Sharing more Dominican republic adventures on this post (you can see part 1 f
eaturing plantain tostanes)! When we first arrived on the island, we were both exhausted. I had just taken my medical licensing exams, then we immediately jetted to Michigan for a friend’s whirlwind wedding. Then after just 3.5 hours of sleep, we took off to the Caribbean on the earliest flight to maximize our time there.
As soon as we got to our resort, we marveled at the beach, the food, the resort gardens and pools, activities/amenities for about 5 minutes before we passed out in our garden canopy bed for a much needed nap.
We wandered the beach for a while, which had one of the bluest oceans I had ever seen (contenders include Maui, Hawaii and Mykonos, Greece), before we went back to bed again.
Drinks were unlimited on the resort, so to celebrate, B and I ordered a pina colada, which we both love. If you can drink a lot, you can certainly get your money’s worth in all inclusive resorts! (B and I, alas, did not drink our worth since we’re super lightweights regarding alcohol… but B made up for it with the lobsters he devoured)
I ate endless fruit everyday, especially the pineapples and mangos which are harder to get in Connecticut. I kept eyeing the coconuts on the top of the palm trees everywhere on the resort. The one time I bought fresh coconuts in Connecticut, they actually turned out to be rancid -_-‘ so I’ve given up on eating them in the North. On the second to last day of our trip, we discovered that coconuts were unlimited – you just had to find a gardener to get the coconut and chop it with a machete for you.
After that, we ate so much coconuts! You can see pictures of our coconut drinks (and the ocean) on my instagram feed
. I still don’t know how the gardeners scale such high palm trees!
This recipe is for a pina colada smoothie, which is creamy and light and doesn’t have alcohol, although you can add if you wish of course. There’s a more classic, rum spiked pina colada
recipe on the blog (where you can read to find out the story of why I don’t drink much alcohol). The little umbrella is actually from the Dominican Republic, a little souvenir I brought back from the resort 🙂
Pina Colada Smoothie
1/2 cup fresh pineapple
1/2 can coconut milk
almond milk, to taste
ice, to taste
Add all the ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth. Adjust the milk and ice to desired thickness. Pour into your cup when ready to serve. Garnish with fresh pineapple and paper umbrella. Enjoy!