We don't know about you, but the rising temperatures are starting to bother us here at New Times. Alas, a cool dip in the ocean is simply out of the question; as Michele Laudig mentions in this week's "Cafe" column. Luckily we can, at the very least, sample island cuisine to fight the impending heat waves.
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Food Critic Michele Laudig on El Coquito:
Bring your own booze, and it becomes a fiesta. A cold six-pack suits all the deep-fried "cuchifritos" on the appetizer list, while some rum is the appropriate traditional add-in for the "Coquito," a thick, sweet, silky coconut cream drink served on ice with a dash of cinnamon. While you're at it, you could conceivably doctor up a cup of cold parcha (passion fruit) or mango juice with a little somethin'-somethin' as well.
I was grateful for a choose-your-own appetizer assortment that let me pick four different snacks, but if I had to narrow it down to just one, I'd do the bacalaitos, round patties of batter-dipped salted cod that were served sizzling and golden, with lemon wedges on the side. A spritz of citrus was the perfect complement to the crunchy, salty, greasy fritters -- so craveable...full story