What’s to Eat

Museo of Rum In the Zona Colonia

Rum has been around for centuries. Columbus brought the first sugarcane to the new world, and, shortly after, the first sugar cane plantation, worked by slaves, was begun in the New World.  A trade route was begun with Europe bringing African slaves to the...

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Delicia de la Juan Restaurant Breakfast today

This little restaurant is one street north of the D'Beatrice Comida Criolla. Passing by, at lunch yesterday, there was a line almost out the door and all the tables inside were occupied.This morning, the doors are open for breakfast. It is quiet and a cool breeze...

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Plaza Espana On an evening in March

Plaza Espana is a popular night spot in Santo Domingo. There are events and live music here. but, this evening, early, people are just beginning to arrive as the moon rises just above Columbus's right shoulder. The Alcazar de Don Colon is closed and there is only a...

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Street Empanadas One street over from Calle Estrellita

Every time I pass, I see customers at this little empanada stand - ordering their empanadas, sitting in these plastic lawn chairs,visiting, stopping a moment in life, standing, moving away, replaced in moments by someone else. It is all very random. The process is...

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God Bless Santo Domingo-Video Jardin Botanico snack stop

At the Jardin Botanico in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, it is lunch time. On the menu is one part indigenous people, one part Europeans, one part Hispanics, one part black Africans. Combine the European, African, Caribbean and Dominican recipe and you have a...

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Fishing by the Napolitano Casino Fishermen rise early

Before seven in the morning, a kid passes me on a bicycle, waves at another man on a bicycle going the other way past us, carrying a five gallon plastic bucket on his handlebars and a fishing pole home with breakfast. When the kid makes a left towards the water, a...

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Talking on the Phone Scotttreks at work

The map on one of the Starbuck's walls shows several continents. When you spread the world out, pin it to a wall, you take out all its bumps, contours, unknowns, inconsistencies. When Columbus laid out his world map on the sturdy table in his Captain's quarters his...

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LaFonda Hotel Part of the Santa Fe History

The LaFonda Hotel has been a fixture in Santa Fe going back decades. The current hotel was built in 1922 on a downtown site where the first Santa Fe hotel was built in 1607 when Spaniards came to town. It is on the register of the Historic Hotels of America, was once...

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Cooped Up Stan's Chicken House

Stan has had back yard chickens for a few years. They weren't something he wanted as a childhood dream, but his adopted kids wanted chickens so he built them a first rate coop, feeds them, keeps their cage clean, and can't kill them because his daughter would cry. "...

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Turkey Time A Day of Thanks, 2018

Pots and pans are on the stove, the table has been set for three, a Butterball Turkey browns in the oven. It took four hours for this bird to cook and slicing it up on the kitchen counter means dinner is close. Alan, Sherrie, and I have Thanksgiving this year at...

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Beth’s Bar and Grill Benkleman, Nebraska

This might be Beth's Bar and Grill, but it might not be Beth who serves us. This morning our hostess, waitress, cook is a short, stubby, older looking than she is woman who wears house slippers and a blue apron. She screws up her face funny when she writes our order...

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