I want a mojito in Old San Juan!

It’s been cold. (Apparently too cold to do a post since New Years Eve…sorry!) I’m sure everyone is aware that it’s been a cold winter. The polar vortex, or whatever the heck is causing this cold spell, has been all over the news. I feel like this tree.

2B_windy sunrise

I want to be warm, walking down the brilliantly sun-lit blue cobblestone streets of Old San Juan with my beautiful wife. We would start towards El Asador on Calle de San Francisco. Along the way we would see a picturesque purple balcony and a few cool cats hanging around. When we arrive, we would sit at a table with a view of the street. The awesome bartender, Daniel, would make us mojitos with Don Q Cristal. They would be super refreshing. Daniel would bring our order of ceviche. It would be excellent and flavorful. We would sit, laugh, and enjoy.

What is your warm thought of the day? Cheers!

Happy New Year! (Old world style)

This may be an unconventianal New Year’s Eve post, but it really makes sense. Don’t we all ring in the new year by thinking about some highlights from the previous year? And pledging to do more of what makes you happy in the upcoming year? (And kissing your someone special as the ball drops in Times Square!) So….these pictures are from our 5th Anniversary honeymoon trip to Old San Juan — a definite highlight during this past year. And Heather and I call every trip we take together a honeymoon….which I hereby pledge to do more of this year! (Along with kissing her at midnight!)

This latest honeymoon was about eating and drinking in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, with a lot of cool sights in between sips and bites! I took so many pictures over the course of 4 days that it will end up as multiple posts. Here are a few highlights to get us started!

So here’s to a happy, healthy, prosperous new year to you all. Cheers!

Café Puerto Rico cheers. Happy new year!!

Café Puerto Rico cheers. Happy new year!!

Ceviche!!

Ceviche.  Yeah, I’d had it before.  However… when Heather and I were on our honeymoon a few years ago in Puerto Rico…I realized I hadn’t had ceviche. Just a lame attempt. There was this great little place called Aguaviva, in Old San Juan. We had 3 different types of ceviche that were all fantastic!  The mojitos we had were also an excellent part of that meal, but that deserves a separate post. Soon, I promise.

I perused many recipes and decided to come up with my own that would try and mimic (in one variety), the best of what we had in Puerto Rico. And so…here it is in pictures. Let me know if you want the recipe.

The avocados need to be perfectly ripe, and leave them chunky.

Fresh lime juice and cilantro are VERY important!

Red snapper, jalapenos, sweet peppers, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt and red chili olive oil.

Serve with yellow corn tortilla chips.