Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Vacation Planning 101

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Taxi, Taxi!!

I have updated the Travel Info Page to include the contact information of Mr. Antonio Bautista. He owns a nice, air-conditioned taxi and will transport you from the airport to your hotel, or provide other transport services with courtesy and reliability.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Caribbean Easter Dish


2 pounds mashed potatoes (hot)

  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 3 tablespoons butter (or margarine)
  • 4 teaspoons corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 tablespoons sofrito
  • 4 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Vegetable oil for deep frying

  • How to Make It
    1. Mix together the hot mashed potatoes, eggs, butter and 2 teaspoons of cornstarch. Set aside and let cool.
    2. In a frying pan, heat the olive oil. Add the ground beef and cook until no longer pink. Stir to break up the meat.
    3. Add the sofrito, tomato sauce, oregano and salt to the cooked ground beef. Mix thoroughly. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
    4. Spread a spoonful of the potato dough mix in the palm of your hand. Make an indentation in the middle and stuff it with the meat mixture.
    5. Cover the filling with more potato dough. Shape into a ball. Dust the ball lightly with the remaining cornstarch.
    6. Repeat until mix is used up.
    7. Deep fry the stuffed potato balls until golden (about 2 minutes).
    8. Remove and drain on paper towels.

    Monday, April 10, 2017


    The former Monaga Guesthouse is for sale after many years operating as The Foreigner's Club Hotel. It comes fully furnished, is in a good location just off The Conde and a few blocks from the Malecon, and appears to be a great investment opportunity for the right person. We would love to see it back in the hands of gay-friendly owners. Oh... the memories of the old Monaga. The good, the bad and the ugly. LOL

    Click HERE for details

    Friday, April 07, 2017

    Tuesday, April 04, 2017

    Cruising Santo Domingo

    Pullmantur Cruises promotes its Santo Domingo departures On Saturday, 8, 15, 22 and 29 April, Pullmantur Cruises's 720-cabin Zenith departs from Santo Domingo's Sansoucí, Port of Santo Domingo, for a first of many 7-night cruises through 2018.

    Santo Domingo is one of three ports where Zenith passengers can board or disembark during the Caribbean cruise. The others are located in St. Maarten and Barbados.

    The April 2017 trip itinerary is: Santo Domingo - La Romana – Philipsburg (St. Maarten) - St John's (Antigua) – Castries (St. Lucia) – Bridgetown (Barbados) - Santo Domingo.

    The Zenith then returns on 21 October for more 7-night cruises with departures on the 21, 28 October and 4 November. The itinerary for those departures is: Roseau (Dominica) – Bridgetown (Barbados) – St. Georges (Grenada) – St Vincent (Grenadines) – Santo Domingo
    Starting 11 November, the itinerary changes to 7-night cruises departing Santo Domingo with stops in Bassetterre (St. Kitts), Philipsburg (St Maarten), St. John's (Antigua), Castries (St. Lucia), returning to Santo Domingo. Using the same itinerary other cruises will depart on 18, 25 November, 2, 9 and 16, 23 and 30 December.

    The Santo Domingo Sansouci Port of Santo Domingo and La Romana Casa de Campo Port departures and returns make the cruise ship an attractive alternative for residents in the Dominican Republic wishing to get away from it all.

    Tuesday, March 28, 2017

    Tu Hablas Ingles?

    According to a ranking carried out by Education First, the Dominican Republic is the second country in Latin America with the best domination of the English language, moving ten places up the ranking over the last five years.

    The English Proficiency Index (EPI) ranks the DR as moderate in English proficiency, only superseded by Argentina in the region.

    The EPI was determined by testing English language skills of more than 950,000 adults from 72 countries.

    Education First attributes the English proficiency gains in the Dominican Republic to investments made in English education, especially by the Ministry of High Education, Science and Technology with their English Immersion Program and online courses for advance studies.

    Monday, March 13, 2017

    Taste Santo Domingo

    dr1 reports: Taste Santo Domingo 2017 this year is part of the Hub Santo Domingo, the business marketplace organized by the Santo Domingo Chamber of Commerce at the Convention Center of the Ministry of Foreign Relations on the Malecón. The event will take place 16-18 March 2017.

    Master Chef Christine Ha, who has taken cooking with the senses to a new level, will be participating in the event. She is an American chef, writer, and TV host who was the first blind contestant of MasterChef TV program and the winner of its third season in 2012.

    Wednesday, March 08, 2017

    A Change of the Guard

    If you're like us, you've been wondering what happened with the iconic Hotel Mercure Comercial. Boy, if those walls could talk, right? Well, the hotel has been shuttered for awhile and people have been speculating about what's going on. Here's the tea.

    After getting a bit of info from Anthony of Monaga I started investigating. The place was purchased by the Hodelpa chain, which now has three options in the Colonial Zone: the old Mercure, Hodelpa Caribe Colonial (which has been gay-friendly) and the Hodelpa Nicolas de Ovando.

    My new friend over at Hodelpa, Catherine Gomez, informed me that after extensive renovations the doors would open this year, hopefully in the summer, but you know, it's the Dominican Republic, so let's keep our fingers crossed.

    She couldn't tell me anything about guest policy just yet or whether the patio dining area would remain intact. When I think of the sights seen from that patio and the encounters had...let's keep our fingers crossed about that as well.

    Seems like so much is changing in that area. I wish the new hotel well and hope some of the good things about the former hotel remain, for nostalgia's sake.

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    Tom Perez New DNC Chair

    In his victory speech, Mr. Perez played down what he called “the robust discussions in the Democratic Party.” “We’re all going to continue to be united in our values,” he said, calling the party’s “big tent” an asset.
    Mr. Perez, 55, the son of Dominican immigrants, is the first Latino chairman of the Democratic Party. He was reared in Buffalo and has held a series of state and federal government jobs, most recently as Mr. Obama’s labor secretary.
    Despite his limited experience in electoral politics, his calls for rebuilding the grass-roots and fostering a party that “makes house calls again” appealed to the party insiders who have watched as the House, the Senate and finally the presidency slipped away.
    Addressing reporters with Mr. Ellison after the election, Mr. Perez vowed to shift the committee from its overriding focus on presidential politics.
    “We’re no longer simply the committee that helps elect the president; we’re the committee that helps to ensure we’re electing people up and down the Democratic ticket,” he said, switching to Spanish for a time.