Clara’s musings

Puntacana 2013 carnival

Like every year since I moved to Puntacana, I have been photographing the carnival, now in its 6th incarnation (we missed the first as we were out of the country). While this parade is not as large as the one in Santo Domingo, its compact size means that we get to see the best troupes in ...

My 12 favorite recipes of 2012

And so it ends... the year, that is. We had recipes, stories, trips, more recipes and stories. To end it, I decided to pick my 12 favorite recipes of the year, and invite you to try them, if you perchance missed them. Strawberry and yogurt popsicles Pastelón de arroz (Rice and pork casserole) Paleta morir soñando de chinola (Milk ...

Something's cooking!

Something is always cooking in Aunt Clara's Kitchen, but if you have been here for a while you may have noticed a new thing or two. Some much more obvious than others. Not only have we made some significant changes to the structure and concept of this blog, there are also some other changes coming ...

PuntaCana 2012 carnival

Like each year for the last 4 years I spent a March afternoon photographing the PuntaCana carnival and marveling at the ingenuity and creativity of its participants. Beautiful women, fierce masks, dames of questionable gender, people of all ages, colors and several nationalities meet for this impressive parade. While I was making pictures (thanks to the PuntaCana ...

Happy Valentine's Day

Today in the Dominican Republic we celebrate "Love and Friendship Day", which I really like because it acknowledges the importance of friendship in our lives. It is less about diamonds than about telling various people that we love all the ways in which we do. So, thanks for following us and being our virtual friend. Have ...

Ann and Ted Kheel Polytechnic in Verón

Giving is more than a duty, it’s a privilege. Last week the Ann and Ted Kheel Polytechnic in Verón honoured us by accepting our donation to its library. The polytechnic is the only high school in the small town of Verón. It was built by the PuntaCana Foundation and is supported by the foundation and private ...

PuntaCana Carnival 2011

Like every year since I live here I grab my camera and go nuts at the carnival. It is an awesomely-fun event to photograph. Every year it gets better, and this year it was no exception. These are some of my favorite pictures. Aunt Clara

sopita

Not long ago I came across a thread in one of our favorite forums* in which people discussed Dominican cooking. A friend of ours commented that most Dominican cooks used seasonings and calditos (bouillon/stock cubes) in their food. Is that really so? As a child from a family of diabetic, hypertensive, picky eaters this was not ...

helpheart

Almost nine and half years ago, I decided that instead of writing down the Dominican recipes some of my friends requested over and over again I'd just put them online, then just send them to my site. I love cooking, but I hate typing (although I am pretty good at it. Typing, that is). All of ...

PuntaCana Christmas Bazaar 2010

Once a year PuntaCana fills with color, music, laughter and wonderful shopping of the best variety: handmade. The yearly Christmas bazaar is my favorite event of the year. This is the third year I attend (since I moved here), and every year it gets bigger and better. The town center/mall/whatever is decorated with several Christmas trees ...

My new baby

I have a new camera! My dslr is a 5 year old model, ancient in digital cameras time. It is a good, solid camera, but it was time to get another one, one with video capability. I got my new baby on Monday, but it wasn't until Tuesday that I had a chance to use it. ...

To whoever stole our sunshine

Does this look like a tropical paradise to you? Exactly! If you are anywhere near hurricane area you have probably paid attention to whacky Tomas and its weird trajectory. Once again we escape being flattened by the angry god Hurakan. Instead we got a few days of sad-looking sky and lots of rain. Unfortunately, many people in ...

Clara goes to the city

I had not shared this with you, but I have been coming and going out of town. And for the first time in almost a year I was back to Santo Domingo. These have been very quick trips to tend to some pending matters. Some things have changed, and some things haven't changed at all. The road trip ...

Trash talk

I have mentioned before how one of my favorite things about living here is that this is a recycling community. It might not be earth-shattering news for folks where this is the norm, it isn't in this country. Separating our garbage here is pretty simple. We are only required to separate it into organics (food refuse), ...

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The world is full of creatures, great and small. We could go on a safari just by crossing the street, and we could see wondrous beasts,  if only we could see the world through the eyes of a little child.

Amazingly, even after more than two years of living here, I hadn't ventured into the small forrest in front of where  we live. There is a good reason for that: My husband is frequently out of the country for work and I would not do it on my own, or alone with Nadia. It is not ...

Not fun anymore

Taken Friday morning. It's getting worse. Oy! Aunt Clara

After the rain has fallen

Yet another long weekend. Ah, life in the tropics. It rained for the first two days, but it didn't bother me too much, the rain keeps the temperature down.  I spent Friday curled up in various parts of our home drinking tea and reading. But two days of rain is my limit, I love sunshine, and luckily Sunday ...

Somebody take me to the farm

I had another post planned for today, instead I am going to share with you our trip to the farm. A real farm, not the nurses-with-giant-butterfly-nets kind. One of my "most favoritest" things (that's how Nadia says it) about where we live is that we are a recycling community. The organic refuse is turned into fertilizers ...

We've lived in Paradise for 27 months now. Nearly 2 years ago we went on our last trip together.  Since we moved to our new home we've had to postpone and cancel all our travel plans every time we make them. It's a never-ending story.We had a trip to New York planned for the autumn, instead we'll be dealing ...

Birdbrains

Isn't that beautiful? It's a Dumb Bird. I kid you not. That is its name (Pajaro Bobo in Spanish), or more accurately Hispaniola Lizard Cuckoo, and we shared an apartment once. I am not a real city girl. I was born in a small town, but lived most of my life in a pretty big city, nature became "exotic" ...

What we do when we do nothing

It's a holiday here today, and in that spirit I'll just post some photos of our lazy days here. The photo above are of Aunt Ilana's son and my daughter at the beach. Last day of summer break is today, tomorrow Miss Nadia goes back to school, so we'll enjoy our day and I'll be back ...

Nature crosses the street

I live in front of a forrest reserve, and have also mentioned how nice it is to have all that green, privacy and breeze. I love the birds singing (did you know birds sing at night? I surely didn't). I love watching the rain wash the trees and leave them sparkling, and dressed in their ...

PuntaCana 2010 Carnival

One of the highlights of life here is attending the carnival. A parade with the best of the Dominican carnival takes place the last week of lent and attended by thousands of people. It is an event that should not be missed if one is in the area (and worth a visit if one is ...

A simple birthday party

Let me invite you to my daughter's 4th birthday party. For this you will need a time machine, because that was last year. We have a few ideas of our own about environmentalism, how we raise our daughter and a host of other topics. This is not the time to share them, but the way we did ...