Did you hear that Dominican Republic won the World Baseball Classic? No? OK, good, let me brag about it. Baseball is the sport in the Dominican Republic. Not to say that other sports are not played and followed; they are. Basketball, volleybal and others have good following and loyal fanatics, but baseball rules king. As
I finished cooking, served lunch, and my husband had a first taste of a dish I was cooking for the first time. My dear spousal unit is my usual test subject, and he knows to be honest. This is no time to lovingly lie to protect my feelings. My readers count on him. – “It
A few years back, as part of an advertisement campaign, a certain local company had a funny commercial in which a newlywed husband called his wife on his way home to ask what she was cooking for supper. We never see the wife, but the husband gleefully repeats what she says: – “Pastelón de arroz?!”
Like it happens every year, vendors round the world trip over each other trying to beat the rest in the Earliest Christmas Display Competition. Round here Christmasy things were on display on September. Don’t believe me? Not to be left behind (too much) we start adding festive (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Festivus, etc) recipes starting now. If
My husband and I spent our first years together, more than a decade and a half ago, wandering the country. For me sometimes revisiting places I had been to, for him learning what this land of ours has to offer: From pristine white sand beaches to the highest mountains in the region, from tropical deserts to
First of all, what sort of vegetarian are you? What the airlines describe as ‘lacto’? ‘Lacto-ovo’? These curious categories have long been obsolete everywhere except airline ticketing codes. They mean vegetarians who eat dairy products and vegetarians who eat dairy products and eggs. Are you a fishetarian? That means a vegetarian who eats seafood (my definition).
Years ago I shared with our readers the story of how I went from carnivorous to vegan some time during my early 20s. Many a sun has set and risen from that time, and my dietary preferences have changed too. I have gone from carnivorous to vegan, from there I lapsed into vegetarianism, and today I call
Sometimes an idea comes to me, and although I have no clue how to make what I envision I can still feel, see or taste the result I want. This recipe is one of those ideas. Remember that cornmeal and beef casserole that I shared with you some time ago? Well, it turns out that
“Is it because you don’t love me anymore?” Ah, my husband, always so funny. About a decade and a half ago I was trying to find my culinary style. For the first time in my life I was in charge of cooking for someone else, and that someone else turned out to be somebody from
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
My experiences in adjusting to Dominican customs and etiquette surrounding food and eating have become a theme – and possibly also a standing joke – in some of our articles here. One such lesson that I learned the hard way is that no matter what, you never know how many people to expect when you
A much tastier choice to mashed potatoes, and a complete meal in itself, this is a very popular recipe in our country. You can substitute beef for other meats of you choice, or simply use cheese as filling.
Why spend money on losing weight when it’s mainly a question of common sense? Diets are a relatively new phenomenon, unless you count the biblical “milk and honey”, “bread and fishes” or the Roman “wine, women and song” as diets. The compulsion to go on a diet is relatively recent, because not so long ago
Dominicans love their pastelón de plátanos maduros (ripe plantains casserole), which is ironic, because apart from politicians, in this country there is nothing that is more maligned than the plantain. It’s accused, no less, of being partly responsible for our island’s rampant underdevelopment. It is said to block the brain and stop intelligence from flowing, according