Barbados

Do flying fish fly?Yes and no. Flying fish can break through the surface of the water and fly distances of up to 100 yd at about 30mph, but they do not actually fly the same way as birds, because birds flap their wings during flight. Instead, the flying fish gets its power and speed from its tail fin, which it moves from side to side with powerful strokes.

Flying fish

The icon of the islands is found on coins, bills, and menus. flying fish is usually served lightly breaded and fried, with a yellow sauce. be warned that this yellow sauce consists of very hot scotch bonnet peppers with onions in a mustard sauce.

Pepperpot

A must, a dish of long tradition and great pride among the bajans, a pork stew in a spicy dark brown sauce.

Try cutters, a local sandwich made using Salt Bread not regular sandwich bread. Varieties include flying fish cutters, ham cutters and the popular bread and two two fishcakes in a salt bread.

Visitors seeking fast food will probably be disappointed; the burger chains of the US failed miserably upon introduction to Barbados Bajans eat nearly no beef. However, chicken and fish sandwiches are wildly popular, so KFC and the local chain Chefette are ubiquitous. Try the rotis at Chefette.

Bajan cuisine is a strange mix of spicy, flavorful treats along with traditional English fare. So be prepared for meals where fiery stews sit side-by-side with beans on toast.

Every Friday night the place to be is the town of Oistins on the south coast for the "fish fry". This is a market where you can buy fresh fish cooked according to local recipes. Locals stay there late and dance until the early hours of the morning. This is now the second most popular tourist attraction on the island, after Harrison's Cave.

There are many fine restaurants on the island with the top two being The Cliff on the west coast and Cin Cin by the Sea also on the west coast. Both are quite expensive, but serve beautiful food and a wonderful dining experience, overlooking the sea. Still, you can find many hidden gems if you look hard enough. For inexpensive local dishes try Cuz's Fish Stand near the Hilton Hotel, Sand Dunes restaurant on the east coast and Lemon Harbor in the St.John countryside.

Fish cakes, BBQ pig tails, fresh coconut, and roasted peanuts are offered by the many street vendors.