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Fresh Grenada spices in Curried Lentils with Yogurt and Eggs at Le Papillion. Fresh Grenada eggs make this French Creole treat!
Sep13

Le Papillion: The photograph at the top features one of my current favourite dishes: Curried Lentils with Yoghurt and Eggs. This is a taste-treat to start any day! The spices in the lentils are, of course, the very best from the “Isle Of Spice”. Eggs in Grenada are always more flavourful than those we have at home! Sit in this lovely poolside terrace and you can sample some delightful French Creole Cuisine. The wooded hillside setting, in the Siesta Hotel grounds, looks out over the pretty Morne Rouge Road, St George’s. Beyond lies the mountains and rainforest of Grenada. This cafe is ideal for a tasty breakfast or lunch.

The French-influenced menu features the freshest of Grenadian ingredients. Grenada’s French agricultural history is reflected in the choices on the menu. The local fruit juices at Le Papillion are a delight. Here is a Mango Fruit Juice, which is thick, creamy, cooling and delicious! We loved Poached Eggs with Provision Hash (made with a variety of Grenadian root vegetables, peppers and Thyme – lots of fresh Grenadian thyme!). Another favourite is Le Papillion Croque Madam. This is a lovely sandwich filled with ham and lashings of cooked callaloo (a green leaf similar to spinach). This is all topped with melted cheese and finished off with a fried egg:-

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Baguettes, sandwiches, crepes (various!) and quiche vie with omlettes, milkshakes and deserts for your attention. Add to this a fully-stocked bar to sample some Grenadian Rum Punch and a lunchtime could extend into the afternoon.
Opening times at Le Papillion are Wednesday – Sunday 7am – 2pm.
Give them a phone call on +1 473-415-2670, or check out their Facebook page, go to: https://www.facebook.com/Le.Papillion.Cafe.Grenada/
Le Papillion is run by Kathy Ann Herrera and her staff, who will be pleased to welcome you to the Cafe.
For Siesta Hotel’s Facebook page go to: https://www.facebook.com/siesta.hotelgrenada/

Crab Back is a Caribbean dish that is different in Grenada. Made from Land Crabs that can be found around Grand Anse!
Jul19

When you come to Grenada you must try Crab Back. Oh gosh how I love that dish! To me this is Grenada’s cooking at its best. It’s a spicy delight with a diversity of flavours. OK, it’s a Caribbean dish, but in Grenada it’s different. The spices are better. The cloves, the thyme and especially the mace, are outstanding. Best of all the Land Crabs that it’s made from are devastatingly delicious! You can see them beside the pretty Mourne Rouge Road. Here they are in this video, living their lives on the bank-sides and verges of Grand Anse:-

They could come from the Morne Rouge Road, right outside the Siesta Hotel. This is the ideal place to find them too. Grenadians will go out on dark nights, armed with torches, buckets and machetes! Using a mixture of skill and creativity they manage to catch these crabs to eat. You need to try this spicy, tangy experience! You will not be disappointed. You can taste crab-meat, lime juice, onions, garlic, thyme, mace, mustard, cloves and parsley, breadcrumbs and pepper in this magnificent creation! In Grenada the ingredients always are the best in the world. The rich, fertile volcanic soil, the abundant water, and the climate ensure this. Grenada is the only place you will find this exquisite combination of factors! This flavour is distinctly Grenadian. Where can you eat Crab Back? We found the nearest place to the Siesta Hotel: We savoured this dish at Le Chateau Restaurant on the Mont Tout Road. We sat at a table on the veranda one glorious moonlit evening. The crab back was sensational. The moon shone on the surrounding hillsides, and the evening was electric. Crab Back is a fabulously spicy dish in Grenada’s cuisine – It’s the picture at the top of the page!

 

Locally made and handcrafted. For sale at the Spice and Craft Market.
Jul07

The Spice and Craft Market (The Vendor’s Market) sits about two thirds of the way North along the Grand Anse Beach. Walk in from the beach and you enter a different world. It’s one of happiness, friendliness and fun. There is definitely a buzz here! You may stop for a drink at Esther’s fabulous beach bar, or a fish meal from Ralph’s “FishPot” restaurant next door. Then you should walk back away from the beach and pass through the next arch to the next section. Here the pace is slower, and you have time to browse through some excellent shops and stalls. If you wander around you will find genuine local handicrafts for sale. These reflect the full range of Grenadian culture, and will supply you with some fantastic gifts to take home. You can watch as the craftsmen and women make their wares using hand-tools and skill! The above picture shows an example of the quality local handicrafts on sale there. This is all an important part of my holiday in Grenada. It’s one of the things I think of back home. I always wonder what I will find on my next visit!

Gone Green – Hand-Crafted, Quality Gifts from Grenada’s Natural World.

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We have been friends with the delightful Denise Phillip, and her family, for 26 years. At the back of the Spice and Craft Market she keeps her shop “Gone Green” (store 11). here she sells her enticing range of locally-made natural gifts. Her philosophy is to sell a range of “green”, environmentally-friendly goods. Many of her gifts consist of jewellery made with glass, stones, shells and gems found in and around the Caribbean Sea. The picture at the top shows some of her fabulous range. She also sells hand-made batik purses and similar wonders! Just look over her shop of lovely items, her wind-chimes are exquisite. You will see many items symbolic of the beachcomber world view! This is not a shop for mass-produced “touristy” items. It concentrates on hand-made items made from materials found naturally around Grenada. Here you will find unusual and distinctive local items.
Sometimes Denise is not at the shop. When this happens the great Frank – “The Culture Man” will look after you. He has a next-door shop (which I will talk more on later!), but is very knowledgeable of Denise’s stock, and will serve you well! Have a look at the Gone Green Facebook page.

Jackie’s Creations.

Jackie is the most lovely of people, and is the very heart and soul of the “top of the Vendor’s Market”. Just cruise past the arch and there she is, to the left, dressing someone’s hair whilst gospel music blasts out from her excellent shop. People come from all over Grenada for Jackie’s hairdressing, and to give their hair extensions or braids. At the same time they get to spend some time chatting and hearing the latest! I always visit her shop for T-shirts and hats, and never go home disappointed. She also stocks all manner of other gift items, so don’t pass her by. Her prices are way below what you would pay in the shops in (for example) the Spiceland Mall.

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Much like Denise, we have known Jackie for 26 years. In the early days she would serve her customers from underneath a cooling and huge Seagrape tree on the Grand Anse Beach. Everybody would stop by for a chat with Jackie – pretty much like today!
Come back to these posts later and I will take you to other worthwhile places in the Grand Anse Spice and Craft Market. Then you can sample the culture of Grenada, and take a little piece home!

Delicious Water Lemons!
Jun23

This is one of my all-time favourite tastes. Water lemons sit on a fruit stall in Grenada. The orangy-yellow fruits, 2-3 inches around, contain a delicious centre. Local Grenadians bite the tops off and suck out the sweet gelatinous pulp. This has a lovely rich sweetness with a lemon overtones and a pleasant rose-fragrant flavour. It is a juicy delight that sings of tropical freshness. This fruit is, quite simply, stunning. I have to hunt these out every time I come to Grenada!

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Grenada has fertile volcanic soil and water splashing down from mountain rivers. These factors conspire to produce conditions where Water Lemons thrive – year-round moist soil and warmth. I have often bought Water Lemons in St George’s Market. They are also sold on roadside fruit stalls and even from vendors on the Grand Anse Beach (not far from the Siesta Hotel)! I actually bought some at Esther’s Bar on the Beach! Saturday is market day in St George’s, the town comes alive with fruit vendors. Take a local bus from Grand Anse to St George’s early on a Saturday Morning. In Market Square, up Melville Street, on street corners all over you will find stalls with fabulous arrays of exotic and gorgeous-looking fruit. I found Kingsley Fletcher’s stall on the corner of Granby Street and Halifax Street (in Market Square). Click on the image to watch the video:-


Cut through the glowing yellow skin and you will find the succulent cool jelly with sweet seeds. Water Lemons (Passiflora laurifolia L.), are related to Passion Fruit, but taste much better. They taste less sharp and are sweeter. A zingy lemon overtone melds with a sweet jelly to produce a taste explosion. Cut them in half and spoon out the centre for a phenomenal flavour experience like no other! It is also fun to bite the tops off and squeeze out the cooling gel inside! It is an unforgettable treat and is one of my favourite experiences in Grenada.

Water Lemons originated in Tropical South America and The Caribbean. Those that grow in Grenada, however, preside over all others for scintillating taste! Here is one of my very favourite Grenadian taste experiences!

A Grenada's Bus travellling from St Pauls, and further, on a bus in Grenada is cheap and fun! Here is a trip to the Grand Anse Beach.
May21

With a cheery blast on it’s horn, a Grenada’s bus will call you! “Are you going up? (to St George’s)” the conductor will shout. They will wait for you, and even reverse to pick you up! They are lively, they are cheap and they are fun. Don’t miss your chance to explore Grenada like this! They zip around this gorgeous island, and introduce you to the flavour of the local culture. They can take you for lunch on the Carenage in St George’s, or all the way to Sauteurs, in the Northern tip of Grenada. This latter route is a simply beautiful tour up the West Coast Road. You pass lovely little West Indian hamlets, and see stunning sweeps down to the blue Caribbean Sea far below! You can catch a bus through the Grand Etang Rainforest, and then on to Grenville. Scroll down beneath the following video to see our table of bus numbers and their routes:-

The number 1 route between St George’s and Calliste is the most busy route. Most routes start from St George’s Bus Station on Melville Street. The buses run from 7am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday. So you need to be back home by 7pm! The last buses on route 1 can be caught up to 9pm. Click on the “Continue Reading” button to see our table of bus numbers and their routes:-  Continue reading