|Our guide, Alexi, begins rowing us down the Indian River.|
We’re kinda cheapskates and normally avoid paid tour guides like the plague, but decided to trust Dave. Good call!
|Dominica’s Indian River|
mangroves cast an otherworldly
aura, filled with unique flora
and fauna that twists, slithers
|White egret, along the|
Indian River, Dominica.
|Alexi loaded us up with a veritable bounty… passion fruit,|
star fruit (aka “five finger”), sweet orange, grapefruit,
green beans, okra, lemongrass, bay leaves….
NPR Splendid Table’s Lynne Rosetto Kasper once mentioned using bay leaves was a waste of time, that most cooks are better off just adding lemon juice instead. Fresh bay leaves, she explained, are lemony, bearing no resemblance to those dusty dark olive-green dried leaves most of us are more familiar with. Now, thanks to Alexi and his brother, I know, firsthand what she means!
|Like a Pied Piper, Alexi leads us through|
his brother’s sprawling plantation,
where a variety of fruits, vegetables
and herbs are grown.
|While “Dynamite,” Alexi’s|
brother’s homegrown rum
concoction sounds more
like white lightening or
Everclear, it’s much more
juicy than rum-y and we’re
saving it to share as a special
treat with other cruisers for