one thing I've checked off my bucket list: bocadillo of jamon iberico from Despana. Yes, it's a $25 sandwich. But it's also the best ham I've had. and a pretty reasonably-priced splurge, compared to many of the pricey food experiences in this city.
nice and strong. and black. Sweet and creamy drinks certainly have a place in my heart, but when I drink coffee, I enjoy the taste of.. coffee. no adulteration. The best I've found in my 'hood is the cold brew from Joe the Art of Coffee (on NYC's UES).
I would kill for some fresh mozzarella, but I just gave up dairy. (I've become convinced it causes my skin to breakout.)
I eat cereal w/ milk almost everyday, so I was worried I'd miss real (ie cow's) milk. Surprisingly, I've become quickly accustomed to almond milk.
I like this one from the NYTimes:
simple, healthy, yummy. I often make it without the pasta, too.
I have to go with Batali, too.
If you're planning to venture into the city, check out El Buren in Old San Juan. Their lamb with yuca mofongo is the most delicious thing I've eaten in PR, and I've been a few times. Last time I was at El Buren, my (picky) husband got a seafood dish that he said was great, too. (I don't eat fish, so you'll have to take his word for it :-) )
The restaurant serves both classic Puerto Rican food and more creative/international dishes. I've always stuck to the PR food, and I've never been disappointed. I love the definitively Puerto Rican ingredients they use- tamarind, yucca, guava etc. I'm always dubious about restaurants in "touristy" areas like Old San Juan, but I was pleasantly surprised here.
Try this idea:
Basically, make a boxed brownie mix, and put some candy bars in the middle (I use the Symphony brand like the recipe recommends, but I'm sure other brands would do.) I'm not usually a big fan of boxed mixes, but the candy bar addition makes these a big hit. My friends always rave about them!
I lived in Spain for a while, and I miss the food like crazy!! Quit worrying; you're in for a treat :-)
Definitely have plenty of churros con chocolate. They are doughnut-like treats that come accompanied by hot chocolate so thick it's almost pudding. Just be warned in advance: it's practically impossible to find real Spanish churros in NYC, so fill up while you are there!
Also, be prepared to eat loads of ham. The super-expensive jamon iberico is worth a try, but jamon serrano is a lot cheaper and still yummy.
Each region in Spain has it's own specialties, so if you're traveling at all, be sure to try the local dishes. In the south, there is a lot of Moorish influence, so be sure to try some of the Moroccan-influenced dishes, such as tagines.
Just one warning: Be careful if you have any allergies/restrictions on your diet. In my experience, menus and waiters seem to frequently leave out ingredients when describing dishes. I'm allergic to fish, and I was amazed how many times my "garden salads" were filled with tuna, even when I'd asked about the ingredients. If you really need to avoid something, you need to really stress it to the waiter.
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