Breakfast in Santo Domingo

I’ve had incredible Dominican style breakfast here in NYC, and was eager to experience it on the island itself. My guide, Ninotchska Estevez alerted me to a spot called Panaderia Sum, which was recently renovated, and offered a good Dominican breakfast. The panaderia, located at the corner of  Winston Churchill Avenue and Jose Contreras Street, features row after row, and tray after tray of delicious fruit filled turkitos or, turnovers , budines (dense bread pudding), and fritters like quipe and arepitas.Turkitos ……………………………………………….. BudinArepas de Yuca with Cheese………………………. Volcancito cakeand QuipeThe hot table offered Dominican style eggs, scrambled with onions, sweet peppers, and ham, mangu de platano with pickled red onions, and Dominican salami.Dominican eggs w/ salami …………………….Mangu with Pickled onionsLet’s wash this down with some delicious Dominican coffee, and I’d say that’s a great breakfast. SUM also provides a variety of traditional baked goods.CortaditoDominican Pan de Agua………………….. Savory sesame crackerTraditional Dominican Raisin loafOur next jaunt was to Adrian Tropical, which is a family owned business that has a number of locations. The consensus was that the Adrian on Lincoln Avenue, was the best, so we headed over there. The food is supposedly very “homey” and traditional, and I’ve been jonesing for a bowl of Dominican Mondongo (a tripe and root veletable stew), so this seemed like a logical choice.Adrian TropicalThe entrance counter The view from upstairsI can tell you right off the bat that this was not a disappointment. We started out with a cup of delicious, thick Sancocho, made with beef, chicken, and pork, and from there we moved to the Camarofongo (shrimp mofongo), traditional mofongo, Lambi Guisado (braised conch), Mondongo (tripe and root vegetable stew), and Masitas de Cerdo (crispy deep fried pork cubes). Each dish was homey and satisfying, well seasoned and authentic.Sancocho………………………………………….. CamarofongoTraditional Mofongo………………………………. MondongoLambi Guisado with vegetablesMasitas de Cerdo with saladThe only thing to do after a lunch like this, is to head home for a refreshing shower and a little siesta. I was scheduled to do a demo at the local mall that evening, where they tape a cooking show , GourmetFacil, with Chef Leandro Diaz. I’ll talk all about that and a meal to be remembered, after my siesta! 😉

12 Responses to “Breakfast in Santo Domingo”

  1. 1 Vanessa August 7, 2007 at 9:25 pm

    Daisy, Thanks so much for sharing such wonderful stories and the beautiful pictures of the Dominican Republic. I’ve never thought about going there for vacation, but after seeing your photos, I would love to go there someday. That mofongo (my favorite) looks amazing! Keep the stories coming! Vanessa
    P.S. I haven’t seen El Cantante yet, and I’m a huge Marc Anthony fan, but I’m so disappointed to read all the reviews so far. With so much amazing material, it’s unbelievable they messed it up!

  2. 2 Teresa August 9, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    Where Panaderia Sum located?

  3. 3 daisy August 16, 2007 at 10:42 pm

    Dear Vanessa:

    It is a must! You need to travel to the DR..

    Keep us posted, and get back to us if you need culinary references on the DR..


  4. 4 daisy August 16, 2007 at 10:43 pm

    Dear Teresa:

    SUM has a couple of locations all over Santo Domingo..

    Top of my head, the main one is located on Avenida 27 de Febrero..


  5. 5 daisy August 17, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    Hola Vanessa,
    I am so thrilled that you have gotten bit by the Quisqueya bug! It really was a lovely trip, the food and the people are amazing.
    I know what you are saying about the movie…like I said in my post, I SO wanted to love the movie. Oh well, I hear that India (The singer) is trying to put a film about him together.
    Hasta pronto,

  6. 6 juan April 17, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    teresa……..muy bonito y atractivo lo de la panaderia sum pero………no tines direccin ni numero de tel.

  7. 7 daisy April 22, 2008 at 10:05 am

    Querido Juan:

    La SUM que visitamos esta en la esquina de la Avenida Winston Churchill y Calle José Contreras en Santo Domingo, Republica Dominicana..



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