A Taste of Home

by Melanie Edwards on May 22, 2009 · 100 comments

in Puerto Rico

If you haven’t heard, in a few days, we’re going on vacation to Puerto Rico.

Of course, we’ve planned several must-do activities and sightseeing. But, is it wrong that I’m planning visits to specific areas of the island just so I can grab up certain foods?

Foods that I’m Looking Forward to Eating in Puerto Rico

Bacalaitos

Alcapurrias

Relleno de Papa

Pastelillos

Quenepas

Chicharron y Pan Sobao

Coco Frio

Asopao

Naaaa….I didn’t think so either.

Now, go look up each food to see what it is if you don’t already know.

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1 Elsa May 22, 2009 at 3:49 am

yum, se me hizo la boca agua! what you refer to as pastelillos, we used to call them empanadillas when I lived there (a good 20 yrs now, lol)… man I remember in high school that was my lunch! a pizza empanadilla (or 2) and a tall cold bottle of Malta India … enjoy your trip girl, can’t wait for the pics!

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2 Melanie (Modern Mami) May 22, 2009 at 7:00 am

@Elsa, I’ve heard them called empanadillas too. Apparently they’re called different names depending on which side of the island you’re on. My parents are from Aguadilla so I always heard pastelillo at home. Rico either way!

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3 Susan Payton May 22, 2009 at 7:48 am

Take me with you!! Gaah. That looks so good. Except the chicarrones. Not a fan. Take pics of the food! Don’t forget!!

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4 Melanie (Modern Mami) May 22, 2009 at 9:53 pm

@Susan Payton, haha I will definitely be looking like an idiot taking pics of the food, etc. ;) Thanks for the journal too! It’s going to be perfect.

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5 Sylvia May 22, 2009 at 8:47 am

I want some of EVE.RY.THING!!!! Elsa I’m feeling you on the Malta India to wash it all down…

Hope you guys have a great time!

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6 Melanie (Modern Mami) May 22, 2009 at 10:01 pm

@Sylvia, Malta, Jupiña, Coco Rico…they’ll all work. ;)

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7 Brian May 22, 2009 at 9:06 am

mmmmmm, I’m sure you will have no problem finding all of those when you get here.

The only ones I have not tried are the Quenepas. My wife has told me horror stories about people choking on them …..

enjoy your trip

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8 Melanie (Modern Mami) May 22, 2009 at 10:06 pm

@Brian, Yes, my mom used to give me about a million warnings about quenepas when I was little. But, I love them. You should try them. ;)

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9 Jai May 22, 2009 at 6:24 pm

I love Quenepas!!! I think I’m jealous of your trip just for the Quenepas! Have a good time! I’ve been to Aguadilla it’s beautiful little town. That’s close to Mayaguez right? I love the Quenepas cold too. :)

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10 Melanie (Modern Mami) May 22, 2009 at 10:08 pm

@Jai, Yup Mayaguez is pretty close to Aguadilla. Do you mean cold quenepas like after being in the fridge a bit?

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11 Jai May 23, 2009 at 5:50 pm

@Melanie (Modern Mami), yes straight out of the fridge to give the quenepas a good chill. Perfect on a hot afternoon! That and tamarindos!

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12 Melanie (Modern Mami) June 2, 2009 at 9:29 pm

@Jai, Unfortunately Jai, quenepas were not in season. :(

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13 Tyler - Building Camelot May 22, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Looks good! I’d love to be able to try some authentic food from another country. I get so tired of eating the same old food here. Have a great trip – look forward to hearing from you when you get back.

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14 Melanie (Modern Mami) May 23, 2009 at 8:08 am

@Tyler – Building Camelot, I don’t know where you live, but you might be able to find some food in the area. I know here in Florida, we can find pretty much all of the above. But, yea, it’s a little more special when you’re eating it in the actual place, huh?

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15 Erica May 22, 2009 at 10:59 pm

I don’t know, man.. the relleno de papa looks AMAZING, and if the pastelillo is the same thing as a pastel like they have in Brazil, I’m completely jealous, mouth watering, dying for one right now. One with delicious meaty, cheesy gooey filling, and another chocolate and strawberry banana filled, with cinnamon sugar coating. Oh, deliciousness of the world. How I miss Brazil.

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16 Melanie (Modern Mami) May 23, 2009 at 8:09 am

@Erica, I’m not familiar with those in Brazil. Our pastelillos (or empanadillas) come filled with various meats, or pizza filling, or cheese.

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17 Carmen May 23, 2009 at 3:35 pm

I’m originally from Ponce, Puerto Rico and am extremely jealous of you now!! I haven’t been back in almost 5 years and miss it dearly!!
Have fun and eat well!

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18 Melanie (Modern Mami) June 2, 2009 at 9:27 pm

@Carmen, It had been 10 years since I had visited! Had a good time.

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19 ZEHEIDI November 12, 2009 at 11:10 am

A MI ME ENCANTA LA COMIDA DE MI ISLA LO MAS Q ME GUSTA ES LAS FRITURAS TANRICAS QUE SABEN Y LOS DARLES QUE MAS ME GUSTA ES LA SALSA

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20 Melanie (Modern Mami) November 12, 2009 at 2:07 pm

@ZEHEIDI, Las frituras son tan buenas verdad? Me encantan tambien!

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21 Margarita January 14, 2010 at 8:58 pm

OMG…No hay nada mejor que esto, llegar a Puerto Rico y lo primero es difrutar la rica fritura y las dilesiosas comida, Orgullosa de mi tierra Puerto Rico.

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22 Melanie (ModernMami) January 17, 2010 at 10:44 pm

@Margarita, Es lo mejor! :)

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23 Lou March 5, 2010 at 4:57 pm

We have both, the empanadilla is that one (Pizza) it’s a bit biger, the pastelillo it’s smaller and made out of diferent stuff like lobster, shrimp, octopus, chapin (tipe of fish) etc… eather way all of them are freaking Gooooooood….

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24 modernmami March 10, 2010 at 6:02 pm

I agree. Son todos deliciosos!

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25 norma823 March 6, 2010 at 12:43 pm

just came back from PR and i got nostalgic after seeing your blog.

I am a new blogger and I hope that you will check mine out. Also would like to join yours.

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26 modernmami March 10, 2010 at 11:53 am

I get nostalgic about PR all the time too! Welcome to my blog! So glad you stopped by. I'm sure you're going to love blogging. If you want to keep up, just subscribe to the feed! Look forward to reading more of your comments in future posts.

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30 Bill Hall March 6, 2010 at 8:06 pm

. . . and piononos, fabada, arroz con gandules, pinchos, pastel de guayaba, pastel de queso, pastel de guayaba y queso, etc. lived on the Rock for 7 years in the 80's. Making bacalao at home tonight, so found this looking up recipes. ay, que rico!

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31 modernmami March 10, 2010 at 11:52 am

So much great food to name it all in one place, right? Hope you enjoyed your bacalao! Look forward to hearing more comments in the future from you.

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32 norma March 10, 2010 at 12:19 pm

I just found your blog and me gusto!

http://platanosmagoesandme.blogspot.com

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33 modernmami March 10, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Gracias Norma! Loved your blog too! Such great recipes and pictures. Delicioso! Are you on twitter by any chance?

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34 norma March 10, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Thank you and I hope you subscribe to my post – I need all the encouragement I can get…….nena i am a twit….i am a vieja de 60 trying to show my stuff and I don't know one twit from another. I know my girlfriend has put me on it…but every time i post it, it does not show up……I just also joined foodbuzz and waiting for last minute acceptances, etc. Facebook I can handle…..

I though this would be relaxing, but at times I find it overwhelming……………saw you do the rellenos de papa segment. I have a relleno de papa blog coming up soon…….

Where do you live…I am in the West Village-Soho, New York City

Norma

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35 modernmami March 10, 2010 at 12:51 pm

jaja! It can be overwhelming, that's true. Well, I'm glad that you're having fun with it so far. I live in Orlando.

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36 meeny May 26, 2010 at 10:28 am

hi nice food

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37 modernmami June 3, 2010 at 9:48 pm

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39 modernmami June 3, 2010 at 9:48 pm

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40 modernmami June 3, 2010 at 9:48 pm

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41 modernmami June 3, 2010 at 9:48 pm

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42 modernmami June 3, 2010 at 9:48 pm

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43 modernmami June 3, 2010 at 9:48 pm

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45 modernmami June 3, 2010 at 9:48 pm

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