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Host: Rossy

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

USD
$22-$36 per person

Traditional Dominican cuisine with a charming grandmother in Santo Domingo

Host offerings
  • House
  • In-home meal
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit + Cooking class + Meal
  • Food tour

Meet Rossy

Rossy is a business administrator for a Montesorri school and lives with her daughter, a dentist. She and her husband own an organic cacao farm so her husband commutes a lot. Rossy is passionate about nature, people, reading, photography, art, dance, and growing orchids. She loves being a host so other people can know her Dominican culture and eat the delicious cuisine. When you go to the restaurants in the city rarely do they have Dominican food so she loves to serve it at home.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) Venture 10 minutes outside the Zona Colonial into the beautiful residential neighborhood of Gascue and dine with a charming local. Rossy lives in an apartment constructed by her grandfather, a lovely home whose walls are lined with her daughter's art as well as traditional Dominican plates featuring the works of famous Dominican artists. Don’t miss out on the beautiful orchids that she lovingly cares for or her dimpled smile as she serves you traditional Dominican food created from recipes passed down by her mother and mother-in-law.

Start off with a crunchy appetizer of casabe (yuca bread with a garlic, cilantro and cream cheese sauce) as you chat with Rossy in her living room. Then move to the dining table to enjoy an authentic sancocho (an exquisite stew of chicken, pork and a medley of root vegetables including the native Dominican tubers, ñame and yautia) served with with rice. Rossy mixes up the menu so you can get anything from asopao (a rice-based soup), mangu (mashed plantains), arroz con pollo (one-pot chicken and rice), habichuelas (beans) and platano frito (fried plantains). End the meal with homemade dulce de leche or dulce de coco and coffee, or email her in advance for her special hot chocolate made from her farm-grown cacao.

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Learn to cook 2-3 traditional Dominican dishes such as sancocho and platano frito (fried plantains) in Rossy's kitchen. You can expect to cook for about 1-2 hours before enjoying the meal with Rossy at her dining table.

Notes: Rossy is available to host dinner experiences daily but can only offer cooking and/or lunch experiences on weekends.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Traveler reviews

The cooking experience with Rossy, Emily and Nelson was the highlight of our trip to the Dominican Republic! We cooked delicious sancocho, we danced merengue and had a lot of fun with this warm and welcoming family. We will recommend Rossy's cooking experience to all of our friends!
- Andra

The experience I had with Rossy and Emily was among the highlights of 20+ years of traveling around the world. Along with a wonderful evening of learning how to make Dominican classics, Rossy and Emily shared their fantastic base sauce that makes all the difference and their great knowledge of Dominican culinary history and culture. When they realized I already knew how to make one thing they'd planned, they made a last minute shift to introduce me to something new! Their generosity, kindness, and love of great food ensured a delightful evening.
- Keja February 26, 2019

A wonderful Experience. Rossy and her daughter cooked and prepared the most delicious meal, a true Dominican authentic fresh and tasty meal, followed by a lovely desert and cafecito, the conversation and fellowship was most enjoyable. I highly recommended this experience to those who visit Santo Domingo in the Dominican republic
- Robert December 02, 2018

I had the most amazing experience cooking Dominican food with Rossy and her daughter Emily. They are very friendly, welcoming and hospitable. They taught me to cook some staple Dominican food like pollo guisado, arroz moro and baked bread fruit which was delicious.
- Jeremiah September 05, 2018

Rossy and Emily were the best hosts! Very involved in the project, open and kind people. We had a great time cooking with them, but also chatting, dancing and learning about Domician culture :) It was amazing experience!
- Marta & Laura May 09, 2018

Rossy and her daughter, Emily, were nice hosts to speak with about local culture. The sancocho was delicious and it was nice to find out that it is usually made on special occasions. Since it was my birthday, the family even brought out a candle and sang me happy birthday, and I was so touched. It was a great memory.
- SantoDomingoTraveller

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Rossy

$22-$36 USD

per person
100% VETTED
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  • 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Credit card is not charged until the host confirms your booking
  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$28 $24 $22
Cooking Experience + Meal
$36 $32 $30
Alcohol
$5 per person
Transportation
$22 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$28 $24 $22
Cooking Experience + Meal
$36 $32 $30
Alcohol
$5 per person
Transportation
$22 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm

Meet Rossy

Rossy is a business administrator for a Montesorri school and lives with her daughter, a dentist. She and her husband own an organic cacao farm so her husband commutes a lot. Rossy is passionate about nature, people, reading, photography, art, dance, and growing orchids. She loves being a host so other people can know her Dominican culture and eat the delicious cuisine. When you go to the restaurants in the city rarely do they have Dominican food so she loves to serve it at home.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) Venture 10 minutes outside the Zona Colonial into the beautiful residential neighborhood of Gascue and dine with a charming local. Rossy lives in an apartment constructed by her grandfather, a lovely home whose walls are lined with her daughter's art as well as traditional Dominican plates featuring the works of famous Dominican artists. Don’t miss out on the beautiful orchids that she lovingly cares for or her dimpled smile as she serves you traditional Dominican food created from recipes passed down by her mother and mother-in-law.

Start off with a crunchy appetizer of casabe (yuca bread with a garlic, cilantro and cream cheese sauce) as you chat with Rossy in her living room. Then move to the dining table to enjoy an authentic sancocho (an exquisite stew of chicken, pork and a medley of root vegetables including the native Dominican tubers, ñame and yautia) served with with rice. Rossy mixes up the menu so you can get anything from asopao (a rice-based soup), mangu (mashed plantains), arroz con pollo (one-pot chicken and rice), habichuelas (beans) and platano frito (fried plantains). End the meal with homemade dulce de leche or dulce de coco and coffee, or email her in advance for her special hot chocolate made from her farm-grown cacao.

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Learn to cook 2-3 traditional Dominican dishes such as sancocho and platano frito (fried plantains) in Rossy's kitchen. You can expect to cook for about 1-2 hours before enjoying the meal with Rossy at her dining table.

Notes: Rossy is available to host dinner experiences daily but can only offer cooking and/or lunch experiences on weekends.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Traveler reviews

The cooking experience with Rossy, Emily and Nelson was the highlight of our trip to the Dominican Republic! We cooked delicious sancocho, we danced merengue and had a lot of fun with this warm and welcoming family. We will recommend Rossy's cooking experience to all of our friends!
- Andra

The experience I had with Rossy and Emily was among the highlights of 20+ years of traveling around the world. Along with a wonderful evening of learning how to make Dominican classics, Rossy and Emily shared their fantastic base sauce that makes all the difference and their great knowledge of Dominican culinary history and culture. When they realized I already knew how to make one thing they'd planned, they made a last minute shift to introduce me to something new! Their generosity, kindness, and love of great food ensured a delightful evening.
- Keja February 26, 2019

A wonderful Experience. Rossy and her daughter cooked and prepared the most delicious meal, a true Dominican authentic fresh and tasty meal, followed by a lovely desert and cafecito, the conversation and fellowship was most enjoyable. I highly recommended this experience to those who visit Santo Domingo in the Dominican republic
- Robert December 02, 2018

I had the most amazing experience cooking Dominican food with Rossy and her daughter Emily. They are very friendly, welcoming and hospitable. They taught me to cook some staple Dominican food like pollo guisado, arroz moro and baked bread fruit which was delicious.
- Jeremiah September 05, 2018

Rossy and Emily were the best hosts! Very involved in the project, open and kind people. We had a great time cooking with them, but also chatting, dancing and learning about Domician culture :) It was amazing experience!
- Marta & Laura May 09, 2018

Rossy and her daughter, Emily, were nice hosts to speak with about local culture. The sancocho was delicious and it was nice to find out that it is usually made on special occasions. Since it was my birthday, the family even brought out a candle and sang me happy birthday, and I was so touched. It was a great memory.
- SantoDomingoTraveller

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Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$28 $24 $22
Cooking Experience + Meal
$36 $32 $30
Alcohol
$5 per person
Transportation
$22 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$28 $24 $22
Cooking Experience + Meal
$36 $32 $30
Alcohol
$5 per person
Transportation
$22 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
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