Some of the craft and souvenir shops that you see on the islands are the same that you see anywhere. You have the typical jewelry, the T-shirts with numerous funny and not so funny sayings, handmade dolls and all of the other items you expect in a gift shop in any tourist town. The nice thing is that we have also seen many unique items – either due to the materials used or the skills involved.... Read Full Entry
Like so many others we love to travel and we love to sail so cruising makes a lot of sense. Janice has retired from Cornell as a business manager and Bob has retired from South Seneca school district as the high school principal. It's time to sell the house, get rid of whatever doesn't fit on our 40 foot Caliber LRC named Tsamaya (this means Travel Well in Setswana) and set off to see the world. Our reasons for publishing this blog is twofold, first to keep in touch with our friends and family and secondly to share our experiences. If you would like to receive notification when we have added ... full info
Do you know this one?We saw a sugar apple (sweetsop) growing while on our walk to the falls while visiting St. Vincent.
About Ready to EatJoe, our tour guide in Dominica is about to eat the cashew apple. You have to either eat the whole thing at once or lean over as it is very juicy and makes quite a mess as Janice found out. It is quite soft and is tart but quite nice.
The inside of a sweetsopYou "peel" away the individual white pedals, eat the sweet white coating and discard the black seed inside.
Is it a banana?This may look like a mango and bananas but they really are dessert figs. When buying “bananas” you always have to ask to find out what you are really buying as there is quite a variety ranging from plantains to dessert bananas, dessert figs and bananas.
Is this a pear?The vendor called this a pear but we finally determined after talking to her that it is a pear avocado. “Please do not shake them” was the lesson every vendor told us so you don’t make the flesh inside black. We hadn’t seen one that was this deep a color of purple – in reality it is almost the color of eggplant.
The flag manThis is the “flag man” in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia that sold us those fabulous mangoes that have set the standard for us.
Lime makes the differenceWe have learned that to bring out the flavor of the pawpaw you should squeeze a wedge of lime on it – what a great breakfast treat.
Starfruit on steroidsWe had never seen star fruit this large before. They are a nice addition to a salad.
How much is that pie filling??Just an example of one of the shelves we saw in a store recently. The can of apple pie filling was only $9! As we have said you can pretty much get anything you want in some of the shops if you have the money for it.
Our mango manGodfrey went and picked us fresh mangoes and delivered them to us in his wooden fishing boat. After paying him he was treated to ice cold water as well. Many of the vendors have seemed to enjoy this treat as they are usually out in their boats for hours on very hot days.
Loads of MangoesWe are constantly seeing trees loaded down with mangoes. We didn’t realize that there are so many varieties and there definitely is a difference. Luckily the vendors know the difference.
The sweetness of mangoNote the rich orange color of these sweet mangoes. The flesh is firm, sweet and without fibers – what a great find.
ShurFine in the IslandsThe ShurFine raisen bran sells for 15.50 EC which equals $5.81 US –this is much cheaper than we have seen in other places.
BreadfruitBreadfruit trees are quite numerous. We always say we would hate to be under one when these drop. We found that you only pick what you need as they do not keep well at all so need to use them almost immediately.
A pear?The vendor called this a pear but we finally determined after talking to her that it is a pear avocado. “Please do not shake them” was the lesson every vendor told us so you don’t make the flesh inside black. We hadn’t seen one that was this deep a color of purple – in reality it is almost the color of eggplant.
Pawpaw is better with limeWe have learned that to bring out the flavor of the pawpaw you should squeeze a wedge of lime on it – what a great breakfast treat.