Stay tuned for the tropical edition of Dining and Opining, featuring fresh fruit and spicy sauces, warm baked goods and street food.
Some of the things I'm particularly excited about:
- Adobo sauce: made by crushing together peppercorns, oregano, garlic, salt, olive oil, and lime juice or vinegar, and used to flavor many island dishes
- Sofrito: potpourri of onions, garlic, coriander, and peppers browned in olive oil and colored with annatto seeds, which imparts the bright-yellow color to the island's rice, soups, and stews.
- Tostones: Fried slices of either plantains or green breadfruit, which is a large, round fruit from a tropical tree that has a thick green rind covering its starchy, sweet flesh.
- Piraguas: A shaved ice cone covered with syrup of fruity flavors such as: raspberry, pineapple, coconut, guava or tamarind, among others.
- Tropical Fruits of all sorts! Bananas of different varieties than the Cavendish we find in the U.S. Papaya. Mango. Chironja--cross between orange and grapefruit. Coconut. Soursop. Pineapple. Star Apple. Avocado! Passion Fruit. Tamarind. Oh my!
- These Vegetarian Restaurants! Especially: La Buena Mesa de Oscar, La Zanahoria, Bangkok & Bombay