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Eating in Curaçao, Dutch Antilles

I wish I could eat in each one of the countries we visited on the cruise!

In reality, I knew it would be difficult to get my hands on local foods for one reason or another.

In the Bahamas, we were dropped off at a secluded part of an island basically ran by the staff of the cruise ship – no local food.

In Aruba, everything near the strip off the port was touristy.

There were quite a few eateries but they were serving sandwiches, pizza and pasta.

Colombia and Costa Rica were challenging because we only have enough time to tour but not enough to eat locally.

A Glimpse of Street Food Life in Cartagena, Colombia  L: fruit vendor -- R Top: sweet cookies snacks -- R bottom: orange juice vendor

A Glimpse of Street Food Life in Cartagena, Colombia
L: fruit vendor — R Top: sweet cookies snacks — R bottom: orange juice vendor

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Maple Glazed Berbere Wings and Lost Lake Cafe

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Spicy hot, these chicken wings were tasty, filled with salty, sweet and aromatic spices.

Smelled like berbere but tasted like curry, they were detox-approved and fairly healthy!

 

INGREDIENTS

1.5 lb chicken wings

1 tsp salt

1 tsp berbere

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp celery seeds

maple syrup

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Isarn Thai Soul Kitchen

Super excited to find out that the folks who brought us Bai Tong, opened a regional Thai restaurant at Kirkland waterfront called Isarn Thai Soul Kitchen.

I was floored by my last regional Thai food experience at Pestle Rock — I could not wait to try this place out!

The restaurant is neatly decorated; designed well and plenty of details attended to including the menus.

dinner menu's cover and back is made with gorgeous carved wood

dinner menu’s cover and back are made with gorgeous carved wood

lunch menu is in a little flat wood box with magnet

lunch menu is in a little flat wood box with magnet

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Common Bond and Lucky’s Puccias

Common Bond — I heard my sister talked about it over and over, and we intended to visit on Monday but they were not opened.

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Tuesday it was!

An awesome pastry place with simple, modern and elegant décor; Common Bond served pastries and hot breakfasts, desserts and lunch from their store, along with excellent coffee and fresh squeezed orange juice.

The minute we walked into the store, the pleasant buttery sweet pastry smell surrounded us immediately.

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Healthy Salmon Salad (No Mayo) and Toulouse Petit

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I roasted the last of our whole wild sockeye salmon for the season using an awesome simple recipe from Jamie Oliver.

The next day, I was really uninterested in reheating the left over salmon, and decided to experiment.

It turned out to be a successful endeavor: salmon and cooked squash.

The moisture in the cooked squash was sufficient to adhere all the ingredients together without the use of any mayonnaise — added health benefit.

Canned salmon can be substituted for left over salmon in this recipe, and I paired the salmon salad with our own pickled green tomatoes.

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