26July, '13

Dining Around the World – Part 6: Bahamas


Laid back meets exotic flavours in the Bahamas

Bahamas Restaurants
Time somehow dilates in the Bahamas. The day is so fluid and the lifestyle so laid back, we realise why the Bahamas are such a favourite vacation stop. You wouldn’t find a better place to relax than in the Caribbean. The long sandy beaches, dotted pink with sea shells and clear blue waters remind us of pirates, coconuts and rum.
Speaking of which, rum is their national alcoholic drink and one “The Bahama Mama” will quickly tell you why. Any bartender in the Bahamas will also proudly serve the locally brewed Kalik – the beer responsible for 51% of beer sales in the region. It isn’t just popular here. It has won many international awards as the best beer brew.
The way to experience the Bahamas is through the stomach. Come prepared to try out exotic flavours and local delicacies. The food here is never, ever bland. Ingredients are fresh – from the sea or from the land. Caribbean spiny lobsters and fresh fish are popularly served in salads, crushed or boiled. Conch salad is another one you don’t want to miss out. Land crabs (the ones that don’t escape to the roads in the middle of the night) are also served baked or boiled. The “souse” (pronounced sowse) is a unique Bahamian soup which contains only water, onions, lime juice, celery, peppers and meat – no thickeners.
If you don’t want to leave the breathtaking shores, you can enjoy your meals at plenty roadside and beachside restaurants where the staff is always ready to welcome you with a smile. Even striking up a conversation with a stranger is easy. The Bahamians are extremely friendly, good-humoured and down to earth. They inherit some traditions from the UK since they were once a British colony. At restaurants, waiting staff refers to customers with titles, and if necessary by their last name.
Your swimsuit can work on the sea or poolside, but consider T-shirts or shorts when dining out to not come off as disrespectful. And food is important because sharing a meal is the most common way of building friendships.
If you plan to visit there in December or near New Year’s, you wouldn’t be able to ignore the Junkanoo. It’s a large street parade showcasing the Bahamian culture, arts, music and dance. The Bahamians love to celebrate. Shops close down on every holiday and holidays are numerous. The Queen’s birthday, a national holiday, musical festivals, weddings… you name it and the Bahamas will give you a reason to celebrate!
Sipping coconut water, tanning at the beach, eating lobsters… that’s Bahamas in a nutshell.
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