...In which I prattle about my Caribbean vacation and what I ate there.
Let's get the obvious out of the way: Barbados is beautiful.
Their system of agriculture is VERY different from that of the US. I had a whole list of fruits I wanted to try, but only got to some because my host's friends and family didn't have any at the time. And we couldn't just go to the store and buy some. According to my friend, if you want breadfruit, soursopp, etc. you don't go to the store. You go to your neighbor, who cuts some off the tree for you. One person seemed offended we went to the coconut guy (below) instead of getting our coconut water from him.
That's the coconut guy. He (or they) park their truck on the side of the road with a big mass of coconuts, still on the branches. You have the option of buying a bottle of coconut water (filled from a coconut right in front of you) or a coconut, which the dude hacks the top off of with an enormous cutlass, so you can drink from it:
The only thing that was better than double was my friend's mother's home cooking:
When she said sweet potato pie, I expected something like this, not the awesomeness you see there. It was really sweet, but not cloying and it's really simple to make. Sadly, Bajan sweet potatoes are not at all like our sweet potatoes, so it won't come out the same here (unless I find their kind in a specialty store).
Kind of, sort of similar to sweet potato pie, but totally different was conkie, which I did not get a picture of, but it's DELICIOUS (the one I had was non-dairy). It's kind of sort of like a big, sweet tamale and is another thing I'm going to try to make for myself.
After reading this blog post, I told my friend I wanted to try golden apples, so she got them (and even peeled them!) for me (I'm not that lazy, I swear):
I made my friend take me to see the giant Baobab in Queen's Park because I've been fascinated with them ever since reading The Little Prince. While there, we got coconut snow cones.
One night, we were hungry after most of the shops had closed, so we went to Chefette, Barbados' fast food chain.
Of course, the most important part of any trip is what you bring home:
Sadly, I only got to see part of the island, so I'd really like to go back and I definitely recommend visiting, if you can.