The Butter Problem

Today we went to pick up a payment from one of my clients. It was a little bit far and time was tight so we decided we needed to take a car instead of a bus. A taxi would cost around 400 pesos or $12 round trip but one of my ex’s…

Boiled Egg Curry

Boiled Egg Curry   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 30 mins Total time 45 mins   Unusual dish for westerners but very tasty Recipe type: Main dish Serves: 4 Ingredients 5 Eggs Hard-boiled 3 Small Tomatoes Chopped 1 Onion Chopped Fine 2 Cloves Garlic Minced 1 Piece 1″ square of…

Indian Spices

Typically most Indian meals that we make use the following spices to taste: mustard seed paprika turmeric (mostly for color, use sparingly) garam masala ground coriander ground cumin black pepper fresh chili pepper salt Specialty dishes we will also use: green cardamon seed black cardamon seed coriander seed fenugreek seed cloves anise…

Halloween 2010 (Creatures of the Night)

So this year is the first Halloween for my kids who were born in the Dominican Republic and I’m going to miss it. Didn’t have a choice really — our long awaited visa interview is scheduled for 6am Nov. 3rd. I was going to fly out Nov. 1 but tickets jumped up…

Christmas Party at the British Ambassador’s House

So now that I had successfully renewed my ‘marbete’ and my car was now legal to drive on the Dominican streets (or as one witty friend said in response to me saying I was being blonde for waiting so long to renew my plates, that I was now a ‘legal’ blonde). so…

Snippets of Dominican Life: Seductive Randomness

Above: Variety of products in local supermarket In the Dominican Republic they love their bureaucracy. It was the annual tax on car plates ‘marbetes‘. I  knew I had to do it but I didn’t want to deal with it. Plus…money has been tight so I put it off. My mistake. I found…

A Day at the Botanical Gardens…

Sunday my friends Kevin and Susan invited me and several other friends to the Santo Domingo Jardines Botánicos (Botanical Gardens) to have turkey sandwiches. Well perhaps I should re-phrase that, it actually was Kevin’s idea, unbeknown to Susan, and as it turns out, there was no turkey left over anyway. I was…

Espectaculo Navideño!

Yesterday was the Christmas party at my children’s preschool: Maternal Montessori. The program is very good, the facility is very nice but the events they hold are nothing short of bizarre. I remember that I am in the Dominican Republic, a tropical country with Latin and African influences, where sexuality is part…

In the moment… Zen and the Dominican Republic

We never have control, it is an illusion, but in countries like the United States, the illusion is a powerful one. To be fully free of the illusion of control, to see the little man behind the curtain posing as the wizard, is an incredibly liberating experience. Come and live in the…

Snippets of Dominican Life: Disney Princess Party

Interspersed with journal-style ramblings, I have decided to start an ongoing series on my life here in the Dominican Republic beginning with one of the most bizarre events to take place: a child’s birthday party. My children are enrolled in a Montessori preschool here. I live basically on a middle class level…

History in the Making

So today is probably one of the most important historic moments of my lifetime — the 2008 presidential election where (I hope) the first African-American president will be elected. It is surreal being an ex-pat during this whole experience. It’s like I see my country both as my own and as a…

To Begin Por Fin

If I don’t just begin then there will never be the right moment, the right day, the right whatever to… just write something. I have recently discovered that I have become an addict of social networking. I have it set so that every day my browser opens to Facebook — where I…