A Vieques Valentine

Ah, Puerto Rico, at last! Gorgeous, noisy, humid and wild. We are determined to taste and savor all week long. This is not a place for “sipping” – this is a guzzler’s paradise.

Our first coup has to do with meat. We reserve a mysterious bag of pork (“lechon”) to be picked up in the local graveyard between 5:30 and 7:00 AM. This roasted pig is legendary and we resolve to get a hunk of it as quickly as possible. “Extra skin” was our only request. It was even more and succulent than we imagined — only the greasy paper bag with the name “Elissabeth” was left as evidence.

We are staying in a fabulous little hotel called Amistad – small and comfortable, with a lovely overgrown patio in back plus several communal porches and decks. Guests are welcome to use the kitchen. Strong coffee is served each morning at 8:00. The little library and beautiful tiled pool (top photo), more for dipping than swimming, are unexpected delights. It is impossible not to relax in this atmosphere of friendship and comfort.

And you can’t beat the sunsets at Al’s.

More soon!

About Epicurious Travelers

Ms. Margolis-Pineo created EpicuriousTravelers.com to showcase her published work and ongoing food-travel adventures. Based in Portland, Maine, she travels frequently both in her home state and north to Montreal, her favorite North American city. Although she refuses to use the word "foodie," she has an abiding interest in food and wine. Ms. Margolis-Pineo's background as a designer gives her site an edge in the oversaturated blogosphere. New contacts, "likes," subscribers and content are always welcome!
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1 Response to A Vieques Valentine

  1. Here’s the thing I love in all of your posts – a sense of place. I am there. I usually feel envy in these situations but on your blog I feel contentment.

    Thank you for never uttering the word “foodie”.

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