Finding balance

Once upon a time, I had a super stressful day at work. I let myself be talked into “30 minutes” at Camaradas, a unique and artsy bar (and “nuevo Puerto Rican” restaurant) around the corner from my office.

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Even though it was a work night, sangria was first on the agenda:

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Now, as we’ve discussed, I do not like wine. But how could I resist this?

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Our server, Alejandro, distributed the sangria, and a glass landed in front of me. Whoops.

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Thirty minutes quickly turned into over an hour, as the others systematically continued to refill my glass with more and more sangria. Every time we emptied a pitcher, I went digging for the apples and oranges amongst the ice:

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Even tipsy, I will fight to save the crumbs!

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Alejandro noticed my determination to rescue the fruit, so he delivered to me my very own plate of cut apples, on the house:

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Best. Service. Ever.

Between the apples and the buddha on the wall, the stress of the day just melted away πŸ™‚

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As the stress melted away, so did the night. Before:

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After:

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Nydia ordered the Camaradas platter “so you can take a picture for the blog.” I’m very good at following instructions:

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This platter included alcapurrias, pastellilos, chicken skewers, yuca tostones, and platano tostones. I took some of each:

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Soooooooooooooo good!

And then I went back to my pitchers of wine-soaked fruit.

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And somehow four hours went by. And there were a million pictures on my camera.

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I think there may have been dancing with Alejandro:

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More sangria:

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And apparently, more food.

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Jose shared a wedge of quesadilla with me, and Lillian shared her salad. Because I did not already have a bushel full of winey apples in my belly or anything.

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And the next thing I new, three desserts arrived right in front of me. I swear I did not order them. But mannnnnnnn, did I eat them!

Empanadas de chocolate:

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Flan:

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And maduros del barrio (the best one! fried sweet plantains with caramel and ice cream):

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My coworkers are a bad influence. Bad. Bad. Bad. But in such a good way.

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The end πŸ˜€

What is your favorite part of sangria: the wine or the fruit?

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10 thoughts on “Finding balance

  1. Lele says:

    Oh my God why are there no restaurants near that near me? Ideally, in my house?
    Picking between wine and fruit is too hard. That is the whole *point* of sangria, you don’t *have* to!

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  2. Gina says:

    Great pics! I have to say, I am not a HUGE red wine drinker, but I do like it sometimes. Sangria, on the other hand, I LOVE! I don’t like it made with white wine, only red, and I will drink it any day, any time. The fruit is nice, but I prefer the drink part! You are so funny eating the fruit from the bottom, I bet it was nice and alcohol-filled!

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