Expat FAQs: Moving to and Living in the Dominican Republic [closed]

Aunt Ilana has been busy writing over the last couple of years and this is her latest offering: Expat FAQs: Moving to and Living in the Dominican Republic, a book that seeks to guide new arrivals to the Dominican Republic through those first difficult steps, like deciding which part of the country to live, finding a house or apartment, a school for the kids, a job, or opening a business, and if retired, how to fill your extended leisure time.

Expats come in many shapes and sizes, ages and types and this book has a bash at catering for all. Something they will all go through, like Aunt Ilana herself, is the journey of discovery of Dominican food.

Expat FAQs: Moving to and Living in the Dominican Republic


  • You must be 18 years or older and reside in the US, Canada, EU or the Dominican Rep.
  • Just add a comment to this post. If you’re Dominican – tell us about a situation where you introduced a foreigner to Dominican food, and if you’re not Dominican – tell us about your favourite Dominican food discovery.
  • You can make one entry per day, the more you post the better your chances of winning are.
  • Make sure to add the correct email in your post. If I cannot contact you I will void your entry.
  • Giveaway finishes December 20, 2011 12PM ET, winner will be chosen via Random.org

Good luck and get posting!


There is a sad footnote to this announcement in that Ginnie Bedggood, the co-author, passed away last year. She is greatly missed by many and the book is dedicated to her memory.

Additional info:
Expat FAQs: Moving to and Living in the Dominican Republic is a practical, detailed handbook for anyone considering moving to the DR. It covers all the possible issues a prospective expat might face, from the legal nitty-gritty to real-life situations, as well as the country’s cultural and historical context. It is aimed at retirees, professionals and “snowbirds” – people with a second home in the DR
Co-author Ginnie Bedggood (1943-2010) moved to the Dominican Republic from the UK with her partner Grahame in 1992. They settled in Puerto Plata where she taught English, worked as a freelance journalist and tour guide, ran a B&B and eventually ‘retired’ to reinvent herself as an author. Her first book was published in 2007. 
Co-author Ilana Benady, originally from Gibraltar, has lived in the DR since 1999. She is the co-author of The Culture Smart Guide to the DR (also with Ginnie Bedggood) and Aunt Clara’s Dominican Cookbook and Traditional Dominican Cookery, with Clara González. 
All photos by Dominican photo-journalist Pedro Guzmán.
Introduction by Santo Domingo based US journalist and campaigner Elizabeth Eames Roebling

Expat FAQs: Moving to and Living in the Dominican Republic

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Y la ganadora es: Nicole Gonzalez. Felicidades.


  1. Lynn

    My most favorite food discovery was found in my grandmother's kitchen — experiencing so many of the succulent dishes from her "home"! My biggest regret is not writing down some of those delicious Dominican recipes — All I have from her are the memories! I'm able however to put together some pretty good dishes from my grandma's and dad's hometown, to the delight of my palate!

  2. I love your recipes, and now am perfecting my mofongo! My boyfriend is Dominican and until we decide whether we are living in the US or DR, this website helps me learn to cook things for him!

  3. Emani Rijo

    I am Dominican. My family is from La Romana. I introduced platanos frito and dulce de coco to my class in South Carolina. I fried the platanos right there in the classroom and they loved it! It's sort of similar to fried potatoes which they're used to. I added salt to them and they thoroughly enjoyed them. The dulce de coco was also a hit!

  4. Maggie

    i'm not dominican but, my husband's born and raised in santiago. i've been there several times but, i would have to say the best visit was during my second venture: we were coming back from puerta plata and decided to stop off a few times on one of the mountains and have some food excursions. the first stop we bought plantains and oranges. the second stop we bought some carne and batata frita from a make-shift wooden stand(delicioso!) and a few beers. the third and last stop we bought some homemade cheese and the most wonderfully tasting butter . it was the best butter i've ever had! and i've had some really great butter in the past. but, this butter smelled and tasted like parmesan cheese. i used it in everything i cooked over the next few days. luckily, we bought two jars-one for there and one for here. needless to say, the butter was gone very quickly after we got back to the states.