HAVANA, CUBA

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Cuba is the largest country in the Caribbean. Both Spanish colonists and African culture formed the foundation of Cuban cuisine.
 
Because of Cuba’s climate, tropical fruits and root vegetables (malanga, potatoes, and yucca) are incorporated in many dishes. A number of dishes include seafood as it is readily abundant on the island. Other popular starchy foods are plantains, bananas, and rice.
CLASSIC DISHES TO EAT
Ropa Vieja  •  Arroz con Pollo 
Chiviricos  •  Fufu de Platano 
Medianoche Sandwich  •  Fricase de Pollo
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SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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As a former Spanish colony, the local cuisine shows a strong Spanish influence, but it also has roots in African and Taino (the indigenous population) traditions. Dominican cuisine shares similarities with several other Latin American cuisines, particularly Puerto Rican and Cuban.

While many dishes tend to focus on meat and starches (mainly rice), fruits and vegetables also play an important role in Dominican cuisine. In fact, almost every cafe serves a wide selection of freshly prepared tropical fruit juices. 
CLASSIC DISHES TO EAT
Sanchocho  •  Mangú (Plantain Mash)
Mofongo  •  Arroz con Leche
La Bandera Dominicana •  Empanada
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