Sunday, April 10, 2011

An apartment and lunch in Old San Juan

At the end of our trip I did a little cooking as we had a kitchen and I invented a salad based on the local ingredients that we found.

San Juan lunch Salad

We had rented an apartment here is the link in the heart of Old San Juan.  San Juan is a wonderful old city with roots to the very beginning of Colonial times in North America. The streets are very narrow and parking impossible, do not, I repeat do not, drive in to San Juan. Our apartment was beautiful with an enormous deck which is where we spent most of our time.

The beautiful large deck
As you can see the neighbours across the street are very close and we made friends with them, during the 4 days that we stayed here. No one has glass in their windows and the 3 young men living across the street shared their music with us every evening, as well as stories of their lives in San Juan.  They were American Coast Guards posted their for a couple of years. We were easily able to talk across the street.

View from deck

While we were staying here I made lunch every day as all we really felt like was salad, and that seemed a little hard to come by in the local restaurants.  There was a small supermarket in the old part of the city and I found some local lettuce sold with roots attached, and a wonderful local cheese.

Some days we had this cheese in the salad and other days with crackers on the side it has the texture similar to a soft feta but is milder in taste. The other local ingredient that was very good were the avocado's these were large, green and very fleshy.

So our salad consisted of

1 can of garbanzo beans
1/2 avocado chopped
3 green onions chopped
2 small tomatoes chopped
A small handful of olives chopped
1 garlic clove finely chopped
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Juice of one lemon
Salt and pepper

I just tossed all this together in a large bowl and then added the lettuce torn into large pieces.

This made a wonderful light lunch to eat on the large shady deck.  I really enjoyed staying here it was wonderful to be in the heart of the old city. We felt quite superior to the cruise ship tourists who poured into the town most days and then left in the evening, leaving the city to us locals.

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