Father’s Day: Pico’s Perfect Gift

Hello Beautiful,

Father’s Day is one of those silent special days that you forget all about, then it sneaks up on you and your left feeling guilty that you got your father, husband or baby daddy nothing. Not one thing!

Did you even know Father’s Day is this Sunday?! Yes ma’am it is!

I know, I know… You do not have a gift! No worries… I got you!

My pick for this year’s Father’s Day gift is a PicoLapelle Pin. This year seems to be the year of the gentleman and every man should have this piece to look and feel dapper. The Pico Brand is a Bahamian-Owned luxury men’s accessory company specializing in lapel pins and pocket pieces.

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PicoLapelle was launched in 2014 by GQ magazine collector and men’s fashion lover, Keron Wood. His hobby and love for fashion inspired him to tap into the men’s fashion industry, thus launching a brand that focused on a men’s fashion staple, the lapel flower. At the time, wearing a lapel pin was not the trend in the Bahamas. Thus making Keron and PicoLapelle pioneers to boost the trend and sell the pin.

The first PicoLapelle style made was the PicoLapelle Bloom. It embodies a full bloom flower made from fabric and is hand sewn. Three years later, and the PicoLapelle are offered in 7 styles.

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That gives you a good selection to chose from for the different fathers in your life. I had a chance to view the PicoLapelle portfolio and there is something for the old and young fathers. However, if I had to make a suggestion on which PicoLapelle to get for the younger fathers… I would say one of the Pico Wood pins.

The Pico Wood pins are unisex (which means you get to borrow them, girlfriend). They’re the hottest trend in lapel pins for Summer 2017 and a personal favorite of designer & CEO of The Pico Brand, Keron Wood.

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Keron says it’s his favorite, ‘not because of its a combination of his middle name and last name (Keron Pico Wood) but because it’s a unique style that combines art, culture, and class.

Maybe your father or the father in your life is a little more settled. For him, I would suggest the “Moncur” pin. It’s subtle but gives the outfit a little extra sharpness.

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Besides the lapel pins, The Pico Brand offers pocket squares as well. These vibrant, classic men’s wear essentials complete any blazer, whether worn formally or casually. Keron also hinted about new products in the upcoming future. However, we’ll have to stay tuned to The Pico Brand’s social media outlets to find out what they are, but whatever they are I know they will be amazing! Be sure to follow The Pico Brand on Instagram and Facebook.

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The PicoLapelle pins range from $20.00 to $50.00 according to the style, and the Picopockets are 25.00. Not bad for quality, long-lasting, products that any “Dapper Dad” would appreciate. Also, this Father’s Day, The Pico Brand is offering special bundle deals with up to $10.00 worth of savings!

I haven’t started my Father’s Day shopping yet, but that’s because I already know I’m getting my dad a Pico Bundle for father’s day. Any man can wear a lapel pin, but a PicoLapelle pin is a Bahamian luxury, gentleman quality, and design original.

Sunday is soon here! Get your dad the perfect Pico gift!

 

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Xo,

Conesha

 

 

Blq, Bahamian & BIGGITY!

Hello Beautiful…

Are you Biggity?

Biggity, pronounced Big-git-ty, is a Bahamian colloquialism used to describe a person (or their actions) who is bold, egotistical and presumptuous.

So that term would be the perfect description of Pepper Sauce when describing food – just Biggity! That’s how this Bahamian owned merchant boutique and bistro got its name.

Biggity, the boutique, is well-known in the Bahamas for its home-made candles named after Bahamian culture, however, I didn’t have a chance to patronise them until they expanded into a bistro. Maybe I love my Belly, more than my Nose.

I visited the “NEW” Biggity Boutique & Bistro that is now located on Bay Street, above the Pandora boutique. Once you’re standing facing Pandora, look to your right, then look up, and THERE! You’ll see the Biggity sign. Then look left and you’ll see the stairs leading you to an AUTHENTIC Bahamian experience.

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When you step into Biggity, the rustic, recycled decor will capture you first. After you’ve caught yourself, you’ll begin analysing the art work on the wall.

The staff then snaps you out of your gaze with a pleasant smile and menu. Its time to order… let’s eat!

Luckily for me, the day I went, I met the owner – Amanda. A Nassau native with the sweetest personality and a creative mind indigenous to Bahamians.

She suggested I tried their soup and salads. So I did.

As I waited, I further analysed the furniture and interior design of Biggity. Glass bottles and wash tubs used for lamp shades, wood pallets used for wall covering, an old electric wire reel used for a stand and as Amanda later admitted, the tables were old doors painted and stained.

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The food started coming out one by one and the aroma of the soup and visual presentation was sure to make you hungry.

Biggity’s menu changes every week, with only two items remaining the same: the Spinach Artichoke Dip and the Biggity Signature Dip. Their paper menu is broken down into 3 sections: Dips n’ Ting, Salads and Somethin’ Solid.

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The salads and somethin’ solid section changes weekly for several reasons. One, Biggity only uses local farm grown greens. They work with two of Nassau’s organic farming distributors – Bamsi & Field to Fork, therefore their salads and somethin’ solids are based on what is abundant in the farms at the time. Whatever is abundant, they create a menu based around that.

The day I went, the somethings solid option was the Split Peas Soup and the salad options were Tropical Cracked Conch, Nuts and Berries & BLT. I had one of each.

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The soup was flavourful. The rich colour and aroma enticed your tastebuds and the ham in it was tender.

The salads are served with 3 dressings: Mango & Coconut, Balsamic Vinaigrette and Buttermilk Ranch and you have the option of adding Organic Abaco Chicken Breast or Wild Smoked Salmon (raw) to your salads. However, I didn’t.

The salads confirmed the fact that they’re made from organic vegetables and fruits because they tastes so fresh and crisp.

Out of the three salads, the Nuts and Berries were my favourite. Its made with walnuts, dried cranberries, grapes, golden raisins, blue cheese and local grown greens. The mesh of the blue cheese and berries has an exquisite taste. Next time I think I’ll try it with the Abaco Chicken added.

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The food was so good, I had to ask about the chef. Surprisingly to me it was Amanda herself! Talk about a #Girl Boss! She made the candles, had a hand in the decor of the new Bistro and she’s the chef too!

She admitted cooking was not something she envisioned for herself at the onset of Biggity. The candles were inspired by her sister, who lived abroad and was missing home. She told Amanda in conversation, that she wished she could’ve “smelled” the sky juice Amanda had made that day and then a light bulb went off in Amanda’s head! That’s how the Biggity candles were born.

About a year later, Amanda and team decided to expand the business, change location and add a Bistro. But not just any Bistro. A real authentic Bahamian owned, inspired and supplied Bistro, to give locals and tourist a true taste of the Bahamas.

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As I sipped on a freshly made Iced Green & Mint Tea, Amanda listed all the ways Biggity was truly Bahamian. “I don’t drink juice or soda, [and] we don’t serve that here”, she started, “literally the food is local grown, the chicken comes from Abaco, obviously we don’t produce Salmon, but its wild caught Salmon; its not farm raised Salmon”. She went on to say that they do their research to ensure that whatever items they use that are not made locally in the Bahamas are not genetically modified, they’re eco-friendly and health conscious.

Also, they sell other authentic products made by other Bahamians. For instance, they don’t offer Lipton teas, they sell Bahamian made bush teas that are packaged. They don’t sell imported jam, they sell Bahamian made jam from fruits like guava.

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I sipped slowly on my Iced Tea that was served in a little mason jar. It was divine, and very refreshing on such a hot day. Biggity also serves freshly squeezed Switcha (Bahamian Lemonade) and fresh Coconut water. Not the ones imported in a can but water, from the coconut, picked from the tree.

Before leaving I asked Amanda about the art work on the walls. “All Bahamian Artists” she boasted proudly, and went in depth about these two 5′ pieces by Jordana Kelly of Kelly’s sister. They’re a must see and hard to miss once you step foot in Biggity.

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I can go on and on about my hour or so at Biggity. I left full, inspired and proud to be Bahamian. The food was delicious, and so were the drinks! The customer service was warm and friendly. The decor and artwork was captivating and inviting, both at once. The price point is affordable with $15 dips, $12 soups & salads and $4 handmade drinks.

Biggity is a great place to have a one-on-one meeting, or a lunch break with a friend. Its even more perfect for someone visiting Nassau, Bahamas for the first, second or third time.

I enjoyed my lunch at Biggity, and now that they’re serving Hot Bahamian breakfast with a cup of coffee… I will be back! Biggity is opened from 8:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Saturday. So I hope to see you when I return, either for Breakfast or Brunch.

See more pics from my lunch at Biggity below:

Xo,

Conesha

#OOTD: My Art

Hello Beautiful!

If you’ve ever visited my Instagram page – @242blqrze, you’ve possibly wondered if I’m the same person in all of my pics.

I mean I look the same, but my style of dress changes so much. Whenever someone ask me to describe my style, I’m unable to give them a straightforward answer. But my honest answer would be similar to Rihanna’s at the 2017 Met Gala.

Andre’ Leon Talley asked her to “describe Avant Garde” in her world, “in music and fashion.” Rihanna then said, “I love Art, and I think its such a free range of expression and you can do whatever you want in that space… to be whatever you want, however you want.”

I feel the same way.

I don’t play instruments, I can’t draw. Style is My Art.

So last week, I wore “My Art”, to go admire some street art on my island. It’s a wall mural by Bahamian Artist June Collie entitled “The Beat Drum Club”. My outfit is perfect for saying “Hello” to Summer and “See You Later” to Spring!

Here’s what I wore:

  • A White Off the Shoulder Bell Sleeve A-Line Dress
  • Colourful Print Strapped Up Wedges
  • Gold Disc Bib Necklace
  • Assortment of Bracelets
  • Vintage Blue Stone Ring
  • A Native Bahamian Straw Handbag

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To watch Rihanna’s full interview with Andre’ Leon Talley at this year’s Met Gala click here.

Xo,

Conesha

Pretty in PINK Octopus

Hello Beautiful!

I’ve finally made it!

About a month or two ago, I saw an ad or promotion for one of Nassau’s newest restaurants on Instagram, and with an uncommon name like Pink Octopus, I was immediately intrigued.

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I’ve been wanting to go for weeks, and I finally made it last week Tuesday.

Pink Octopus is located on West Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas. So it’s tucked away in this quaint but modern space (formerly Mojos), away from the traffic of Nassau. The space has ample parking, but that may soon change as the restaurant becomes more popular.

My cousin and friend accompanied me for lunch that day, and I would advise you to take 2/3 people with you when you go as well. The food servings are small. So the best idea would be for everyone to order multiple options off of the menu and sample each others meals. Thats what we did!

My cousin ordered the Fried Grouper Tacos with a side order of Asparagus.

My friend ordered the Roasted Chicken that is served on a bed of roasted Potato wedges.

I ordered the the Spicy Shrimp with a side order of Fried Cauliflower.

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The presentation of the food is just as intriguing as the name. The food is served with lots of greens and vegetables, which is just as appealing to the eyes as it is the tongue palates.

If you’re not big on vegetables, don’t fear! You hardly taste the icky stuff, just delicious kicks to the meal.

Out of everything we ordered the Spicy Shrimp & Asparagus was our favourites. So I suggest you try those when you visit.

Now, apart from a unique brunch, lunch and dinner menu… Pink Octopus has an AMAZING cocktail menu! I’m not even a cocktail connoisseur, but I know a good drink when I taste one, or two or three (covers face).

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To get our party of 3 started the bartender mixed us a shot called the “Pink Lemon Drop”. It was served in a shot glass, with sugar around the rim and a lime on top. Yes, of course, it was coloured pink!

It wasn’t as strong as most shots, and I was able to handle it. I like that shot, and will be ordering another round when I go back!

Personally, I ordered the Blood Orange Margarita. I heard the Mr. Pink is their popular drink, so I opted to go with the minority, and I wasn’t disappointed. Mixed with a muddled Blood Orange, Dry Curacao, Tequila and garnished with a slice of an actual Blood Orange, the margarita wasn’t too strong but it gave you a nice buzz.

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I notice the restaurant didn’t have loud, overbearing music and it was quiet enough for us to have a good conversation with out everyone hearing our business. Thats a plus for me because I enjoy intimate conversations when I’m out to eat.

We had a small complaint, but nothing to keep me away from referring Pink Octopus or going back. Also, I’m not sure if the manager thought it was My birthday (I was Pretty in Pink like it was My Birthday) or if it was his way of apologizing but he sent out a complimentary Dulce de Leche Flan covered in toasted Sesame Seeds with a Happy Birthday candle (I haven’t seen one of them in years lol) and had the bartender, Alan, sing Happy Birthday to me.

Listen… Alan’s voice was enough to make up for any wrong! It wasn’t my birthday but I felt like it was. If you’re planning on celebrating anything special at Pink Octopus, make sure Alan is there to serenade you in the moment.

Back to the Flan! I’m glad the manager chose the Flan to send out to us, because it isn’t something I would usually order, but it was surprisingly good and the seeds give it a distinct taste at the end.

The surprises didn’t stop there! We got another round of shots. This time, Chocalate Cake shots and I’m not sure what all was in the mix but I tasted Bailey’s for sure.

Lastly, I orded a slice of Orange Cake. It was beautifully served on top of smeared yogurt and almonds, and covered with chunks of orange pulp. The cake was moist and delicious.

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Pink Octopus menu is made to order, so you will have a little wait on your meals. When we went, our meals came fast because the restaurant wasn’t crowded, but keep this in mind if you go on a busy day or night.

The price range varies depending on what you order, but it’s pretty affordable especially if you’re splitting the bill.

Our bill came up to $124.96 cents including tax. We asked them to split the total in three and each paid about $42. This is another great tip when dining out with friends, share the food and split the bill evenly.

Overall I enjoyed my first time at Pink Octopus. From the decor to the decadence of the food & cocktails. The staff was inviting and very knowledgeable about the menu. Don’t be afraid to ask your waitress what she suggest, if you’re not sure what to try. Lastly the price point was on point. I didn’t feel like I broke the bank to enjoy an exquisitely different menu from the typical Bahamian culture, and be serenaded as well.

I will visit Pink Octopus again… hopefully sooner than later! And I hope I see you there so we can sip on a Mr. Pink while taking an Usie!

See more pics from my lunch at Pink Octopus below.

Xo,

Conesha

New Orleans in Nassau: Louis & Steen’s

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If you’re anything like Me, you’re always late for Breakfast and too early for Lunch, so Brunch is your best option!

Gratefully, Nassau has a new little spot open from 6:30am – 7:00pm through the week, 8:00am – 7:00pm on Saturday and 10:00am – 8:00pm on Sunday. Perfect for a late sleeper like Myself on the weekend.

The new spot is a New Orleans inspired Coffeehouse called Louis & Steen’s located on West Bay Street. I won’t pretend to be a Coffee connoisseur, however I love trying new food places and this one was on my list!

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Louis & Steen’s colourful ambience and vintage decor truly gives you a taste of New Orleans in Nassau. I’ve never been to Louisiana (its on my list of places to see) but now I know what to expect.

With a little Jazz playing in the background, I looked over the chalk board menu and pastries in the showcase. With the cashier’s help I ordered the below:

1-Butter Croissant

1- Order of Sweet Potato Pancakes & Sausage

1-Bowl of Chicken & Sausage Gumbo w/ Biscuit

1- Single Cappuccino

1- Iced Latte (Gulp/Regular Size)

The total of my bill was $49.18. Not bad for a brunch for two if you want to make it a date or have coffee with a friend.

The drink prices are reasonable, just a little less than a Starbucks but the food is pricey. My bowl of Chicken & Sausage Gumbo was $17.75! Maybe its the same in Louisiana… if you know, comment down below.

I tried the Gumbo because it was the “New Orleans Thing” to do. It was good for a first time try, the flavour was rich and it was made fresh. The pancakes were good also, a nice compliment to a cup of coffee if its your preference. Beware of the spice on the pancakes though, it can be a little over bearing so ask them to sprinkle lightly.

The Ice Latte was refreshing as well, you can get it spiked with a flavored syrup (I chose Butter Pecan) and they put coffee ice cubes in it so it doesn’t water down like it would with regular ice cubes. I think thats genius!

But for ME… it was the Butter Croissant & Cappuccino! They were my favourites!

I suggest you have your croissant warmed. It becomes so soft, each flake melts in your mouth.

I also suggest you customize your Cappuccino. Feel free to steal my request:

“A single Cappuccino, with ALMOND Milk and French Vanilla Syrup”. Divine!

Overall, I found Louis & Steen’s to be a delightful new spot, even for a not-so-big coffee lover like myself. Its great for breakfast, brunch or lunch meet ups with friends or meetings with clients. The atmosphere is bright and cozy with an amazing beach view across the street.

The staff is friendly and helpful, which is always a plus!

I’m sure I’ll be back again to try something new, as I was told their menu changes constantly. Maybe next time I’ll see you there… and we can take a picture on the wooden swing!

See more pics from my morning at Louis & Steen’s:

 

Fun, Food, Fashion

Xx, Conesha

 

 

 

…Back to Bimini!

Hello Beautiful!

Happy New Year… and all that good STUFF!

This year I plan to get and keep my blog game up! But, I won’t make any promises.

Its almost 2:00 in the morning and I’m up reminiscing…

Have I ever told you about the time I visited Bimini, Bahamas?

No?.. Well… let me tell you now! I fell in love with a place like never before!

Bimini is a Family Island in the chain of Bahama Islands. And perhaps the smallest one at that!

About a year ago (last year February to be exact) I vacationed there for 4 days and this is how it went…

I took a plane ride from Nassau, Bahamas to Bimini on Western Air.

Once I safely landed on SOUTH Bimini, myself and almost everyone on the plane caught a shuttle to the Ferry. Then we had to catch a ferry to NORTH Bimini… this was already turning into an Adventure!

The ferry ride was about $5.00.

Once on North Bimini, I caught a taxi to Resorts World Bimini, a golf cart community that host The Hilton hotel on the island. I was staying at the Hilton, its usually my hotel brand of choice.

The ride from the ferry dock to the Hilton at Resorts World Bimini was very short, probably less than 20 minutes with stops. North Bimini is literally one straight road with a few curves and corners.

I was already in awe of the island as I gazed at the beautiful beach from the taxi window, I was more amazed when I got to the hotel. It was newly built and sexy!

Checked in, and in my hotel room… I pulled out my phone to stunt for the ‘gram! It was time to let everyone know I was in BIMINI TOWN!

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The hotel room was modern contemporary, with a minimalist approach. The beds (which are my favourite things about Hilton hotels) were soft and lush, but not comfortable enough to keep me hostage.

MK backpack and Canon T5i in tow, I was out the room in no time, and ready to explore the premises. I saved the Island for the next day.

In Resorts World Bimini, once you’re a guest of the hotel, there is a black shuttle bus that takes you around the community. I opted to walk to the facilities though, I wanted to see everything and take pics.

My first stop was Amicci’s, an Italian style deli, that became a regular stop for me during my stay. Should you every visit, be sure to try their meat lovers pizza and mango gelato!

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I spent that day familiarising myself with the property, then I turned in for a nap and sweet dreams of Bimini.

Day Two was probably my most favourite day there! I rented a golf cart and set out with “A List of Things to do whiles in Bimini.”

Here are a few things I did:

Had lunch poolside at Aqua Bar and Grille

Toured Dolphin House

Ate Conch Salad at Stuart’s Conch Stand

Visit the Island Centre

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I wasn’t able to visit the museum as it was closed, but I’ll be sure to when I return!

Later that night I topped off my day of activities with dinner at the Hemmingways restaurant in the hotel casino.

Day Three was just as exciting as Day Two because I visited the Bimini Biological Field Station Shark Lab on the south side of Bimini. Remember I was staying on the NORTHERN side.

So after some good Bahamian souse for breakfast at Bimini’s native restaurant- 3 Daughters, I had to drive to the ferry dock (got there in less than 10 minutes lol), hop on a ferry and rode the ferry to the south side (less than 20 minutes), then catch a taxi to the Shark Lab (I don’t remember the length of that ride).

I learned a lot about the sharks, stood in shark water and even pet one. Then it was on to the nature trail…

Well, that didn’t last long. I’m not fond of bushes and bugs.

Next, it was back on the ferry, back to the north side, and back to the hotel! Sighs…

As I’m writing this, I wish I can just hop on a plane right now and go back to Bimini!

On the last day I stayed in Resorts World Bimini until it was time to leave.

I enjoyed an American style breakfast at the Sabor restaurant before taking a dip in the most amazing infinity pool!!

My Bimini trip was one of the BEST trips I’ve ever taken in My life! Bimini is not only beautiful but its very historical, truly magical and simply amazing.

See more pics from my Bimini Trip (#nofilter)

Fun at the Festival!

Hello Beautiful!

Saturday October 22ND, was the first time I got out and enjoyed myself since Hurricane Matthew and it really was a great feeling! I curled my hair, applied some make up, and threw together a cute boho chic outfit to attend the 21st International Wine Cultural & Food Festival held at the Botanical Gardens in Nassau, Bahamas.

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Boho Chic – Turban Head Wrap, Oversize Off the Shoulder Blouse, Vintage Gap Jeans Shorts, Cognac Sandals, Michael Kors Vanilla Print Backpack, and Stacked Bangles

The “Food Festival” as it is called for short is one of the most anticipated events in the Bahamas every year! With countries from all over the world participating and selling some of their native dishes, and crafts, the event draws a huge crowd of all ages for a celebration of uniqueness & culture.

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I’ve been attending this event from I was a child. My mom would take me and my younger brother every year, until we were old enough and started going with our friends, and hopefully one day I’ll be going with my own little family.

I love the “Food Festival”! Here’s a recap of my day…

First I stopped by a Bank of the Bahamas exchange booth, to change my Bahamian money into Festival dollars. You’re not allowed to change the Festival Dollars back into Bahamian money, so I decided to start with a small amount of $30. By the end of that day I spent like $60 in total.

Next, I took a stroll around the garden, just to see what all the countries had to offer before I started shopping and spending money. I stopped by Peru, Haiti, Jamaica, and The Bahamas amongst others.

After walking around I found my first stop! The Eye Candy Makeup store booth was offering face painting, temporary tattoos and Henna ink. I’m a big tattoo lover and I’m intrigued by the Indian culture so I was excited to get a Henna Ink tattoo on my left hand. It was $10.00, and I paid it in Festival Dollars.

Next, I started searching for food. A friend recommended Tacos from Mexico, but I didn’t see their booth this year. Eventually I settled for something quick and easy, a stuff crab from a Bahamian booth. I didn’t want to walk around with food, and the stuff crab is small, easy to hold and you can eat it quickly.

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I’m not a big alcoholic drinker, but Kalik had a special drink at the festival called the “Pink Front”. Don’t ask me why it’s called that, but it was a very light but tasty drink. It’s a mix of Peach Schnapps, Cranberry Juice and the kicker, a Kalik Radler. Kalik is a Bahamian beer brand. I loved that drink, and plan on mixing my own when the mood hits.

At the festival there are also live performances, so I took some time out to watch a dance performance and fashion showcase before more walking around again. I saw people sitting on blankets and cots watching the show. I’m going to keep that in mind for next year so I can sit and watch the performances comfortably.

The International Wine Culture & Food Festival is a beautiful event that brings so much people together. The Bahamas is truly a melting pot, so it must be such a pleasure for non-Bahamians who live here to enjoy their culture during the 2-day event. You will smell different aromas of different foods and the sweet sounds of each countries national music. You will see old friends and meet new ones. It’s a blast to attend.

Do’s for the Food Festival:

  1. Wear Flat Shoes! Some parts of the ground are uneven and you may fall.
  2. Dress Cool and Comfortable because the sun is very hot!
  3. Budget how much you want to spend that day, because you can go overboard.
  4. Ask for samples of the food and drinks.
  5. Carry an Umbrella and a blanket or lounger chair. Seats are limited, create your own!
  6. Research some main dishes from other countries and make a list to try them.
  7. Go with Family, Friends or PETS!
  8. Carry a tote to collect all the goddies and trinkets you may purchase.
  9. Go early, and leave late! Make a day of it.
  10. Carry a camera, the day makes for great pictures!

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See more pics from My one-day experience at the IWCFF 2016: