Instead of venturing to the next fort, to escape the heat, we headed for El San Juan Hotel and Casino in Puerto Rico. When we entered the sliding glass doors it was as if we'd stepped back in time; the hotel and casino were built in 1958 (renovated in 1999 and 2006). Check out my Flickr set to see all the glamour!
While the boys went to the casino, the girls settled at the bar for some wine and nosh. My favorite bites were the Tostones with Ropa Vieja. The Ropa Vieja reminded me of a Texan chili (in Texas chili doesn't include beans). The tostones - fried plantains - were crisp and not at all greasy, a nice texture contrast to the Ropa Vieja.
I shared one of the bites with cubes - wolfing down the other three myself.