Dominican Republic’s World-Class Gastronomy Encourages Visitors to Explore Beyond the Buffet

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Country offers rich immersive experiences for foodies and culture lovers, its Ministry of Tourism boasts.

Popularly known for picture-perfect beaches and all-inclusive vacations, Dominican Republic invites travelers to experience authentic tastes and haute cuisine beyond the resort buffet. Recognized as one of the most gastronomically diverse and exquisite destinations in The Caribbean, the country boasts a variety of culinary attractions, ranging from fresh-caught seafood and classes in traditional meal preparation to five-star restaurants and imaginative high dining.

“There are innumerate opportunities here for visitors to taste authentic traditional Dominican cooking and also have the chance to experience high cuisine created by internationally award-winning chefs,” said Magaly Toribio, Marketing Advisor for the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism. “Whether looking to sample the traditional or modern, tourists in Dominican Republicneed not look far to find it.”

Dominican Republic is famous for its production of tasty treats. In fact, many of the country’s exports are food products, including some of the world’s finest cocoa, coffee, sugar, ginger, mangos and rum. Whether through traditional Dominican cuisine, an award-winning restaurant or an immersive cultural excursion, guests looking for true foodie experiences will certainly not be disappointed.

Try Traditional Dominican Cuisine
Start your day off with a traditional breakfast of eggs, fried salami, mangú (mashed green plantains) and queso frito (fried cheese). Guests serious about trying local food won’t want to miss a portion of la bandera, DR’s most famous dish. Translated as “the flag,” this traditional lunch consists of white rice, stewed beans and chicken or beef. For those keen on fresh seafood, many local fishermen resting on beaches throughout the country are happy to share their catch of the day and cook it for travelers on-site. Depending on time of day, traditional meals are accompanied by a creamy cup of coffee, a variety of fresh-squeezed juices or an ice-cold beer.

Indulge in Fine Dining
Dominican Republic offers a variety of fine dining restaurants boasting imaginative takes on cuisine. Santo Domingo is a must-visit for experimental eating – the capital has more restaurants than any other city in The Caribbean, where visitors can find cuisines from all over the world. High-end eats stretch far beyond the capital to other popular destinations including La Romana,Puerto Plata, Punta Cana and Samaná, where tourists can find AAA 4-Diamond restaurants and dishes prepared by James Beard-winning chefs.

Experience Where Food Begins
Some of The Caribbean‘s most fertile soil is found in Dominican Republic, making it ideal for fine coffee, cocoa, tobacco, sugar, ginger and other Caribbean staples. Visitors can immerse themselves by following specific production routes through the lush greenery of Dominican fields, led by knowledgeable guides offering product samples along the way. Guests can learn about traditional techniques for threshing and grinding coffee beans in typical rural houses, enjoy lunches prepared in local homes, take cooking classes, and much more.

Dominican Republic’s dining scene is the perfect complement to any type of vacation – whether a luxe getaway or escape to an eco-lodge. For more information on food and gastronomy in DR, visit www.GoDominicanRepublic.com. Follow the hashtag #DominicanEats for a first-hand look at Dominican dishes.

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