So the D.R. has lots of fresh squeezed juices. You can go to the supermarket and watch them squeeze the juice daily- there's no sugar added and its all natural. So I'm on a mission to try as many flavors as possible. The other day I went to the store and was perusing through my selections. There were lots of flavors I knew, like mango and cereza (cherry), but those wouldn't do for my first fresh juice experience. No, the juice I chose I had to be daring and mysterious and cool. I picked out a small jug with a light pinkish orange hue. It was labeled toronja. "Ooooh," I thought, "Toronjo, that's a cool name, and look how pretty." I paid for my toronja, quite pleased with myself and opened it immediately once I arrived home. I didn't even bother with a glass, because who has time to bother with such things when they are holding an exciting mystery juice in their hands. I took a big gulp....and then nearly spit it back out. Grapefruit juice. Blah! Live and learn!
I'm just straightening out some tricky little mistakes I commonly mistake in Spanish with regards to ser, estar, and bueno.
When referring to food you are eating right now, use "está bueno." Ex: La sopa está buena. The soup is good.
When referring to food in a general sense, use "es bueno". Ex: La sopa es buena. Soup (in general) is good (as in good for you).
When referring to a person, use "está bueno/a" to say that someone is good-looking or sexy. Ex: Esa chica está buena. That girl is sexy.
When referring to a person, use "es bueno/a" to refer to their personality. Ex: Esa chica es buena. That girl is good (as in a good person).
Casabe: a flat Dominican bread made of cassava (a.k.a. yuca) flour. Featured above.
Yuca: A tropical root vegetable common in Dominican cooking. Kind of tastes like a potato.....but gummier? So hard to describe! Featured above.
BTW: this was my Dominican meal for the night. I bought it at a roadside "parilla" or grill and took the leftovers to finish at home (I didn´t want to stay late and be caught out after dark, which can be a sketchy situation when you are by yourself). So actually, this is just half of my meal, the other half I finished at the restaurant. For 200 pesos, about 5 dollars, I was able to get a side of casabe, a side of yuca, and a large pincho (kebab). Of course the wine is separate, and my only drinking vessel was a mug, but it was still tasty)