Tasting Puerto Rican fritters in Piñones - so yummy :P

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The lunch plan for today was a really simple one, going to Piñones area to taste real Puerto Rican food and eat is as the locals do. "Well, don't expect nice restaurants here", was the warning of Francisco. "We'll go to get really great Puerto Rican fritters." And where to find it better than in kiosks near to the beach?

While we were at the airport, Kary & Gilberto already arrived to Piñones. Kary knew which one was Francisco's favorite spot, so they both waited for us there. First of all let me tell you that almost everything you'd find here is fried. So if you are on diet, mmm. I always try to eat healthy, but I was in Puerto Rico, haha.

You can find the famous: "alcapurrias", "bacalaitos", "empanadas" among other stuff. But we came specifically for the alcapurrias and bacalaitos.
I was in charge of the cooking too, lol!
There were tons of places to eat, but why we chose one that didn't look so attractive??? well, because they fried everything in front of you, so the food was really fresh. And freshness is really important, specially if you expect crunchy things.

When we arrived, Kary was having an alcapurria and Gilberto already ordered ones for us. The alcapurria is made from the mixture of yuca and plantains, filled with beef or crab and deep fried in oil. I got one with crab, very yummy. In order to enjoy it, I decided to stop thinking about the calories, haha. And in order not to feel so guilty I got water to drink, haha.

Well, first dish was really good and people got a 2nd alcapurria, but not me. I was saving space for the bacalaitos. The good thing here is that you can see when they are actually cooking the food.
bacalaitos to-go
It's a whole process. Well, it took a bit long until we got our food, but the wait was worth. After a while our bacalaitos were coming 1 by 1.

Ok, a bacalaito is a fritter made of codfish (bacalao in Spanish), flour and seasoning. Not healthy or light, but tasty, specially if you like salty, and I do ;) although it didn't look that much, it was a lot of food. We all were full and it was getting late, better start moving. Kary and Gilberto would stay walking around and we would leave them. It was great meeting the guys and making new friends. :)

While we were having lunch, Francisco told Jess about our homeless situation and she agreed, we could crash at her hotel, how sweet!!! Yeeee! Problem solved. Ok, time to go to the hotel to leave our stuff an get ready for the night :)
yadilitta says:
haha, I love to take part of everything, haha.
Posted on: Feb 14, 2009
Lord_Mike says:
So, you are not only Ambassador, but you go on a TB Meet Up and have to play the Cook as well? ahahahahhaaha!
Posted on: Feb 13, 2009
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the beach
the beach
I was in charge of the cooking too…
I was in charge of the cooking to…
bacalaitos to-go
bacalaitos to-go
where we were going...
where we were going...
quiet
quiet
lot of kiosks
lot of kiosks
a healthy kiosk!!!!
a healthy kiosk!!!!
this one was the kiosk where we at…
this one was the kiosk where we a…
preparing the alcapurrias...
preparing the alcapurrias...
Francisco showing proud his beef a…
Francisco showing proud his beef …
an alcapurria
an alcapurria
Crab alcapurria
Crab alcapurria
cooking
cooking
a bacalaito. This is big!!!
a bacalaito. This is big!!!
Puerto Rican fritters!!!
Puerto Rican fritters!!!
Carolina Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Perfect place to taste the real Puerto Rican Fritters - Kiosks at Piñones
Usually we hear that in order to try the real food from somewhere, you have to go where the locals go. And this statement is 100% true. If you are … read entire review
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