Baseball or "Beisbol", as the Dominicans say, is the
national sport. There is no Dominican boy who does not
dream about being the next Sammy Sosa or Pedro Martinez,
the Dominican heroes of the US American Baseball League.
The Dominican cuisine is dominated by Creole, Spanish,
and African influences. Typical dishes are La Bandera,
consisting of white rice, red beans and roasted or fried
chicken, as well as Sancocho, a soup fea-turing seven
meats combined with different vegetables, yucca, and
Dominicans love snacks. You will always find a little
comedor close-by where tasteful dishes are appetizingly
arranged in the showcase, or a mobile snack-bar that
offers meat- and cheese-filled turnovers (empana-das, pastelito) or delicious freshly squeezed fruit juices.