"The food, though too highly seasoned, was lighter and more appetizing than anything I had tasted in Jamaica."

Jamaican Jerk Chicken
Creative Commons AttributionJamaican Jerk Chicken - Credit: Naotake Murayama
 Dominican cuisine is milder than spicy Jamaican cuisine, although both use local spices heavily.  Much of the spiciness of Jamaican food is due to Indian influences, following the British import of Indian labour in the 19th century. Jamaican food is also notoriously hearty.