Viviendo la vida Boricua


Yes, I’m living a Puerto Rican life! But it’s not the typical life that you may be thinking of. Sure, I live around the corner from the beach, which is fabulous! But I mean that I’m living the regular, every day life … going to work, and driving in the dreaded traffic!!  There was a joke from my colleague that I now drive “like a true Puertorrican!” I am working with the Universidad Metropolitana on some projects, and my office here in San Juan is starting to look like my office in Maryland! ¡Ay Bendito!

So here are some of the things that I’ve been doing, besides working.

Wednesday, my friend Ivelisse Rubio (Math Professor at University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras), took me to the local hot spot, Dragonfly. Dragonfly’s food is “Latin-Asian” fusion.  It was very good!

Here are some photos:  Peking Duck Nachos, Boricua Rolls, and more!

(The menu is here: http://www.restaurantsinpr.com/menupage.php?restnum=91, more information on the OOFRestaurants page.)

Duck Nachos and Lo Mein (w/ Fried Chicken!) from Dragon Fly

Duck Nachos and Lo Mein (w/ Fried Chicken!) from Dragonfly

This is a sushi dish with crab, forbidden rice, and jimaca.

This is a sushi dish with crab, forbidden rice, and jimaca.

Ivelisse Rubio

Ivelisse Rubio

At DragonFly Restaurant

At DragonFly Restaurant

Our waitress left us for a minute because “Mr. Big” from TV was a guest at the restaurant next door and she just wanted to see him.  She had waited on Ewan McGregor and George Clooney in the past, so apparently this was the area where “Las Estrellas” (The Stars) come to eat!

Saturday,  one of my colleagues at UMET taught me how to cook some  Puerto Rican foods! So first, we went to the supermercado and bought some recao, cilantrillo, ajos, cebollos, pollo y plantillas para pastelillos (cilantro, garlic, onions, chicken and the pastry for the shells.)

Yes, I put the queso (cheese) in the plantillas (pastry) myself!

Yes, I put the queso (cheese) in the plantillas (pastry) myself!

Groceries from the Supermercado Pueblo

Groceries from the Supermercado Pueblo

Molly teaches me how to make tostones

Molly teaches me how to make tostones

La Señora Molly Hardigree Cancel
La Señora Molly Hardigree Cancel
Pastelillos con guayaba y Arepas de Coco

Pastelitos de guayava y Arepas de Coco

Ingredients for Sofrito -- seasoning for foods in PR (for Guisados)

Ingredients for Sofrito -- seasoning for foods in PR (for Guisados)

Yes, I learned how to make Tostones!

Yes, I learned how to make Tostones!

Happy in the Kitchen

Happy in the Kitchen

Excited that I learned how to make Puerto Rican Foods!

Excited that I learned how to make Puerto Rican Foods!

Quesitos. I didn't make these, they came from the Panaderia (Bakery).

Quesitos. I didn't make these, they came from the Panaderia (Bakery).

We bought Pan de Agua (bread) from here earlier in the week.

We bought Pan de Agua (bread) from here earlier in the week.

And I did manage to get to the beach afterall!

And I did manage to get to the beach afterall!

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