, education, and fun. Read More…

Food & Wine People’s Best New Chef: Gulf Coast Nominee – Raul Correa

“¡Qué cool por Puerto Rico!”
– Chef Raul Correa

Popcorn Soup Shot – Zest @ San Juan Water & Beach Club Hotel

Puerto Rico chefs and restaurants are having a wonderful run this year in terms of national recognition.  Chef José Enrique and his eponymous restaurant in Santurce and the new José Andrés venture Mi Casa in Dorado have garnered nominations from the James Beard Foundation.  In addition to those, FIVE out of the ten nominees for People’s Best New Chef: Gulf Coast from Food and Wine magazine have Puerto Rican roots or experience.  It is probably the most exciting time in gastronomy on the island. Read More…

Saborea Puerto Rico 2012

The fifth edition of Saborea Puerto Rico will be held this weekend (April 21 and 22) at San Juan’s beachside Parque del Tercer Milenio.  This event is organized by the Puerto Rico Hotels and Tourism Association and sponsored by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company and MasterCard, among other entities.  Fifty chefs from Puerto Rico, the US, and the Caribbean will be participating in different activities during these two days of tastings, education, and fun. Read More…

Puerto Rico Street Food Fest 2012

PR Street Food Fest 2012

The first Puerto Rico Street Food Festival is taking place this weekend on the Hiram Bithorn Stadium grounds.  This event – the first of its kind – gathered around thirty local food trucks and their fans for an afternoon/evening of tastings, music, and fun for the whole family.  I was looking forward to this event for some time now – there were a few trucks I already knew about and enjoyed, but there were others I was really looking forward to trying. Read More…

Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastian

“Voy subiendo, voy bajando…
Voy subiendo, voy bajando…
Tu vives como  yo vivo, yo vivo vacilando!”

(The Puerto Rican interpretation of vacilando is “goofing around”.  No one is undecided about having fun at la Calle San Sebastián!)

Fiestas Calle San Sebastian 2012

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