A Date With Tía

Hello, my foodies!

I’ve heard so much of this cute place in Guaynabo, Tía Cocina, and I’ve had lots of friends that are frequent customers of this local. I kept telling my friends to go but we were all on a busy schedule and we couldn’t agree on a day.

Last Monday, August 7th, I was free from work and planned with two of my closest friends (they’re also foodie gals) to grab lunch and catch up on our lives. I was really excited to see this place because I have tons of guapas flooding my Instagram with pictures of Tía. I could not wait to take my camera out and take pictures of the place. As we entered, my mouth opened wide due to the insane amount of aesthetic this place had.

Is there something about this place that I love is their obsession with palm trees, seriously, they’re everywhere! I ain’t gonna lie, this has got to be the the prettiest local I’ve ever gone to. A girl who was working there kindly asked my friend and I, if this was our first time  (when I take pictures at places I get often asked this question) and she explained how the service worked: you place the order first and then you receive your food.

My gals were in the mood for sandwiches but I was really inclined on breakfast buuut, the ingredients of the chicken sandwich grabbed my attention really fast. I promised myself I should cut off my intake of meat but I can’t resist chicken and pesto inside a sandwich. My friend, Emily, ordered a grilled cheese with a hot chocolate and Marly ordered a hamburger with a passionfruit juice.

For those who are wondering: what’s the price range? It is a tad expensive but their breakfast menu and pastries are budget friendly. Under ten dollars you can have a satisfied meal. However, my lunch cost around 20 dollars because I decided to be fancy and ordered an iced hibiscus tea (it’s for the health benefits, it’s not because it’s trendy).

This local is known for their special toasts which I was thrilled to eat. They have a millennial favorite, avocado toast, with a soft boiled egg on top. I was really tempted to try it but I was afraid that I wouldn’t be full. Also, I noticed this place had a variety of vegetarian options. Check their menu here.

It did not take long for the meal to arrive. Meanwhile, a waitress placed a quirky mat along with a fork and knife. Soon enough, they brought us our beverages: hot chocolate, iced hibiscus tea (flor de Jamaica), and a passionfruit juice. Can I just say that these plastic cups look really cute? They are insta-pic-worthy!

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LOOK AT THIS PRETTY MAT!!!

My iced tea tasted really good, however, it’s an acquire taste, some people may like it and others may not. It’s a fruity taste but not as powerful as a juice because it’s tea. I took a sip from the passionfruit juice and it tasted divine, straight from the trees. However, I couldn’t take a sip of the hot chocolate (I don’t like the taste of it) but Emily said she liked it. On my next trip to Tía, I’ll make sure to order a cup of coffee. After talking with my gals and catching up on life, our food arrived. It smelled so good!

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chicken sandwich with a salad

My chicken sandwich had:

  • Grilled Chicken
  • Pesto
  • Roasted cherry tomatoes
  • Fontina
  • Lime Aioli

You can either choose between a salad or fries with no additional cost. I chose salad because, again, I felt fancy. The salad was really good, however, I noticed that my chicken tasted a bit smoky for my taste. Nevertheless, I stuffed my salad into the sandwich and it tasted pretty good. It is not the best sandwich but it does the trick!

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grilled cheese with a side of fries and hot chocolate

Emily ordered a grilled cheese and from afar it looked very delicious. It had:

  • Cheddar
  • Havarti
  • Fontina
  • Brie
  • Homemade Brioche

If you’re a cheese lover, you’ll definitely would love this dish. Just by thinking of biting that crunchy sweet brioche and having four different cheese layers traveling your tastebuds makes my mouth water.

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hamburger with a side of fries

Marly’s dish was a classic hamburger! At lunch, this stuff hits the spot on a hot summer day. This dish consisted in:

  • Havarti
  • Roasted tomatoes
  • Greens (Spinach as you can see!)
  • Onions
  • Homemade brioche

Paired with some good french fries and the passionfruit juice. I took a bite out of the fries and it was carb heaven! If my stomach wasn’t so sensitive about red meat, I could’ve ordered this.

Overall, the food was good, however, maybe what we ordered wasn’t the IT factor of this place. I was a bit disappointed by the fact that I didn’t like my chicken so much because of the smokey factor but nevertheless, I would try something different next time.

I found the service really good and the decoration of this place was insane! Not to mention that they have a sick music playlist on the background. Their pastries looked delicious, even I was tempted to buy a piece of carrot cake. I should definitely come back to give their breakfast a chance. I am not one to eat a very large breakfast, I am more of a smoothie/protein shake kind of gal, but their toasts will probably fill me up the whole morning without binge eating throughout the day. Another fact that I would like to point out about this place, it’s that it is quite healthy! Aside from burgers and appetizing pastries, they have yogurt, fruits, oatmeal and much more. BONUS: they do brunch on the weekends!

In conclusion, it was a good experience. I had high expectations from Tía because a lot of my friends talk so much about this place but I expected a bit more. However, I would definitely come back for their breakfast. I am eager to sip a warm soothing coffee with an avocado toast on hand early in the morning. Maybe, in the next trip, I buy a pastry while we’re at it. I would like to thank my two wonderful gals Marly and Emily for going with me on this exciting foodie experience! I still have a long list of places that I should try out, do you have any recommendations?

 Remember: eat your veggies and support your locals. Until next time!

-A

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