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Puerto Rico Restaurant Week Returns!

Puerto Rico Restaurant Week 2016

Diners rejoice!  Puerto Rico Restaurant Week returns for the fifth year in a row.  Starting tomorrow, the best chefs in Puerto Rico will offer exclusive menus at a fixed price.  While some restaurants will tote out some of their best known dishes, others will take this chance to showcase specials filled with whimsy and local ingredients.  Lunch menus include two or three courses for $20.00 and dinner experiences consist of at least three courses for $28 or $38 per person.

The participating restaurants this year include:

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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…

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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French Friday with Dorie: Desserts with a French Accent

dorie greenspan smithsonian

I will be upfront: I made the bonne idee for this week’s French Fridays with Dorie selection, Beatrix’s Red Kuri soup.  Instead of making soup with red kuri squash, I used the suggested cubed butternut squash and chestnuts substitution. I didn’t care much for the soup.  In hindsight, it could have used a punch of spice because otherwise, it felt like pumpkin-peanut butter soup.  I wish I had tried the real thing, though.

But I did have a wonderful, true French Friday with Dorie Greenspan last week.

We spent almost a week in DC, taking in all the history, culture and great food we were able to handle.  One of the highlights of our visit was coinciding with a Baking Chez Moi event sponsored by the Smithsonian Associates – Desserts with a French Accent.  Joe Yonan, food and travel editor for the Washington Post, interviewed Dorie for about an hour.  Having listened to her keynote address at last year’s IFBC and some her most recent podcast interviews (thanks to Betsy and Teresa), I was especially happy when the following the following tidbits surfaced during the talk: Read More…

The Porchetta Project

porchetta toscana

Girl and boy salivate in awe at certain food preparation on TV.  Trips are planned with the hope to find this mythical creation.  Oceans are crossed, stick-shift cars rented.

“Look!  There is its!”

“Didn’t we just have lunch?”

“Oh… maybe later.”

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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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Seattle Trip Report 2013: Seafood and Sips

2013 Seattle Trip Report: View from the Space Needle

Has a full month really gone by already?  Four weeks ago, I was eating, mingling, and seeing my way through Seattle, WA.    I am missing the delightful company of my fellow food bloggers, the comfortable fall temperatures, and yes, the seafood.  Seattle and the Pacific Northwest are brimming with fresh, delicious seafood caught locally and mostly sustainably. Read More…

The Herbfarm in Woodinville, WA

A section of the Herb Farm's edible garden

“What was Paradise? But a garden, an orchard of trees, and herbs, full of pleasure, and nothing there but delights”
-William Lawson

Eduardo and I capped our trip to the US Pacific Northwest/Canadian Southwest with a meal for the ages.  We visited The Herbfarm in Woodinville, WA on our last night in the greater Seattle area.  The Herbfarm is considered one of the US premiere “destination restaurants”. While wine tasting in Woodinville after IFBC 2013 wrapped up, we stopped to check out the restaurant and the grounds of the adjoining Willows Lodge.  We were already curious about the restaurant based on the multiple accolades we had read about: AAA five diamond rating, National Geographic Traveler, and multiple ‘best in Seattle’ lists.  After sleeping on our decision for a day, we called and made our reservations/deposit for the Indian Summer nine-course dinner.  The menu for this meal was inspired by the shoulder/harvest season between summer and fall.
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IFBC 2013 – Bordeaux Wines a la Cookus Interruptus

Bordeaux Wines at IFBC 2013

My three favorite Bordeaux wines from the tasting at IFBC

The following post is a very literal illustration of the seven-part story structure learned during the fun and inspiring session with the Cookus Interruptus team at the 2013 International Food Bloggers Conference. This is also a chance to highlight one of my favorite sessions from the weekend, wine tasting and live tweeting with Bordeaux Wines. For a recap of the conversations, make sure to look through #IFBCBordeaux.

Once upon a time, a young girl with an ID purchased at el Paseo de Diego found herself traveling through the vineyards of Napa Valley with her boisterous family. Through dumb luck, she didn’t get carded at two wineries and sat at the grown-ups table for tastings. And she got hooked on that experience: check the color, swirl the glass, smell, sip, aerate, swallow, sigh in delight, and repeat. Many years later, she would meet a handsome man who shared this enjoyment of good wine and great food. They were lucky enough to go back to Napa Valley, and some other great places where grapes grow and every day life revolves around them.

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The (Yellow Brick) Road to IFBC 2013

Downtown Seattle

Seattle skyline. Photograph courtesy of Rafael Alcalá. All rights reserved.

On September 19th, I will arrive to the Emerald City to see the wizards… the wonderful wizards of food preparation, writing, photography, marketing and internet savvy. The 2013 edition of the International Food Bloggers Conference will take place in Seattle, Washington from September 20 through the 22nd. Three hundred and twenty bloggers will gather to learn, network, and taste their way through some of the city’s great food.  A steel flying house will take me there, perfectly timed to celebrate my third year of blogging.

Seattle will be the host city to IFBC 2013, and I couldn’t be more excited to get there with E.  The Pacific Northwest has been in my radar for visiting for a few years now.  The culture, the food, the wineries, and the legendary music scene draw us to this area.  We won’t need green-tinted glasses  to appreciate Seattle’s charms. Read More…

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…

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