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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Weekend Cooking- Some Great Meals in Barbados

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We have visited the Barbados for the past three years in January and it's a wonderful winter get-away. We chose a good time to get away this year- it was 12 degrees in NYC when we left!

It's always sunny and 86 degrees in Barbados, with a nice breeze blowing; the weather is truly perfect. The food is very good, and there are several terrific restaurants that we like to visit. We had dinner at The Tides and Champers as usual, but we added a few new places.

The first night we visited Tapas, which is right on the water, close to our hotel. The food was really good, lots of small plates to share (I had the shark fritters), and the highlight of the meal was my brother-in-law's Mixed Seafood Grill. They also had a nice wine list, though the service left something to be desired.
The Mixed Seafood Grill at Tapas

Of course, we wouldn't miss the Friday night Fish Fry at Oistins. We ate at Uncle George's again, but this year the line was not a hour's wait. We love Uncle George's, it reminds us a little of Doug's Fish Fry in Skaneateles. You wait in a long line, and then you sit at long picnic tables to eat. 

We met a lovely couple from Britain at our table and enjoyed their company, along with our grilled shrimp, mahi mahi, and macaroni pie (what we call macaroni salad). They served the shrimp on a bed of pasta that was absolutely delicious, and you can't beat the price- less than $20 for the whole meal, and the food is so fresh. 
Uncle George's at Oistins

We had lunch at L'Azure, a restaurant at the Crane Resort, and in addition to a fabulous meal- we all ordered the Oistins Burger, a mahi mahi burger with fries- we had the most gorgeous view of one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Seriously.
Crane's Beach- so beautiful!

Oistins Burger- yum

My husband and his brother visited a rum shack last year that they enjoyed, so this year they brought us ladies for a visit. There are lots of rum shacks roadside in Barbados where people stop off for a drink (or two) and sometimes food. We visited Jenny's Rum Bar, and had breakfast- Chris had fish cakes and the rest of us had egg, ham and cheese on a roll. It was delicious, and the ambiance was even better. Jenny is a lovely woman and we met some of her regular customers, who were friendly and gave us some good tips on where we should go. If you ever visit Barbados, be sure to stop by Jenny's.
Jenny and the guys

Jenny's Rum Bar
Our last dinner was at Champers, which was fabulous as always. We sit right out over the water, with the waves crashing underneath us. The food is amazing; the highlights were Crispy Vegetable Spring Rolls, Shrimp & Mango Salad, Grilled Sea Scallops and Parmesan Crusted Barracuda. Between the food, the ambiance and the service, you can't beat it.
Champers (from their website)
If you are a big fish eater, Barbados is the place for you. It's such a lovely place to visit, I'd like to spend more than a few days there next time.


  1. I will have to do a similiar post about my Cancun trip...some great meals.

  2. Wow, that looks spectacular and the food sounds great. Have a great week.

  3. That looks so wonderful this time of year. Great photos!

  4. OMG the beach, the food ... will definitely put this on my vacation wish list. Those Oistins Burgers look awesome.

  5. Your trip to Barbados sounds amazing! I want to go now! :-) What a great post.

  6. We honeymooned in Barbados (in 1985) and have been dreaming of another visit ever since - great post!

  7. Oh, now I want to go there, too. Great post! Lovely pictures and mouthwatering food.

  8. Lucky you to get out of the cold for a few days - and a nice treat to do that every year. I love that you compared something to Doug's Fish Fry - I was there over Thanksgiving! Hope you weathered the blizzard alright in NYC.

    1. We are staying in Skaneateles for a week in August- you know we'll make at least one trip to Doug's!

  9. Amusing transition from the images of the big storm (my son is in Boston) to Barbados. Hope you are staying warm, Di.

    1. Oh no, I hope your son made it through without losing power. I grew up in central NY where snow storms of 20+ inches were the norm, so I know how tough that is. We got 10 inches in NYC, but it all seems back to normal today. We dodged a bullet this time.

  10. I Was a teen the last time i visited Barbados> have to admit< i didn't get to see the sites as it was a stopover on our way to St. Vincent. I would like to stay there eventually. Thanks for the virtual visit.