Paying high prices for food no one but tourists eats is not our idea of travel. Our idea is to find healthy cooked and served food, in good surroundings, where locals eat for local prices.

This neighborhood cafe is a six minute walk from the La Puerta Roja Guest House where I’m staying. Thanks to Google Maps it IS easy to find, just a little south and east from where I’m staying,. At the intersection of Calle Santome and Jose Gabriel Garcia, it has no flashing lights, not even a sign on the outside of the building. I didn;t know it was there until I looked inside the cafe and saw people eating, saw the sign above the cash register, saw that Google maps said I had arrived.

Next trip back I’ll try some of the potato dishes and beef, some of the Dominican Republic specialties.  This trip I stick with rice, chicken and okra cooked like my Dad liked it.

There are all ages in here, from working men, to kids and families, to men in suits with their wives, or at least I hope so.

Just south is the George Washington Avenue that runs along the beach south of the Zona Colonia.

The water sparkles and the palm trees remind me of Los Angeles.

After a number of trips, places start to cluster in pairs, similarities seem to become all to clear.

I have my favorite places.

Most of them are warm.

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