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WIAW: Puerto Rico Eats

December 19, 2012

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Hi and Happy last WIAW before Christmas!!! I’m so excited already, I feel like a small kid counting down the days until the whole family will be reunited. To me, having everyone under one roof is the best part of Christmas and unfortunately these days we only have that happen about twice a year.

Other than Christmas being right around the corner I’m also excited to share my Puerto Rico eats with you. I took a picture of nearly every major meal we had, not so much the snacks though. Some of the pictures, especially the restaurant ones were taken with my iPhone so excuse the quality. You’ll see what I mean when we get there. For now, thank you Jenn from Peas and Crayons for hosting the foodie party.

 

You can find my first Puerto Rico post here. But I’ve included some additional pictures throughout this post.

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Since I’ll be sharing more than one day of eats I’ll categorize this post by meal not by day.

Breakfast:

On most days we chose to have breakfast from the buffet. The choices that they had were excellent. They offered everything you could possibly ask for: oats, cornmeal {which was delicious}, pastries, pancakes, French toast, eggs, juices…

On the first day I had a bowl of muesli with fruit {I couldn’t find the picture anymore} and then filled up my plate with a bit of everything. The cake-like creation in the front was guava pancake, filled with guava purée.

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On Saturday we went on a sailing and snorkeling trip and had to ready by 8.30am so we decided to have a quick breakfast in our hotel room. We bought some cereal and almond milk the previous day and we had a coffee machine in our room. In addition to the cereal I also had a banana.

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On Monday I also had a bowl of muesli and a bowl of cornmeal and then had a cream cheese sandwich with salmon. For “dessert” I had a pastry.

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Two breakfasts are missing and I don’t know where the pictures are.

Lunch:

Lunch was the least organized of the meals. Mostly we would just graze throughout the day with the snacks we brought down to the beach. On Thursday however we toured Old San Juan and then had lunch at a terrific Japanese restaurant. I ordered the Bento Box which came with Miso Soup.

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As a starter we had edamame beans.

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My bento box included a salad, fried rice, salmon in teriyaki sauce and California rolls. It was just as good as it looks.

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On Saturday lunch was served on board the Barefoot IV, the catamaran that took us to our snorkeling location. I didn’t take that many pictures of the whole trip mainly because I didn’t want my phone to fall into the ocean but coincidentally the Tone It Up girls Karena and Katrina did exactly the same trip while they were in Puerto Rico and they posted a really good video

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In addition to serving pina coladas they also had a sort of picnic lunch at noon.

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On our way back from the island one of the crew members prepared a fruit plate. I was amazed at how quickly he had prepared this!

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On Sunday, our last day by the beach, we ordered lunch at the beach restaurant.

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We shared the avocado and bacon grilled-cheese sandwich which came with a side of fries.

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Dinners:

Now come the crappy pictures.

We were lucky enough to stay at a hotel with terrific restaurants. One of the restaurants was Il Mulino were we went Friday night. The restaurant itself was very Italian, the service excellent and the food incredible. The lighting however was not so great.

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As soon as we sat down the waiter brought us an amuse bouche and a small appetizer. In addition to that everyone got a small piece of parmesan on their side plate along with an assortment of bread.

This was crispy garlic zucchini was incredible.

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The amuse bouche was bruschetta along with a mussel.

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As my entrée I ordered a barely identifiable plate of cannelloni. The sauces were prepared right next to our table so I could sort of see what they put in there, but then again it was quite dark.

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Christina had rigatoni with Bolognese sauce.

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For dessert we shared a gigantic piece of tiramisu. On the side they served big dollop of sabaillon which was just as incredible as the tiramisu itself.

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On Saturday after our sailing trip we ordered room service. We weren’t in the mood to dress up and we still had about ten Christmas movies that needed to be watched so instead we stayed in our robes and had dinner in bed.

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We ordered the burger with fries and the club sandwich.

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For dessert we got the “movie-time snack”. Cookies with chocolate milk Smile

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As you can tell the cookies were gigantic, but personally I really liked the chocolate milk.

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On our last evening at the hotel we went back to Il Mulino for another wonderful dinner. We were delighted when we got the same amuse bouche Smile When it came to our entrees we were once again indecisive so the waiter suggested that we get two things and we could split them among both plates. We chose the gnocchi with pesto and ravioli with black truffle sauce. The gnocchi were amazing and the pesto so creamy. But the ravioli may have been one of the best dishes I have ever had. Black truffles certainly make everything taste better.

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For dessert we chose the sampler which came with a slather or flourless chocolate cake, tiramisu and ricotta cheese cake. The chocolate cake melted on our tongues and once again the sabaillon was just amazing. I definitely want to re-create it.

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Nibbles and Snacks:

In the lobby of our hotel they build this gingerbread town, which was basically gingerbread Old San Juan. Every time we walked past the lobby we took a couple of sweets with us.

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We also bought a couple of things that we took down to the beach. I was hoping I would find a store where I could stock up Larabars, nut butters and Luna bars but unfortunately the selection of healthy food wasn’t that great so we stuck to the purchases below.

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Now, that was a long picture-filled post! I hope you’re all having a wonderful last week before Christmas filled with lots of family time!!

Happy WIAW!

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5 Comments

  • Reply Jennifer December 19, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Happy WIAW! Looks like you had a great vacation. I like milk chocolate in my cookies too. When I make chocolate chip cookies I usually mix semi-sweet with milk chocolate, that way everyone is happy. 🙂 Thanks for sharing all your holiday photos.

  • Reply Eating 4 Balance December 19, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    What can I say other than WOW and YUM? 😀

    All of those pastries for breakfast look wonderful, and all of that tropical pineapple!! That bento box does look good– I’d kill for some sushi right now. Lol. And that tiramisu is GINORMOUS. But it all looks great.

    Great pictures. I love that gingerbread town, and that first pic of you with the ocean in the background is gorgeous!

  • Reply Sunnie@ModernGirlNutrition December 19, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Mmmm everything looks amazing, and I’m so impressed that they had so many healthy options at the buffet! The fruit plate is gorgeous as well! Glad you had a great trip:)

  • Reply Miss Polkadot December 21, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I’m glad to hear you enjoyed a great and sunny time with your sister in Puerto Rice! And that gingerbread town looks incredible!

    I nominated you for the Liebster award on my blog and hope you haven’t done it before. You can find my questions and the rules on my blog if you’re interested in doing it. Feel free to leave it until after the busy holiday season. I’d enjoy reading your answers!

  • Reply Meghan@cleaneatsfastfeets December 31, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Holy cow. You ate really well in Puerto Rico. Everything looks and sou C’s delicious.

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