Dominican Republic Trip: The Food!

Hi friends! I’m back for my second Dominican Republic press trip recap (if you missed my first – check that out: Running in the Dominican Republic)! Before I share details about the fitness/outdoorsy adventures we got into, I wanted to highlight the food. We had some awesome meals (and snacks, like this tasty fresh-from-the-coconut water) while there!


Breakfast Highlights

My favorite breakfasts were the ones where we had more traditional Dominican food, because I love sampling the local cuisine when I travel! When we stayed at the Sea Horse Ranch, a woman came to our villa to make us breakfast in the morning, Dominican-style!


This is Mongú, a traditional Dominican side dish comprised of plantains mashed with salt, lemon, and butter, and topped with sautéed onions. So good!


I had it on our first morning at Casa Colonial hotel as well!


Lunch Highlights

We had a lot of fun lunches, but one of the big highlights was on our first full day there, when we hit up a cool place on an island called Wilson’s Bar and Restaurant.



Since it was on an island, you had to take a little boat there! Loved it.


We started with some piña coladas… doesn’t get fresher than this!


The food was served family-style. Fried fish (that was literally caught right next to us) and chicken, plus some unpictured rice and salad!



It was SO good, and we enjoyed it with a view of some kite surfers. I’d love to try kite surfing sometime – have any of you guys done it before? Looks hard!


We also had a tasty veggie-filled lunch at Casa Mami, which was located at the Extreme Hotel in Cabarete (more on that in the adventure post)!



I especially loved this refreshing mint, cucumber, and lime juice!


Another lunch highlight in the town of Cabarete was at a place called Fresh Fresh Café.


This reminded me of some of my favorite cafes at home – health-focused and delicious! I had a couscous salad with all sorts of veggies, beans, and avocado. Yum!


And a cookie for good measure. It had chia seeds in it, but otherwise tasted like a normal oatmeal cookie – my fave. :)


The final lunch highlight was a traditional Dominican lunch that we enjoyed after our canyoning adventure (again, more on that soon). I LOVE rice/beans/chicken. So good!


Dinner Highlights

One night we headed into Cabarete for dinner on the beach at a place called Papi.


It was PACKED – we went on Friday night, which was also Independence Day in the Dominican Republic, so everyone was out and about for the holiday!


It was really dark so I didn’t get great photos of the food, but we did family-style again and all shared some rice and seafood. Delish! I also had an unpictured salad to get in some greens… and a beer. The local Presidente! :)



The last highlight I wanted to be sure to feature was dinner at the Beach Club at Seahorse Ranch. Check out these views!


That hut is the dining room – talk about a spectacular location!


Here I am dressed up with my blogger partners in crime – from left: Sarah, Gina, and Taralynn.


The dining room was open air and gorgeous!


Once again it was super dark so I didn’t get many food photos – just this one of the appetizer that Gina and I shared. Prosciutto FTW!


Whew! That was a lot of deliciousness in one post. Stay tuned for my final recap – the fitness adventures we got into! Another big thank you to the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism for having me. :)


  1. 1

    how fun! we went to the dominican republic in december for our honeymoon and had absolutely the best time. it’s such a beautiful country!

    • 2

      Awesome! It reminded me a lot of Costa Rica where Matt and I went for our honeymoon. We did similar adventure/outdoorsy stuff, and the food was similar, too! Loved it! Where did you go in DR?

      • 3

        we were in punta cana. we did a few nights at the westin (absolutely beautiful and super private – perfect for honeymooning) and then finished w/a few nights at an all inclusive (definitely way more crowded but lots of fun activities). there were tons of kite surfers on our beaches as well!

  2. 4

    Haha that’s just how my fish looked when I went to Brazil and ate at a little place on the beach. The heads kind of freaked me out, but I got over it. Again, it looks like you had a great time and all that foods looks amazing. How did you get picked to go on this fantastic adventure??

  3. 6

    I love that all of the food looks so FRESH! :)

  4. 7
    Libby Oed says

    Wow looks like the most amazing trip! It looks like such a beautiful place and the food sounds incredible! So different to anything I have tried before but it sounds delicious! I have been kite surfing several times this summer and it is so much fun!! I totally recommend it! I did find it pretty tiring but I was having such an awesome time that I almost didn’t notice. You should definitely give it a try if you ever get the chance!

  5. 11

    Ahhh.. I need that in my life!

  6. 12
    Lauren Majdosz says

    Kite surfing is awesome! My boyfriend and I have been doing it for 5 years or so – we learned in the outer banks which is one of the best places to learn because of the shallow flats. We are actually going to Turks and caicos primarily for the Kiteboarding ☺ It does have a steep learning curve but it’s way easier on the body than wake boarding or water skiing.

    • 13

      Matt and I go to the Outer Banks every summer for a week with our families – I might have to give it a shot this year! That’s good to know!

  7. 14

    All that seafood and fish looks amazing!

  8. 15

    There are few things more delicious than fresh fish and tropical drinks! Can’t wait to hear about your adventures, every pic I saw from instagram looked insanely awesome!

  9. 16

    I love trying new things! and that food looks AMAZING! The DR is so beautiful! Looks like you had a fabulous time!

  10. 17

    It looks like you had a great time! I would love to get to the DR. I’ve been to a few other places in the Caribbean and Central America, but haven’t made it there yet.

    The mongu looks AMAZING. Plantains are one of my favorite things about Central American cuisine – I’ll have to try and recreate that dish at home!

  11. 18

    What beautiful and healthy food you found on your vacation! That lime drink has me salivating :-) I have a hard time finding food like that when I travel – I guess it’s time to venture from FL for sunshine in the winter. I hope you recreate some of those recipes and share them. Thanks for a bit of sun on yet another snowy day!

  12. 19

    Looks like a fun trip!!! Random question, but where did you get that navy dress with the flowers on it? It’s so pretty! :)

  13. 21
    Roadrunner says

    Looks like an awesome mix of food, fun, and fitness!

  14. 22
    John Nely Salvador Calcaño says

    Que bueno saber que le gusta nuestro país, siempre serán recibidos que las puertas abiertas. Ah y no es Mongú, es mangú. Jeje

  15. 23

    Wow, the Dominican food you posted looks really good. The picture of the couscous salad looks like something I would like to eat for lunch. I like that it has an assortment of veggies, beans, and avocado. Thanks for posting!


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