Saturday, February 4, 2012

Weekend Cooking- A Barbados Food Feast

My husband and I celebrate our 25th anniversary this year, and along with his brother and his brother's wife (also celebrating 25 years), we took a trip to Barbados last week.

The weather in Barbados is perfect- 80 degrees every day, a nice breeze, and beautiful sunshine. My sister-in-law is curious as to why the sand is always cool to walk on, never too hot, but I don't know why- anyone have the answer?

Anyway, Barbados has some truly fantastic restaurants, and every one we went to, we thoroughly enjoyed. On Fridays, the town of Oistins hosts a Fish Fry. There are dozens of food stands and small restaurants lined up one after the other, most serving fish.

We went to Uncle George's, and even though we were told the wait in line would be about an hour (and it was), it was worth it. And besides, they take drink orders and bring you back a cold beverage while you wait. Banks Beer, the beer of Barbados, was a popular choice. (Don't try the Carib beer- it's not a winner.)

When we got to the front of the line, we placed our order for marlin, tuna and shrimp. Each fish is grilled and comes with cole slaw and a baked potato that is halved and grilled. Tartar sauce is served on the side. You make your way to a picnic table and dig in.

The fish was the best I have ever had! They brush on a seasoned oil when they grill, the same oil they brush on the potato. The big man working the grill was amazing; he had at least six different kinds of fish on the grill, plus the potatoes, and every piece of fish that came off that grill was cooked to perfection; not undercooked, not overcooked, just right. And it only cost $15.
Shrimp dinner at Uncle George's

Marlin dinner at Uncle George's


















The atmosphere was fun too. They had stalls where you could buy jewelry ( I got two beautiful bracelets), art work, and souvenirs and everything was $20. The setup reminded me of the New York State Fair.

On Saturday we drove up the west coast to The Tides restaurant. There is an art gallery when you first walk in, filled with beautiful Bajan art work for sale. We got to sit in the treehouse section of the restaurant, right on the beach.
The treehouse

The scenery was gorgeous, and the food was delicious. My husband enjoyed his drink, the Sea Monkey, which was like a martini with raspberries. My favorite dish of the night was the lobster risotto, which they topped with lobster bisque. My chicken entree came with Lemon Cous Cous, a Bajan specialty made with cornmeal. My brother-in-law had the catch of day blackened, and he pronounced it just spicy enough. I highly recommend the Tides for a special occasion.

On Sunday, we went to Champers, a restaurant we had been to previously. You sit outside, right over the water. You can even feel the splash of the water as it hits the rocks below.
Champers
My sister-in-law and I had the Crispy Vegetable Spring Rolls and Shrimp Mango Salad, both appetizers, as our meal. The spring rolls were so light and tasty, and the salad was so good, I made it for dinner when we returned home. It is a refreshing change of pace, and I found Bolthouse Tropical Mango Vinaigrette dressing at Fairway Market, so it was easy too.
Shrimp Mango Salad



My brother-in-law had the Parmesan Crusted Barracuda and it was his favorite meal in Barbados. Champers is very romantic, and overall, it had the best food. On the way home, our taxi driver told us he was going there next week for his birthday dinner. Always eat where the locals eat, they know best.

For lunch one day, we had the flying fish sandwich, a Bajan specialty. Everyone enjoyed them. My brother-in-law likes spicy foods, so he tried the Pepperpot, an Indian/Bajan specialty at the Waterfront Cafe. It was very spicy!

I brought home some Mango tea bags so I can have a little taste of Barbados in the afternoon. My brother-in-law brought home some Bajan hot sauce as a souvenir. 

It was an unforgettable trip, and if you have any favorite foods or restaurants in Barbados, be sure to share them in the comments section.

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20 comments:

  1. What an amazing trip -- and now you have me drooling. But this is what I'm really craving: "lobster risotto, which they topped with lobster bisque" or maybe that grilled shrimp dinner.

    Happy anniversary.

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  2. What a fantastic trip! All the foods sound amazing. Now I am really starving all of a sudden! Congrats on your 25th anniversary!

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    1. Thanks Carol, it was an unforgettable trip.

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  3. What a gorgeous trip. That treehouse restaurant is amazing.

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  4. Looks like a wonderful place! My husband would be in heaven as he loves seafood but this old girl orders chicken:)

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  5. Wow, Diane, that looks like an amazing trip! The beach and fresh seafood--my idea of heaven! Thanks for sharing such delicious-looking photos.

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  6. Wow, Diane, that looks like an amazing trip! The beach and fresh seafood--my idea of heaven. Thanks for sharing such delicious-looking photos.

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    1. I would say that Barbados is pretty close to heaven on earth.

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  7. Mouth is watering now and I just had lunch!

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    1. The food is really impressive there, so many great restaurants.

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  8. What a wonderful trip. It sounds like a foodie's paradise.

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  9. Beautiful photos! This looks like a wonderful vacation!

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    1. Thanks, Joyce. It is such a beautiful place to vacation.

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  10. that fresh fish looks so, so good!

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    1. Caite, it was the best fish I have ever tasted!

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  11. Congratulations on your anniversary! I loved the photos! And mango tea bags? Heavenly!

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    1. Thanks, Colleen- the tea is heavenly, I have a cup every afternoon.

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  12. That deck overlooking the ocean at Champers looks great!
    Congratulations on your 25th anniversary!

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