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Archive for November, 2010

Amazing Dominica island Sunset

No matter the season, there’s nothing quite like watching the blazing sun drop below the Caribbean blue horizon.

It’s amazing to see the blue sky burn into radiant shades of yellow, red, orange, and purple before the light goes out.

Dominica’s west coast has countless places to watch this gorgeous scene but here are waterfront hotels and restaurants you can consider the next time you’re out looking for the perfect end to your day.

Excerpt from item 175 of “Dominica 100 + Things to Do” Booklet (2010):

Relish the moment at Evergreen Hotel or the Achorage Hotel in Castle Comfort; Titiwi Inn in Citronnier just south of Roseau; on the Bay Front at the Fort Young Hotel’s Waterfront Restaurant or up the coast at Tamarind Tree Hotel in Macoucherie; or the following in Picard: Picard Beach Wellness Eco-centre; Le Flambeau Restaurant at the Portsmouth Beach Hotel, Bar De Champ, or Sister’s Sea Lodge, just to name a few.

On a clear day, watch for that famous “green flash” – and make a wish!

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Located deep in the Morne Trois Piton National Park is Dominca’s tallest waterfall – The Middleham Falls. At 150 feet, you’ll need to take a one-hour hike through fern- and orchid-filled rainforest.

This spectacular waterfall can be accessed for 2 trailheads. Start from either cochrane (turn inland by the Old Mill Cultural Centre in Canefield) or from the roseau Valley, lookout a large sign on the left just before the village of laudat.

On the way to and from the falls, look for and smell the stinking Hole, which is filled with thousands of bats.

And don’t forget to take your bathing suit – you might just need it. Are you familiar with Middleham Falls? Share what you know with other travelers in the comments

Tip: Make sure your camera is well protected (w/ a waterproof camera bag or in plastic bags), to prevent the large amount of spray given off by the Falls from entering your camera.

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Aside from the island’s nature, the people of Dominica may be proud of their cuisine, which is very attractive for the tourists.

Even if tourists travel strictly for sightseeing and activities, they will never deny a possibility to try local foods and drinks, unless those fit their dislikes or restrictions

This does not result from their habitude but from the opposite. The fact may be perfectly explained by ordinary human curiosity combined with travelers’ lack of the stay-at-home lifestyle — and thus fewer food preferences.

To fully understand a cuisine you don’t have to eat all the possible dishes it can offer to you. What is necessary, then? Learning its background.

Dominica’s cuisine’s diversity derives from the location and the culture. The location factors include the environment, the climate, and the structure of the island. The cultural factors include the customs, the history and the different influences.

The cuisine of Dominica is kind of European. What you can find in the Great Britain or in the United States, is what you can find in Dominica. When it comes to specific things, such as cucumbers, it can even be popular. But still, I said “kind of”. In general, the cuisine is independent, and its dishes are unique.

When talking about a cuisine, the first question risen up is, “What can their nature give?” That’s perfectly logical, because if locals can’t easily get some plant or animal, it’s not likely to become a part of a national dish.

 Green seasoningPhotos from “Dominica Food and Drink” guide

If you expect the cuisine of Dominica consist of tropical fruits and vegetables, you are right (unless you think they are its sole components), they are widespread and not expensive. You can try Caribbean dishes whose ingredients are such fruits as bananas, breadfruits, avocados and many others. The dishes are not just exotic, they are very tasty and nutritious. And if you have them at a restaurant, they are going to be authentic. Restaurants are held by households, and all the dishes are homemade. This does not have any effect on the meals as nutrients, but homemade dishes look nicer and taste better.

If you are not a vegan, don’t forget Dominica can offer plenty of seafood. It’s an island, remember? Islands are typically surrounded by seas, and that’s good. Plus, it’s a large island with lakes and rivers. I think you ought to know that, just in case you don’t like lobsters, but crayfish makes you forget about everything except for your hunger.

Meat courses are also a part of the national cuisine. Have you ever tried a properly cooked opossum? It’s delicious. What about agoutis? Adventure novels of the XIX century advertised them a lot, and here is your chance to try them for yourself. Best time for eating them lasts from October to November.

What is Dominica? For some people, it’s the best place to see the nature. For some people it’s the best people to try the nature. For some people, it’s the best place to accept what nature can give you. And Dominica’s cuisine combines these.

For more information about Dominica’s delicious local dishes visit foodanddrink.Dominica facebook page.

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