Where to Eat in San Juan, According to a Puerto Rican Chef

Chef Ana Ortiz started “Day into Night,” a venture that’s not a catering company but a space to create “celebratory dinners,” including some in her hometown of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ortiz has an upcoming pop-up dinner in San Juan and is cooking for a vanilla conference in the mountains, reinforcing that sense of vitality and community from the meals that she prepares all over the world. 

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Maru’s Kitchen in Oakland CA

About Maru’s Kitchen


Proudly serving the Sacramento Area, Oakland East Bay and in between. Maru’s Kitchen is a family oriented business. Maru’s brings authenticity and culture to the table with every dish. Each order is prepared with individual clients in mind and always done with nothing less than tender loving care. Marus Kitchen culinary influence comes from a mixture of deep Spanish roots, including those from Marus original hometown of Costa Rica and those from her children’s Puerto Rican ancestry. With the combination of those two wonderful ties, Maru has incorporated an unforgettable savory blend of seasonings over the years that will have you thinking this is unlike anything I’ve tasted before, and wanting to come back for more!

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One Pot: How the Pride of Puerto Rico Can Make Your Kitchen More Efficient — and Delicious! 🥘

Big cooking adventures always mean a towering sink of dirty pots and pans and a long night of scrubbing afterward, right? Conventional wisdom might hold that only the simplest dishes can keep a sink reasonably empty — but conventional wisdom hasn’t yet grappled with the delight of Puerto Rican cooking styles.

A great deal of Puerto Rican cooking can be summarized as “one pot.” Many of these dishes are designed to make repeated or layered use of a single pot, rather than have multiple components cooked separately.

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Oakland’s La Perla Puerto Rican Cuisine serves food fit for a Golden State Warriors championship run 🇵🇷

The Golden State Warriors’ playoff run will have some Latin flavor this year thanks to a small Puerto Rican restaurant tucked away in a corner of a neighborhood market in Oakland’s Dimond District.

“We’ve been cooking for the past two or three days, prepare, getting ready and very excited for this moment. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime,” said Jose Ortiz, owner of La Perla Puerto Rican Cuisine.

His family-run restaurant has been chosen to cater the VIP sections at Oracle Arena for the Warriors first round playoff games. His customers are excited.

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These Puerto Rican sisters are the team behind YouTube hit Cake Bash Studio and its Lake Balboa bakery 🇵🇷

Karla Peguero dreamed of becoming the first plus-size, Afro-Puerto Rican YouTuber to open a bakery in Los Angeles.

For the last year, the 33-year-old host of the “Cake Bash Studio” channel with nearly 125,000 subscribers strong has been living the dream.

Born and raised in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Karla fell in love with baking at her mom’s side. She studied business and then went on to graduate at the now-defunct Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Pasadena. Returning home to Puerto Rico, Karla ran her friend’s bakery for a decade before moving to L.A.

Now she’s making her mark with her sweets.

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