Hi friends! I’m back for my second Dominican Republic press trip recap (if you missed my first – check that out: Running in the Dominican Republic)! Before I share details about the fitness/outdoorsy adventures we got into, I wanted to highlight the food. We had some awesome meals (and snacks, like this tasty fresh-from-the-coconut water) while there!
My favorite breakfasts were the ones where we had more traditional Dominican food, because I love sampling the local cuisine when I travel! When we stayed at the Sea Horse Ranch, a woman came to our villa to make us breakfast in the morning, Dominican-style!
This is Mongú, a traditional Dominican side dish comprised of plantains mashed with salt, lemon, and butter, and topped with sautéed onions. So good!
I had it on our first morning at Casa Colonial hotel as well!
We had a lot of fun lunches, but one of the big highlights was on our first full day there, when we hit up a cool place on an island called Wilson’s Bar and Restaurant.
Since it was on an island, you had to take a little boat there! Loved it.
We started with some piña coladas… doesn’t get fresher than this!
The food was served family-style. Fried fish (that was literally caught right next to us) and chicken, plus some unpictured rice and salad!
It was SO good, and we enjoyed it with a view of some kite surfers. I’d love to try kite surfing sometime – have any of you guys done it before? Looks hard!
I especially loved this refreshing mint, cucumber, and lime juice!
Another lunch highlight in the town of Cabarete was at a place called Fresh Fresh Café.
This reminded me of some of my favorite cafes at home – health-focused and delicious! I had a couscous salad with all sorts of veggies, beans, and avocado. Yum!
And a cookie for good measure. It had chia seeds in it, but otherwise tasted like a normal oatmeal cookie – my fave.
The final lunch highlight was a traditional Dominican lunch that we enjoyed after our canyoning adventure (again, more on that soon). I LOVE rice/beans/chicken. So good!
One night we headed into Cabarete for dinner on the beach at a place called Papi.
It was PACKED – we went on Friday night, which was also Independence Day in the Dominican Republic, so everyone was out and about for the holiday!
It was really dark so I didn’t get great photos of the food, but we did family-style again and all shared some rice and seafood. Delish! I also had an unpictured salad to get in some greens… and a beer. The local Presidente!
The last highlight I wanted to be sure to feature was dinner at the Beach Club at Seahorse Ranch. Check out these views!
That hut is the dining room – talk about a spectacular location!
The dining room was open air and gorgeous!
Once again it was super dark so I didn’t get many food photos – just this one of the appetizer that Gina and I shared. Prosciutto FTW!
Whew! That was a lot of deliciousness in one post. Stay tuned for my final recap – the fitness adventures we got into! Another big thank you to the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism for having me.
Dominican Republic Trip: The Food! originally appeared on fANNEtastic food | Washington D.C. area Registered Dietitian | Recipes + Healthy Living + Fitness on March 4, 2015.