After setting in to my hotel last night, today I was ready to branch out a bit – and one of the other things that I was craving (and knew I could get in South Jersey) was Puerto Rican food. I decided to hit another little hole in the wall that I used to frequent regularly – Penalvert’s.
They have so many different items, but I got my usual – pernil (roast pork) and yellow rice and beans. This huge serving (which is a “small”, believe it or not) was $4.50 – and was still too much for me to finish in one sitting. It was very good, but not quite as I remember it. Everybody tells me I need to try Downtown Deli near the police station, that they have the best Puerto Rican in town now – if the “not as good” is as good as this was, I can only imagine how good the “best” is.
That’s the thing about Vineland – it’s not a “fine dining” sort of town. Sure, there are a few upscale places in town, lots of chain restaurants, but the places where you can find the kind of food I’m looking for are almost all ethnic takeout spots. Cheap, huge portions, delicious food that I can’t get back home in Columbus.
My husband demanded I ship home some Tastykakes and Utz potato chips, which I did this morning. Plus a couple of interesting sounding potato chip flavors, which I asked him to wait until I got home to try – Herr’s Philly Cheesesteak flavored Kettle Chips and Herr’s Old Bay Seasoning flavored chips.
I’m going out with my best friend from junior high and high school later this evening. I’ll let you know where we end up.