SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH NEWS
t's a balmy Friday evening in
San Juan, and in the Caribe
Hilton hotel the mood is re-
laxed and the ambiance trop-
On the Caribe Terrace, guests
sit at the bar sipping pina coladas
and admiring the sunset view.
Others get ready to sample the
I'm about to enjoy quite a dif-
ferent dinner. The waiter pours
a glass of Domaine Baron Her-
zog Chardonnay wine and brings
a small challah. Soon my entree
arrives —juicy, kosher chicken
served with baked potato,
steamed asparagus and garden
The chicken, roasted to per-
fection, is just one choice on an
special kosher menu available in
the hotel restaurants.
Kosher cuisine and Caribbean
ambiance — it's a combination I
did not expect in San Juan. It
gives added flavor to my visit.
Of course, the capital of Puer-
to Rico offers many other plea-
sures: Old San Juan with its
distinctive Spanish charm; El
Yunque, the tropical rain forest
just 40 miles from the city; two
Jewish congregations which wel-
come visitors and more.
There's also the sweet luxury
of enjoying sunny, warm days.
Added to all this is my unex-
pected culinary travel adventure
— a Shabbat dinner with a view;
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