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Barbados: Where sand meets kitchen

Sfgate.com "I went to Barbados for the flying fish sandwiches.

Not that this island at the easternmost edge of the Caribbean doesn't offer other attractions. Like perfect weather. And beaches that come in two flavors: Caribbean, where the sea is turquoise and tranquil; and Atlantic, where the sand is the color and consistency of cake flour. Then there are the Bajans, who define friendly. And the fact that 300 years of British rule has left the island with some Anglo-Caribbean quirks, like cricket players with dreadlocks.

Still for me, it was the flying fish sandwiches. And the macaroni pie. And the pepper sauce. Definitely, the pepper sauce.

Because in my mind, the most compelling reason to travel anyplace is food. And Zagat (Holy Book of the foodie traveler), has proclaimed Barbados the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean. What's more, on Barbados, a healthy curiosity about sweet potato mash, coconut water and pig intestines is enough to gain entry into all the island's cultural worlds, from well-heeled tourist, to British ex-pat, to born-and-bred Bajan."

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