This past Saturday, after a pretty stressful morning, Juan invited me to Jerusalem Restaurant (he had been meaning to take me for four years now!). It’s a pretty well known arabic restaurant in Hato Rey (near San Juan). I had never tried arabic food before so I was super excited to try something new.
The restaurant was very nice, and the prices were decent enough considering it’s a higher end restaurant (not a franchise). You could definitely feel the whole arabian vibe as soon as you walked in, but it wasn’t over the top, which I like.
For the appetizer, we ordered Falafel (pictured above) with a sesame seeds sauce. The flavor was interesting, especially the sauce, since it’s a very strange flavor when you first taste it but it fades as you keep eating. I liked it, and Juan seemed to like it as well. So far, so good.
For my entrée, I ordered the Shesh Kabab Muschacal. This plate consisted of arabic rice, a tomato and cucumber salad and three types of meat: 3 pieces of chicken, 3 pieces of some type of ground beef and 3 pieces of beef. It was absolutely delicious! Add the fact that it was my first time trying that type of food, so I’m happy that I liked it so much. I would definitely return. The service was great and the food was delicious.
This morning, Juan and I went to an organic market. We heard about it through his brother. This market is open the first and third Sunday every month, and it’s not that far from where we live (about a 20 minute car ride).
When we arrived, we immediately felt the good vibes from the entire place. The people were extremely nice and it was such a nice environment to be in. The vendors were extremely helpful and willing to answer any questions. There was a little bit of everything: bread, natural juices, cakes, spices, honey, and a lot more. Everything that was sold there was made or grown here in Puerto Rico, so that was really nice.
The picture above shows you a kiosk that was selling honey and honey butter. Juan got the small bottle of honey and after tasting the honey butter, I bought it for him. They also had honey candles, and some of them were even shaped like a bee hive, it was really cute. When talking to the vendor, we told her this was our first time visiting the market and suggested we talk to a lady who can give us more information about what they do and about the workshops they offer.
We went to talk to the lady and she gave us extremely useful information about the workshops. We signed up on a list to receive a notice each time they do a workshop and we also signed up as volunteers if they ever need our help. We would love to be able to help out setting up and give out information.
We’re planning on going each Sunday they’re open if we can. We had such a great experience there and we got so many goodies that are absolutely delicious. In addition to the honey, I got an oregano and garlic bread, plantain chips and lemon juice. I really can’t wait to go back.