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The Dominican Republic is a small, Spanish-speaking nation in the Caribbean situated on the eastern part of the island of Hispaniola, with Haiti in the west. Dominicans are a typically Caribbean Creole mix of native Taino, European, African and even Middle Eastern peoples. This fascinating diversity is reflected in an surprisingly distinctive cuisine.
Plantains and a variety of tropical root vegetables provide the base for most Dominican meals. Chicken, beef and pork are all popular meats, finding their way into full-flavored soups and stews. Pernil, or pork marinated in garlic and roasted until meltingly tender, is a particular favorite. Fish and seafood is more prevalent along the coast. Popular fruits include mangos, pineapple and oranges.