Arroz Mamposteao

Taste of San Juan

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I’m back y’all! I’m back y’all! I’m backy, backy, back, back, y’all!

Yes, I’m back from Puerto Rico and currently sitting at my desk, STARVING because I miss the food from Puerto Rico so much.

If you know me, you know I can be a bit of a picky eater. (People that really know me are rolling their eyes because I’m hella picky).

Going to Puerto Rico soon? Here are the top three things to try while you’re there.


Arroz Mamposteao

Arroz Mamposteao

I seriously had a dream about this rice the other night – NO LIE. This rice is bomb. It’s typically served as a side dish, but I got a full plate as an entrée and tore it up. Arroz Mamposteao is basically bean stew and rice. The version I was served had rice (duh), red kidney beans, onions, tomatoes, bell peppers (green, yellow, red), cilantro; and is usually served with pork mixed in. My mom is vegan, so we opted to have the pork taken out. Pork or no pork, this rice was still bursting with flavor!


Monfongo

Monfongo
If you go to Puerto Rico and don’t get monfongo, did you really go?!

I went to PR with one food goal in mind – monfogo. But I won’t lie…I didn’t really care for it.

Now before you hop on me, I’ll try anything twice before I say I definitely don’t like it. So I need to try it one more time before I add it to the long list of foods I don’t like.

Monfongo is a Puerto Rican dish with deep-fried green plantains mashed together with a combination of seafood, meat, or vegetables added. I had monfongo with vegetables – zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, and onions. It was seasoned very well and tasty, but not my favorite dish of the trip, but I ate it, so it was aiight.


Churrasco with Chimichurri

Churrasco with Chimichurri
Okay, if you know me….you know I love some cow. Steak and hamburgers are my weakness. Y’all can keep the swine and chicken.

Chimichurri originated from Argentina, but thank goodness Puerto Rico adopted it. I’m not joking when I say I will drink chimichurri sauce through a straw. Chimichurri is a green, oil based sauce made with vinegar, parsley, cilantro, garlic, and seasonings.  Pour it over a skirt steak and it’s like Jesus himself was on the grill making it just for you. It’s delicious. Pair it with a side of beans & rice, and sweet plantains, and you have a yummy Spanish based dish.


TIP: If you’re in San Juan, be sure to check out Orozco’s (1126 Ashford Avenue, San Juan, 00907, Puerto Rico). We ate here for a lot of meals. But be sure to get there early…it’s a small restaurant and fills up quickly and there is usually a line in the evening. Happy Hour is pretty amazing there too, peaches!

 

Stay peachy!

JayMo

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