06: Cruising: The Caribbean
In search of chicharones

In search of chicharones

We spent a day exploring the town of Samaná. Actually, searching is a better term – we were searching Samaná: our mission was to find Bob this certain delicacy he has been talking about for the last three weeks: fried pork. Problem is, it’s not just any fried pork – you see, it’s fried pork rind – basically, fried fat. It is called chicharone. I know, I know, I’m thinking what you’re thinking – gross!! But apparently it is not disgusting- it is heaven, according to Bob. So, we are doing our best to find Bob his little slice of fat-and-calorie-rich heaven on the trash-strewn streets of Samaná.

This street vendor is selling coconuts and sugar cane. The sugar cane is the brown branch-looking things to the left. He peels the brown cover off to reveal the sugar cane beneath. We tried a piece – WAY too sweet.
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The guys! Bob, Stéphane, Steve.
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There are sweet, malnourished mutts everywhere in the DR. I usually ended up splitting most of my meals with them because I could do with a few less calories each day and they could certainly do with a few more.
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This boy was selling malabas – pear-shaped fruit with red skin and white flesh.
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Cool architecture.
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After walking around town with no luck, we called the search for fried pork off and settled on this place for lunch.
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Bob and his awesome hat (I’m trying to find one just like his for Stéphane). Stay thirsty, my friends.


We get a ride back to the marina by a motoconcho – this is a picture of what they look like. Now imagine one of these little things carrying FIVE adults uphill for several miles…
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It was a hoot!!




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Our motoconcho driver.

An unsuccessfull chicharone search, but a fun day nonetheless.










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