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Thursday, June 2, 2011

On the Road: The Loquillo Kioskos, Part 1

One attraction in Puerto Rico that's open rain or shine was minutes away from our rental: The Loquillo Kioskos. The kiosks are 60 or so storefronts owned by individual proprietors and range from seaside trinkets to typical Puerto Rican food to upscale foodie destinations.

Because we were visiting in the off season and while it was raining, the kiosks weren't packed with seaside daytrippers; we had our pick of places each time we visited. We came here three times for dinner, once for lunch, and once for drinks our first night in Puerto Rico. In many cases we had the restaurant or bar completely to ourselves.

With the exception of the kiosk we visited our first night in Puerto Rico, we sampled Sangria from all of the kiosks we visited. Ceviche Hut served Sabrina Sangria, a wine cocktail made and bottled in Loquillo. It reminded me a little of Minute Maid Fruit Punch.

My favorite sangria was from Tapas 13 and made with sparkling wine rather than still wine (in the collage above it's the two glasses on the bottom right). It was light and refreshing. All of the Puerto Rican sangrias were sweeter than the sangrias served in San Francisco bars.

The star of the show, in terms of alcoholic beverages, for me was the Loquillo Sunset, made at Bohio de Loquillo. It was served with a float of Bacardi 151 on top and lit on fire.

While not everyone at our table was a fan, I was. We were able to get the secret recipe from the bartender, so look for it to appear at one of our cocktail parties. Tomorrow I'll talk about the food we ate at The Loquillo Kioskos. If you're impatient, to see photos of the food we ate at the kioskos, visit Flickr, else check back tomorrow.

Bon Apetit!
Credits: All images taken by Eden Hensley Silverstein for Recipes for the Good Life.

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