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Cocina Abierta @Condado, San Juan, Puerto Rico

So yesterday was my birthday and being a holiday (Holy Friday) I figured everything would be closed. To my surprise not everything was and we ended up at Cocina Abierta in Condado. Thank the #culinarygods! This place was phenomenal.

The concept is different to your typical restaurant. The menu is divided in 4 acts with small servings with the sole purpose that you order several items and try more than one thing. The portions are just right: Big enough to share, and small enough to order 2 or 3 items. Since it was my birthday, I did not go stingy. We ordered a plate from each act and dessert. Oh boy! I’m going there again.

Aside from the delicious food, they have an extensive wine list and wine pairing suggestions for every plate on their menu. Since we already had a few beers, we didn’t go with wine, but the “adventurous pairing” option certainly called my attention. Perhaps next time…

So, I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. Unfortunately, Act II plate (Seared scallops) never made it to the photo. (I was really hungry!)

Act I: Fried Calamari with coconut milk and chives 

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Fried Calamari

Act II: Seared Scallops (Sorry, no pic).

Act III: Pork Tenderloin Cambodia Style (not sure this was the exact name)

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Pork Tenderloin

Act IV: Seared Duck with Green Mole and Pico de Gallo

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Seared Duck with Green Mole

Desserts: Make sure you leave room for it!

Citrus: Deconstructed Lemon Tart

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Citrus: Deconstructed Lemon Tart

Chocolate: 

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Chocolate Dessert.
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Altitude Trampoline Park @Gurabo, Puerto Rico

Had a great time yesterday at the Altitude Trampoline Park in Gurabo. This place is relatively new and my son was begging me to take him so we took some time to go and it was 100% worth it! Gurabo is about 20 – 30 minutes from San Juan depending on traffic (right next to Caguas). If it’s a weekday I recommend you go early to avoid the big 5 – 6pm traffic jams, because those are just horrible and you don’t want to be in one… trust me.

So anyway, the trampoline park is precisely that. A place full of trampolines where you get to jump and bounce to your heart’s content (as long as you follow the rules). Prices are reasonable: About $15 (with TAX) for 1 hour per person if you’re paying full price and buying the socks (socks are $2.00 – they have anti-slipping elements, but you can take them home and reuse them whenever you come back). They have special prices for families of 4 people and larger groups. Kids younger than 7 also pay less. Be prepared to pay about $40 – $45 for 1 hour of 4 people (they have better offers for longer times). One hour was enough for me, but the kids wanted more!

The park also has a dodgeball section, a basketball hoop area, a battle zone where you do an “american gladiator” sort of battle trying to throw the other person off, a little kid area, and a foam pool for jumping in. All the sections are available to you with the 1 hour pay or whatever you choose. Of course, nothing speaks better than a picture, so here I leave you with some so you can see for yourself.

Recommendation: Great for a rainy day when being outside is pointless or when it’s so hot you instantly melt on contact with the asphalt (like today).

Playa Martinica @ Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

Secret spot! Well… it’s not really a secret, but getting to this beach isn’t that easy. In Aguadilla (North West), inside the former Ramey Base, there is a one-lane sandy road that leads to this rather private and very nice beach: Playa Martinica (NOTE: You should have an off-road vehicle for this!) There are cave formations, “pozitas” (natural sea water pools), interesting rocks that lead to more secret spots, and apparently fishing too! So if you ever travel to the North West side of the Island, go for it. This place is obviously Yarari! For directions, ask around, or ask me. I will provide directions via private message.

Wildo’s Shore Break @ Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

Had some fun taking pics at Wildo’s Shore Break (Aguadilla, Puerto Rico) this weekend. The wind was killer. I’m talking free acupuncture from the sand, but we toughed  it out. The beach was beautiful, clean, and not too full, so it was (aside from the piercing sandy wind) perfect.  The spot is sheltered by a cliff on the right side and has a vast sandy area where you can play sports, run around and build plenty of sand castles. The swimming area is clear of rocks and the waves are relatively calm. To get here you need to go inside the Ramey Base and through the golf course. Ask around! It’s not really a secret beach.

La Quilombera – A Rhythm That Speaks All Languages

Welcome to the Quilombo! A Quilombo was a town in Brazil or the Caribbean founded by runaway slaves. It served as a refuge for anyone wishing to escape their current oppressive condition and a place to exchange ideas in the fight for liberation.

That is precisely what La Quilombera is: a musical group that fuses rock and Afro-Latino rhythms creating a refuge for all who seek to escape from boxed ideas and of course, boredom. Because La Quilombera’s musical proposal speaks all languages, makes you want to move your body, and will certainly make everyone have lots of fun.

Photos by Frank Elias
Photo by Frank Elias

Composed by Juan Blaze (Voice), Beto Torrens (Voice and Percussion), Joel Martínez (Lead Guitar), Alex Berríos (Rhythm guitar/Chorus), Doel Delgado Rivera (Bass), Juanky Hernández (Drums/Chorus), Bryant Huffman (Percussion/Chorus) y Falú Quilombo (Accordion/piano/chorus), La Quilombera is currently producing its first full-length album “Homini Falombiucoccus Mastoidis Nefrolíticus”. What exactly is “Homini Falombiucoccus Mastoidis Nefrolíticus”? It’s that special something that sometimes gets into you and you don’t know what it’s called. Well, La Quilombera gave it a name, and it’s “Homini Falombiucoccus Mastoidis Nefrolíticus”. This album includes the talents of several international artists and industry professionals like Mario Siperman (Los Fabulosos Cadillacs) and Eduardo Bergallo (Shakira, Soda Estereo, Lucibel) that make this a truly unique musical experience. But don’t take my word for it, check them out yourselves by downloading their brand new single “Por cada día” (For each day) on the iTunes store. It’s a fun romantic sound perfect for this season. You may also download their first EP “Quilombo y Barbarie” and their previous single “Caminando Voy”.

Photo by Frank Elias
Photo by Frank Elias

Of course, nothing compares to a live performance. Recently, Puerto Rico had the privilege of seeing them live at the famous San Sebastian Street Festival where the fans were left wanting more. And in order to appease them, La Quilombera will be performing live at the Star Stage during the Festival de Apoyo a Claridad 2015 this Friday February 27th at 10:00 PM, as well as an expansive media tour and the launch of their brand new album. It’s time to join the Quilombo and liberate!

Lee la versión en español de éste artículo aquí: La Quilombera – Un ritmo que habla todos los idiomas