Looking for Ricky Martin in Old San Juan

So we missed the organic farmers market by 24 hours but caught the San Juan Museum whose antiquities and ephemera include a display on intentional cranial deformation. Mixing high culture and medical oddities always makes us hungry, so we indulged in a so-so lunch at local hangout El Jibarito. Stuffed and a little sick, we wandered the high cliff of Calle Norzagaray overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and San Cristobal Fort, trying to catch a breeze.

We’re refreshed by early evening and begin an awesome pub crawl at Anam spa and cocktail lounge at the very top of Cristo Street overlooking San Juan Bay. Talk about a nice touch – your first drink is free with purchase of a 20 minute foot massage.

We continued down Christo to La Danza Restaurant, lured by the mysterious portrait, left, hanging over the bar. We ripped through a plate of mofongo stuffed with conch, perfect drinking fare with a big splash of hot sauce.

Continuing down Christo is Maria’s bar where there really is a Maria. She has to be 100 but remains a raving beauty.  Okay, the wine is awful, but her collection of celebrity photos includes luminaries as diverse as Ted Kennedy and Steven Segal. I imagine they are all in love with Maria.

We enjoy a few more drinks and cheese tapas on the terrace of the historic El Convento Hotel’s El Picoteo bar overlooking the action near San Sebastián. El Convento is worth a look-see even if you’re not staying – this grande dame is a knockout.

Our distinguished and enlightening pub crawl ends, as always, on the roof deck of Da House watching glittering cruise ships slide away into the night sky.  •

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 is also a graphic designer, giving her site a decided edge in an oversaturated blogosphere. New contacts, "likes," subscribers and content are welcome!
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