As published in the current issue of WhereWhenHow
Living in NYC, trying to keep up with the ever so changing dining scene can be quite a challenge. A challenge to avoid according to my Gastroenterologist and Accountant (Its the same person). As a visitor, I’m finding a similar challenge in the island I like to call Providenciales! Rotating chefs, new local spots, new local gatherings (fish fry), and yet another new Italian (yes please) are just some of the exciting changes as of late. More choices normally result in a higher bar. A higher bar means a well fed, happier consumer. Here are 7 dishes that made us happy during the last trip.
B-52s rolls at Sora. Fresh Tuna? check. Avocado? check. Rice Krispies? Yummo! (It appears that the blogger community adopted “Yummo” as the new “Yummy” which reached its expiration date). This was a delicious little snack we shared with our Kite Boarding
meshugenahs friends. The name most likely derived from when you pick it up with your chopsticks, it will explode and dirty your pants. When you pick it up with a fork however, it will stain your shirt.. and dirty your pants. I later found out the dish was invented by the owner of a local Laundromat.
Conch Salad at Bugaloos. This is one of those dishes that you know will be good as soon as it arrives. Fresh, plentiful, tender conch that you just cant stop chowing. No surprises here. Unlike the surprise my 11 year old got the other day when her beloved Tootsie Role Industries stock sank as part of her school stock market game. ”But daddy, its Tootsie Role! Who doesnt love Tootsie Role?” Same people who love Airplane over Top Secret kid. Enemies of America!
Lobster Risotto With Shiitake at Seaside Café. Probably the most palatable Risotto we’ve had since the truffled beauty we had in Riva Del Garda, Italy (Show off!). Rich, perfectly creamy, perfectly seasoned awesomeness that comes in one size: ”Grande” (Read “American”, for Americans, in America. Ok, not quite America but you know what I mean. It just sounds more convincing like that)
Homemade Troccoli “alla Chitarra” with Octopus at Caicos Cafe. Jimmy Hendrix couldn’t play a sweeter tune. Chef “Mad Max” utilizes all sorts of tools in this one including a guitar-like instrument (Chitarra) that he presses against the dough sheet. The result is Pici-like (Tuscan pasta), wonderfully chewy, al dente goodness. Add a super tender South Caicos caught octopus (another tool used to tenderize the Octopus), peas, roasted tomatoes, and basil (all cooked in the octopus own juices), and you have another Caicos Café classic.
Grilled Lobster at Coco Bistro. No wonder everyone looks happy at Provo’s most popular dining spot. The “it’s a small world” ride of Provo continues to shine and dish out goodies such as this that just makes people weep with joy. Caribbean Lobsta! - buttery, sweet, tender, with no hint of dryness. Almost made me forget about Maine Lobster. Almost! Did you know that the most important thing when eating animal testicles is freshness? I had no idea. And I should probably stop watching Andrew Zimmern while writing this stuff (PS Mrs Ziggy, in case I forget we need to get a new remote control. And while you at it check with the butcher about fresh testicles. Emu if possible.. those look nice)
Goat Curry at Jerkey’s. Unless you can find a microwave at the old Sailing Paradise location, consider the still colorful tables of new Jerkey’s. Succulent, mouthwatering, bonier than Sara Jessica Parker goat goodness. We simply could not get enough of this dish, and the fantastic Jerk Chicken which could have easily been on this list instead. A great Provo winter dish when average temps drop from 85°F to 83°F. Its 9°F here in NYC at the time of this writing. You know its cold when your car is more Jewish than you, courtesy of a white yarmulke (sheet of snow) on its roof.
Tiramisu and Panna Cotta with Balsamic reduction at Lupo (Top). A heavenly finish! May possibly be the best Tiramisu I’ve had on the island. The Panna Cotta with the pungent balsamic was very unique and tasty indeed. What a duo! Update on our cold front. Today, NYC is covered with ice. i.e. The annual “Sue Your Neighbor Day”.
Thats all I got folks… gotta run to court… er walk slowly with crutches. Stay Hungry my friends!