If you saw our last blog post you know I traveled to St. Lucia with my family a few months ago. One of my favorite things to do when traveling to new places is trying their local food. I always feel like you can learn so much about an area's culture when trying meals the locals typically eat.
On my trip to St. Lucia I had the opportunity to try a traditional Creole breakfast. The breakfast included local cocoa tea, stewed saltfish, smoked herring, johnny bakes, pickled cucumber, tomato, avocado, and fried plantains.
The cocoa tea was similar to a lighter version of American hot chocolate, but definitely not as sweet. Served on a large platter was everything else. The stewed saltfish, like the name suggests, was the saltiest fish I’d ever tasted. The smoked Herring weirdly enough tasted a little like a smoked jerky. The johnny bakes were by far my favorite thing I tried, they tasted like a light and fluffy, melt in your mouth cornbread doughnut. The pickled cucumber, tomato, avocado and fried ripe plantain were also delicious!
While I have to admit the fish wasn't my favorite, I thought it was really interesting to try something that was uniquely St. Lucian. What made the experience even better was the servers who were so proud to share their local breakfast with me and explain what everything was.
Hope this inspired you to try the local cuisine of wherever you travel to next!