People and Places

Shakshuka: Eggs on Tomato Sauce

Shakshuka (eggs on tomato sauce) is one of those dishes that have made so many rounds on the internet that you're likely to have seen it elsewhere. Trying it for the first time, on the other hand, makes you wonder just why you haven't made it before. Such a simple idea, such a great little ...

Rice with Lentils (Mejadra)

The name is Mejadra, a popular dish in the Middle East. And when an Instagram follower made the immediate connection that this Rice with Lentils and Fried Onions looks a lot like our Moro, she figured out exactly why right after trying it I decided I needed to share it with you. The story of ...

Sandwichon (Sandwich-Cake)

Summer is soon to end, and so is our vacation. During all this summer we've shared recipes that require little to no cooking, and I think I may have started a tradition in our blog, I think the idea of summer-friendly recipes will continue for years to come. This particular dish, though popular in our country ...

Shrimp and Mango Ceviche Salad

Summer is chugging along, and we continue our series of light summer dishes that require little to no cooking, and are perfect for the season. What's not to love about that? This time we have a dish based on a South American classic that has spread the world over. You'll love this Shrimp and Mango Ceviche ...

Oatmeal and Strawberry Popsicle

Like every summer, we try to escape the heat in our beloved Caribbean corner by heading for cooler climates. Aunt Ilana and I have been writing our "What I Did This Summer" reports for over a decade. I am looking forward to hearing what Ilana has been up to this year, but in the meantime this ...

My Dominican Food - Visual Artist Iris Pérez

As part of our long-running series My Dominican Food, interviews with interesting people from the arts and culture, and their impressions of Dominican cuisine, Aunt Ilana brings us the words of Dominican artist Iris Perez. AI - What is your favourite Dominican dish to eat and why? IP – The combination of rice, guandules guisados (pigeon pea ...

Organics revisited - Interview with Jake Kheel

Originally from the US, Jake Kheel has lived and worked in the Dominican Republic since 2005, although he first visited as a student in 1994. He is the environmental director of the Puntacana Ecological Foundation, which runs several projects, including an organic farm. The vegetables and fruit grown on the farm are fertilized with worm ...

My Dominican food: Karel Kalaf - Musician

We continue our "My Dominican Food" series of interviews with Dominicans by birth and adoption from various artistic disciplines. This time our guest is Dominican musician Karel Kalaf. What is your favourite dish (to eat)? Well, like many Dominicans I’ve always been a rice fanatic. I like it in every way: White, brown, moro de habichuelas, with ...

Lindsay de Féliz

This time we feature an interview with a ‘dominicana-por-adopción,’ Lindsay de Féliz. Originally from the UK, she has lived in the country for over ten years. She writes a popular blog about life in the Dominican Republic and has just published her first book, What About Your Saucepans? – a riveting account of her experiences in the country. DC ...

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 ...

Miguel Gomez

For our fourth mini-interview with Dominicans from the artistic and cultural world we bring you a humorous interview with  talented Dominican photojournalist Miguel Gomez. Q - What’s your favourite dish? MG – It doesn’t matter what the weather is like or what I last ate, a mangú with fried white cheese is always welcome. Q - What’s your favourite ...

My Dominican food: Chiqui Vicioso - Writer

For our third mini-interview with Dominicans from the artistic and cultural world we bring you the words of famed Dominican writer Chiqui Vicioso, one of the luminaries of Dominican literature. What is your favourite Dominican dish? CV – It’s very difficult to answer that question because I love practically every Dominican dish and don’t really have a favourite ...

My Dominican food: German Perez - Musician and visual artist

For the second in our series of mini-interviews with Dominicans from the artistic and cultural world, we travelled virtually to the second-largest Dominican city in the world, New York City, home to an estimated one million Dominicans. We are proud to publish this interview with one of them, a wonderful visual artist and musician, German Pérez, ...

My Dominican food: Raquel Paiewonsky

When looking back on our childhood, more often than not food will feature in some shape or form. Everyone has a story to tell, nostalgic or just plain funny. We thought it would be fun to ask several well-known Dominicans, mainly from the cultural and artistic arenas, to share their food-related memories, their favourite Dominican foods and - ...

A culinary tour of the Dominican Republic

The occasional visitor could be forgiven for thinking that because the Dominican Republic is a small country we have no regional cuisines. Up to a point, this is not far from the truth, but to any Dominican it is obvious that each region is best known for certain dishes. Follow us in a culinary tour. The northwestern region of the ...

Pepino silvestre y cerdo (West Indies gherkin & pork)

This is a post about rediscovering, about meeting traveling old loves again, about more than 300 miles into the past. It is not only about a dish that I had not seen or tasted in decades, it is about going back to a place I haven't been in for an almost equal amount of time. It is ...

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 ...

A delicious trip north

A few months back I shared with you our adventures crossing our country from corner to corner: North by Northwest - From PuntaCana to Montecristi. This week we arrived after undertaking the same trip again. So, what's with us and the trips to Montecristi? Well, I was born in Montecristi. It's where our family tree has its ...

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

Ginger - jengibre

La ruta del jengibre – the ginger trail - is one of several ecological and agricultural community tourism initiatives dotted across the Dominican Republic. The idea is to create a tourist attraction based on a local economic activity – in this case the organic ginger crop in the outstanding setting of the Las Galeras/El Rincon area ...

PuntaCana to Montecristi

I couldn't pass on this opportunity to use the title of my favorite Hitchcock movie. This is a road trip that not many Dominicans have made, and for me one that -metaphorically speaking - started in reverse 40 years ago. A two-way 1000 km-journey between the two farthest points in the country. Driving through the cane fields, ...

Haiti: a few lessons on free trade

Haiti provides a preview of what's in store for the Dominican Republic: the real price of free trade. Rice, beans, and chicken. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? Haitians eat this every day - if they can afford it - and as far as I could tell the taste is identical to the "Dominican flag". Plantains and coffee ...

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 ...

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 ...

Haitian Cooking

Travellers in Africa are said to joke about the culinary advantages and disadvantages of having been colonised by the French, above say, the British. Former French colonies -- Haiti amongst them -- boast fine patisserie and superior bread, the British not having much of a gastronomic legacy to offer its colonies, which remain unimpressed with ...

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The auyama is a member of the pumpkin family, which in turn, is a member of the greater family of squash. I’m sure there are purists who would argue this point, but let’s not debate. Concentrate instead on the variety of uses of this very versatile vegetable. Here in the Dominican Republic, auyama is used ...

Cayman Islands cuisine

The Cayman Islands has a very humble culinary history. This trio of islands about 90 miles south of Cuba, 175 miles northwest of Jamaica, is a British Dependent Territory like the British Virgin Islands and Turks & Caicos. Although sighted by Columbus in May 1503, and a provisioning stop for 16th and 17th century mariners ...

Pastelón de espaguetis (Spaghetti Casserole)

In 2003 as part of a Slow Food Dominican convivium  I attended an international conference in Naples, Italy. My husband and I decided to part with the rest of the delegation and spend a few weeks exploring Italy. This trip was without doubts one of the highlights of my life. The "why" is self-evident. Armed with a crummy 3mp ...

In the home of butter – Danish cuisine

'Danish cuisine?' you would probably ask, 'isn’t this site about Dominican cuisine?' Yes, indeed, but this hasn’t stopped us from writing about Caribbean cuisine; and the fact that we love and promote our vernacular cuisine does not mean that we do not enjoy exploring what lies beyond our little chunk of island. Besides, I have ...

Jamaican Cooking vs Dominican Cooking

We have said on more than one occasion that Dominican food has more in common with its Spanish-speaking Caribbean neighbours than with other parts of Latin America and the Caribbean. I thought I'd look into this in a little more detail. It makes sense that we should share a common culinary tradition with Cuba and ...

Carne mechada

Our series on Caribbean cooking continues with a first visit to the South American mainland. Venezuela has a long Caribbean coastline and shares many aspects of its history, culture and gastronomy with the Caribbean islands, so its cuisine can be said to form a part of the Caribbean culinary heritage. Arepas, as ...