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Culinary Traditions: what's for breakfast?

By November 27, 2012

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Mallorcas at Cafeteria Mallorca

One of the reasons I love Thanksgiving in Puerto Rico is its unique menu. And as we enter into the Christmas season, you'll find other 'Rican foods that are popular during this time of year, like pasteles.

In that spirit, I'm spending this week focusing on typical island foods that you can enjoy throughout the year. And when it comes to breakfast, my top choice when I'm on the island is a strong local coffee and a mallorca. This toasted buttery bun dusted with sugar and enjoyed plain or with ham and cheese can be found all over the island, and while one of my favorite mallorca providers is now closed (the legendary La Bombonera), if you're in Old San Juan you can't go wrong with the ones at Cafeteria Mallorca. Most panaderķas also carry them.

Mallorcas are cheap, tasty, not exactly the healthiest food but found all over the island. In fact, they're commonly known as "The Puerto Rican Danish." If you don't mind the calories and enjoy a sweet and savory contrast in every bite, order with confidence and enjoy a sugary tradition.

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