Roasted baby rooster – Do Brazil

Infused with green curry, lime and coconut milk, with “plantains” bananas, tomato, and asparagus. €24
Do Brazil, Gustavia, SAINT BARTHELEMY

This dish was beautifully presented and deceivingly large. I think they put the entire baby rooster in there, lol! The dish was delicious but on the mild (plain) side. When surrounded by ginormous burgers and sweet potato fries at the table, this dish appeared too tame and proper. This could have been helped with a little more spice in the curry.

Complimentary bread served with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Omg, this bread was SO good! I don’t know where they get it. It was perfectly crusty on the outside and so soft and airy on the inside. Noms!

American warship anchor
10-ton iron anchor located across the street from St. Bartholomew Anglican Church. The anchor was discovered in 1981 and is thought to have come from an 18th century American warship. It now acts as a prominent sculpture on the southern end of the harbor.

Flying fish and cou cou – Waterfront Cafe

Flying fish and cou cou Waterfront Cafe
Three fillets of fish steamed in a Caribbean fish broth. Served with cornmeal cou cou, fried plantain, and pickled cucumber. $48 (Barbados dollar)
Waterfront Cafe, Bridgetown, BARBADOS

The extras were better than the fish, lol! But you really can’t complain about pickled cucumbers and fried plantains. The flying fish, on the other hand, had a really strong fishy taste – not my thing. Great presentation though.

Independence Arch
Independence Arch at the end of the historic Chamberlain Bridge in Bridgetown. At the base of this colorful arch, there is The Pledge which reads, “I pledge allegiance to my country Barbados and to my flag to uphold and defend their honour and by my living to do credit to my nation wherever I go.” Pretty cool stuff.

Caribbean crab cake – Waterfront Cafe

Caribbean crab cake Waterfront Cafe
Blended with potato and herbs, lightly crisped on the griddle with creamy horseradish sauce. $30 (Barbados dollar)
Waterfront Cafe, Bridgetown, BARBADOS

Simple, tender, and tasty! I think this was the first time I’ve had a crab cake paired with a horseradish sauce, but it totally worked.

St. John's Church cemetery
Cemetery behind St. John’s Church. I don’t know who first decided to plant Plumeria trees in tropical cemeteries, but I think they’re a perfect choice! These deciduous trees look sad and creepy when bare, but provide vibrancy and color when in bloom.

Cornmeal cou cou – Waterfront Cafe

Cornmeal cou cou Waterfront Cafe
Scoop of ground cornmeal with sliced okra mixed inside and topped with a Caribbean fish broth with tomatoes, carrots, celery, onions, peppers, and herbs.
Waterfront Cafe, Bridgetown, BARBADOS

Angela, our cab driver, suggested we try this local dish “cou cou”. It’s ground cornmeal cooked with what I’m sure is a LOT of butter, broth, and spices. This version also had slices of okra in it. It was pretty good, but the okra pieces were a bit slimey for my taste. The broth/sauce was very comforting.

Turnera ulmifolia
The first part of the day was off-and-on rain, but it didn’t detract from the beauty of the island and it’s lush greenery. This yellow alder or buttercup bush (Turnera ulmifolia) was prevalently planted, I’m sure for its vibrant yellow blooms. I was surprised to find out that it belongs to the Passifloraceae family.

Bajan fish balls – Waterfront Cafe

Bajan fish balls Waterfront Cafe
Salted cod, potato and fresh herbs deep-fried golden with aioli dipping sauce. Part of “Tapas for Two” $64 (Barbados dollar)
Waterfront Cafe, Bridgetown, BARBADOS

These were very good! The fish balls were warm and flavorful, and even better dipped in the aioli. The appetizer sampler definitely had a lot of fried items, but who cares!? We’re on vacation, right!

Waterfront Cafe boardwalk
This was the view from our boardwalk table at the Waterfront Cafe. The restaurant is ideally situated along the Constitution River beside these parked fishing boats. Super convenient, and awesome food and drinks!

Braised pulled pork – Waterfront Cafe

Braised pulled pork Waterfront Cafe
Pork meat and skin with okra cooked in a rich sauce, served with baguette slices. Part of “Tapas for Two” $64 (Barbados dollar)
Waterfront Cafe, Bridgetown, BARBADOS

Wow, this was pretty greasy. It was definitely packed with flavor, but the slabs on fatty skin in this stew-like dish gave off way too much fat.

St. John's Church ironwork
Beautiful painted ironwork inside St. John’s Church. This amazing old church is located on the eastern side of the island atop a cliff overlooking the nearby shoreline. Highly recommended to visit.

Bul jol spread – Waterfront Cafe

Bul jol spread Waterfront Cafe

Classic salted codfish salad, blended with lime, oil and fresh thyme. Served with baguette slices. Part of “Tapas for Two” $64 (Barbados dollar)
Waterfront Cafe, Bridgetown, BARBADOS

This wasn’t my favorite. It wasn’t bad tasting, but salted codfish is definitely an acquired taste. I did enjoy the light airy texture of the spread.

Royal Clipper
This was a pretty cool looking 5-masted ship called the Royal Clipper docked at the cruise ship terminal.

Signature dish – BB’s Crabback

BB's Crabback signature dish
This dish is called the BB’s Crabback. The restaurant takes it’s name from this dish, fresh crabmeat baked with exotic herbs, wine and cheese sauce and served in a crab shell with warm bake (roll). Served with a side salad and slices of cucumber, tomato, and citrus. $36 (East Caribbean dollar)
BB’s Crabback, St. Georges, GRENADA

BB's Crabback signature dish
I really like how this was plated considering the super casual feel of this restaurant. And of course, we wouldn’t be in the Spice Islands without a garnish of ground spices. The crabback was very rich, but very flavorful and the side salad and sliced vegetables helped to cut the richness. Although the portion wasn’t overly large, it was definitely filling.

Sendall Tunnel
Sendall Tunnel. After eating at the restaurant, we had to walk through this tunnel to get back to the cruise ship terminal. As you can see, it’s a tight fit. The locals seem to have no fear walking through, but I definitely clung to the walls. Lol!

Baked chicken – Restaurante Raices

Baked chicken Restaurante Raices
Baked chicken served with rice and beans and carrots. $8.95
Restaurante Raices, Old San Juan, PUERTO RICO

This chicken must have been marinating in a vat of soy sauce overnight because it was SO salty! And baked to the texture of a chew toy. This was part of our first meal in Puerto Rico so we were nervous that

Side salad Restaurante Raices
Complimentary side salad with lettuce, 1 tomato slice, a sprinkle of carrot gratings, and Thousand Island dressing. This salad is a perfect indicator of the quality of this restaurant. It’s sad.

Stray cat Old San Juan

Walking through Old San Juan, we found that there are stray cats EVERYWHERE! They even leave out food, water, and crates for them along the street and in the parks. We figured they must be sanctioned by the city for pest control.

Mofongo relleno de churrasco – Restaurante Raices

Mofongo relleno de churrasco Restaurante Raices

Mashed green plantains stuffed with skirt steak. $18.95
Restaurante Raices, Old San Juan, PUERTO RICO

Mofongo is a local dish of Puerto Rico that has been featured in many food shows including “No Reservations”. So of course I had to try it! I’m so disappointed that I tried it at this super sucky restaurant. The mashed plantains were ok, but I couldn’t get past the super hard and dry pieces of skirt steak. For $19 during lunch, you’d expect better quality.

Chimichurri Restaurante Raices
Chimichurri sauce for the steak. Even though the menu clearly states that this sauce is to accompany the mofongo, it never arrived so I had to wait another 15 minutes after requesting it. Totally lame!

Raices Fountain
Raices (Roots) Fountain along the Paseo de la Princesa. This beautiful fountain marks the start of the waterfront portion of the Paseo de la Princesa. Bring plenty of water if you plan on walking this path on a hot day because it dead ends, so you’ll have to walk the same way back.