Ballantyne Magazine

SUMMER 2017

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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Ballantyne's Premier Family Practice Deborah J. Aten, DDS Anthony M. Garofalo, DDS (704) 540-4252 3420 Toringdon Way, Suite 310 AtenGarofaloDental.com Make your appointment today the company created the not-for-profit Puntacana Ecologi- cal Foundation, donating more than 1,500 acres to create an ecological park, reserve and research facility. Environmental initiatives feature programs protecting the population of the indigenous Ridgway Hawk, coral reef preservation and expansion, sustainable aquaculture in farming tilapia and a fascinating beekeeping project, where protected hives yield not only forest honey but the rare royal jelly as well. Dining Dominican cuisine is carefully curated with the fresh- est tropical produce, just-caught seafood and locally raised proteins prepared with colorful island flair. Shrimp sautéed in coconut sauce, served with pigeon peas rice, is a fine example of a traditional Dominican dish offered at La Yola, a marina-side, open-air restaurant under a giant thatched hut called a "palapa." The perfectly cooked sweet pink shrimp are bathed in a slightly spicy, slightly briny coconut broth and served on a bed of sticky rice. Service is attentive, yet measured with knowledgeable staff to guide you through the offerings. Remember to enjoy a cold Presidente, the fine Dominican lager that pairs well with the area's hearty fare. Save a visit to Bamboo for your last night in Punta Cana. The restaurant's Mediterranean-Dominican creations are inspired, and the harborside setting is cozy and intimate. Diners may enjoy a playful amuse-bouche from the chef and then be tempted with the likes of mango gazpacho with salmon tataki and pineapple froth, mushroom risotto with Parmesan foam and Caribbean lobster, grilled or baked. Be forewarned — visiting Punta Cana is not without one significant downside. The return flight home always comes faster than you wish. Jessica Weill enjoys time on a catamaran with her brother and nephew as they sail to Saona Island. Photo courtesy of Jessica Weill BALLANTYNE SUMMER 2017 85 Escape

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