An Island Gyal Livin' in the USA - Food

After about two weeks trying to figure out what I should write about first, it hits me. Food. Who wouldn't want to hear about some delicious food? Even further, who wouldn't want to hear about delectable food from another place?
 
When we think about food, the first thing that comes to mind is hamburgers, fries, ice-cream and so on. We never think about anything else. Since that's constantly on our minds, that's something we always want to eat. Having that said, we never think about the native food around us. Every place has native foods. It's an aspect that makes that place unique. Bahamian food is an eclectic combination of southern Black America (think cornbread, mac 'n' cheese, fried chicken) and Caribbean styles (peas 'n' rice, curried foods, seafood). However, what sets the Bahamas apart from other places is our love for
island spices. 
 
For starters, an essential breakfast includes grits. Now, when I say grits, think about yellow grits, fresh corn grains. In other cultures, grits are something that is given to pigs or a food poor people eat, but in the Bahamas, grits is a staple food. You
can't go wrong with grits! Some things we like to eat with grits are sausage (fried or steamed bologna), tuna salad, steam tuna, corn beef, egg, sardine, you name it. My favorite is a tuna and sausage combo. You can't go wrong with that. Next, we like
to eat souse for breakfast as well. Souse is a clear broth where meat and vegetables are boiled down, and it is eaten with grits or Johnny cake (similar to Cornbread). The most popular souse is chicken souse. Other types of souse are turkey, sheep
tongue, and pig feet, to name a few. The name may be unappealing, but if made by the right "Bahama Mama," you'd be begging for more. 
 
Onto lunch, dinner, brunch, or any other meal, excluding breakfast. These foods can be eaten at almost any time of day. To name a few, conch, crawfish (rock lobster), fried snapper, grouper fingers, peas 'n' rice, baked macaroni 'n' cheese, crab
salad, guava duff, and rum cake. I didn't even name a few. The list is too long. In the Bahamas, we eat a lot of good food. 
 
Now, an absolute Bahamian favorite is "chicken in the bag." "Chicken in the bag" is a fried piece of chicken thigh and fries with lots of ketchup and hot sauce. Some people like to add mayo and onions. Bahamians would eat this at any hour of the day.
After a long day at work, they eat chicken in the bag. After a long night of partying, they eat chicken in the bag. Back in the day (1900's and early 00's), chicken and the bag was served in a brown paper bag with some foil, but today, they are served
on plates in brown paper bags or food containers in brown paper bags. Lol, the brown paper bag seems to remain the common denominator. 
 
Lastly, I didn't think I could end this blog by giving you all an insight on some Bahamian drinks. The Bahamas has a great nightlife, but what is a nightlife without alcohol or even some virgin native beverages.  Just like most countries, the Bahamas has
two native beers, Sands beer, and Kalik. Most Bahamians profoundly prefer to drink a Kalik over a Sands beer, but that can be debatable. Also, a drink you may see sold all over the world and is native to the Bahamas is the "Bahama Mama." The
Bahama Mama was named after Dottie Lee Anderson, a Caribbean dancer and performer in the 1930s who also went by the stage name "Bahama Mama." This drink is a combination of rum, coconut rum, grenadine syrup, orange juice, pineapple
juice, and some ice. Some other drinks that Bahamians like to drink are coconut water, daiquiris (of all flavors), "switcha" (Bahamian lemonade), sky juice (beverage combining coconut water or coconut milk, condensed milk or evaporated milk, and
alcohol) and goombay smash (pineapple and orange juice, coconut rum, light, gold and dark rum). This is not an instructional on how to make Bahamian drinks, but I just thought it would have been nice to let you guys know what the drinks of made
of.
 
There are so many tasty foods native to the Bahamas, and I wish I could tell you guys all. But I couldn't make this blog longer than it is. The food in the Bahamas is one of the highlights. I hope you guys can taste some soon!
 
Hungry yet?