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Notes from a Local Scene: Sosua Getaway

When people “visit NY” they usually mean they’re visiting Manhattan. They probably don’t branch out to Brooklyn unless they’re visiting an old college roommate or rich aunt. But that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t… Enter Sosua, Dominican Republic. Chances are if you are flying to the north coast of Dominican Republic, you are staying at the “Manhattans” of DR’s north coast, the more popular Puerto Plata or Cabarete. But right in between Cabarete and Puerto Plato is Sosúa, another great beach town, that just like...

The West Village Playground Food Tour

I understand people who wouldn’t want to live in New York City: tons of traffic, crowded streets, parking hassles, outrageous rent. But I don’t understand them nearly as well as I understand the people who do want to live in what I commonly refer to as “the best city in the world.” We are lucky to live near the best city in the world so our visits home twice a year always include various trips to Manhattan. The visits with...

DR Guide: Eating My Way Through Cabarete

In honor of one of our readers who just recently moved to Dominican Republic, specifically to the awesome town of Cabarete, I thought I’d publish this piece today. Congratulations on the move… I think you’ll love it there! My favorite thing about vacation (and island living) besides umbrella drinks is eating. I love the possibility of new restaurants and that feeling I get when I open a new menu and find something delicious to rave about. Even better is when...

DR Guide: At the MercaSantoDomingo

  (Located on Autopista Duarte, La Guayiga. For directions, see google map at bottom.) As a mother I’m all about routine but as an individual, I’ll be the first to admit that after a while, the same thing gets tired and boring. If you ate peanut butter and jelly every day, you’d get tired of it, right? If you drank wine every day – whoops – no, not that one – that one doesn’t work there. Change is the seasoning of...

A Riddle, a Gem, a Best Friend

Here’s a riddle… What do all cities have that most tourists know nothing about?  Hidden gems.  Born and raised here until she was 5, my best friend, Laura, was the first person I called when we got this job. “You’ll never guess where we’re going.”“Dominican Republic.”  Oh, so she guessed it. She is my best friend after all.  A few weeks ago, we were talking about her upcoming trip to Dominican Republic. She is coming for a wedding and decided...

Soundtrack of My Life

This weekend was unbelievably unforgettable for so many reasons but none more than the ability to make whatever choice at whatever moment. One of the biggest pleasures of my weekend; however, was something I haven’t done in years: listen to music. As I sat at the pool, taking in the Caribbean sub, just me and my Baby Boy Bump, I plugged in my headphones – one end to my belly and the other end to my ears. I let myself sink into each song. At times,...

Girls’ Yoga Weekend: Las Galeras

Living on a tropical island comes with its perks. Besides the Caribbean Ocean, the fresh fruit, the palm trees, the laid back attitudes, the manageable lifestyle with nannies and maids – weekend trips are high on the list of perks. In truth, Husband and I haven’t taken many weekend trips with the constant pregnancy and newborn phases in constant rotation since we arrived to DR but this weekend that changes. The great Shayna friend organized a Girls’ Yoga Weekend Retreat. She...