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Published: March 18th 2009
Hey one and all,
Just thought Id update you all on a few things. Not too much to update actually. All has been well with my classes, they are hard to take seriously sometimes but I am trying. So I think that taking classes with Dominicans has been quite the experience, I like having the opportunity to talk with the locales, and not make such a fool out of myself because I actually have a reason to do so. I made one friend in particular that will not speak to me in spanish because he thinks that he has to speak slowly but I am at the point that I really do not need people to speak slowly to me anymore. I try to explain this to him but he still speaks to me in English, it is frustrating. Hmmm, anything else? I dont know if I said before that I went to a Juan Luis Guerra concert, but that was amazing! For those of you who dont know, he is a very humanitarian dominican version of phil collins. I dont know anything about Phil Collins but I know his voice sounds like Juan Luis Guerra.
I thought I would write about food today because I do not have any adventures that come to mind at the moment . The season of Carnaval is over ( it was february). So no more crazy, me getting beat up stories.
SO, dominican cuisine. Yes, auntie this is for you. So the main staples of a dominican diet are rice and beans which is most commonly called aveeshoowayla. yes that is NOT how you spell it but thats how you say it. So you have your rice- usually white and then you pile it up with beans which are in a sauce so the bean concoction looks a lot like chili. Concon is rice that is hard from the bottom of the pan and tastes a lil like popcorn. This side is something that is really love or hate only. I personally love it.
Most Dominican meals will have a salad beforehand, which is iceberg lettuce, tomatoes and vinegar and salt as the dressing. Salad dressing doesn’t really exist here and if it is in the grocery stores, no one uses it.
MEAT. Dominicans love meat. This is no stereotype, this is the truth and they will not be scared to tell you. My dona doesn’t understand why I don’t eat more meat and I tell her that I am not a big carnivore and she looks at me like I am crazy. But this is a normal occurance. The meat is usually chicken, cooked in a pan but not fried. Or beef but chicken is much more common and if you get a foot that means you are really lucky. Nasty is what I say.
Plantains, I love them. But plantains can be sweet or a little saltier but the sweet ones are so delicious. Fried plantains are something that regularly accompanies any Dominican meal. Tostones are another side that are kind of like French fries but are originally from plantains, the saltier ones. It would be like if you cut up a banana and smashed the pieces and put them in a deep frier.
The plant yucca is grown all over the country, which looks like tree branches but when cut up and cooked tastes and looks much like mashed potatoes. This can be smashed up and eaten with scrambled eggs, which is good but only when made well.
One thing that I do not like is the fact that dessert really only exists for birthdays and other special days. There are never cookies or brownies or ice cream or anything sweet kept in the house, usually.
Sancocho is a soup that is eaten on a lot of holidays or for special occasions. It is kind of creamy with all sorts of anything that you want to put it the soup. Meat, yucca, avocado. That brings me to fruits and vegetables. The fruit is amazing, fortunately I have come to like a lot of fruits because of study abroad. I started liking papaya en Mexico and now I like almost all fruits with the exception of oranges and watermelon. Vegetables in the daily meal are not extremely common, I have eaten carrots, cualiflour and the occasional pepper in some rice but vegetables other than the salad are not very common. Seafood is also very common here, obviously, being in the Caribbean, but that is mostly eaten at restaurants.
SO, bean and rices, chicken, plantains and avocado are most commonly eaten here.
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