A few years ago, Caribbean countries had branded the lionfish “Public Enemy #1”. Originally from the Indo-Pacific Seas , scientists say that this popular exotic aquarium animal was released into the wilds of the Atlantic Ocean. Known to wipe out 50 percent of native species of fish within days of inhabiting an area, something had to be done in order to preserve the ecosystem.
We’re huge fans of Anthony Bourdain and his Emmy Award winning CNN show “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown“. We’ve watched every single episode of the show with the Punjab, India episode in this past season being an all time favourite. The episode about Lyon prompted us to ask about school lunches in the Caribbean.
I love mangoes and this season has so far been the most fruitful in a long time. Friends, family and neighbours have been supplying us with so much of the sweet fruit that I was eating 4-5 a day, everyday for the last two weeks. Am I tired of them? No way! It’s my favourite fruit and I could never have too much of them. At least that’s what I thought.
As a child, my father would take me to Mortimer Candies to get a bag of fresh roasted peanuts and a snow cone. It was always a treat to look at the brightly coloured candies on display. Many years later, I took my son and his friend for a visit to the oldest candy store in The Bahamas and it was delightful to see the same reaction on their faces that I had when I was a child.
I’m as big a Starbucks fan as the next person. While some bean aficionados have scoffed at what they consider the inferior quality of a Starbucks brew, I’ve been quite happy to consume copious amounts of Grande and Venti cups in my time (mostly black, sometimes cream, never sugar).
Summer fruits are in abundance right now in the Caribbean. Whether you are a local or visitor don’t miss out on one of the best aspects of island living – eating native fruits, vegetables and spices.