Lazy Saturday Stroll Around Old San Juan

Old San Juan View to Ocean from Street July 2017

Hello! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I will be getting back into a regular posting schedule so you will be hearing more from me soon. Join me for a little photo journey through the streets of Old San Juan.

Old San Juan is 519 years old and the second oldest (European) founded city in all of the Americas. Beautifully restored Spanish colonial buildings line the cobblestone streets.

Take a couple of days to fully explore and discover the many restaurants, bars, handcrafts, galleries and more the neighborhood has to offer. I recommend taking a walking tour, Legends of Puerto Rico has great options.

Pictured left to right, clockwise:

Parque de las Palomas just up from the Paseo de la Princesa (another must visit) has a nice view of the harbor. Arch at the entrance of the Parque de las Palomas. Street cat taking a snooze. Street art. Paletas from Señor Paleta.

Walk through the gate many luminaries for centuries have been welcomed through when reaching Puerto Rican shores. Built in 1635, La Puerta de San Juan (San Juan Gate) was the formal entrance to San Juan.

Thanks for strolling with me.

 

 

Lunch at the Beautiful Chiltern Firehouse – London

Chiltern Firehouse London Hotel

Chiltern Firehouse, once the Marylebone Fire Station built in 1889, has been transformed into a luxury hotel and restaurant by André Balazs (The Mercer, Chateau Marmont) and is favored by celebs and posh Londoners.

The proper doorman will guide you past the gates, through the patio and  into the plush dining room with red leather booths, cream and red patterned fabric ceiling and bustling wait staff attending to all of the beautiful people’s needs.

Go for the scene and drinks. For food, breakfast or lunch is your best bet price-wise – sit at the bar along side the kitchen to see all of the action.

Peek inside:

My favorite part of lunch: Dark Chocolate Tart with clementines and whipped ricotta.

Chiltern Firehouse London Dark Chocolate Tarte

Rest of lunch:

Sip Cocktails in Hidden Underground Station | Cahoots, London

Cahoots Katherine Hepburn & White Cloves of Dover London

“Cahoots, where the spirits run high and drinks never run dry.” Secure your reservation, memorize the password and make your way to this secret-ish underground station with a 1940s vibe in London. Once you receive the go ahead, head down the stairs and step back in time to a world of debauchery and fun. Cahoots is a unique experience, here is a peek into this hush-hush hot spot:

-Reservations are recommended or be prepared to wait in line
-Along with the incredible experience, Cahoots has spectacular service to help you figure which of the over 60 cocktails is for you.
-The food menu, dubbed “Rations”, has enough options to serve as dinner.
-Check out the cheeky posters in the loo.

Cahoots Entrance Kingly Court London

Entrance | Cahoots, London

The Underground station is lined with subway tile, crates for tables, an old subway car section and of course sandbags for fortification – we are in newly post-war London after all.

Grab the newspaper menu and peruse the dozens of drinks while taking in the old-timey music. Wine and champagne are available as well. Some favorites:

White Cloves of Dover: Clove-and-orange-infused Bacardi Carta Oro rum, amontillado sherry, cinnamon syrup, fresh lime, cranberry juice and raspberry

Katherine Hepburn: Earl-Grey-tea-infused Bacardi Carta Blanca rum, Saint Germain elderflower liqueur, fresh lime and honey syrup

Gracie Fields: Ketel One Vodka, rose liqueur, home-made rhubarb-rose-peppercorn syrup with Prosecco foam

White Cloves of Dover | Cahoots, London

White Cloves of Dover |Cahoots, London

Rations: Meat + Pickles, Bangers + Roasties, Smoked Almonds

Cheers!

Cahoots Mind The Gap Kingly Court London

Experience a Bombay Café at Dishoom|Shoreditch, London

Dishoom Tented Patio Shoreditch London

Modeled after the Irani cafés in Bombay, Dishoom is full of tiled floors, brick, bentwood style chairs, old-timey photographs and delivers great Indian and Irani flavors in a bustling atmosphere.

Need to Know:

  • Get here before 6:30pm to avoid a long line, sorry, queue
  • Reservations available for 6 or more
  • Tented patio is a bit mellower, inside dining room is lively and basement is absolutely buzzing with the extra activity, sounds and smells the kitchen provides.
  • Make sure you check out the cocktail list – Hunterwali’s Julep is tasty
  • Near the Shoreditch High Street Station
  • 8am – 11pm – Good for dates and groups

Let’s eat!

Dinner Dishoom Shoreditch

Dinner Dishoom Shoreditch

  • Pau Phaji – Bowl of mashed vegetables with hot buttered pau bun, Chowpatty Beach style. “No food is more Bombay.”
  • Chicken Ruby – “A good and proper curry redolent with spice and flavour. Tender chicken in a rich silky ‘makhani’ sauce, best mopped up with a Roomali Roti.”
  • Garlic Naan with coriander sprinkle.
  • Spicy Lamb Chops had good flavor but were a bit too charred, so many other options I’d skip this one.

I will be back to try their breakfast. If this picture doesn’t do it for you, the promise of bottomless Chai should.

Image via Dishoom.com

Image via Dishoom.com

The restaurant: