Santo Domingo—a good destination for culinary travel

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Globe Newswire reports on culinary travel and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic’s capital city, as a foodie hub.

“Food is an integral part of Dominican culture and visitors to the country are sure to find a dish to suit their taste,” said Magaly Toribio, Marketing Advisor for the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism. “Santo Domingo is a city filled with world-class restaurants and historic charm, making it the ideal setting for a cultural and food-focused vacation.”

The best way to explore Santo Domingo is with a fork and knife. Eating out is big in Santo Domingo, a city that lives to socialize until the early hours of the morning. With evolving flavors, a lively gastronomy scene and new ways to enjoy the cuisine, including food trucks, vegan restaurants and fare from all over the world, there’s something for every appetite.

A Taste of Traditional Fare

A traditional Dominican breakfast includes eggs, fried salami, mangú (mashed green plantains) and queso frito (fried cheese). Breakfast places abound, offering a steaming cup of creamy Dominican coffee or fresh-squeezed juices to accompany your meal. Tropical juices are regularly available in fresh-picked fruit flavors including passion fruit, guava, pineapple, mango and papaya.

The local food is all about the seasoning: cilantro, oregano, garlic, onions, peppers, tomatoes, capers and olives are common ingredients you’ll find in many of the country’s most popular dishes, including la bandera. Translated as “the flag,” this traditional lunch consists of white rice, stewed beans and chicken or beef. Other traditional foods include pork rinds, moro (a mixture of rice with grains, beans and peas), mofongo (mashed plantains with garlic, deep fried pork or shrimp), fish with coconut, stewed goat and sancocho (beef stew).

At the end of a meal, don’t pass up the opportunity to satisfy your sweet tooth. Local bakeries and sweets shops tempt tourists with delectable desserts loved by locals, from flan to bread pudding, as well as fruit flavored treats featuring fresh local guava and coconut. One of the most popular treats is jalao, a sweet ball made of dried coconut, honey and ginger that offers a fresh taste with a chewy texture.

[. . .] Restaurants on the Malecón promenade offer million-dollar seaside views to accompany your meal. In the Colonial City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and picturesque grid of cobblestone streets dating back to the fifteenth century, some of the city’s finest restaurants offer an elegant ambiance while serving high-end French and European fare. Elsewhere in the capital, fine dining establishments serve high-concept Dominican and international foods in a contemporary, urban setting. [. . .]

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