Where’s the Beef? – Not on Barbados

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Last Updated on May 20, 2015 by Chef Mireille

We in America are huge beef eaters, although our consumption has decreased in recent years for health reasons.

The Caribbean however, is different. Chicken, Goat, local fish and seafood are the main protein sources for this region. Any of you who have visited the Caribbean will know that the food is flavored with many spices like allspice, thyme, parsley, cinnamon, coconut. These are very common in Caribbean cuisine, as well as the fiery Scotch Bonnet pepper, if you can can handle it. Most Americans love Caribbean food – Here in NY any place that serves Jerk Chicken is bound to have a diverse clientele.

However, the same cannot be said for Caribbeans. They usually find American food very bland. This is especially true to the island of Barbados, home of flying fish and pepperpot. McDonalds had opened a location in Barbados but the Bajan people were not impressed and they sent McDonald’s packing. I think this is probably one of the only places in the world that McDonald’s had to jump ship!

If you haven’t been to the Caribbean yet, I suggest taking a trip if even only for the food.

Have fun!!

Chef Mireille
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