Tasty Mofongo + delicious and new ice creams in Lares :P
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February 6th, 2009 – by: yadilitta
Nevermind, we went inside the restaurant. No problems to get a free table, haha. I saw on the wall 2 flags. One was the Puerto Rican, but what abou the other? Well it was Lares' one. The waiter came with the menus and left them. Well, I didn't have any clue what about to order. I just knew I wanted a mofongo. A couple of minutes later, the waiter came back, but we weren't ready, sorry.
The girl came with the drinks. The Puerto Rican berry was "acerola". I liked it. Not too sweet and a bit sour, tasty and refreshing :P Francisco told us, he used to have an acerola tree at home when he was a child and loved that fruit. By that time we knew what to order. We weren't hungry, so we decided to get no big dishes - at least that was what we thought, hehe. I was about saying I would like to have a salad when Francisco gave me a look and said: "Come on, Yadi! You are in Puerto Rico, no salads!" Mark got a yuca pie and Francico & me will share the famous "mofongo".
A bit later, the waiter came with Mark's pie. It looked like a tamal, covered with a banana lief. I tried a bite and was expecting for a tamal's flavor, but was different a bit blend. Then she came with our mofongo. When I looked the picture of the dish at the menu it looked like a small cup. It even looked like a "leche de tigre" shot. But that cup was huge! Well, what can I say about the mofongo? It was delicious!!!! I'll try to describe it... it could be stuffed with beef, chicken or shrimp - ours was with chicken - and it's about mashed plantain or yuca. We chose the plantain. It was so tasty!!! We tried a mofonguito (little mofongo) last night - but this one was the real stuff!
Neither of us could finish our dishes, but there is always space for dessert, haha.
After a short drive, we arrived to the main square in Lares town. This ice cream shop is famous. We just had to ask about the Lares' ice creams and they gave us the directions. By the way almost all the directions include a Burger King, haha. There are tons of them in Puerto Rico, lol! Anyway, we found a perfect parking spot next to the main church. And almost in front of us there was the famous Lares' ice creams.
This was a small place, but all the walls were covered with magazines', newspapers' reports, pics, etc, saying this place was unique.
Our ice creams where delicious, but I didn't leave the place without trying a couple of strange flavors, lol! We left the place and took a small walk around the main square. This town was really quiet and peaceful. People were friendly but a bit shy. It remembered me the towns in Peru.
Well, it was time to start going back to San Juan. We had another visit to do before going to the airport for the other TB's. In our way we stopped to get a fresh and juicy "china". Well, the china is the orange and Puerto Rico is the only place where they call the "naranja" "china", haha. The shop was an old school bus parked next to the road, haha. There I saw different kind of roots and vegetables. Oh! the chinas were delicious :P Ok, keep on moving we had to stop somewhere else before going to the airport. This stop was one of the most waited / wanted, haha. So we were in our way to...
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