Puerto Ricoooo

This past Spring Break, I went to PUERTO RICO with my good friends Ankevia, Esmeralda, and Jephte. We decided we wanted to go somewhere for spring break and after some planning, ultimately chose San Juan, Puerto Rico. We booked our flights and an Airbnb and on May 11th, we headed to the airport to commence our spring break adventures. Check out some cool pictures and a short description of my days in PR down below!

Saturday, March 11th

It was our first day in Miramar, San Juan at our Airbnb. Our host, Coral, was really cool and the town we were at reminded me a lot of Wynwood in Miami in the type of art that covered the streets. Acquiring food was our first mission and it was a successful one. Afterwards, we joined other tourists and residents in a block watch-party for a baseball game.

Sunday, March 12th

I would die happy if I had cafe con leche, tostada, and revoltillo for the rest of my life. That was our breakfast almost everyday in Puerto Rico and I miss it already. Today we also hit up Old San Juan and explored the island. It’s rich in history and I definitely recommend visiting El Morro Castillo. I also tried Mofongo– a dish Puerto Rico is well known for.

Monday, March 13th

On Monday, we visited El Yunque Rainforest. It’s beautiful and it was fun to explore but be wary of Uber’s & Taxi’s that take you up there. I recommend booking a tour or renting a car and driving there yourself. Later that night we went to a place a lot of locals recommended, “La Respuesta,” a popular night club. It was lit!

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Tuesday, March 14th

We went back to Old San Juan to continue exploring. It was only a $1 bus ride away so why not? This time I did some shopping and checked out la “Plaza de Armas de San Cristobal.”

Wednesday, March 15th

Repeat of Old San Juan and a chill day spent napping at a park and walking around our block.

Thursday, March 16th

We were on our way to el “Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Puerto Rico” and stumbled upon a thrift store! After the museum, we hit the beach for the remainder of the day.

Friday, March 17th

Alas, all good things must come to an end. It was our last day in Puerto Rico so we enjoyed another delicious Puerto Rican breakfast nearby and headed to the airport.

This was my first trip with just friends & it was definitely one I’m always going to remember.

“We didn’t spring break, we sprung BROKE.” -Ankevia

 

 

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#TreatYoSelf: Nitrogen Ice Cream

Have you ever heard of nitrogen infused ice cream? It’s a pretty cool concept & it apparently tastes better than regular ice cream! This past Sunday, I visited Chill-N, an ice cream shop in Aventura.

So why eat this ice cream? Well apparently, liquid nitrogen freezes really fast and that reduces the size of the crystals of ice in the ice cream causes it to be smoother.

It was about the same price that you would pay for a cup of Menchies and it tasted a lot better but I don’t think it was THAT special. Pretty cool experience though.

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Sweet Crackers!

In addition to my 2016 resolution to read more, I decided to continue dabbling in all forms of art, even the art of creating food.

Whenever I get the chance to scroll through my Facebook feed, I find myself watching video after video. If I’m not watching make up tutorials, I’m looking at those 30 second videos from Tasty (BuzzFeed) or Tastemade where they create these delicious treats or carb loaded meals. A lot of them seem a little unrealistic to make, especially if you don’t cook on a regular basis. However, I saved the ones that seemed easy yet yummy and decided to give cooking/baking a try.

The first thing I made was “Cracker Candy.” It was sometime during winter break actually and I was in the holiday spirit. I went to Publix and bought the 5 ingredients this recipe requires:

  1. Butter
  2. Crackers
  3. Brown Sugar
  4. Chocolate Chips
  5. Almonds or Pecans (Optional)

It basically taste like the chocolate toffee candy “Almond Roca” but in a different shape. If you want to see the video that helped me and inspired me to make this click here.

Thank you Lori Nolan!

The next dish I created was more recent and I decided to do it because, again, it was simple, but also because it’s one of my mom’s favorite foods: Sweet potato fries!

All you need is:

  1. 1-2 sweet potatoes
  2. Oil
  3. Salt & pepper
  4. Garlic
  5. Parmesan Cheese
  6. Parsley (Optional?)

I didn’t actually buy parsley because I thought I had cilantro at home that I could use as a substitute but then I found out I only had lettuce so I chopped that up real good and figured that it was just for aesthetic purposes anyway. I didn’t taste the lettuce in the final product at all. It just looks better, doesn’t it?

Anyways, for instructions & a video you know what to do.

WARNING: SWEET POTATOES ARE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO CUT (when uncooked/raw). I would recommend this as a great form of relief if you have pent-up anger but nothing to take it out on. Do not have mercy.

 

May these recipes give all you anti-chefs (or just non-cooks, I guess) some hope for the future. Cooking is as bad as it seems but it is ultimately worth it.