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Casa de Campo Resort & Villas Receives Best International Hotel and Property Award

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas has been granted the Silver Award for Best International Hotel and Property at the Prevue magazine 2017 Visionary Awards. Bestowed annually to acknowledge the forward-thinking destinations, hotels & resorts, cruise lines and airlines of the industry, the Visionary Award recognized the resort for its continued excellence in the meetings and incentives industry.

“Casa de Campo is ecstatic, and so grateful to the readers of Prevue and their esteemed advisory board, to receive the 2017 Visionary Award,” said Andrés Pichardo Rosenberg, President at Casa de Campo Resort & Villas. “The award is a demonstration of the resort’s ongoing dedication to providing the best experience and service to our guests.”

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas makes the ultimate meeting destination with 7,000 acres of luxury accommodations, amenities and engaging activities designed to help strengthen teams, provide corporate incentives, and offer entertainment and fun for all.

With three world-famous golf courses on site, a relaxing spa, and an endless array of outdoor sports—including tennis, shooting, and equestrian activities—Casa de Campo is an ideal destination for incentive groups, conferences, corporate retreats, or special events. Extensive meeting facilities include two well-appointed conference centers, a ballroom, numerous boardrooms, breathtaking outdoor spaces, restaurants and bars, villa homes, plazas and a 5,000-seat amphitheater. For those set to relax before or after work, beautiful beaches, guided excursions, live music, fine dining or even a moonlight stroll along the Marina offer a full range of meeting and conference options for teams of all shapes, sizes, and needs.

Source: Casa de Campo Living

Oct 17, 2017

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How Christopher Columbus, of all people, became a national symbol

Christopher Columbus’s story illustrates the blurred borders between myth and history

by William Francis Keegan, The Conversation. This article was originally published on The Conversation.

Christopher Columbus was a narcissist.

He believed he was personally chosen by God for a mission that no one else could achieve. After 1493, he signed his name “xpo ferens” — “the Christbearer.” His stated goal was to accumulate enough wealth to recapture Jerusalem. His arrogance led to his downfall, that of millions of Native Americans — and eventually fostered his resurrection as the most enduring icon of the Americas.

Columbus in chains

In 1496, Columbus was the governor of a colony based at Santo Domingo, in what is now the modern Dominican Republic — a job he hated. He could not convince the other “colonists,” especially those with noble titles, to follow his leadership.

They were not colonists in the traditional sense of the word. They had gone to the Indies to get rich quick. Because Columbus was unable to temper their lust, the Crown viewed him as an incompetent administrator. The colony was largely a social and economic failure. The wealth that Columbus promised the Spanish monarchs failed to materialize, and he made continuous requests for additional financial support, which the monarchs reluctantly provided.

By 1500, conditions in Hispaniola were so dire that the Crown sent Francisco de Bobadilla to investigate. Bobadilla’s first sight, at the mouth of the Ozama River, was four Spanish “mutineers” hanging from gallows. Under authority from the king, Bobadilla arrested Columbus and his brothers for malfeasance and sent them to Spain in chains. Columbus waited seven months for an audience at the court. He refused to have his chains removed until the meeting, and even asked in his will to be buried with the chains.

Although the Spanish rulers wanted Columbus to disappear, he was allowed one final voyage from 1502 to 1504. He died in 1506, and went virtually unmentioned by historians until he was resurrected as a symbol of the United States.

Read the full story on salon.com

Oct 11, 2017

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Cayo Arena: 34th on the List of the World’s Top 100 Beaches

Situated on the Dominican Republic’s north coast, Cayo Arena – also known as Cayo Paraiso (or Paradise Key) – is comfortably situated on the 34th slot on the list of the world’s most spectacular beaches. The list is prepared by CNN Travel.

Writer Robert Louis Stevenson describes in his novel “Treasure Island” how the sailors would arrive at Admiral Benbow’s Inn with all their belonging in sturdy chests to begin their adventure in the high seas. But, today’s visitors do not need that much when they visit Cayo Arena (Sand Key), situated in the country’s Atlantic coast.

Visitors to the key, also known as Paradise Key, will find upon their arrival a few thatched-roof huts where visitors can stay overnight. The rest of the island is a beautiful stretch of lush tropical vegetation, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean.

The small key is situated only a few meters above sea level. The key itself is surrounded by spectacular white-sand beaches and crystal clear waters. These are some of the main reasons why CNN Travel placed the key on its list of the world’s top beaches.

Geographically, Cayo Arena belongs to the Dominican northwest province of Montecristi. Boats leaving from the mainland to the key do so from Punta Rucia, a small town in Puerto Plata due to the difficulties presented by the mangrove trees and channels that are closest to the key.

Fast boats leave from the small fishing village of Punta Rucia to the key. It is a short 30-minute ride. Visitors can travel to the key with the local fishermen or with tour operators that operate in the area. Transportation cost to the key and a typical Dominican lunch served right on the beach will cost between US$35-60 per person.

Visitors travelling on one of the boats operated by fishermen should wear comfortable clothing, and lots of sunblock. It is recommended that the traveler only take with them only the bare necessities since visitors can only remain on the island for four hours.\

On the return ride to Punta Rucia, visitors are dropped off on Ensenada Beach a spectacular place rich in the region’s flora and fauna and that leads to the Montecristi National Park, home to many protected species such as the manatee and the mangrove trees.

Where to Eat in Punta Rucia

Hotel Punta Rucia Lodge: The lodge’s restaurant offers excellent and very fresh seafood dishes.
www.puntarucialodge.com

La Table d’Arno:French restaurant overlooking the ocean, specializing in meats and patés.
www.latabledarno.com

Beicariibi: Italian restaurant offering excellent pizzas.
Tel.: 809-704-3045

Source: Access DR

Oct 11, 2017

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Sneaky Sugar Be on the lookout for these names in your food

Sugar, sugar it’s everywhere! In packages that claim to be natural and healthy, often there is 3 to 4 different types of sugar. In dehydrated fruits, companies add extra sugar, vitamins can be filled with it too, and it’s even in our ketchup. Ladies and gentlemen, sugar seems almost inescapable!

Studies have proven that sugar is as addictive as cocaine. It sounds harsh and scary— but this is the truth. Wouldn’t you like to know that you have been secretly introduced to an addiction that has changed all of your taste buds and is harming your body? Eating too much sugar has been proven to increase your risks of cardiovascular diseases, obesity, diabetes, and lead to problems with your gut. All illnesses from a minor flu to a cancer are fueled by sugar. Sugar causes inflammation in our body and illnesses thrive on that.

My number one advice with sugar is go easy on it. It is important to be conscious of it, because foods like pasta – essentially carbohydrates- turn into sugar when processed in our bodies. Even if you might not be ingesting sugar directly, your blood sugar levels can still spike through certain foods.  We should monitor the glycemic index of each food to have a clear understanding of how much our blood sugar will rise.

The American Heart Association recommends for daily consumption:

  • No more than 6 teaspoons, equal to 24 grams of sugar, for most women
  • No more than 9 teaspoons, equal to 36 grams of sugar, for most men.

* For reference a can of Coca-cola has 33 grams of sugar!

While staying completely off sugar is not a realistic goal, eating the right kind of sugar is something we can control. Fructose is the sugar from fruit, the most natural occurring form of sugar, and I firmly believe fruits are highly beneficial for us, even with their sugar content. Fructose has a low glycemic index, but can leave us feeling hungry because it doesn’t shut off the hormone that indicates that we are satisfied. Be conscious of this when eating fruits; I often pair them with nuts, some kind of superfoods, or almond butter to keep me feeling satisfied longer.

Sugar, sugar it’s everywhere! In packages that claim to be natural and healthy, often there is 3 to 4 different types of sugar. In dehydrated fruits, companies add extra sugar, vitamins can be filled with it too, and it’s even in our ketchup. Ladies and gentlemen, sugar seems almost inescapable!

Studies have proven that sugar is as addictive as cocaine. It sounds harsh and scary— but this is the truth. Wouldn’t you like to know that you have been secretly introduced to an addiction that has changed all of your taste buds and is harming your body? Eating too much sugar has been proven to increase your risks of cardiovascular diseases, obesity, diabetes, and lead to problems with your gut. All illnesses from a minor flu to a cancer are fueled by sugar. Sugar causes inflammation in our body and illnesses thrive on that.

My number one advice with sugar is go easy on it. It is important to be conscious of it, because foods like pasta – essentially carbohydrates- turn into sugar when processed in our bodies. Even if you might not be ingesting sugar directly, your blood sugar levels can still spike through certain foods.  We should monitor the glycemic index of each food to have a clear understanding of how much our blood sugar will rise.

The American Heart Association recommends for daily consumption:

  • No more than 6 teaspoons, equal to 24 grams of sugar, for most women
  • No more than 9 teaspoons, equal to 36 grams of sugar, for most men.

* For reference a can of Coca-cola has 33 grams of sugar!

While staying completely off sugar is not a realistic goal, eating the right kind of sugar is something we can control. Fructose is the sugar from fruit, the most natural occurring form of sugar, and I firmly believe fruits are highly beneficial for us, even with their sugar content. Fructose has a low glycemic index, but can leave us feeling hungry because it doesn’t shut off the hormone that indicates that we are satisfied. Be conscious of this when eating fruits; I often pair them with nuts, some kind of superfoods, or almond butter to keep me feeling satisfied longer.

Food companies try to sneak more sugar in our food with all sorts of names. They know it makes us think our food tastes better so we keep buying their products. Here’s a list of disguised sugar names to help you detect their many forms:

  • Cane juice
  • Beet sugar
  • Fruit juice
  • Rice syrup
  • Molasses
  • Brown sugar
  • Confectioner’s powdered sugar
  • Corn syrup
  • Dextrose
  • High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
  • Invert sugar
  • Lactose
  • Malt syrup
  • Maltose
  • Molasses
  • Sucrose
  • White granulated sugar
  • Xylitol

Since refined sugar has no nutritional advantage, I opt for healthy alternatives that contain antioxidants and minerals as well. Here are some healthy swaps for cooking at home or to change sugar in your coffee with a more healthy option. Better yet, enjoy your coffee strong without added ingredients.

Coconut sugar is one of my favorite. It comes straight from the coconut nectar and doesn’t need too much processing.

Agave has become very popular It is made from the agave plant- it is very high in fructose so consumption should be moderate.

Maple syrup or honey have a lower glycemic index compared to sugar and contain lots of antioxidants which are beneficial to our health. Still should be used in moderations and better yet raw from a pure source.

Dates are my favorite way to sweeten a dessert recipe. They are healthy and come straight from nature.

Stevia, advertised as zero calorie, stevia comes from a leaf and they make a powder out of it or a liquid from. It is much sweeter than sugar so it should be used in moderation. Personally the taste is very different so it alters the recipes.

Monk fruit: the new in! People are starting to talk more and more about monk fruit. It comes from a plant from Asia and is naturally sweet. Much sweeter than sugar so it should be used in fewer quantities.

In general, I would recommend doing a detox from sugar for 1 or 2 weeks. Staying off all types of sugar to reset your taste buds and get used to being satisfied with less sugar. Your body will go back to appreciating the natural flavors without having to add anything extra. Plus, people who do these detoxes loose weight, clear up their skin, and improve their digestion. What an overall, healthy win.

Source: Casa de campo living

Oct 11, 2017

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La Romana: The Country’s City of Sugar

The province of La Romana, on the country’s eastern region, offers visitors a long list of attractions, excellent cuisine, and a wide menu of exciting tours.

Short History of La Romana:

During the final years of the 19th century the Port of La Romana was officially inaugurated. Its strategic and geographical importance, and the impressive jump in the town’s commercial activities, led the government to concentrate and eventually begin to build what is now the city of La Romana.

In 1911, the South Puerto Rico Sugar Company opened the “Corporacion Central Romana,” the company responsible for the growth of the once small village.
The sugar company was also responsible for the town’s first tourism projects. In 1974, Casa de Campo – one of the Caribbean top luxury resorts – opened its doors for the first time.

In 1980 the complex inaugurated its “Altos de Chavon” cultural center and, in the year 2000, the city opened its first international airport.

Years later, the cruise ship industry discovered La Romana. The first cruise ships arrived in 1992 with the arrival of the “Costa Clasica” cruise ship at Catalina Island, situated a few miles off the coast of La Romana.

In 2002 the city’s official Tourism Pier opened, annually ushering in thousands of tourists from all over the world to the city.

La Romana, because of its world-class sugar industry, its lifestyle and its tourism projects, is a “sweet” town to visit.

Cultural Tours

Altos de Chavon Regional Archaeological Museum. The tour offers visitors a historic, cultural and literary tour of the region.

Folklore Academy of Dominican Music and Dance. The academy offers visitors classes on some of the most important dances of the Dominican Republic.

“La Casa del Artesano y Artesana de La Romana” (La Romana’s Artisan’s Workshop). This special center brings together local artisans, where 90% of all members are independent artisans who offer visitors their innovative products.

Santa Rosa de Lima Temple. Construction on this beautiful temple concluded on June 24, 1906. Its history is closely linked to the people of La Romana. The church holds annual religious, cultural and sports-related events during August 22-30.

Santa Rosa de Lima Cultural Village. The cultural center is situated next to the port of La Romana.

Corporación Central Romana. Special tours take the visitor through this world-class agricultural and tourism-related company, which began operations in the town of La Romana in 1912. Today, it is the country’s most important sugar-producing company.

Duarte Central Park. The town’s main square, also known as Central Park, features a statue of Juan Pablo Duarte, the Dominican Republic’s founding father. The park also features the “Path of the Immortals,” exhibiting the statues of Dominican baseball greats.

Garcia Cigar Factory Tour. The tour provides the visitor a complete walk-through of the cigar industry, beginning with the plantation and ending with a view of how some of the best cigars in the world are made.

Cigar Country Tours. Visitors will visit various cigar factories, some situated as close as five minutes from Casa de Campo.

Adventure Tours

Wild Ranch Zipline Canopy. This special tour begins with a 20-minute ride on an all-terrain vehicle to Wild Ranch, a special eco-friendly center that offers zip-line rides across the lush vegetation.

Ship Cruise to Saona Island. The boat tour will take visitors to the nearby island, situated off the coast of La Romana. The island is part of the National Park of the Eastern Region and is one of the country’s most important sanctuary for migrating birds.

Ron Barceló Factory Tour. The tour provides all the necessary information on how this famous Dominican rum is made.

Cueva de las Maravillas (Cave of Wonders). The cave is situated 25 meters underground and is 800 meters long. Visitors can walk through 240 meters of the beautiful cave.

Buggy Rides. The Crazy Wheels company offers wonderful tours through local sugarcane fields and along the Chavon River, where the classic movie Apocalypse Now was filmed.

Catalina Island. Also known as Serena, this beautiful white-sand island is also situated off the coast of La Romana, and is part of the National Park of the Eastern Region.

Source: Access DR

Sep 19, 2017

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Nispero: A small deliciously sweet fruit!

The níspero, or how most of you might know it by the Dominican “loquat,” is a small seasonal fruit that is brown-skinned with a reddish pulp and long black seeds. This fruit is soft and very sweet with a distinctive flavor, while its flesh has a unique texture and can be peeled and eaten right of the tree. This tropical fruit contains 14 percent sugar which makes it great for making jams and preserves. When we eat fruit or any type of food for that matter, we don’t think about the numerous properties it has or the multiple benefits that can contribute to our body and health; we just eat it because we enjoy the flavor.

The níspero is a fruit of Japanese origin and depending on where it grows you will be able to see variations on how it looks. For example, here in the Dominican Republic, it’s brown with a textured skin, while in Japan, its has a yellow to orange colored-skin that is fuzzy but smooth. One of the advantages of consuming this fruit during the summer season is that it has a high water content in addition to various essential vitamins.  It has antioxidant properties, as well as soluble fiber (pectins), tannins, astringent substances and numerous aromatic substances such as organic acids (citric, tartaric and malic) in its pulp. Although rich in sugar, it is low in calories (with about fifty per one-hundred grams). It also has potassium and – in smaller quantity – magnesium, calcium and iron, as well as small amounts of vitamins B and C.

It is said that the first tree of loquat was brought by Columbus and can be found in the Santo Cerro, La Vega. It is a historical tree, but it is not only cultivated there, it can be found in different regions of the country— even here in Altos de Chavón. Its botanical denomination is Manilkara zapota or achra zaporta and belongs to the family of Sapotaceas, in which are the Mamey or Zapote. There are common names: Chicozapote, Níspero, Chico, Sapodilla, and Sapoti. It reaches about 20 meters in length with very low, rough branches. The leaves are sharp at the apex, thick, with the top dark green and shiny, and its flowers are white.

Níspero juice is used to make syrup or the pulp is added when baking for flavor. From the fruit, you can make made jams, preserves, tarts, soft drinks, wines and milk shakes! If you have a sweet tooth like we do, you might want to try making a níspero jam or preserve; see below for ideas from The Old Farmers Almanac . We hear that instead of adding lemon to the preserve, some people add rum… Enjoy!

  • Wash and remove the stems or cores, if any. Peel the fruit, if necessary. Remember: for jams, cut up or mash the fruit. For preserves, use whole fruits or cut them into large chunks.
  • Make jam or preserves in small batches. This way, the fruit will cook quickly and the color and flavor will be better preserved.
  • For every cup of fruit, add ¾ cup of sugar. (Note: four cups of fruit makes a very manageable batch, so you would need 3 cups of sugar)
  • If you are using ripe or particularly sweet fruit, add 1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice. The acid from the lemon juice will help the jam or preserve thicken.
  • Scorching is more likely to happen to jams and preserves, so in order to avoid that dilemma, stir your mixture often for 15-40 minutes, depending on the fruit. Scorching can ruin an otherwise delicious jam or preserve but is very easy to prevent.
  • To test your jam or preserve to see if it’s done, take a spoonful out of your kettle, and if it holds its shape after about a minute, your jam or preserve is ready to jar.

Source: Casa de Campo Living

Sep 12, 2017

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Places that Offer Excellent Dominican Dishes and Treats

If you are on vacation, discovering and exploring the Dominican Republic, you may easily add the following cities to the list of cities and towns where you can enjoy the best Dominican cuisine.  Cities such as San Cristobal, San Pedro, Samana, Bonao, La Romana, Santo Domingo, Bani, Moca and La Vega are known to have excellent restaurants.

Eggplant in Village of Cambita, in the Country’s Southwest Region

Situated on top of a beautiful mountain in San Cristobal Province, visitors will find the Aubergine Restaurant.

The restaurant’s menu has a wide variety of eggplant dishes, including eggplant sushi with salmon.

Address:  Kilometer 6.5, La Colonia, Cambita-Garabito, San Cristobal

For more information:  www.aubergine.com.do

Green Banana Pies in San Pedro de Macoris

This particular Dominican dish consists of a square green banana pie wrapped in banana tree leaves. It is one of the country’s most traditional dishes, especially for special holidays such as Christmas.

For one of the finest “pasteles” in the country, there’s no place like “Amable Pasteles En Hojas,” a restaurant that specializes in this particular dish. It also offers the dish made of yellow bananas and other Caribbean vegetables.  The pies are stuffed with chopped beef or chicken.

Address: Calle General Cabral, next to the Parque Duarte, San Pedro de Macoris

For more information: www.amablepastelesenhojas.com

Coconut Bread in North Coast Town of Samana

“D’ Vieja Pan Inglés” is a long-established pastry shop that specializes in traditional dishes from this north coast region.

The pastry shop is known for its English Bread, Coconut Pie and Corn Bread, among others.

Address: Carretera Samana-Las Galeras, # 51.

Telephone: 829-664-1200

Lebanese-Syrian Cuisine

If you are traveling to the country’s central region, then a must stop must be at “Kiko’s Restaurante,” famous for its Middle Eastern kippes, brought to the country by Lebanese and Syrian immigrants.

The restaurant features crab, conch shell, goat, shrimp, octopus, and rabbit-stuffed kippes.

Address: Duarte Highway

Telephone:  809- 525-4960

In the country’s Eastern region, in the town of La Romana and in the Coral Highway, travelers will enjoy the delicious menu prepared by “Shish Kabab,” one of the finest restaurants in the region.

Also on the top list of favorites: seafood soup, fresh seafood, and typical Dominican dishes.

Telephone: 809-556-2737

Bonao: in the Country’s Central Region

For lovers of authentic Dominican dishes the “Típico Bonao” Restaurant, situated in the town of Bonao, offers the best Dominican breakfast treats – such as mashed green bananas, fried cheese and eggs – as well as many other typical dishes.

There are two “Tipico Bonao” restaurants in the town.

Address:  Duarte Highway, Kilometers 83 and 85

Telephone: 809-296-6000

Also in Bonao, travelers on Duarte Highway will find “Miguelina’s,” a typical cafetería offering the best Dominican deserts and other typical dishes.

Address:  Kilometer 91, in the town of La Ceiba.

Mashed Green Bananas in Central Town of Moca

One of the town of Moca’s most popular restaurants is “Mi Terraza,” a typical restaurant that offers the famous “Mofongo,” which consists of mashed green bananas or yucca.

The Mofongo may be accompanied by a whole series of side dishes.

The restaurant is also known for fried treats such as chicken cracklings and fried Dominican sausages.

Address: Moca-La Vega Highway, Kilometer 1.5

Telephone: 809-822-1347

Also in Moca, a town situated 15 minutes south of Santiago – the country’s second largest city – visitors may visit “Mofongos y Carnes Juan Pablo.”

Address:   Calle 26 de julio #56

Telephone: 809-578-2024

Dominican Corn Pudding in Southwest Town of Bani

Whether cold or hot, the “Majarete” – or Dominican corn pudding – prepared in the “Plaza del Maiz,” or Corn Plaza, is the symbol of this beautiful region.

At the Plaza “corn lovers” will find the most delicious and innovative treats made with corn. Another important treat at the Plaza is the Sweet Potato Fritters.

Address:  Quijaquieta, Peravia-Salinas Highway

Dominican Empanadas in Santo Domingo

Known locally as “catibias,” these empanadas are made of yucca.

In Santo Domingo, the best “catibias” are found at the “Meson de Bari,” in the Colonial Zone, one of the finest restaurants in the city’s Colonial Zone.

Address: Calle Hostos #302, Colonial Zone

Telephone: 809-687-4091

The “catibias” at the Adrian Tropical Restaurant make for wonderful entrees, as well as other popular Dominican dishes.  There are four Adrian Tropical restaurants in Santo Domingo.

Addresses:

Avenida George Washington

Telephone: 809-221-1764

Avenida Nuñez de Caceres

Telephone: 809-565-9236

Avenida Abraham Lincoln

Telephone: 809-566-8373

Avenida Independencia

Telephone: 809-508-0025

Dominican Cuisine in La Vega

“El Zaguan” Restaurant, in the central town of La Vega, is also a perfect stop for excellent Dominican dishes.

Address:  Avenida Pedro A. Rivera

Telephone: 809-573-5508

Source: Access DR

Sep 5, 2017

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Yucateke Park Features Pre-Columbian Cultural Artifacts

The “Yucateke Macao” theme park, featuring important symbols of the Taino culture – the original inhabitants of the island – is one of the most recent attractions added to the Punta Cana tourism region.

Thousands of national and international tourists visit the park to become familiarized with the culture and traditions of the Tainos.

The term “Yucateke” was the word used by the Tainos to point out the most important village in the region, and the place where the most important celebrations took place.

The goal of the park is to recreate the culture of the Tainos who lived in what is now the Punta Cana region.

Visitors will also have the opportunity of experiencing life in a small Dominican farm, enjoy a typical Dominican meal and enjoy a refreshing dip in some of the nearby fresh-water pools found in nearby caves.

The Yucateke is situated in the region of Macao, just minutes from Punta Cana and Bavaro, home to some of the region’s most important agricultural farms.

In the ceremonial plaza guests will be able to enjoy a traditional Taino ceremony, with dances and songs.

Source: Access DR

Aug 18, 2017

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Dominican Cocoa is the Best in the World

The “Hispaniola” chocolate bar, made with organic cocoa beans from the Dominican Republic, recently won the coveted “Golden Bean Award” presented in London.

The contest brings together the best cocoa producers in the world.

The hand-made “Hispaniola” chocolate bar is produced by the Almonte’s Tiny Hummingbird Chocolate Company, and using only Dominican organic cocoa.

The Dominican chocolate topped the products presented by other world-class chocolate manufacturers, such as Akesson from England, Amedei from Italy and Michel Cluizel from Francia.

The winning chocolate bar is produced by the Almonte’s Tiny Hummingbird Chocolate, which uses only Dominican organic cocoa. The company is based in Ottawa, Canada.

More than 580 chocolates from all over the world participated in the event, evaluated by more than 40 world-class experts.

The award is sponsored by the Chocolate Academy in London, where the Hispaniola chocolate bar – which won its first award in 2016 – beat some 14 other participants.

Source: Access DR

Aug 11, 2017

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10 things you might not know about Cassava (Yuca)

By Heather Lincoln

Have you ever thought about how cool cassava is? Widely grown throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, this popular root vegetable is a staple in the Dominican diet. The Dominican Republic’s tropical climate makes an excellent environment for its growth and because of cassava’s versatility and tolerance, it has been revered since the Taino, Carib, and Arawak population.

Here are 10 things you might not know about cassava:

  1. Cassava can take up to 18 months to harvest and needs 8+ months of warm weather to grow. It does best in full sunlight.
  2. Cassava is able to tolerate drought and grow in poor soil, and naturally resists pests and plant disease.
  3. It can be stored for two years in the ground without rotting!
  4. Cassava is known by many names including yuca, manioc, mandioca, yucca root, casabe, and tapioca.
  5. People with dietary constraints will appreciate that cassava is gluten-free, grain-free and nut-free.
  6. The ways to make cassava are numerous— boil, bake, steam, grill, fry or mash it, as well as add it to stews!
  7. There are two varieties of cassava – sweet and bitter. Bitter cassava is processed into breads, pastries and cakes.
  8. Cassava is high in calories and carbohydrates.
  9. The American Cancer Society warns that people with a latex rubber allergy might be more susceptible to an allergy to cassava.
  10. Cassava should never be eaten raw — it contain traces of cyanide that can be deadly! The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is helping to breed cassavas with less cyanide.

When properly prepared, cassava poses no problems to your health. It needs to be soaked, dried, and cooked. Because of its long life-cycle and easy agriculture, cassava can act as a source to help prevent hunger in impoverished communities. Delicious in many forms, it’s often eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s no wonder why we find so many ways to enjoy it!

Source: Casa de Campo Living

June 29, 2017

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