In the summer of 2018, I took a trip to Puerto Rico in partnership with the Intercontinental San Juan. I spent five incredible days exploring the island’s food, historical sites, and natural wonders. I also spent a nice amount of time at the hotel, which is the best on the island. Come along with me as I explore the property and enjoy an incredible Puerto Rican gourmet food feast in San Juan, Puerto Rico!
I started the day by giving you a quick tour of the beautiful Intercontinental San Juan. It’s located on Isla Verde beach, roughly a five-minute drive from the airport. They have 398 rooms, a pool, a spa and a 2 mile stretch of beach. I stayed in a beautiful, spacious suite with a beautiful bedroom, a work station where I could get some work done, and a gorgeous bathroom!
Then, I headed down to the Intercontinental San Juan’s gourmet Puerto Rican restaurant, Aleli, to have some dinner. This restaurant is located on the hotel’s first flood. I couldn’t wait to try some gourmet Puerto Rican food here in San Juan!
My friends and I started off with bacalaitos, which are salted cod fritters. I’ve eaten them many times and they never disappoint! Then, we tried amarillitos, which are sweet plantains wrapped in bacon wraps. They almost reminded me of bacon-wrapped dates! Then, we had a cool and refreshing avocado salad that I could have eaten as a meal by itself if I’d had more of it. Then, I had a fantastic fried red snapper.
When you eat Puerto Rican food it almost always comes with a staple in the local cuisine called mofongo. One of the most well-known Puerto Rican dishes, mofongo is mashed fried plantains that can come with a variety of proteins. This one was cooked with garlic and oil and had my mouth watering! We also tried a dish called arroz mamposteao, which is red beans with rice and a fried egg on top.
To end our night, we tried budin, which is a Puerto Rican bread pudding. It comes with vanilla ice cream, strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries on the side. It was a delicious and satisfying alcoholic dessert!
After trying all these delicious Puerto Rican dishes, I have to say I loved the arroz mamposteao and the bacalaitos the most. I couldn’t get enough of them!
I want to give a big thanks to my friends at the Intercontinental San Juan. They made my time in Puerto Rico so fun and memorable. This trip would not have been possible without them! Learn more about the Intercontinental San Juan on their website.
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