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La Casita Blanca, San Juan, Puerto Rico « What We’re Eating – A Food & Recipe Blog

La Casita Blanca, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Moving to a new place is always filled with challenges. Without fail everything ends up costing at least 2 times what you were hoping it would and generally there are at least a few speed bumps in the road. My recent move to Rincon, Puerto Rico from the mainland has, as expected, been filled with even more hurdles than the average move inside the continental US. The vehicle we were supposed to be leasing broke down on my roommate on one mile trip to the post office.. which forced us to have to purchase a new car, which ended up having similar radiator problems as the first car! (And being rigged with duct tape in some questionable places.) There have been lizards crawling up my legs, bats swooping by me from the trees at night, those large green-leaf looking bugs, hundreds of cockroaches, hairy spiders the size of my palm on the living room wall.. and I’m pretty sure the Chupacabra is living in the jungle of my backyard… with some really loud little frogs (called coquis) who like to chirp all night. Sooooo um, can you tell I’m not really a bug person? Moving from San Diego – the land of no bugs – to pretty much a jungle on the equator has magnified the differences. πŸ™‚

Bugs and moving hiccups aside, I chose to move here for a number of reasons – 1) to be closer to perfect year round beach weather (dude – San Diego water is COLD most of the year) 2) to explore the Caribbean’s food scene and settle into writing a couple of new cookbooks! And 3) Life is too short not to seek out adventure and explore the world!

A few weeks ago I had to take my roommate to the airport in San Juan – a city that I have traveled through several times but haven’t really had the opportunity to explore! I was giddy with excitement. GIDDY, I tell you. After doing a little restaurant googling, I decided I would get a much better result if a real live person told me where I should go for lunch. A couple of tweets later a local San Juan Food blogger, Adriana, from Great Food 360, suggested I try La Casita Blanca for Sunday lunch.

fountain at parque luis munoz rivera

The fountain at Parque Luis Munoz Rivera (which I restrained myself from playing in).

After prancing around Parque Luis Munoz Rivera to work up my appetite (yeah – I prance. Don’t judge! πŸ˜‰ ), I wandered over to La Casita Blanca. What a great suggestion! As you would imagine, La Casita Blanca is a cute white cottage nestled on the corner of Cll Tapia & Cll Varas. While I didn’t peruse all of it’s nooks and crannies, their dΓ©cor was so fun and kept me thoroughly entertained throughout solo meal.

salt cod fritters

Mmmm fried salt cod goodness. Get. In. My. Belly!

As soon as I was seated, a plate of salt cod fritters with garlic bread and a cup of chicken and rice soup was placed in front of me. How was I supposed to pay attention to the white board menu (which was also placed in front of me) when I had that deliciousness staring me in the face?

la casita blanca menu
El menu!

I did the only thing I could think of when faced with a menu in a language that I don’t understand. I asked my charming server which of the items were her favorite… then I ordered both of them. She looked at me with huge eyes and said β€œAmbos?” πŸ™‚ Yep, I ordered two huge dishes!

la casita blanca server
My beautiful server coming out of the kitchen.

Per her suggestion I went for the carne guisado, which was so flavorful, rich and tender… and perfect over the arroz rojo that it was served with.

carne guisado and aguacate rellano

Guisado in the front, rellano in the back. Kinda like a Puerto Rican mullet of food awesomeness. πŸ˜‰

The second dish she suggested was the aguacate rellano… Basically an avocado half with mounds of this deliciously salty crab mixture on top. Mmm mmm mmm. Oh yeah – and a huge bowl of beans to go over the white rice. I think I’m developing a food coma from just recalling all the details of this meal!

other food enthusiasts

Hey look! I wasn’t the only one taking pictures of my food! These guys were catching it all on video.

While I was able to get out of the dessert course, I wasn’t able to ditch the digestif – a little plastic souffle cup with two coffee beans and anis flavored liquor. Actually they made me take two of them. Not gonna lie – it was an enjoyable end to a fantastic meal, but it definitely made the two and a half hour drive back a drowsy one. Without question I would recommend visiting La Casita Blanca if you find yourself in San Juan… just make sure you invite me to join you!!!

ceiling fans and yankee fans
Ceiling fans and Yankees fans! (Gratuitous photo just because I enjoy the fan action.)

PS – Sorry for yet another post where all of the photos were taken with my Droid! πŸ˜‰

9 comments so far:

  1. Nice.
    there better be more of these, you know for those of us who are NOT in PR.
    doesn’t matter what camera you use, it’s the love & direction of the person behind the camera that counts.
    WOMAN! πŸ˜‰

  2. Amanda says:

    yes, ma’am! i promise many many more posts! i’m just getting my blogging groove back and travel is going to be a big part of it! xoxo! πŸ™‚

  3. So proud of you for embarking on this terrific adventure!

  4. Amanda says:

    thanks, kathy! the first few weeks were a bit rougher than expected but the last month has been awesome! πŸ™‚

  5. plethoraofpinatas says:

    I’m pretty sure it’s duct tape, not duck tape πŸ™‚

  6. Amanda says:

    LOL i’m pretty sure you’re right. my editing eye is pretty blind. πŸ˜‰

  7. Nicole says:

    There is a Duck brand of duct tape, so I think you’re fine either way. Sounds like a fun day! Looking forward to photos from the big camera, too! πŸ™‚

  8. Nando says:

    I absolutely love La Casita Blanca. I make sure to eat at least one meal there every time I’m in PR (I was born and raised there before moving to the mainland 14 years ago).

    Next time you’re in that part of town, you should try “Antojitos del Mar” in Cll Degetau almost to the corner with Cll Corona (if you reach the Calle Loiza, you’ve gone too far). It’s a hole in the wall right next to a small park on the right (one way street, you can’t miss the park). Just stop in and order a Taco de Langostino y Camarones (shrimp and langostine empanada) and a Caldo de Mariscos (seafood broth made with plantain). You will not regret it!

  9. Lilibeth says:

    I had been reading all the Yelp and TripAdvisor reviews and put it on my “To-Do” list for San Juan, but after reading your post and seeing the pictures it has been moved to the TOP of the list! My husband and I are going to be in the area from this Friday to Tuesday. I’m thinking of hitting it up on Sunday, around brunch time. Hopefully, we’ll catch yah there, haha. Thanks for the review!