Last week we were away in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was our first time to the island and I honestly had no idea what to expect other than relaxing on the beach 😉
It was pretty easy to eat gluten free, I never had an issue. My high school Spanish was so long ago I wasn’t sure I would remember much so prior to leaving I used google translate to look up how to say “I’m allergic to wheat” (Soy alergico al trigo) but I never needed to use it. Everyone spoke English, though occasionally I did try to use my Spanish.
We went to lots of different restaurants none of them gluten free specific but I would mention to the waiter that I was allergic to wheat and they all modified my meals quite happily. It was awesome!
We packed snacks and breakfast foods, more on that later this week, but for eating out we really only ate lunch and dinner.
My favorite restaurant was a cute little place in Old San Juan called St. Germain, (links contain affiliates) I don’t know what made it so adorable but I loved it and wished it had been closer to our hotel so that we could eat there multiple times. I got a great Caprese Salad which I cannot wait to recreate at home!
I was really looking forward to trying Puerto Rican cuisine, especially Monfogo, a dish I had read about in every travel guide I had seen. Essentially Monfogo is fried plantains served with meat and onions. We tried a restaurant called Orozco’s. The waiter told me traditionally the Monfogo is fried with a breading but he got the chef to make me one without and it was delicious. Heavy, very heavy because I am not accustomed to eating fried foods. But it was SO good!
They also make their own hot sauce in house and the ingredients are a family secret. The hostess was gracious enough to go and find out if there is any wheat thickener in the sauce and happily there is not. The sauce was sweet and hot at the same time.
A restaurant that went above and beyond for me was La Vista, the restaurant in the San Juan Marriott. I had asked if the seafood risotto was gluten free because I wasn’t sure about the broth they cook the risotto in. The waitress went to verify and came back with a bag of brown rice pasta and said the chef would make me seafood pasta. I suspect the gave me the entire bag of pasta because I do not think I could eat that much pasta in a week!
Saving the best for last this restaurant also serves a Nutella Creme Brulee. Deliciously sinful it neither tasted like creme brulee or nutella. Almost like a nutella pudding but it was out of this world and you should totally get it. And pretend to share it with someone, but eat the whole thing yourself.
Things I wish I had pictures from but don’t were kayaking at night in the bio illuminescent bay and snorkeling/catamaran. It was incredibly beautiful! The water was clear and warm and the people were all so nice. Everyone was helpful with recommendations of where to eat and what to do. All wanted to show off their wonderful island to its fullest potential.
I have so much more to share, but I don’t want to overload you on information or pictures! Til next time!
PS have you been to Puerto Rico? What all did you eat/do?!