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Monday, March 9, 2015

From My Tastebuds to Yours!

Bon Appetit

By:  Marcia King-Gamble

I'm the first to admit I have something of an international palate. This is my fancy way of saying I pretty much eat anything you put down in front of me. The more exotic the food the fare the better. There are few foods I turn up my nose to.

Even as a young girl growing up in "the islands," I loved native delicacies like souse; a combination of pickled pig’s feet combined in a cucumber like sauce. On Saturdays we had black pudding. Some of you might know it as blood pudding. It's sausage stuffed with animal blood and it's yummy. Yes, yes I know it sounds gross but is anything but. One of my favorite breakfasts is a codfish stew with dumplings which you eat with bakes, otherwise known as Johnny Cakes.

Fresh out of college, I got hired as a flight attendant and with that came the opportunity to travel the world. Now the budding foodie in me had yet another opportunity to sample local international dishes. Flight attendant are always on a budget so we ate where locals ate and that usually meant plentiful food and cheap.

In Frankfurt we headed for the Gas Station for the best weinersnitchel there is. In India believe it or not, the Chinese food beat the curry. In London it was the curry, mushy peas and fish and chips that kept us coming back. Some of the best escargot I ever had was in Hong Kong, and the same can be said for rack of lamb. Although Kiwis might argue that.

No one makes a better salad than the French. And if you want to experience the way it should be cooked, then head to the Tokyo fish market. For excellent bratwurst it's Berlin.  And when it comes to cracked conch, the Bahamians have that market cornered.

Given all this talk of food, I am suddenly hungry, and sadly this woman is not a gourmet cook. What I am good at is finding wonderful holes in the wall, and some even take reservations.

Marcia King-Gamble hails from a sunny Caribbean island where the sky and ocean are the same mesmerizing shade of blue. She is a former travel industry executive and a self-proclaimed globetrotter. Marcia is particularly fond of Hong Kong, Venice, and New Zealand, not only for the scenery, but because of the mouthwatering food. A National Bestselling author, Marcia has penned 29 books and 5 novellas.  Her free time is spent at the gym, traveling, and with her animal family.

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Judith Ashley said...

I grew up never wanting to try anything "new" and although I'm not in your league, Marcia, I've certainly expanded what I think are delicious foods because I was adventurous enough to try them.

Marcia King-Gamble said...

Being adventurous is key. Keeping an open mind does introduce us to a whole new world! Bon appetit!

Diana McCollum said...

I love hole in the wall restaurants! We've had some of our best meals in those establishments. Great Post!