San Juan Dive Bar: El Batey

A low-key, though generally busy, dive bar with low lighting just bright enough to reveal the stripped down walls covered in graffiti from the flow of bar patrons over the years. Locals return regularly for games of pool and to vie for control of the jukebox. Tourists are not likely to award the bar any […]

Mofongo: A Puerto Rican Take on Plantains

Widely available and a favorite of tourists and locals alike, mofongo, in simple terms, is a dish of mashed plantains filled with vegetables, chicken, beef or seafood. Though mofongo, as it is known today, is traditionally Puerto Rican, it is widely believed to be derived from the island’s African influenced history and a riff on […]

Puerto Rico Cockfighting at Club Gallistico

Whether or not you may agree with it, cockfighting still exists as a gaming sport in Puerto Rico and is considered to many as an important part of the island’s cultural history. First introduced by the Spanish in the 16th century, the sport was briefly banned in the late 1800’s until it was legalized in […]

Puerto Rico’s Official Drink The Piña Colada: The Debate

Easily recognized by its appearance, memorialized in songs and a long-standing favorite in Puerto Rico, the Piña Colada is a cocktail made of rum, coconut cream and fresh pineapple juice. Typically garnished with a maraschino cherry and wedge of pineapple, the drink has become synonymous with the island, but the origins of this famous cocktail […]