Bahama Mamas!

So as I mentioned in my previous post, my friend Kristen and I recently headed down to Nassau, Bahamas for a week of fun in the sun. Kristen was the first friend I made when I lived down in the Washington, DC area a few years ago and we have been close ever since. The last time we saw each other was when she came to visit me here in Canada two summers ago. This time we decided to leave our men at home and have a ladies getaway during her spring break (she's a high school teacher). I always find a way to escape the cold winter - I was so grateful for this vacation!

We spent most of our time outside on the white sand beach, chatting up a storm, reading, and working on our golden tans. We also got familiar with the bus, as we rode it into the city on multiple occations to shop at the big straw market and look around. I was hoping for a market full of tropical fruits, but this one contained hand made items like wood carvings, palm baskets, jewlery, etc. Still fun to check it all out and pick out some souveniers for friends/family at home.

Young coconuts were in abundance on the trees, however, I had to buy them - for $5 each! Wild eh? All the way up here they only cost $2-3. They really know how to pull in the tourists, I tell ya. In Fiji and Vanuatu, I picked as many coconuts as my heart desired, for free. Guess I was hoping it would be like this in the Bahamas too. Anyway, I sure did enjoy this coconut to the max!

I also tried another fruit, but I can't for the life of me remember the name of it, nor do I have a pic. It was a brown ball that could fill the palm of my hand. The inside had a super sweet flesh with a hint of cinnamon flavour. If this sounds familiar to anyone reading this, please let me know what it is.

One day we ventured over to Paradise Island, in a little boat. This is where the infamous Atlantis Resort is - a huge attraction that has something for everyone - a grand casino, water park, private beachs, pools, spa, fitness center, great shopping, restaurants, aquariums, etc. We had fun exploring the place, and then walked back over a massive bridge (which is where this picture is taken from).

Aren't the flowers beautiful?!
My only advice to someone who is thinking about travelling here is: go in January or February - NOT during spring break (March). There were a ton of high school and college students at our "all you can drink" resort. I'm sure you know what that means. Yes, it was super crazy. One guy threw his queen size matress over his balcony and into the pool one night!!!

Here are some fish in one of the aquarium's at Atlantis. I think they're fabulous!

Alrighty, so that was a little blurb about what I've been up to lately. Sorry I don't have any exciting recipes or food ideas to share with you, but I promise that my next post will!!!

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6 Comments
  1. March 28, 2008 at 19:18
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    Yay! Heathy's back! Looks like a great time in the sun! I would love to escape the winter blues right now (even tho' it's officially spring) so instead I'll vicariously thru you. :) Looking forward to more fun posts from you.

  2. March 28, 2008 at 23:02
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    Was this mystery fruit sort of rough/scaly feeling on the outside? It might have been a palm fruit, which I would think might be prolific in that area. Not sure though! I had them in Thailand and Hawaii, and they were divine.<br /><br />Here's a pic:<br />http://www.simply-thai.com/fruit/salak.jpg

  3. March 30, 2008 at 21:28
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    heee haw, nice to hear from you rosie! <br /><br />juusan - thanks for the link. I checked it out and it's not the fruit. It wasn't scaley on the outside...and the inside had big black seeds, almost similar to a cherimoya. lucky that you've eaten fruit in thailand and hawaii - i dream of visiting both of those places!

  4. April 5, 2008 at 18:50
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    Gorgeous! And your trip was beautiful too!<br />come read my cancerversary blog two parter.. save our planet and our kids, one veg at a time!<br />debbiedoesraw.blogspot.com<br />deb

  5. April 6, 2008 at 12:38
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    Love your site, and the recipes are to die for!<br />Your mystery fruit sounds like a Chikoo to me.

  6. April 12, 2008 at 19:51
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    Was it a mamey sapote? I almost think these taste like sweet, juicy sweet potato. The are small & brown with orange flesh.

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