Yes I own it. !!! I am guilty by pleasure. On my last morning in Puerto Rico, before heading back to New York, I could not help it and stopped by the traditional old-fashioned, 1950s-style diner, Cafeteria Mallorca, to have my own Mallorca experience. Located right in the heart of Old San Juan, over Calle San Francisco, across Plaza Salvador Brau. Mallorcas are sweet pastries, buttered, grilled, and then sprinkled with powdered sugar. You may have it with ham and cheese. I found this cafeteria very charming and iconic, with a mix of locals and tourists. But if you are willing to try something more modern, then perhaps you should try Caficultura across Plaza Colon.
After a long fun 01 Day Exploring Old San Juan, a lovely dinner at Verde Mesa, a deserved rest and early morning breakfast at the rooftop of my hotel La Terraza de San Juan, I was ready and excited to begin my second day exploring Old San Juan. What I was not aware, was that I would go beyond to the districts of Santurce and Condado, which I loved, but I was happy to always return to my historic quaint district of Old San Juan.
I arrived to Puerto Rico on the first flight of the morning, checked in at my beautiful suite at hotel La Terraza de San Juan, in the heart of Old San Juan, and got ready to explore the old courts and fortresses and secrets of this charming district. I have been many times before to Puerto Rico, including Vieques, but this was my first time only focusing to the Old San Juan. My hotel made all the arrangements for an expert guide to take me on a private two-days tour of the entire district, including some great lunch and dinner options.
I found the perfect excuse to come and explore the upcoming and trendy district of Santurce, Puerto Rico. Located only 10 minutes walk from Condado and 10 minutes by car from my headquarters at La Terraza de San Juan in Old San Juan. This restaurant is the classic example that a book should never be judged by its cover and that first impressions are not always the right ones. Seen from outside, Jose Enrique looks like a regular restaurant, but trust me you are in for a gourmet treat, if you follow your instincts. My recommendation, weather permits, ask to be seated outside, I did and LOVED it. FYI each time you visit is a new gourmet experience, since there is not set menu, and everyday is a new selection.
A beautiful and unique cocktail lounge located on the second floor of a colonial building in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, right upstairs from St. Germain. The menu has a variety of classic and signature cocktails, microbrews, and some select wines – then there are our delicious tapas – all served in a speakeasy-esque environment unique to Puerto Rico’s bar scene.
Without a doubt, the best dinner I had during my last visit to Puerto Rico and Old San Juan, invited by La Terrasa de San Juan Hotel. Space, location, atmosphere, food and drinks were just perfect, in balance and compliment to Old San Juan. Located on Calle Tetuan #107, perched on the wall of the Old San Juan, along the Paseo De La Princesa. Mesa Verde is a fish and vegetarian restaurant, featuring great dishes including traditional Puerto Rican ones, which will even captivate the meat lovers.
Luxury has many shades, and some of them stand far from the mere and easy concept of opulence and richness. Travel these days, is all about life event and experience. which in one way or the other, while rough around the edges, leave an unforgettable mark. La Terraza de San Juan, is to me best described as homemade luxury. A true rustic colonial take on Puerto Rico, with impeccable charisma y local traditional camaraderie, deliver by it owners themselves and their casual but professional staff. Located in the heart of Old San Juan, over Calle Sol, La Terraza de San Juan was my ideal epicenter, to discover this charming district, unveiling a new face of Puerto Rico, full of traditions and heritage, which I truly enjoyed. A cute simple getaway trip of three days.
A charming manor house resort and spa, Belmond The Inn at Perry Cabin sits in beautiful gardens that reach down to the gentle waters of the iconic Maryland’s Eastern shore. Relaxation is the order of the day: lounge in the fabulous Linden Spa, float in the infinity pool or savor seafood in the gastronomic restaurant. Stroll into St. Michaels to discover intriguing antiques shops—or set out to sea on a yacht or heritage craft. Unfortunately I have to do all this in quite a rushed mode, since we were there only for an overnight stay. Mea Culpa, we should have stayed there at leas for an entire century, ha ha ha, no really at least two nights, to fully enjoy the property.
So one of the three properties we stayed at during our last visit to Paris, was Hotel Bel Ami. This allowed me, believe it or not after having been to Paris over 10 times, to explore and live for the first time the Left Bank and the district of St Germain des Prés or 6th arrondissement, which I must say is now my favorite. The SOHO of Paris. Hotel Bel Ami is part of the Design Hotels group. A contemporary hotel with a welcoming and restful atmosphere.
A fantastic Hdden-Gourmet-Gem, in the heart of Etoile, off Champs Elysées and meters away from Arc de Triomphe. We discovered this restaurant thanks to the advice and invitation of our friend Valerie S., who is a regular when in Paris. Trust me on this one, as we trusted her. You will walk by the door of the Plubicis Drugstore (I know you will say, Carlos went mad ?)… Go by to the end of the hallway and down the glass stairs… et Voila. !!! magic happens.