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Saltfish and bakes - delicious Grenadian breakfast and street food from Grill Master in Wall Street, Grand Anse.
Nov13

Where can you find great food in Grand Anse? You want low cost, lovely cuisine? You want street food and cheap eats, but you don’t want to go far!
Grenada has the best spices in the world. It also has fertile volcanic soil, and the tastiest tropical vegetables. Street food in Grenada is absolutely gorgeous. You’ll find it all around the island. Grenadian food is going to be a highlight of your holiday. Where can you get it, at a reasonable price, near the Siesta Hotel? Step out of the hotel, turn right and walk with me a short way. We’ll visit some places around Grand Anse. Watch this video below to find out!

The Siesta Hotel is a short walk from the beach, and a stone’s throw from some really neat little places to “eat cheap”. As It’s the Caribbean we are talking about roast corn, callaloo soup, oil down and curried goat. Here’s your chance to really try Grenadian cuisine. Just look below at these photographs:-

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Grill Master: Wall Street’s eclectic Grenadian restaurant

I love a relaxing and calm Sunday Lunch. Last August we spent a happy couple of hours at the excellent Grill Master Restaurant in Wall Street, Grand Anse. We tried the wonderful turkey and corn soup, and it was a real treat! Grill Master is right by the Grand Anse roundabout. It is a superb place to try out a wide range of Grenada’s culinary wonders! Sit back and watch the Grand Anse world drift by. They have a take-away counter, and a restaurant with waiter service. It is open for breakfast, lunch and evening dinner.
Eating at Grill Master is an excellent way to try out a large range of Grenada’s fabulous food. They also serve an wide array of more international dishes. Thus you can order great pizzas and wraps. An early morning treat is their wonderful breakfast choice – take out or eat-in. Here are a few examples:-

  • local saltfish with bakes (shown in the top photograph).
  • they have delicious breakfast sandwiches – with egg,  bacon, ham and cheese
  • Try a Grenadian breakfast with smoked herring, salted fish, bakes, salad, sausage and fried eggs.

Don’t forget to add some Grenadian hot pepper sauce to spice it up! At 10am they serve their delicious rotis. I would choose boneless chicken roti or fish roti. From about 11am they serve a traditional Grenadian lunch menu. Here are some of my favourites:-

– ginger and pumpkin soup.
– gorgeous stewed of baked chicken.
– grilled swordfish or curried mutton with stewed callaloo.

In the evening they have a fabulous dinner menu. You could get jerk chicken, barbecued pork ribs or lobster tail. Lobster can also be eaten as a wrap, in a sub or salad. Dining at Grill Master is a fabulous way to try out a variety of Grenadian dishes at a really modest cost. To me they have a truly tremendous choice of Caribbean delights. I simply love to eat my way through their various offerings!

The Street-Food of Wall Street!

In Grenada street food is a spice-infused delight. This is a focal point of Grenadian life, in little villages and bigger towns, all over the island. However, the stalls really come alive on Friday and Saturday nights. A party atmosphere prevails as crowds gather round food stalls. There is much chatting, eating, and listening to great Soca.  The Wall Street area of Grand Anse is where the action happens locally to the Siesta Hotel. In Grand Anse there is food available all week too! The area just North of the Morne Rouge Road is home to sellers of roast corn, sugar cane, rotis and soups. At various times you’ll find mannish waters (goat soup), callaloo soup, or curried goat. Try roast corn for a lovely snack. Watch as the vendor roasts it on his little iron coal pot. Sample that fabulous flavour of Grenadian corn. Other delights are:-

  • lambi waters (conch soup) and lambi souse.
  • Grenadian shepherd’s pie.
  • The local black pudding
  • Wonderful barbecued chicken.

To sample this is to indulge in a pivotal part of Grenadian life. The food is wonderful, it’s cheap, and it’s a lot of fun. Return here over the next few weeks and we’ll visit other superb places. Some are near the magical Grand Anse Beach. Others are near the Grand Anse Road. I feel hungry already!

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Hiking in Grenada at the Seven Sisters Waterfalls, set in the Grand Etang National Park and Forest Reserve.
Oct21

Grenada’s Waterfalls will charm, encaptivate and amaze you. It’s your holiday and you need a rest, and a break from your everyday life. What would you do here in Grand Anse, Grenada? You’ll spend time on the beach, of course, and in the pretty capital of St George’s. For many people, however, one of the biggest attractions of Grenada are it’s fabulous waterfalls. Visit the Seven Sisters Waterfalls and you will see this beauty – look at this video of them:-

Grenada is a land of glorious waterfalls. It is no surprise, with the rainforest at it’s very centre, that rivers run in every direction. The middle of the island is extremely mountainous. Thus the rivers fall precipitously towards the Atlantic Ocean on one side, and the Caribbean Sea on the other side. Take a hike by any of Grenada’s rivers and you will experience this heady mix of beauty, majesty and excitement.

If you drive up from the Siesta Hotel it will take you 45 minutes to reach the trail to the Seven Sisters Waterfalls. It’s a great drive as well. You pass through St George’s and then onto the excellent Grand Etang Road. I adore this road! It twists and winds past fascinating Grenadian villages. People, dogs and goats amble across the road in front of you. You steer past precipitous inclines with vast and stunning views of the country below. Finally you snake through the wonderful rainforest of the Grand Etang National Park and Forest Reserve. What could be a better or more fabulous drive?

The Seven Sisters Trail

The trail itself is a lovely hike through the agricultural heartland of Grenada. You pass “market garden” type fields at the top, full of callaloo, mint, corn and nutmeg. On the way you pass cows and sheep, before you plunge into the fragrant warmth of the rainforest. Hike down past wonderful fungus and wildflowers, you then come to the rushing river. On the way I found an amazing fungus – a Tropical Stinkhorn (Phallus indusiatus), also known as bamboo fungus. The air rings to the sounds of cicadas, humming birds and tree-frogs. You ford a fast-flowing stream, and take a short walk up a hill. Then there you are – the first two of the seven sisters!

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The Waterfalls

The majestic roar of the waters dominates the atmosphere. It is, of course, an absolutely beautiful sight. It plunges down in the middle of the intense green of the rainforest. There are further wonderful waterfalls, but you will have to wait for our next visit to explore them. You should not go home without a hike to the first falls, however. In the early-morning rainforest air I sat entranced at this gorgeous sight! I simply did not want to leave.

Eventually, however, I turned away and headed back up the trail for a cooling drink at the little bar where you purchase your tickets to the falls. On my way up I happened across this wonderful sight: An early-morning millipede (Grenadians call these congarees) was out for his last stab at night-time foraging! He pointed the way to the refreshments at the end of my hike. What a tremendous world of natural wonder we inhabit!

I went to the falls on my own. If you would prefer, however, you can arrange for a guide to accompany you. You can secure this at the bar + ticket counter at the head of the trail. This is the little bar-building at the end of my millipede video. So you need to watch to the end to identify it!

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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.
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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!