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#ZOOMERTRAV­ELS INSPIRATIO­N 3. A TASTE OF THE CULINARY CARIBBEAN

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Crystal waters, blue skies, sandy beaches – yes, those are the things that come to mind when we think of the Caribbean. But there’s also the food. While many of us are familiar with beef patties and jerk chicken from Jamaica, other gems include Creole cuisine on islands like St. Lucia, also known for its chocolate; and internatio­nal chef offerings like on Anguilla, where the world’s only CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa can be found. And for coffee lovers, Puerto Rico is opening its coffee plantation­s to see and stay. Here are two other of the island chain’s destinatio­ns on our radar.

Tucked beneath Cuba with Central America to the west, the Cayman

Islands (a group of three) is home to the Caribbean’s only AAA Five Diamond restaurant Blue, by Eric Ripert (A). The Ritz-Carlton on Grand Cayman is the only place you can try the celeb chef’s fare outside of his NYC restaurant, le Bernardin. Bonus: some of the best in the world flock annually to Ripert’s Cayman Cookout, including Emeril Lagasse and Normand Laprise of Montreal’s Toqué. Lynn Crawford, another Canadian all-star chef, lists Agua for the fresh catch and Heritage Kitchen for local, rustic fare, among her favourites. Also try The Brasserie, the place where farm- and sea-to-table took hold in Cayman. visitcayma­nislands.com/ en-ca. Dominica (pronounced Domin-EEK-a, not to be confused with the Dominican Republic) is in the Eastern Caribbean. This mountainou­s, rain-forest–laced, volcanic island – known as the Nature Island – is a magnet for those who want to go off the beaten track.

Tourism was ravaged after Hurricane Irma and Hurricane

Maria both ripped through the island in 2017. The island was recently in the news when it was announced that through their new charity, the non-profit Archewell Foundation, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will fund a community relief centre there. (This is part of über-chef José Andrés’s World Central Kitchen, which has been feeding the hungry in disaster-hit areas since 2010.)

In November 2020, Dominica was recognized by National Geographic Traveller UK as the only Caribbean island to make its Best of the World 2021 list for adventure. Known for deep-sea diving and whale watching, it was its rich rain forests and hiking, however, that gave it the winning edge. Forest bathing takes on greater meaning here: take a walk through the rain forest of Morne

Trois Pitons National Park, a World Heritage Site, and you’ll arrive at the mouth of a volcano. But not just any volcano. Boiling Lake is a fumarole that was flooded with water, creating a lake-like pool. No swimming here, however, but viewing this unique bubbling cauldron of steam and vapour is worth the journey.

And then there’s the island’s Creole heritage, influenced by its historic melting pot of Carib, English, French and African, celebrated through the cuisine and the arts. French cooking techniques get the local treatment for stewed chicken and beef or soups of fish and dumplings. Local delicacies include crab backs – seasoned crabmeat baked in its shell; the sausagelik­e black pudding you may know from the Brits; and souse, pickled pigs feet served with cucumber and penny bread. But there’s also an emphasis on plant-based ingredient­s. Lettuce, spinach and watercress feature highly along with dasheen, yams and callaloo, which is the base for Callaloo Soup, Dominica’s national dish. The World Creole Music Festival, where one can toast with a rumbased Ponche de Creme, is held annually over three days at the end of October (with a brief pandemic-driven hiatus last year) and accounts for about 10 per cent of the island’s annual tourism. discover dominica.com/en

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Lakeside in Manitoba Nk’Mip wine labels by Osoyoos Indian Band artist Linda Anderson; “The Chief” sculpture by Virgil (Smoker) Marchand, Osoyoos, B.C.
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Chef Eric Ripert’s take on fresh catch at Blue on Grand Cayman
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The Emerald Pool waterfall, Dominica
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