Hi, sweeties! I thought it was about time to share a bit more about my Puerto Rican getaway with you. Ready?
Well. My mom arrived to hang out for a week in lovely, sunny, beachy Rincon. First thing we did? Went to get frappés, naturally.
In Rincon, you'll see signs for frappés everywhere. On the side of the road, at specific frappé shops, at ice cream vendors. So what's a frappé?
Basically, it's like a frappuccino, but with any sort of flavoring, from soursop to cherry; from oreo to horchata; from queso to coconut. We went to Kahuna Frappé, which is in the Plaza Bonet. I chose the pistachio; mom got the pineapple. They topped them, I will guiltily admit, with cool-whip. They were just as amazing as they look: taste-wise, falling somewhere between a milkshake and a smoothie. Creamy and sweet and milky; mashed with ice, but not icy. A real delight.
We also hit up a place called Cowboys, where they have horse rides (alas, not on the day of our visit as it was raining) and savory food. This also happened there, I thought I should tell you.
We went to an outdoor flea market and checked out some of the candy. It's very sweet and tends to be coconut-heavy.
I also realized I must be more famous than I thought, if they have murals of me at ice cream shops in Puerto Rico.
On Sunday, we attended the farmer's market, where we got our fill of tasty foods. One vegan baker was selling sweets of all sorts; we picked up a vegan brownie and a ginger-lemonade. The brownie surprised me. It was more cakey, which I typically don't go for, but the lightness worked in this case: it was like eating brownie bread. Brownie bread, I have decided, is a superior type of bread to zucchini. Just in case you've ever wondered.
The baker in question was a very cool dudette who had actually gone to FIT; since I went to Pratt, we had a New York connection in common. There are actually a surprising amount of Northeasterners here, for various reasons. Some are surfers; some like the cheaper lifestyle; others come to live off the grid. It makes for great people watching and some interesting conversations.
I also picked up a baggie of toasted coconut. I've been hitting this lady up every week--it's so simple but so good.
We went to a fruit vendor and picked up what he called "guava pears" which he had grown on his property. A google search of guava pear resulted only in that guavas are related to pears, so maybe I just had a small guava? It looked different from guava I have seen before but apparently this is a regular kind. Anyone have any info to offer on this?
We went back to Dulcis Vita, which was a fantastic moment because I got more cheesecake. Yay!
On this visit I also observed that they have amazing tables that can read minds. Whoa!
So. Much. Mango.
A few days into my mom's visit, I was able to "get" another yoga pose that has been eluding me. Seriously: look at this! Thanks to Centro La Paz for keeping me in yoga shape.
We had a wonderful mofongo (a mashed plantain specialty here) feast at The Red Flamboyen, which has flamboyen trees all around.
On a rainy day, I took a little while to practice drawing flamboyen flowers. They're so strange yet beautiful!
We went out for ice cream at Tip-Top Ice Cream in downtown Rincon, and I got the corn ice cream. If I had to describe it, I'd say it tasted like what creamed corn aspires to be in a dessert world. It was quite addictive, actually--if you ever see corn gelato or ice cream, GET IT.
I made biscuits. I'll share the recipe really soon.
I got a new bracelet with my name on it.
I also learned how to make marshmallow fluff from marshmallows. I'll share that post on Craftsy in the next few weeks, so lucky you.
I also met a new friend.
We didn't forget to treat ourselves; so yes, another tropical cocktail was maybe consumed.
And of course, I did some more sea glass paintings! Here's one in reverse.
Sadly I'm leaving Puerto Rico in a couple of days but I've had such a joyous time.