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8 Must-Eat Foods in Trinidad and Tobago

April 5, 2020
Cubes of sugared kurma, a Trindadian sweet

  The twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago, part of the West Indies, enjoys a rich melting-pot cuisine derived from a multitude of far-flung cultures: Indian, African, Syrian, Lebanese, Italian, Chinese, Arabian and Creole. Over the course of its history, colonizers, laborers, and slaves all left their mark on the islands’ food, producing a delicious and uncommon diversity, even for the Caribbean. Particularly on Trinidad—the larger of the…

Caribbean Sustainability

Should You Eat Conch in the Bahamas?

March 10, 2016

It’s a famously overexploited, not quite endangered, species. But when conch is on every menu in town, there’s got to be a ton of ’em, right? A look at that beloved Caribbean mollusk, the queen conch—and how to help protect it.

“Are you feeling conchy tonight?” the waitress inquired with a smile when we wondered aloud about the Bimini conch linguine—a $22 Bahamian take on the traditional…

Caribbean Family Travel

In Remote Jamaica, Jerk Chicken, Mellow Beaches & a Toddler

March 15, 2015

Team EYW visited Port Antonio, where the Blue Mountains meet the sea in northeast Jamaica, to cover the north coast’s local foods for this site. The birthplace of jerk, this gorgeously green, serene region is one that rewards an exploratory spirit—even if you have a two-year-old in tow.

To be perfectly honest, we arrived to Port Antonio, on Jamaica’s lush northeast coast, a little beaten down. Scott and I…

Caribbean Food Travel

Hunting for Antiguan Food

January 28, 2013

                  Hunting for Antiguan Food

On Antigua, knowledge is power when seeking island cuisine, as the tourism industry and an apparent weekends-only policy conspire to keep some local dishes just out of reach.

Two beach chairs, sand, and the turquoise Caribbean on the beach in Antigua

On the Caribbean island of Antigua last weekend, our local-food queries were most frequently greeted…

Caribbean Recipes

Recipes From Afar: Piña Colada, Dominican Republic

February 21, 2012

A few summers ago, I conducted my graduate-school research at a health clinic in a batey, or rural community, about an hour north of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Punta Cana’s high-end resorts and all-you-can-eat buffets are a stark contrast to the impoverished former sugarcane plantations that make up the bateys in the island’s interior. Electricity is rare and subject to apagaones (blackouts) that can last an…