Last Thursday, I was lucky enough to hop on a plane and escape the miserable cold and snow in NY for Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. It was a press trip on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism for the north coast and all about how there are plenty of active and fun things to do on vacation while in the Dominican Republic, you don’t have to sit on a chair at the beach or pool drinking overly sweet pina coladas if that’s not your thing because surfing, ziplining, monkey jungles and waterfall repelling, to name a few, are all right there at your finger tips. More on ALL those things in the next post but first up, what we ate (because the DR has some amazing food) and where we stayed.
Two breakfasts stick out in particular, the Dominican breakfast at Casa Colonial, our first hotel stay and the authentic mangu with fresh fruit and fried eggs that was prepared for us in one of the villas at Sea Horse Ranch. The breakfast at Casa Colonial came with a view of the ocean and our first taste of mangu, a traditional mashed plantain dish. Accompanied with the fried eggs, fried cheese, bread basket and papaya/pineapple plate, it was really the perfect start to the day. The mangu prepared for us at Sea Horse Ranch, however, was even better. No matter how good of a restaurant, it’s hard to beat homemade. The mashed plantains are topped with onions that have been cooked in vinegar and that tartness is perfect against the savory plantain mash. Its filling and kept me full for a good 5 hours while we ziplined our way through trees and let monkeys crawl on our heads (so freaky!).
No trip to the Caribbean would be complete without coconut water from a coconut. Sarah, Anne and I made sure we had them hack it open after we drank it too so we could eat the coconut flesh from the inside. You haven’t had coconut until you’ve eaten the wet flesh (that might be the grossest phrase I’ve ever written) straight from the inside of a young coconut. It’s soft and mild and just absolutely delicious. Plus, a way tastier hydration option than Gatorade.