On vacation with a chef

By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  April 28, 2010

And dinner is more than food. Don’t forget the drinks. During one of their dinners out together, Michelle discovered Caipirinha, a Brazilian drink mixing cachaça (a liquor made from fermented sugarcane), sugar, and lime. We spent the next few nights trying to find another restaurant that could equal that first stellar version of this drink, but to no avail. But they’re persistent researchers: I’m guessing you might see it soon on the cocktail menu at 555.

During our adventures in Puerto Rico, meals were certainly milestones in the day, but I was surprised how unpretentious the Corrys were about dining out. Sure, there was discussion of acidity, steak temperatures, and atmosphere, but for the most part, it was really an opportunity to relax, take in the culture, and let someone serve them. And just so you know, they bribe their kids with french fries and chocolate cake, too.

Leischen Stelter can be reached at leischen@gmail.com.

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