I recently went to Sandals in St. Lucia for a much needed vacation. And it wasn’t just any vacation…it was my Honeymoon. I got married earlier this month so July was filled with chaos, for lack of a better word. There was lots to do and my wife and I spent every waking minute working towards our Wedding day. Now that it’s over, and everything went smoothly, I can honestly say
I’m glad it’s over I’m happy my wife and I can move on to the next step in our lives.
I was so busy in July, I barely had a chance to go out and eat. And that’s not a good thing when you are trying to run a food blog! Luckily, on my Honeymoon, I had plenty of time to relax and taste the cuisine that is indigenous to this beautiful Tropical island.
For those that don’t know, St. Lucia is an island country in the Eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean. It’s located fairly close to St. Vincent and Barbados. Check the map below – I circled St. Lucia in red.
Other than Tourism, St. Lucia’s main source of commerce is bananas. It is something so simple, something we as Americans take for granted. But to St. Lucians, bananas are more than just a fruit, it is their livelihood. Without bananas, St. Lucia would have…nothing.
Mangoes are also very important to St. Lucians. One piece of advice – if you see a mango tree on someone’s property, consider it a forbidden fruit. If you steal someone’s mango, it is a Federal offense and you will be arrested immediately. Seriously.
I avoided the risk altogether and legally (and wisely) ordered some mangoes at my resort. I can honestly say, I have never tasted a fruit so delicious in my life. I’ve had my fair share of mangoes back home but they have never tasted so fresh, so ripe, so juicy. There’s no comparison to St. Lucia. And it makes me depressed to know I probably won’t ever have a mango like it again!
On my first night, I ordered the Pork Chop pictured above. It was AMAZING! It was my first introduction to the bold flavors of St. Lucia. They sure love their spices! The Caribbean Barbecue sauce was both tangy and spicy…very spicy actually. In the states, it may be considered too spicy for some. But not for me. I loved it!
The pineapple salsa added some freshness and kept the pork juicy. The sweetness also counterbalanced the many spices in the sauce. Incorporating fruit is a common theme when dining on the island. The addition of pineapples was a great touch in my opinion.
My wife ordered the Jerk Chicken which is an island favorite found on virtually every menu. St Lucians love their jerk sauce. They smother it on Steak, Chicken, Pork, Shrimp, Lamb, and just about everything else. There is only one word to describe this sauce…SPICY!
Jerk sauces typically get their fiery taste from Scotch Bonnet Peppers, one of the hottest peppers in the world. Nonetheless, St. Lucia’s variation is more palatable than it sounds. My wife doesn’t have much of a tolerance for spicy dishes, but this Jerk Chicken was bearable for her. It was still very spicy, but it did not burn your taste buds like you may expect. I learned to love Jerk Chicken, and by the end of the trip, I probably ate it half a dozen times. I wish I could get an authentic version in the states!
I hate to sound cliche and say that St. Lucia is like paradise, but it really was. I’ve never been anywhere so beautiful. Sometimes called the Hawaii of the Caribbean for its volcanoes, black sand beaches, lush green mountains, and crystal blue water, it was more like Heaven on earth.
Here are a few more pictures to conclude my trip.