The Traveler’s Dishlist: 5 Things You MUST Eat In Barbados

Posted on March 26, 2014 by & filed under food, travel.

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Mount Gay Rum is a staple in the rum shacks around the island. We got a tour through the sugar cane fields, and I even got to harvest some myself and eat it fresh!

You might know I’m the Food Editor at LAist, but did you know that our parent site just launched Gothamist Getaways? I’m contributing all sorts of culinary travel stories to the site, including my new column called The Traveler’s Dishlist.

In all my globetrotting, I found that there was a real lack of one definitive resource to see what the absolute must-trys are in a region. Enter The Dishlist.Β The whole idea of the column is to tell you what the top 5 local dishes are for a given region, how to say it like a native when necessary, and where to find the best. To kick it off, we’re starting with the ultimate snowbird location, Barbados.

You can read the full story there.

My old lady version of rollin one up on #420 with Kazunori's dank blue crab hand roll. Because sometimes Mondays require Sapporo. And sushi. And some uplifting tunes from @Odesza. (Sorry Santa Cruz, those days are done.)
This has genuinely been one of the most challenging, emotionally draining weeks of my life. The only calming part of this roller coaster has been the support of my family, @mkretovics and this amazing macro bowl from M Cafe. Here's to (hopefully) a better one ahead!
Had a blasty blast chatting food and social media with these badass babes @whatsgabycookin @lesliedurso @gigieats at the UCLA Restaurant Industry Conference. And a special shout out to Leslie's Stretch Armstrong arms for making this selfie a reality!
Last night I enjoyed the loveliest, mostly plant-based meal at the rad @scratchbarla @thegadareneswine pop-up @coachella. This colorful roasted cauliflower dish with cauli stem "jerkey" was one of my faves, along with the INCREDIBLE coconut custard w/mojito granita and brown sugar crumble. Coachella really has grown up!
Starting out the day with power yoga and green juice with my boo at the Hawaiian Tropic/Nanette Lepore party at one of my fave Palm Springs properties. Time to reset before round 3! πŸŒ΄πŸ‘
I am freaking giddy in love with every nook and cranny of this property. Can I please keep the bird's nest? Pretty please?!? 😍
If you're looking for some calm amidst the @Coachella storm, do yourself a favor and book one of the Outstanding in the Field long table farm dinners. Great wine and cocktails are a' flowin, and you'll get one of the most gorge meals with desert palms and the Sahara tent as your backdrop. Always such a treat, this has definitely become one of my Coachella traditions. (If you're out here, you can book thru the @Reserve app.)πŸŒ΄πŸ·πŸ΄πŸ‘Œ
The fine folks @TheFareTrade featured me as their guest editor this month, and did a fun Q&A on how I've turned my passion for culinary adventure and food storytelling into a career. It was a real treat to reflect on my journey, and I hope it might inspire some of you to find what you love and figure out a way to make a living doing it! You can check it out at the link in my profile. πŸ™
Feeling SO MUCH CLOSER to human after a fabulous facial @dermalogica and an awesome smoothie pick-me-up from @KreationJuice. My skin was tired with a capital T after all the boats, busses, cabs, and planes, and this was just what I needed. Now time to start logging footage and answering the mountains of emails! πŸ‘Š How do you reset and bring back balance after a trip?
Let's be honest, coming home from incredible international travel can kinda suck. What I do love, though, is getting back in the kitchen and cooking! I started off today clean with this pomegranate blueberry bowl, made with heaps of fresh fruit, kale, oats and sunflower seeds, plus some of my fave Vega powder for good measure. Now off to yoga to set my system straight!
I just feel so at home, so genuinely happy, and so truly ME by the sea. Guess that's why my parents called me The Little Mermaid growing up. πŸ’™πŸŒŠπŸ˜Ž #fathominstatrip
So. Much. Seafood. ❀️ing the Anguillan style of celebrating the sea at Festival Del Mar. #fathominstatrip #beachesnresorts
I mean, is this place for REAL? I didn't know blues like this existed... πŸŒŠπŸŒ΄πŸ’™ #beachesnresorts
Sunset. Bankie Banx. Champs. Nuff said. Anguilla, I'm yours. #beachesnresorts
Poured tableside, this vibrant carrot gazpacho with the tenderest, freshest conch crudo caught by local fisherman is the epitome of polished island dining. Chef Jeremy Bearman -- formerly of Rouge Tomate in NYC -- is KILLING IT at the newly revamped @Malliouhana in Anguilla. πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ
Holy crap you guys! These island avocados are HUGE!!!! This thing doesn't even fit in the frame. When I saw it at the market I freaked out, giving my fellow travelers a laugh. But who's laughing now!?! Everyone wants a taste of this California girl gone Caribbean breakfast. (Not pictured: side of Rockfield's fiery Anguillan hot sauce.)
On of the great things about this island is that as many ways as there are to eat well, there are to work it off. Think if I paddled out to that yacht the skipper would let me go down the water slide? (And more importantly, is this place even real?!?) #beachesnresorts
Salt used the be the main industry here in Anguilla, but was pretty much wiped out since the tourism boom in the 70s. Now Matthew Webster and the team at Anguilla Sea Salt are bringing back the storied artisan craft, harvesting from the pristine azure Anguillan waters. Incredible stuff! πŸŒŠπŸ‘
After nearly 20 hours of travel, I am ADORING this rum punch! So happy to have finally arrived in Anguilla, and with such a warm welcome. Can't wait to explore more island-style eats over the next few days! #beachesnresorts
Ohio-based creamery @JenisIceCreams just opened in Los Feliz, and I'm so smitten with their Brambleberry Crisp, shown here scooped into a fresh house made waffle cone. (Apologies for the obligatory floor/mani shot, but I couldn't resist. And neither should you!) πŸ§πŸ‘Œ

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