Eat local — Dominican Flavors: Tapas in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

A section of the old city wall, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

A section of the old city wall, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo, known officially as Santo Domingo de Guzmán, is the capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic and the largest city in the Caribbean by population.  In 2010, its population was counted as 965,040, rising to 2,907,100 when its surrounding metropolitan area was included. — Wikipedia

“La Capital” is the oldest permanent settlement in the Western Hemisphere, dating back well over 500 years.  Dating from 1496, when the Spanish settled on the island, and officially from 5 August 1498, Santo Domingo became the oldest European city in the Americas.

Empanadas at Pat's Palo Brasserie (said to be the oldest tavern in the New World), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Empanadas at Pat’s Palo Brasserie (said to be the oldest tavern in the New World), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Our walking tour of Santo Domingo mixed history with a toothsome introduction to local cooking.  Our “moveable feast” started, as pictured above, with empanadas at Pat’s Palo Brasserie, said to be the oldest tavern in the New World.  We then had a tapas sampling with sangria at Pura Tasca Tapas Restaurant.  Pictured below, our beautifully presented slate plate contained seared tuna, a cheese and Iberian ham croquette and a plantain and chorizo mixture (that looks like rice in the photo, on the left).

A tapas sampling with sangria at Pura Tasca Tapas Restaurant, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

A tapas sampling with sangria at Pura Tasca Tapas Restaurant, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

The Alcázar de Colón, or Columbus Alcazar, is the oldest Viceregal residence in America, and forms part of the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo World Heritage Site. The building houses the Museo Alcázar de Diego Colón, whose collection exhibits the Caribbean’s most important ensemble of European late medieval and Renaissance works of art, which were acquired in the 1950s. — Wikipedia

Alcázar de Colón, the home oriinally built for Diego Colón, son of "Christopher Columbus" in the historic Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Alcázar de Colón, the home oriinally built for Diego Colón, son of “Christopher Columbus” in the historic Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Dining room in the Alcazar de Colón, the home oriinally built for Diego Colón, son of "Christopher Columbus" in the historic Zono Colonial, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Dining room in the Alcazar de Colón, the home oriinally built for Diego Colón, son of “Christopher Columbus” in the historic Zono Colonial, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Exterior balcony at the Alcazar de Colón, the home oriinally built for Diego Colón, son of "Christopher Columbus" in the historic Zono Colonial, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Exterior balcony at the Alcazar de Colón, the home oriinally built for Diego Colón, son of “Christopher Columbus” in the historic Zono Colonial, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Decorative gate lock at the Alcazar de Colón, the home oriinally built for Diego Colón, son of "Christopher Columbus" in the historic Zono Colonial,  Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Decorative gate lock at the Alcazar de Colón, the home oriinally built for Diego Colón, son of “Christopher Columbus” in the historic Zono Colonial, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Faro a Colón (English — Columbus Lighthouse ) is a monument in tribute to Christopher Columbus (Cristóbal Colón)…  Construction began in 1986,… in time for the 500th anniversary of the Discovery of America, the monument was inaugurated in 1992….The monument’s lighthouse-style features projecting beams of light, forming a cross shape, which are so powerful they can be seen from neighboring Puerto Rico.  Containing what are purported to be the remains of Columbus, the monument is both a mausoleum and a museum showcasing objects including a boat from Cuba and Columbian jewelry. Constructed of concrete, the monument is 680 feet (210 m) long.  Its architecture is cross-shaped and represents the Christianization of America. — Wikipedia

Faro a Colón (English --  Columbus Lighthouse ) is a monument in tribute to Christopher Columbus (Cristóbal Colón),  Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Faro a Colón (English — Columbus Lighthouse ) is a monument in tribute to Christopher Columbus (Cristóbal Colón), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Our last tapas tasting was at Mesón de Bari where we sampled their savory cassava pasties.

Tapas at Mesón de Bari, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Tapas at Mesón de Bari, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

The Cathedral of Santa María la Menor in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo is dedicated to St. Mary of the Incarnation. It is the oldest cathedral in the Americas, begun in 1512 and completed in 1540. — Wikipedia

The Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor (the first cathedral built in the New World), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

The Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor (the first cathedral built in the New World), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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