San Juan


Meet the Queer Chefs Helping Puerto Rico's Culinary Community Shine

“I’ve never cooked in a kitchen with only queer people, mostly women, and centering Puerto Rican food and ingredients. There’s a lot to say here."
Keia Mastrianni
Puerto Rico

A Deadly Hurricane Can't Stop Puerto Ricans from Partying

While many residents still lack power or running water, the nightlife in San Juan is keeping spirits up.
Victoria Leandra Hernández
Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico thrust back into darkness after new power failure

A severe power outage swept back over the island Thursday after a mechanical failure on one of its power lines, thrusting millions of Puerto Ricans back into the dark.  
Alexa Liautaud
Puerto Rico

How Puerto Rican Chefs Are Feeding People After Hurricane Maria

"A typical day starts at 4 a.m. with four people in different gas lines, just because they only sell $20 worth per person."
Alicia Kennedy
hurricane maria

Red tape is keeping aid from desperate Puerto Ricans

Taylor Dolven
Puerto Rico

I Searched for the Last Great Piña Colada in Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico is the birthplace of the beloved coconutty, rummy creation known as the piña colada. But what's less clear is who came up with it—or if any locals still drink it.
Alicia Kennedy
Puerto Rico

These anonymous street artists want an independent Puerto Rico

Street murals in Puerto Rico are channeling frustrations many share about the island’s century-long status as a U.S. territory. The work of La Puerta, an anonymous collective, has been very visible in San Juan but now, their protest art might come at a...
Milena Mikael-Debass
the border

Why This Bartender Got Turned Away at the US Border

After Sebastián Fernández was denied entry to Puerto Rico, a US territory, the island's bartenders rallied in solidarity with their colleague and against anti-immigrant rhetoric.
Alicia Kennedy
Puerto Rico

This Restaurant Is a Vegetarian Oasis on an Island of Meat and Cheese

Puerto Rico isn't exactly a vegetarian destination, and until a few years ago, few health food stores or vegetarian restaurants could be found in San Juan. But chef Jerome Valencia is trying to change that, one raw vegan mousse at a time.
Michaela Trimble

Incredible Photos of KISS, Orks, and Uncle Sam Fighting Cows in Mexico

Every year, in the town of El Jazmin, a group of dancers dress in fancy costume to scare the animals, as part of a local festival.
Víctor Jiménez, Words by Emilia Buendía
Costa Rica

Slow Food and Jungle Bartending in Costa Rica

Liz Furlong spends the better part of the year traveling all over Costa Rica, working closely with chefs, designing custom cocktail menus, and training bartenders for high-end hotels and restaurants.
Farah Khan
Puerto Rico

How Puerto Rico's Chefs Are Surviving the Island's Economic Crisis

When Puerto Rico defaulted on its multibillion-dollar debt this month, it created a precarious situation for the restaurants and chefs that have been reinvigorating the nation’s cuisine and helping to rebuild the island’s agricultural bounty.
Alicia Kennedy