Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Walled City

Xavira invited me to dinner and I was excited to see her place in Viejo (Old) San Juan. This is the original part of the city, still protected by the city walls that are part of the fortification. In North America, there are only two walled cities; the other is Quebec City. Both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Xavira's place is beautiful! She has the upper two floors of a 3-story building that is 350 years old. The top floor has only room for the stairway opening and a pass-through kitchen; the rest is all patio, with a tiled counter opening from the kitchen. Her patio/roof has ocean views in two directions. Her ceilings are probably 16 feet high. The living and bedrooms have tall wooden double doors that open to individual balconies with iron balustrades. The floors are all gorgeous tile. It's a truly prime property.
She served a simple, tasty dish of raw veggies, tuna and breadfruit tossed with olive oil, garlic and tarragon. I will definitely try it at home, replacing the breadfruit with rice or orzo or something. Delicious!

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