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Caribbean Cuisine - Guide to Tropical Food and Dining

From jerk chicken in Jamaica to cracked conch in the Cayman Islands, the Caribbean is home to a fascinating variety of local foods influenced by cultures from across the globe. Whether you're looking for a guide to culinary exploration on your next trip or a recipe to take home a taste of the islands, we've got a full plate to share with you!
  1. Glossary and Pronunciation of Tropical Fruits and Vegetables
  2. Glossary and Pronunciation of Tropical Roots and Tubers
  3. Recipes (11)
  4. Tropical Drink Guide (14)

Introduction to Spanish Caribbean Food Latin Cooking History and Culture
Latin Caribbean cuisine is an amazing blending of tropical tastes and multicultural influences. It is a celebration of aromatic, sweet and tart, piquant and mild citrus flavors. To understand and appreciate it, you must first understand the history behind the food.

Latin Caribbean Food Basics
Learn about the origins of Latin Caribbean food. Review a glossary of Latin cuisine ingredients. Get buying advice for equipment. Read about the health and nutritional value of Latin Caribbean dishes and get recipes for special diets, such as low fat, vegan, and diabetic.

Top 5 Easy Latin Caribbean Recipes
Have you decided to take the plunge and start cooking Latin Caribbean food, but don't know where to start? Here are easy recipes that will give you an idea of the tastes and flavors used in Latin Caribbean cooking.

Puerto Rican Food Profile - Puerto Rico Cocina Criolla
The principal cooking style in Puerto Rican cuisine is called “cocina criolla”, which literally means Creole cooking. Most Americans will associate Creole cooking with Louisiana’s Cajun cuisine, but that’s not the case here. In the Spanish speaking islands, “criollo” refers to Spanish Americans of European descent. Hence, “cocina criolla” is the cuisine created by the European (mostly Spanish) colonists using their traditional recipes coalesced with native Caribbean foods and cooking styles.

Tipping Etiquette and Tipping Guidelines for Restaurants Around the World
Tipping is one of the first etiquette challenges you'll encounter when you're a traveling foodie. What are the guidelines for the size of the tip you leave for your waiter or waitress when you're done with your meal? You risk an uncomfortable situation if you get it wrong. Here's a country-by-country tipping guide so you get it right.

What is Salt Fish? About salt fish, bacalao, bacalhau, baccalà
Salt Fish is fresh fish that has been salt-cured and dried until all the moisture has been extracted.

About Green Seasoning in Caribbean Cuisine
Green Seasoning is a mixture of fresh herbs, onions, garlic and hot peppers. Green Seasoning is a must-have in any Caribbean kitchen. It is used as the foundation to many dishes and is very similar to the Latin-Caribbean sofrito.

Caribbean Roots and Tubers - Ground Provisions
In the Caribbean, tubular root vegetables are called Ground Provisions. They are so called because the vegetables themselves are encased in the ground during growth and when harvested, they are dug up from the soil. Fresh Ground Provisions always have some soft bits of soil on them.

What are Cutters? Cutter Bread
A cutter is a bread roll that is cut in half, crossways and stuffed with a savory filling. A cutter is a very famous type of sandwich made, sold and served throughout Barbados.

Cuban Food Profile
As the first and last Spanish colony in the Caribbean, Cuban food still has strong ties to Spanish influences. During the colonial era Havana was an important trading port and Spanish immigrants passed through the city before moving on to other towns and islands. Many of the immigrants were from southern Spain; hence many Cuban dishes have their roots in Andalucía.

Top 6 Latin Caribbean Cookbooks
No matter what your skill level, you'll enjoy these books.

Latin and Caribbean Meals Made Easy
Easy and simple recipes. Ingredients to have on hand and how to stock your pantry with Latin and Caribbean ingredients

Top Essential Caribbean Pantry Items
Authentic Latin Caribbean recipes do not require a lot of strange ingredients with short shelf lives. However, as in all cuisines, there are some basic Latin Caribbean ingredients that you should stock in your pantry.

Caribbean Pork Beans and Rice
This skillet meal is so easy to make and is so wonderfully flavored.

The Cuban Sandwich
A Cuban Sandwich, sometimes called a cubano, is a Latin variation on a grilled ham and cheese sandwich.

Caribbean Rum: A Social and Economic History
Caribbean Rum is the story of a New World invention--hard liquor distilled from sugar cane and byproducts--and its role in the European and African colonization of the American continents.

Caribbean Crockpot Pork
These wonderful warm spices from the islands infuse the pork as it cooks to tender perfection in your crockpot.

Introduction to Latin Caribbean Culinary Tastes
Latin Caribbean cuisine is an amazing blending of tropical tastes and multicultural influences. It is a celebration of aromatic, sweet and tart, piquant and mild citrus flavors. To understand and appreciate it, you must first understand the history behind the food.

Top 7 Essential Caribbean Cooking Equipment
Fortunately, Latin Caribbean cuisine doesn't require a bunch of special cooking equipment. Most of the cooking equipment you already have will be sufficient. The following specialty pots, pans and utensils will help you in preparing your favorite recipes anytime. If you don't have the following items, substitutes are suggested.

Top Caribbean Rums
Rum is intimately entwined with the history and culture of the Caribbean. White, dark, and spiced rums, which had humble origins as by products of sugar-cane production, are produced in nearly every Caribbean nation -- some for export, some for connoisseurs, and some primarily for local consumption. In collaboration with Uncommon Carribbean ...

Caribbean Choice
The Caribbean Choice online community includes a bulletin board where members and visitors post their favorite Caribbean recipes.

Paula Deen's Caribbean Recipes
Recipes for down-home Caribbean dishes from The Food Network's Paula Deen.

Cuban Sandwich Recipe - How to Make a Cuban Sandwich Video
Want a taste of Havana during your next lunch break? With six ingredients and five easy steps, you can make the perfect pressed Cuban sandwich.

Fried Plantains - How to Make Fried Plantains Video
A quick, two-step procedure is all it takes to make this Caribbean specialty, fried plantains. See how it's done, along with a delicious citrus dipping sauce to pair with the plantains.

Best Caribbean Street Food
A list of the top street food from the islands of the Caribbean, including Jamaican jerk, doubles from Trinidad, roti, goat, and more.

The Treasure of El Dorado - Discovering Demerara Rums from Guyana
Reviews of El Dorado Demerara Rums from Guyana, part of the South American Caribbean

Caribbean Rum: A Traveler's Guide

Taste of the Caribbean
The Caribbean Hotel Association's annual Taste of the Caribbean offers insight into the region's best restaurants and innovative dishes; the website provides a nice, concise overview of Caribbean cuisine.

Spice Isle Food for Thought
Blog on the cuisine and cooking of Grenada.

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