Food and Drinks You Have to Try in the Bahamas

The Bahamas was one of the first destinations I ever visited outside the US, and I absolutely fell in love with it. A short flight from anywhere on the East Coast and a stop on many Caribbean cruises, it’s so easy to reach the Bahamas. If you have the chance to visit, be sure to sample the culinary delights of these beautiful islands as well. The dishes here are a mix of food you’d typically see in the southern US like rice, cornbread, and peas, and Caribbean-style and African-influenced dishes which is often spicy seafood. Check out these dishes the next time you are in the Bahamas.

The conch is highly regarded in the Bahamians for its subtle flavor and tender texture. The Queen conch is especially highly sought after by seafood lovers. Cracked conch is made by battering or breading the flesh before deep frying. Ceviche style conch salad is made by adding tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, and cucumbers to raw conch. The combination is then sprinkled with lime juice, which “cooks” the seafood, and chilies. Conch fritters are made by chopping the conch adding red peppers and onions, then frying.

These cakes take after the American cornbread. They are a combination of milk, butter, flour, and sugar. The combination is cooked in a shallow pan. Johnnycakes can be served with stew and curry.

Grouper with grits
Grouper fillets are seared or fried and served in seasoned vegetable gravy with tomatoes and garlic. A sprinkling of cheese gives a slight tang to this popular seafood dish.

Guava duff
This is a staple dessert in the Bahamas. It is made by spreading guava jam on sweet dough before rolling it up. The dough is then placed in a cotton bog and boiled. The cooked duff is drizzled with brandy butter and rum.

Peas & rice
A dish of peas and rice is an all-time favorite in Bahamian homes. The peas are cooked in spicy water before adding to cooked rice. The combination is then seasoned with tomatoes, thyme, bay leaves, and onions. Meat lovers will have a serving of salted bacon or pork to go with the peas and rice.

Bahamian hot patty
This snack is a hit in the Bahamas and other Caribbean islands. It is made by spreading a mixture of minced beef and vegetables on a short crust patty and then folding it to enclose the filling. The patty is then baked until golden brown. There are vegetarian versions but both versions are sure to be spicy.

Rum cake
This cake is made with generous amounts of rum. It is a highly popular dessert and will be found in most eateries across Freeport and other destinations. It’s also popular in souvenir stores, so you can take one home if you love it as much as I do.

Bahama mama
The Bahamians will have this drink with any dish and at any time. It is made with rum, coffee liqueur, pineapple, and lemon juice. Absolutely fabulous.

My Favorite Portuguese Foods

Pork sandwich

Portugal is one of my very favorite countries. Not only is it gorgeous, but the food and wine (port, anyone?) are to die for. The culinary variety of the Portuguese is as varied as the landscape of the country. The dishes rely heavily on fresh produce from the mountains in the north, the plains in the south and the long shoreline. The Portuguese also love their traditional recipes, though one dish can be done in a hundred ways.

Caldeirada de Enguias
If you are a fan of seafood head to the Aveiro region which is located between Porto and Coimbra for very their seafood, particularly eel. The fishermen of this region have perfected a trick in making eel stew. The eel is seasoned with saffron and bell peppers. This dish is best taken with a glass of sparkling white wine, which is plentiful in this area.

Alheira de Mirandela
This is a fowl sausage with a very interesting history. It was made by Jews who were forced to display their conversion to Catholicism in the early 1500s by making pork sausage. However, instead of using pork, they used fowl instead. This threw off their persecutors who believed that by eating sausages, the Jews were no longer Kosher. Today, this is a popular dish in the country.

Terylene sandwich
Making this sandwich perfectly requires 24 hours. The roasted pork loin that is used is cured for that long in a mix of wine, garlic, rosemary, tomatoes, and chilli peppers. Smoked ham also goes into the sandwich. The meats are then covered with double buns to make a juicy sandwich. Have it with red wine for a culinary delight that’s just heavenly.

Cod fish is a staple in Portugal. They call it ‘the faithful friend.’ There are hundreds of recipes for cod. Bacalhau a Bras is one of the more popular cod dishes. It is a combination of eggs, parsley, onions, chips, olives, and cod. This dish has a national following and is a feature in Portuguese homes on Christmas Eve.

Cataplana de Marisco
This is a popular dish from the Algarve region. It is stewed seafood prepared in a heavy copper double pan. It is served with chips or rice.

Arroz de Tamboril
Tamboril is monkfish. It is the second most popular fish in Portuguese cuisine after cod and is used in a variety of dishes. The arroz is prepared by cooking the monkfish in a laurel with tomato stew and garlic. It is then served with rice. They say the best you can get is in Cacarola, a seaside village which is 10 miles from Coimbra.

Cecina de Vaca Maturada
This is cured beef steak. It literally translates into aged cow steak. The aging gives the steak a very vivid colour and an unforgettable taste.

Top Kenyan Foods You Must Try

chicken biryani

Kenya is everything you’ve ever dreamed of – beautiful flora and fauna, warm people, explosive fusion of cultures, undulating landscapes, pristine sandy beaches, best-in-class hotels, and so much more. Most people know Kenya for its famous long-distance runners and sizzling safari excursions; however, its diverse range of simple yet fabulous delicacies is to die for. It brings together a taste of early Indian rail workers, a dash of spices of the early Arab traders, and a tinge of Swahili coastline dishes, coming up with local eats that’ll certainly knock your socks off.

Keep reading for our top picks for must-try Kenyan local foods.

Ugali and Sukuma Wiki (Kale)
There’s a local saying that “if you haven’t tasted ugali, you haven’t experienced the true essence of Kenya.” That in itself isn’t surprising at all–ugali is a staple of Kenyan cuisine. It’s whipped up using coarse, white corn flour, stirred consistently in boiling water until it turns into a white cake. With a side dish of sukuma wiki – chopped kale leaves lightly fried with tomatoes, sweet red onions, and an assortment of seasoning, ugali sure tastes heavenly.

Chicken Biryani
Influenced by early Arabian and Indian cuisine, chicken biryani is one of the most complex Swahili dishes you ought to try. It features a fantastic blend of Indo-Persian spices, tender chicken, and dried fruit cooked meticulously alongside basmati rice. The warming blend of spices will definitely melt in your mouth, tickling your taste buds. Whether you’re looking to check out the coastal islands, the capital of Nairobi, or any other Kenyan destination in between, chicken biryani is poised to be available in any local eatery.

Chapati and Maharagwe
To Mexicans, there are frijoles, and to Kenyans, there’s maharagwe – an assortment of red kidney beans cooked to perfection in a stew. It also incorporates a plethora of condiments such as coconut milk, fresh coriander, cardamom, Indian spices, and a tinge of sea salt for an awesome taste. With some chunky kidney beans, the stew boasts an incredibly buttery and thick consistency that goes so well with a bite of rolled chapati.

Native to Kikuyu tribe, githeri is a savory bean and maize stew. Almost synonymous with every local eatery in Kenya, githeri brings together corn, beans, potatoes, and a choice of beef stock or steak. The blend is slowly cooked in tomato and onion gravy and typically served with a side of sukuma wiki (kale) or chapatti. If you’re looking for the real deal, just check out bustling city markets or bus stop eateries.

grilled steak

Nyama Choma – Coal Grilled Steak, Mutton, or Chicken
You can’t say you know grilled meat until you’ve tasted nyama choma. Grilled over hot charcoal, the meat is so sizzling and tender that it teases your taste buds like never before. The beauty of nyama choma, however, lies in the fact that the meat roasts in its own juices, bringing out a riot of flavors that’ll make you say “woah”! Finish off your tasty meal with a tangy and hot side dish of chopped onions, tomatoes, red pepper, lime, coriander, and a choice of other condiments.

An excellent alternative to biscuits or bread, mandazi is poised to take your breakfast from a drab to fab in no time! These sugar-coated doughnuts are infused with coconut milk, cardamom, and a little flare of natural sugar, making it an ideal treat for lazy holiday mornings.

Much like chicken biryani, pilau mashes together the magical allure of Persian and Indian spices with the mouth-watering taste of slowly simmered chunks of diced meat or chicken. Rice with chopped tomatoes, onions, fresh coriander, and an assortment of condiments is cooked in broth, giving it an “out-of-this-world” taste. Have the server include a roll of chapatti or a side dish of kachumbari (a relish of red onions, tomatoes, coriander, and other local greens) for a hearty meal.

Also a fantastic Swahili coast dish, Bajia is available countrywide. Potato slices are dressed with an array of Swahili spices and condiments then deep fried using healthy oils, giving them a perfect crisp look and a crunchy taste. Although available in most fast food eateries, you can get healthier bajias in high-end restaurants in major cities.