¡Viva la República Dominicana!

We went to Los Hermanos Dominican restaurant in DC to celebrate my swearing in to the DC Bar!

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Not sure why I look like I have the fist of Sylvester Stallone, but the enthusiasm of actually being barred (por fin!) shines through!
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Gracias for the fun feast & support DC friends!!!

You can get a great feel for this place from this Google maps image. It’s kindof the best. It is owned by two identical twin brothers (hence “Los Hermanos”) and serves cafeteria-style Dominican food. The owners are about THE nicest people I have ever encountered. They told us that next time we come by to let them know & they’ll make special dishes just for our project.

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Gahhhhh Could they be any more precious???

After we finished our meal, they chased after us to give us some Dominican beer to taste.

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We gifted that to loyal PIG Project devotee Edmundo, but sheesh they were nice!!!

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They had mangu (smashed Dominican style plantains), bacalao (cod fish), arroz con gradules (rice with pigeon peas), tostones (twice fried plantains with a garlic mojo sauce), amarillos / maduros (fried sweet plantains), “Country Club” brand Dominican soda, and coquito (coconut candy)… ALL fantastic!

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Plenty of vegetarian options… always a +!!!

In 2012 I traveled to the Dominican Republic to work with Dominicans of Haitian descent who had been discriminatorily denied their citizenship there.

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Don’t be fooled by the serious look on my face, we were reading a children’s book on my laptop!

Statelessness is a huge problem in the Dominican Republic right now, but it is a beautiful country.

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Amazing beaches
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Beautiful capital city, Santo Domingo
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And, of course, lots of dancing!!!
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Me getting roped into Salsa dancing in a public square in Santo Domingo with a crazy old guy. Salsa escapades!

 

 

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