BACANA MAGAZINE hotel occidental punta cana
BACANA MAGAZINE hotel occidental punta cana
BACANA MAGAZINE hotel occidental punta cana
BACANA MAGAZINE hotel occidental punta cana
Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato or Potato. The semantics of a tuber

From the fun afterpains surrounding the discovery of the new world, perhaps the funniest, the most tangled (leaving aside the erroneous geolocation which confused the Indies for America) is the one surrounding the humble sweet potato.

Cashew

Cashew, the seed that wanted to see the world

Legend has it that a sunny spring morning a Fairy walking through the woods. There was a slight breeze and the first rays of sunshine passed through leafy trees.

Plantain

The plantain

It is said that the only thing worse than bad health is bad reputation. Without knowing why, the history of gastronomy is full of foods which reputation has varied by chance from good to bad depending on people, place and specific time.

Domplines

Domplines, the little roll Cocolo

What would have happened to the Dominican Republic without the sugarcane? What would we be without these sugar mills, refineries or delicious “romo drink”?

Papaya

Papaya, The Fruit of Love

Legend has it that the papaya comes from an impossible love, jealousy, revenge, rage of a spiteful man.

Lemon

Lemon

The Royal Navy has given it a medal, and all sailors of the world will be really grateful for that. James Lind realized that the addition of some lime juice to sailor diet helped to ward off the scurvy. Halfway through the XVIII century, the Scottish doctor was on board of Salisbury.
Malagueta

Malagueta, one spice using thousand nicknames

Jamaica pepper , Tabasco pepper, Chiapa pepper, guayabita, amomí, Myrtus Pimenta, clove or clavileña; pimienta gorda, pimienta dulce, allspice, pimienta coronada, pimienta de Thevet and pimienta dioica. A spice has never had so many nicknames, and a fragrance so wonderful.

Eggplant

Avocado, the fruit that goes beyond times

Experts say that the avocado was among the first flowering trees that populated the earth, which had become extinct millions of years ago

Chinola

Chinola, the fruit of genuine passion

It often happens, I think, that sometimes we are so convinced of something, even if it is not true, that to find out the truth brings disappointment.

Mamajuana

Mamajuana, the Dominican aphrodisiac myth

Experts explain that when we eat not only incorporate into our body the nutrients needed to continue living; but also take in a range of social, historical, cultural or identity elements. This is the complexity and richness of the eating act.

BALICANA, Fusion of flavors

BALICANA, Fusion of flavors

Southeast Asian Cuisine

A professional training in cooking school in Colombia joined them over 20 years ago. Since then Patricia and Sinuhe have come a long way through the experiences lived in the hospitality industry. They were tilling their career in different countries, which certainly expands the horizon of minds. Fate brought them to Punta Cana where they have already taken root. But no one better than themselves to tell this gastronomic journey:

Gastronomic Ambassador, Martín Omar

Gastronomic Ambassador, Martín Omar

Martín Omar was appointed Dominican Republic’s Gastronomic Ambassador at Madrid Fusión 2016, for being the first Dominican chef to participate on stage.

CHEF TITA The kitchen as a weapon of change

CHEF TITA The kitchen as a weapon of change

She has dedicated more than a decade to the investigation of the origins, influences, native products and Dominican culinary customs. For this reason, she proudly holds the title of “Ambassador of the New Dominican Cuisine”, a sociocultural movement. Inés Páez Nin, known as Chef Tita, is a leader of this trend that she enthusiastically declares and describes with passion when we ask her about it: “it’s about transforming through food, teaching with food, transmitting stories about what is behind each product, exalting the local, what is ours. A kitchen full of personality” Tita says, an alias that comes from Inesita, which is her mother’s name too and who called her like this because she is the little one.

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