Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

This adventure of Excited about Eating takes you through the Southern Caribbean where we visited three different restaurants for lunch during a seven-day cruise that left from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
St. Thomas: Cuzzin’s Caribbean Restaurant was off the beaten path, about a 30-minute walk from the ship. If some kind soul hadn’t taken pity on our sweaty, tomato-red faces and given us directions, we’d have missed it. 

Cuzzin’s Caribbean Restaurant

The calamari appetizer was excellent, crisp and fresh, with just the right amount of chew, and the dipping sauce was sweet with a tiny tang from the combination of pineapple, mango, tamarind and barbeque. We shared the Fried Seafood Combo which included fish filet, shrimp, and conch fritters with sides of mac and cheese and fried plantains. The seafood was cooked to perfection, flaky with a light batter that allowed the true taste of the seafood to come through.

Fried Seafood Combo

The conch fritters were not sweet or doughy like my wife prefers, but savory and very good. The mac and cheese had an unidentifiable spice and when we asked, the server would not give up the secret. Both the mac and cheese and plantains were equally good. I would rate this restaurant 4 forks out of 5.

Barbados: Mustor’s Restaurant was a 20-minute walk from the ship dock, and from what I’d read, appeared to be a local favorite. We shared the large portion (read HUGE!) fried Flyin Fish entrée, Field Peas with Rice, and Macaroni Pie, and had no problem sharing this meal. Barbados is known as “the land of the flying fish” and it is the national symbol of the country. 

Flying Fish

The fish was good, not fishy tasting but also not real crispy like I prefer. The field peas and rice were juicy and full of favor, and appeared to have been cooked together. The Mac Pie was really good, a thick piece, made from noodles that resembled elbow mac straightened out. Although they don’t accept charge cards, they do accept US dollars. No atmosphere and no a/c unless you consider the open air balcony. I would rate this restaurant 3 forks out of 5.
St. Maarten: We took the water taxi to Greenhouse Restaurant, which offered true Caribbean spirit with their beachy, open air environment in clear sight of the breaking waves. 

Me, inside on the left

I chose the Fish Taco Platter, consisting of two soft tacos, filled with fried basa vina served with lettuce, fresh cilantro, jack and cheddar cheese, salsa, ranch dressing and onions. The basa vina fish are not native to the Caribbean but are imported. The tacos were huge, with flavor to match their size. The fish was crispy and tender and all of the ingredients melded together. The fresh cilantro set these fish tacos above others I have had. They were served with Fried Plantains and fries, also tasty. 
My wife ordered the Fried Fish Sandwich using the same basa vina white flaky fish, but beer-battered, along with fries and cole slaw. 

Fish sandwich

The fish sandwich was crispy and not fishy tasting. The fries were cooked perfect, and the cole slaw was sweet and creamy, just the way she likes it. I would rate this restaurant 5 forks out of 5 for a family friendly restaurant serving outstanding food. Dora here. After chowing down on rich foods for a week on the cruise ship but no brewed iced tea, this is what I enjoyed most. 🙂 

Fresh brewed iced tea

lol. Seriously, folks, Greenhouse offered a perfect atmosphere paired with fantastic flavors and a breeze that kissed our cheeks. Who could ask for more from a restaurant?

As promised…PICTURES!

Because I know you just love looking at someone else’s vacation pictures! Ha! 

I’m sorry but I can’t help but share a handful. We had so much fun, and it was fabulous to get away and just soak in family time. No Internet, no cooking or cleaning, just a relaxing few days of treasured memories with our sons and family. 

Carnival Fantasy, our floating hotel for a few days

Hanging out in the lounge
My handsome guys…

We adopted our son’s friend (pictured on left) for the week. 
I don’t think he minded too much…
Usually we head to the mountains to chill, but here we are hanging out at the beach. We couldn’t have asked for a better day. Sun warming our backs, a sweet breeze kissing our cheeks, and sand sliding through our fingers. Loved it!

Can anybody say windy? Sheesh, talk about big hair.
My beautiful family
This last one cracks me up. Little Man usually hams it up for the camera with a huge smile, but he hardly cracked his lips for any of the formal pictures. He’s still a cutie!

See what I mean? Such treasured moments I will cherish forever!! 
I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into our lives and that you are able to enjoy special times like this with your loved ones!

What about you? How do you get together with your loved ones when they are spread across the country? What was one of your most memorable vacations?

Taking a blogging break…

Bon Voyage!

We’re sailing into uncharted territory.
This will be the first time cruising with our two sons, daughter-in-love, granddaughter, four-year-old grandson, and our son’s friend. We’re super excited!!  

When you see me again, I’ll be all golden and rested and….
Right! Probably lobster red and desperately in need of rest from our trip. Isn’t that the way it is with holidays and vacations?

I’ll be taking a short blogging break, but look for pictures when we return. Plenty of pictures. 🙂