Quick Barbados rec
Hi - just wanted to give a quick tip after having a fantastic week last week in Barbados - needless to say it has rained non-stop in London since my return.
Anyway, we ate out lots - mostly in places that cater to tourists which were perfectly nice (if you're in St Lawrence then I think most places are good, we ate in lots and heard good things about most of the others, one thing though, if you go to Bellini's although the seafood was lovely, do not be tempted on any account to have pizza). For lunch, flying fish sandwiches are great, and in general, everything we had over there that was fried, was fried really well - v.crunchy.
Anyway, we did have one great chowhoundy experience on the Friday night at the Oistins Fish Fry. Oistins is a fishing town right in the south of the island and I think that you can probably get food there most nights but Friday is when it's really happening. When you arrive you'll see about 50 stalls, most of them manned by very capable looking ladies and most with barbecue grills. Anyway, they grill you your fish there and then and you can choose from the ubiquitous flying fish, marlin, shark, red snapper, chubb, tuna - all sorts. Once you've selected you see your piece of fish slapped on the grill, drenched in lime juice, and in the case of the red snapper we had, bits of onion and red pepper were stuck in. It came with the standard Bajan sides of macaroni pie, rice and peas, plantain, breadfruit and more veggies. The stall we went to was called June's and I can highly recommend it.
Once you've had your meal (washed down with lovely local Banks beer) the great thing is that you can sit and watch everything get really busy - later in the evening they set up a couple of sound systems and if you're brave you can work it all off with a bit of soca dancing.
.now I'm wishing I was back there...