Welcome to San Juan – Hot Chocolate Embajador, San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic

  When I was young, I would regularly spend summers with my grandparents in the San Juan de la Maguana, and on Sundays we would get all dressed up and walk along the main street to my Aunt’s house. She lived right next to a large park where a band would play in the evening. They would start with the national anthem (the Dominican national anthem is impossibly long) before playing popular merengue songs. All generations would be present too, from grandparents sitting on park benches to kids running between the trees. While on the surface San Juan has changed since then, in many ways it hasn’t changed at [...]

Hot Chocolate at Xocolat, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

For a chocolate shop, Xocolate isn’t exactly the prettiest one I’ve seen. When we visited, the counters were a bit of a mess, and the walls were painted hot pink with huge pictures of semi appetising looking chocolates on them. But the display case was filled with really delicious looking creations and even more importantly, they had a lot of hot chocolate options. I wasn’t expecting to have a good hot chocolate today, especially considering we were visiting one of the largest shopping malls in Santo Domingo. We were here to waste some time really and had been walking around [...]

January 13th, 2014|Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, SOUTH AMERICA/CARIBBEAN|

Hot Chocolate at Bondelic, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

While in Santo Domingo, Rich celebrated his birthday. Everyone said that the best place to get a birthday cake was Bondelic and luckily for us, it was only a few minutes walk from the apartment. Bondelic is all about being happy. It was light and airy. The walls and windows are covered in little illustrations of cupcakes, cookies, pieces of pies, cakes and little forks. Straight ahead of you is a large counter filled with really tempting looking cakes and sweets. The first time we came here we picked up at least 7 different mini desserts to bring home to [...]

December 6th, 2013|Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, SOUTH AMERICA/CARIBBEAN|

Hot Chocolate Chocolate Cortes, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

  When I go to visit my grandparents in the Domincan Republic, I usually only want to drink battidos which are fruit smoothies with milk or yogurt. On this trip though, maybe because it wasn't as hot as it usually is, I switched to hot chocolates. This morning we had a 5.5 earthquake just before breakfast which is pretty scary when you are on the 5th floor of an apartment building. But I also remember today because I had one of my all time favourite hot chocolates. There were a few options at the supermarket and my aunt picked out Chocolate [...]

February 17th, 2012|Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, SOUTH AMERICA/CARIBBEAN|
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