At a beachside stand in the area of Piñones, we find fried tidbits known as bacalaitos and alcapurrias. Bacalaitos are fritters prepared from the salt codfish that is part of the island’s sea-faring heritage. The torpedo-shaped alcapurrias are made from either meat and taro, or taro alone. They are fried in cauldrons of bubbling lard, and served up piping hot. Fritters like alcapurrias and bacalaitos are found all over the island, but they are especially relished by beach-goers. For recipes, visit

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