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Our Favorite Halloween Tradition

Come on guys.. you didn’t think I’d forget about the Halloween Bucket, did you? The most treasured tradition of all our Halloween traditions? Heck, maybe the most treasured of all our traditions, period, exclamation point! Let me remind you, we recently moved. To a different country. Across an ocean. We let go of and wept over many things we couldn’t bring with us when we left the Dominican Republic. But do you know what was packed in suitcase #1… the...

Notes from a Local Scene ⎢⫸⩥⎢ A Tour of PALCCO

I’ll be honest. Of the traveling type, I’m a pretty lazy art culture traveler. Tell me about a bar or restaurant with the best taco al pastor or a great live band and I’m there. Mention a beach with a fish shack and legit piña coladas and I’ll be there before the sun comes up. But tell me about a museum or gallery or exhibit that I should check out and I’m probably flaking. Hey, we each have our style....

Notes from a Local Scene: Coffee Shop Love at La Despensa

It’s funny how you miss a lot of things when you get stuck in routines. Don’t get me wrong, I need routine in my life,  if I want to survive (especially as a mom) but there’s no doubt that routine can* kill adventure. Our house is a 10 minute, straight shot, walk to school. We go down the same road every day and it’s the quickest route so we don’t stray. Our house is also a 10 minute walk to...

SnapShots⎢⫸⩥⎢Sunday Brunch and a Stroll By Mercado México

When you’re still trying to find your footing in a new place, rituals or familiars are essential in keeping you grounded. Family pictures. Comfortable, worn in bedding. Holiday traditions. Maybe Pizza Movie Nights or Saturday morning breakfasts. Perhaps a new episode of Game of Thrones. White wine…with ice. And for our family of foodies, you could add brunch to that list....

30 Mexican Instagram Shots That Have Me Stoked about Mexico

We are in the midst of Dominican Heritage month here in DR, but for obvious reasons, I have Mexico on the mind. I’ve exchanged emails with another Jen in Guadalajara, asking questions and trying to build – as best I could – an understanding of what we’re getting ourselves into. I’ve searched around for blogs based in Mexico to get a feel for what life will be like there. And Instagram has me bubbling with anticipation. I searched hashtags like #culturamexicana...

SnapShots: Santo Domingo’s National Aquarium (Acuario Nacional)

I’ve come to understand – as best I can in six years – the delicate balance of the Dominican Republic. Natural, pristine beauty amidst littered streets. Tranquil beaches to feast your eyes upon with ear-piercing dembow as “background” music. Fresh fried fish ordered straight to your table in the sand with week old fish bones buried under your chair. The Acuario Nacional, the National Aquarium of Santo Domingo is no different. From the outside, you’d think there isn’t much to see, and...