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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Killer Bees & Dr. Pastry: Food Finds, Nevis Style

Much fancier than we expected for lambi (conch) from
Sunshine Beach Bar, Nevis.

Who could resist trying something called the “World Famous Killer Bee” rum drink from Sunshine beach bar on Nevis?  Not Galley Wench Tales!  And a side of lambi (conch – think really big shellfish a bit like a chewy scallop) with that,to boot.

It seemed the perfect end to a big chunk of our day spent on country entrance regulations.  It was.

 I was curious and it was no trouble findingKiller Bee recipes, including this one from Food.com,
so I guess it really is world famous.
Pinky, our bartender and waitress, whipped out the premixed concoction from a bottle of Mount Gay Rum (though betting the Killer Bee was not Mount Gay), sloshed it over ice, and grated fresh nutmeg over the top.  Presto. 

Much like a Long Island Iced Tea it was smooth, refreshing, and in this case Caribbean-fruity.  But unlike a Long Island Iced Tea, I could definitely taste that this was no Shirley Temple drink.

The lambi was $50 EC (about $18 USD) and more of a meal when I wanted a (cheap) snack.  But it was beautifully presented and buttery and garlicky delicious.  It was the texture of a meaty mushroom.  Wayne asked Pinky if they pounded lambi.  “No, we marinated it, then cook it in a garlic-butter sauce.”  Finding a recipe that looked like their was less fruitful than my “Killer Bee” google.  Bummer for Wayne was afterward I was too lazy and full to cook dinner, but he did wheedle me into baking fresh bread – thanks to Lili for her easy recipe)

Wasn't able to get Dr. Pastry to pose with his work, but
he was willing to have his picture taken.
Despite the Caribbean, I guess I’m still not that used to rum drinks.  Got a late start sluggy yesterday after waking up with a slight headache – major rarity for me.  I’d been warned about those Killer Bees.  That why I only drank one – and nothing else but water!

Does that mean more rum drinks?  Or less?  Hmmmm.  You tell me!

Our next taste of Nevis, literally, came when Wayne flagged down a fellow walking down the road in front of us, carring a clear plastic box of what looked like turnoevers.  “Are you selling those?” Wayne asked.

“Why yes.  They’re $5 [EC – so about $1.75 USD] each.  I make them myself.  I’m the most popular guy on the island; I’m Doctor Pastry.”

Savory salt fish pastry -- not at all "fishy."
Wayne ate one of his apple turnovers, and I savored a salt fish one, which even the less culinary adventurous Wayne liked.  Perfectly light and flaky.  Even my Dad, piemaker extrodinaire, would likely agree.

Apple:  Doctor Pastry’s
favorite,and happily, not
too sweet.
They were pretty as a picture. Dang!
We were too hungry after our walk
to get a photo before we took a bite.