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Bahama Hot Pepper Sauce

Bahama Hot Pepper Sauce is made with fresh Habanero Peppers, Mango, Green Onion, and Garlic. It packs a wicked punch and a beautiful combination of hot and sweet, thanks to the mango. It goes perfectly with fried chicken and fried fish. If possible, source the peppers directly from the Caribbean by finding a Caribbean grocery. If not, use peppers from the USA, …

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Marinated Conch Recipe

For all you newbie’s here is a quick guide to the local way to catching, cutting, cleaning, and eating conch. Actually catching them is easy, you just head out into the ocean and grab them. Cleaning them though… well… Here ya go: Using a hooked or clawed hammer, make a hole in the shell of the conch, in the space …

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Rootnattie’s Mojito Recipe

The balmy, cigar-laced, cocktail-sipping, wise-guy days of Cuba are long gone… or are they? Some things have changed but some things never do… and that sweet by-gone era of mafia-supported elegance has given us the Mojito, a cooling minty libation straight from the Sevilla Hotel and other Cuban landmarks of years gone by. The Mojito was born in Cuba early …

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How To Speak Jamaican

Jamaica’s official language is English, but a large number of Jamaicans speak a street-slang version of English known as Patois. In Patois (also called Patwa or Patwah) words like “man” become “mon” and entirely new words like “facety” replace the originals. Want to learn how to speak Jamaican? Here’s some common phrases to get you started: What’s up? (Wah Gwaan?) I’m …

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Caribbean Centipede (For-tee legs)

  Years ago when we lived in The Cayman Islands, I stopped on the way home from work at the Stop and Go (which was a 24/7 Texaco of sorts) for some gas and junk food. I left the car running and went in barefooted, noticing the two young Caymanian girls who work there huddled together in one of the isles whispering. …

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Caribbean Lobster Season

Caribbean Lobster Season usually starts right about now, although the exact dates vary from island to island. I know when we lived in The Cayman Islands, it started at the beginning of December every year, even though the locals grabbed them pretty much whenever they wanted. I wouldn’t recommend it though. The penalty for taking lobsters out of season can be …