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Freeport, Bahamas

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  • Martha Gehan Feb 14, 2001 12:17 PM
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A friend's parents have given her the run of their place for a week at the end of March and she's making it into a house party. One of our group is a chef, but I'm not sure just how much time he'll be willing to put in at the stove. Been there once before and the only things that stand out in my mind are a shack on the beach, owned by a guy named Billy Joe, that sold great grilled hotdogs and delicious conch, and a trip to the supermarket when we were so fresh fruit-deprived that I actually paid $14 for a watermelon! Any suggestions about restaurants and/or markets will be gratefully received.

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  1. I haven't been to Freeport, so things might be better there, but the prices at the food stores on Harbour Island (Bahamas) almost gave me a heart attack. Plus, there was the usual grim island selection of foods that have journeyed a long way to get there. A friend who is a regular Bahamas visitor came prepared: he brought an entire backpack of cheeses, bagels, salamis, clementines and other little items that made our stay more pleasant. It seems like a pain to bring groceries with you, but I was really glad that he did.

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    1. re: Elaine

      That's a great idea. I was once invited to Freeport for Thanksgiving, and I remember we teased my friend endlessly for toting onto the plane a frozen turkey and a duffle bag stuffed with, among other delicacies, a couple of dozen frozen H&H bagels and several bottles of Veuve Clicquot. She swore that the turkey (and, obviously, the bagels) would be unavailable in the Bahamas and that the champagne, even if it could be found, would be prohibitive. After I went to the supermarket and forked over fourteen bucks for that melon, I believed her.