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Feb 9, 2012 11:00 AM

Culinary adventures in St. Lucia

Hey guys,

I am heading to St. Lucia for two weeks at the end of April for my honeymoon and was wondering if there are any cooking classes, hole-in-the-wall restaurant, produce markets, fish markets, etc., that a crazy food lover shouldnt miss. I have read about the various fancy restaurants on the island and will likely visit many of them, but am also looking for places that are off the tourist path and more geared to locals. Any info that you guys can provide would be greatly appreciated.

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    1. re: carln

      Might help if you said where on St. Lucia. It is not an easy island to navigate in many cases. Where will you be?

      1. re: Linda VH

        We are hoping to really explore the whole island so suggestions are welcomed for any place on the island. We will be staying just north of Castries but really want to travel around the island and find some places that are off the beaten path.

    2. Hey guys, there is less than a month till we head out to St. Lucia, so please let me know if you have any ideas. thanks

      1. At the Royal by Rex, Chic restaurant has excellent gourmet food. A shor walk from the hotel , is a group of restaurants in Rodney Bay Village, the rib place , that grills outdoors is real good. The seafood restaurant upstairs is casual and real good. The hotel is excellent

        1. Are there any local joints that are worth visiting and not necessarily on the tourist path? is there such a thing? Just looking for the best food. Everything else is scondary.

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          1. re: carln

            I've never really thought of St Lucia as a 'foodie' destination - a lot of people living there struggle to feed themselves and their families - although there's great food to be had. The touristy restaurants in and around Rodney Bay are what they are and a crazy food lover might be disappointed. Of the touristy restaurants, the one I've heard the best reviews about is Rainforest Hideaway in Marigot Bay (you can google it) although I've not been.

            As for the rest, there's a Saturday morning food market in downtown Castries that's a lot of fun - and I think it recently nabbed the number 3 spot in Nat Geo's best markets in the world survey - but get there early as it begins to wind down shortly after noon hour (although remains open until mid-afternoon). At the edge of the market is a strip of vendors selling home-made lunch meals. Food is fantastic, home style, be prepared to get seriously jostled while you're eating.

            There are coconut trucks downtown and at the top of the road from Rodney Bay, vendors selling fresh coconuts to drink and eat. You can also ask them to bottle the water for you to take back to your hotel to mix with rum! Definitely buy samples of whatever fruit you see people selling on the street - it's fresh and in season.

            If you see ladies (and for some reason, it's always ladies) by the side of the street selling little goodies, ask if they have coconut fudge. It's fantastic and home-made. Also, if you see a lady frying something by the side of the street, it's probably floats (sometimes called bakes, but really the same thing), basically fried dough. But it's really good fried dough! Fried in coconut oil and sometimes she might have things to go in it. If she's got one with saltfish, get one. If it's Friday night, she might be selling fried fish. Ask for the price and get some. It's usually great. Chances are she'll only know the Creole name for the fish, not the english name.

            At the supermarket, if you want treats to take home, buy the local coconut oil. It's fragrant and wonderful to cook with. Also get a cocoa stick or ten, which are round tubes of pressed cocoa and used to make cocoa tea. Alcohol-wise, get a bottle of Nutz and Rum, a local creamy rum drink that's great and dead cheap. Or try JavaLatte, similar and very smooth and tasty. I'm not a rum person, but there's an amazing selection in the shop around the corner from the JQ supermarket in Rodney Bay.

            I've never heard of any cooking classes that were available for tourists.

            Hope this helps.

            1. re: crowbar

              Crowbar, thanks so much for this information. Its just what i was looking for.

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