A Taste of the Caribbean – Tortuga Rum Cake

I don’t want to say I regret a lot of things in life, but there are a few. Like missing out on going to Greece (twice) and not purchasing this rum cake I saw when I was in Jamaica (even though it’s actually from the Cayman Islands – somewhere I have yet to explore). Thankfully, in this…

I’m Seeing Doubles

I remember being back in post-secondary school and the first time I encountered the term doubles, I was completely confused. Here’s how the conversation went: Friend: Do you want doubles? Me: Double what? Friend: No, doubles. Me: Coffee? Friend: Food Me: Uh, yes? Exactly! So when said friend brought me one to sample, I realized it was in reference…

Aloo Pie

It’s a catchy name, aloo pie, but it’s not without rhyme or reason. Aloo means potatoes and pie is, well, a yummy pastry filled will meat, veggies or fruits. So when you put the two together, you get an aloo pie. This is a West Indian specialty which is often associated with Trinidad. It’s basically…

Bake and Salt Fish

There’s a West Indian dish called Bake and Shark that I wanted to try, but there’s a lot of controversy about eating sharks, similar to shark fin soup. Instead, I went for an alternative type of Bake called Bake and Salt Fish. This is a West Indian, Caribbean style dish that is somewhat like a wrap. The bread is known as…

Jamaica and the Jerk

In Jamaica, there’s relaxing reggae music, cool steel drum beats and beautiful beaches, but I must say one of the best things about the island is their food. Festival, plantain, doubles….they’re all so good, but one of my top favourite Jamaican dishes is jerk chicken with rice n’ peas smothered in a ton of oxtail sauce. It’s…

Tasty Tostadas

Tostadas are crispy tortillas that have been either deep-fried or toasted. They can be eaten alone or topped with a number of ingredients, somewhat like crackers or bread. In fact, I would like to consider it the Mexican version of crackers or bread. A tostada topped with all the fixings is sort of like an open-faced…

Crème Brûlée

I love crème brûlée. It’s so simple, yet so good. When I went to Mexico, they made it with fresh vanilla bean straight from the pod. That made all the difference in the taste because artificial vanilla just doesn’t quite stack up in comparison. Normally, they are baked in little ramekins but our Mexican resort served very generous portions. Here’s to…

“No More Tequila For Me” said the Chef – A Teppanyaki Experience

Teppanyaki is a fun way of dining. Teppan means iron plate/griddle and yaki translates as grilled or pan-fried. It’s a Japanese style of cooking where you get to sit in front of a huge grill and watch the chef cook right before your eyes while doing nifty tricks with his/her spatulas and ingredients. I was at one recently in…

Sushi Towels!

Almost every Caribbean all inclusive resort has a Japanese restaurant. The chef cooks teppanyaki in front of you while twirling and throwing the spatulas in the air and creating fire explosions for extra pizazz. Normally the food is just full of soy sauce and the sushi isn’t that great, but when I was in Jamaica they…