One of the exciting parts of visiting a new country is trying out the local cuisine. When choosing a restaurant, many factors come into play such as price, type of cuisine, health conscientiousness and kid-friendliness. Be sure to check the restaurant rating and any reviews from people who have eaten there. Reviews can give you an idea of the level of service at the restaurant and the type of food, but keep in mind that everyone’s palette is different. We’ve provided a list of some of the popular restaurants in Saint Martin.
- Bistro Caraibes
- Blue Martini Bistro
- La Gondola
- Le Cottage
- Le Planteur
- Le Ti Bouchon
- Tropicana Restaurant
2 lbs fresh kale ½ lb callaloo 1 dozen okra, chopped ¼ lb salted pork, cut into strips ½ lb lean pork, cubed 2 onions, sliced oil for frying black pepper, to taste 1 habanero pepper, seeded and sliced 1 tbsp thyme, chopped 6 cups chicken stock
Remove stems from kale and callaloo. Wash leaves and chop roughly. Place salt pork in a large skillet and sauté over medium heat for 10 minutes, rendering fat. Discard all but 2 tbsps of fat. Add pork cubes and onions to pan. Sauté over medium heat until cubes are brown and onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add kale, callaloo, okra, black pepper and hot pepper. Add thyme and stock. Cover and simmer 2 1/2 hours. Remove salt pork before serving. Makes 6-8 servings.
Settlers from all parts of the world have influenced the cuisine in the Caribbean. Popular elements of Caribbean cooking include spices such as pimento, ginger, nutmeg, garlic and cloves. Many of the Caribbean islands use spicy peppers such as the scotch bonnet, habanero and jalapeno peppers. Jamaica is most famously known for its spicy jerk seasoning, while Grenada is known for its use of nutmeg and Cuba is popular for it’s garlic and lime marinades.
Many of the islands produce their own brand of beer and rum, such as Red Stripe and Appleton Rum in Jamaica, and Banks in Barbados. Along with these popular alcoholic drinks, be sure to try these non-alcoholic drinks: mauby, Ting, ginger beer, carrot juice, Irish moss, coconut water, soursop, sorrel, horlicks, mango juice and guava juice.