THE CARIBBEAN KITCHEN BURSTS WITH LOCAL FLAVORS

Food and Travel Magazine|Spring/Summer 2020

THE CARIBBEAN KITCHEN BURSTS WITH LOCAL FLAVORS
The Caribbean Islands are a melting pot of cultures and flavors, with each island offering its own distinct personality. Apart from its crystal-clear waters and white sandy beaches, Curaçao offers a rich culinary experience. The island, with her rich historic past and different cultures, serves as an amazing platform to explore the Caribbean cuisine. Classic dishes transmit a part of history and keep traditions alive.

You often hear stories about people who leave their day jobs to pursue their dreams. Helmi Smeulders (https://www.caribbeanspicegirl.com/) did just that. Originally from Holland, she came to Curaçao 20 years ago. A lawyer by trade, she left her job to follow her heart and love for food. Smeulders leads a culinary revolution by breaking down and applying new techniques to century-old recipes. Combined with her fierce belief in the quality of fresh and locally grown produce, the Caribbean Kitchen is evolving from comfort to culinary, from traditional to modern.

Smeulders is known as the expert of modern Caribbean cuisine. She shares her passion for the Caribbean Kitchen by creating unique culinary experiences, like secret pop-up restaurants, culinary road trips, hands-on workshops, adventurous cooking holidays and exclusive chef’s tables. She recently published her second cookbook, Island Vibes – The Joy of Caribbean Cooking.

All in all, it’s a great time for any travel foodie to discover the eclectic tastes of the Caribbean Kitchen.

Atlantis, Paradise Island Nassau, Bahamas

Atlantis, Paradise Island features the world’s largest open-air marine habitat; Aquaventure, a 141-acre water park, including the iconic Mayan Temple’s Leap of Faith slide; 11 incredible pools; five miles of magnificent beaches; a Tom Weiskopf-designed 18-hole, oceanfront golf course; and the Atlantis Casino. Paradise Island offers numerous fine dining options, ranging from traditional French cuisine to Asian fusion. Vacationing gourmands can satisfy their taste buds with different culinary experiences each night or return to their favorites to sample other menu options.

Marigot Bay Resort & Marina Saint Lucia

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