Friday, December 10, 2010

A taste of Saint Martin

Posted By on Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 3:55 PM

I ducked out on celebrating Thanksgiving this year and took my friend up on an invite to visit his family in Saint Martin.

We spent the majority of our time on the French side of the island, which delivered some pretty amazing (and oftentimes pricey) culinary opportunities.

I'm just now caught up enough to share a handful of foodie photos from the week, so here goes:

Youre in the Caribbean — how could you not talk about rum first? The drink is truly everywhere in Saint Martin, mostly in the form of infused rums. I tried everything from vanilla and cinnamon to guava berry flavors.
  • Matthew Schniper
  • You're in the Caribbean — how could you not talk about rum first? The drink is truly everywhere in Saint Martin, mostly in the form of infused rums. I tried everything from vanilla and cinnamon to guava berry flavors.

After rum, youve gotta talk next about spice. I caught a Saturday spice and craft market in Marigot. Suffice to say, its a colorful beyond sense-pleasing affair.
  • Matthew Schniper
  • After rum, you've gotta talk next about spice. I caught a Saturday spice and craft market in Marigot. Suffice to say, it's a colorful beyond sense-pleasing affair.

More spices for relatively fair prices.

And after run and spices, youve got to check out the hot sauces in the Caribbean. Outside of these market sauces, my favorite heat experience came with Matouks Calypso Sauce, available for order on Amazon actually.
  • Matthew Schniper
  • And after run and spices, you've got to check out the hot sauces in the Caribbean. Outside of these market sauces, my favorite heat experience came with Matouk's Calypso Sauce, available for order on Amazon actually.

A super cute eatery called El Cafecito in Grand Case delivers each of its meals on slate tiles. Here, I enjoyed chicken curry, fried plantains and doughy little fish fritters. Washed down with the most drinkable beer on the island thats imported fromt the Dominican Republic: Presidente.
  • Matthew Schniper
  • A super cute eatery called El Cafecito in Grand Case delivers each of its meals on slate tiles. Here, I enjoyed chicken curry, fried plantains and doughy little fish fritters. Washed down with the most drinkable beer on the island that's imported fromt the Dominican Republic: Presidente.


Lastly, from my best meal out at a contemporary French outfit called LEstaminet, also in Grand Case, comes this amazing soup course. Youre looking at asparagus soup served with bacon creme brulee and camembert ice cream. As great as the bacon addition was to the less-than-dessert-sweet creme brulee, the camembert ice cream was simply stunning. It sported the typical, creamy texture but was less sugary and brought a mildly pungent, pleasant aftertaste.
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Lastly, from my best meal out at a contemporary French outfit called L'Estaminet, also in Grand Case, comes this amazing soup course. You're looking at asparagus soup served with bacon creme brulee and camembert ice cream. As great as the bacon addition was to the less-than-dessert-sweet creme brulee, the camembert ice cream was simply stunning. It sported the typical, creamy texture but was less sugary and brought a mildly pungent, pleasant aftertaste.

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