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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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Museo of Cacao Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Cocoa is grown mostly in West Africa but is also cultivated in the Dominican Republic,Grenada and Nicaragua, all located in the same geographical band circling the waist of our planet. Cocoa is labor intensive to grow and turn into products people will buy, but it...

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Larimar Precious stone found only in the Dominican Republic

Larimar is one of Earth's creations, formed by great pressures, huge temperatures, great shiftings of the Earth's crust over millions of years. It is found only in the Dominican Republic where it is mined, cut, polished, and fashioned into fine jewelry. One of the...

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StarBucks Break Coffee on skeleton crew

Halloween has crawled out of the grave for another year. At a local Starbucks, Freddie doesn't have to bone up on store policy, customer relations, or how to work the register. He hands out coffee and keeps his mouth shut because he rattles when he talks. This morning...

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3 Cups a Day Drink till you drop

The saying used to be " An apple a day keeps the Doctor Away. "  In 2017, there were 27,339 Starbucks stores globally.  Back in World War 2, coffee kept pilots awake on long flights to targeted cities, helped wives and girlfriends who watched the postman...

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Mickey’s New Employee Work Trends

  McDonalds was one of the first corporate giants to infiltrate American communities with cheap hamburgers, fast food, employee training programs, marketing strategies, toys for the kids, drive up windows, extended operating hours. You can dine in any corporate...

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Wind Sock Boogie – Video Coffee and doughnuts are ready

This wind sock, inflated early this morning, has flailing arms and an ambiguous smile on its face. Creede hasn't awoken yet, but June, the lady who lives in her parked Tiny House and sells food from her trailer cafe, is cooking already, at eight in the morning. ...

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Haiti Made in the neighborhood

Haiti Made is a local Cafe and Gift Shop. If you walk outside the Christianville front gate, past the security man sitting in a chair with a weapon by his side, you can make a quick right and follow a single lane road into the countryside. Less than a quarter mile,...

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Back to the Market more than enough

The Mogpog market is a place we return each day, more than once,  By lunch most of the fresh products have been sold, fisherman have returned to sleep in their berths after a night on the waters. There are newly slaughtered hogs carried into the market throughout...

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