Puerto Rico: Part II

Travel

Where did I leave off?

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On our second night, we got dressed up and went into San Juan to dine at the famous Marmalade.

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But first, we went to the cutest little wine bar, called Alfresco, for champagne and olives. What a gem!

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Marmalade had an awesome interior – it was full of big wingback chairs and little nooks with cushions and pillows. I ordered a spicy tequila drink that had peppers frozen in the middle of a big ice ball.

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I debated wine with dinner, but when I saw it was $20 for one glass, I boycotted it!

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We started with ceviche with the softest warm plantain tostadas, along with paella bites. Both were fantastic.

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As an entree, I ordered the rabbit over polenta with walnut pesto – this was absolutely divine, but really, really rich. I definitely left with a stomach ache:(

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We also shared the pork with black bean puree and pineapple jalapeño chutney.

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Perhaps the highlight of the trip though, was a hike through the El Yunque rainforest. We rented a car and drove about 45 minutes out to the national park. There were a couple of different trails and we choose La Mina falls.

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The trail was beautiful and followed a stream down to the waterfall.

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It was really peaceful and there weren’t too many people on the trail – until we reached the falls! There was a huge tour group and tons of people were swimming in the freezing water.

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Right after we took this pic, we got caught it a huge downpour. It was soo neat to experience pouring rain in the rainforest and everything looked even prettier in the rain!

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On the way out of the forest, we also climbed this observation tower for views all the way to the coast.

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You could see the rain clouds rolling in and out.

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We had planned to check out a local beach town with a bunch of seafood shacks, but the rain continued outside of the rainforest, so we decided to just head back to our hotel to seek shelter.

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The rain cleared up by our last day and we discovered a lovely little cafe called Pamela’s, thanks to the hotel concierge.

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It was a bit of a hike down from our hotel, but was worth it when we finally arrived. The tables were right on the beach!
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I had a fried fish sandwich and more ceviche!
Our last dinner was at a neat restaurant called Santaella. It was in an area of town that we hadn’t yet explored called Santurce. The area has a bunch of bars centered around a plaza and is apparently where all the locals hang out. We grabbed mojitos for only $3.50 before dinner and enjoyed the lively atmosphere.
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Santaella was packed with locals and Americans and had a really cool vibe. The food was outstanding too! We ordered four appetizers: wild caught crab served on fritters,
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a warm brussels salad with white cheddar under all that arugala,
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the famous white truffle and honey goat cheese quesadilla [I seriously didn’t understand what all the fuss was about, but Matt convinced me to get the quesadilla and it was to-die-for – homemade flaky dough that just melted away with the goat cheese],
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and the organic beef sliders with mashed plantain and some kind of sauce? Oh, they were heavenly.
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See ya Puerto Rico – I had a glorious time!
  • Emily
    March 19, 2015 at 7:32 am

    Looks like you had a wonderful Spring Break! We went to Marmalade a few years back when we were in Puerto Rico and it was AMAZING! I loved their cocktail list.

  • Jenny
    March 21, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    You do realize the locals are American…?

    • Laura
      March 21, 2015 at 9:53 pm

      Well, yeah – technically they have citizenship, but you know what I meant… Locals vs tourists

      • Jenny
        March 22, 2015 at 10:08 am

        Then you should have said that.

        • Kath
          March 28, 2015 at 6:22 pm

          Rolling my eyes. ..

  • Caitlin
    March 24, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    How was the book?? Always looking for more to read…. Gosh, I think you’ve convinced me to add Puerto Rico to my list of places to go!

    • Laura
      March 28, 2015 at 6:29 pm

      I liked it a lot!

  • Kath
    March 28, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    I’ve read that book!

    let’s go together next time!

  • Lori S H
    April 8, 2015 at 8:02 am

    I love your blog. I especially enjoy reading your travel experiences. Your red dress is adorable, do you mind me asking you where it’s from? Thanks!

    • Laura
      April 8, 2015 at 6:49 pm

      Thanks! It’s from a chain of boutiques called The Impeccable Pig.