So, we're home from our holiday in the Bahamas. Its raining outside and I'm sat in my onesie with the heating on. A bit of a shock from the sun soaked beach front hotel which has been our home for the last 8 days!
Of course my main mission whenever I go away is to discover the food culture of that place. So, although we were staying in an all inclusive resort, we were keen to get out into Nassau and find the real Bahamas! And that's what we did!
Sadly, being such a small place with a BIG tourist pull, we were disappointed to find lots of restaurants serving everything but Bahamian food - Chinese, Italian and American seemed to top the bill. However, when we did eat the local food it was great - fresh seafood including Conch, Grouper and Giant Shrimp! Conch fritters were a revelation but sadly something I doubt I'll find here! Conch is a massive part of food culture in the Bahamas and is basically a giant sea snail. Judging by the first picture below, its one of those things its better NOT to know what it is before eating! They serve is as mainly as a ceviche style salad and in fritters with island sauce. We munched through many fritters during our stay and they were delicious!
One evening we headed down to the harbour, across from the famous Paradise Island, to at the well known Poop Deck. They offer fresh seafood cooked on the grill and in a variety of ways, all traditional Bahamian classics. As you walk in, a huge iced display of today's catch greets you. Simply choose what you want and sit down and admire the views over the harbour!
We went for crab cakes and (more) conch fritters to start, all of which was delish. The crab cakes were full of flavour and more importantly, crab meat! The conch was so good, a lightly spiced batter and island dressing to dip. For main, the hubby had Mama Mary's Fish - Grouper cooked in a spicy tomato and pepper sauce served with rice and peas. I had grilled grouper and shrimp, served simply with slaw and amazing garlic roast potatoes. The pictures aren't great but it was dark!
Another place worth visiting is Arawak Cay - its kind of a collection of seafood streetfood vendors although most of them have permanent structures. They serve the famous 'down home fish fry' for not much dosh. Twin Brothers is supposed to be one of the best but I think they are probably all as good as each other!
If you ever get the chance to go to the Bahamas, make sure you step outside of your hotel and try some of the islands real food. You won't be disappointed.
Now... time to plan my next holiday. Where to??