And here we are! The Bahamas Post!
|I look rather sleepy and messy here... because I was sleepy and very sun-burnt|
under that suit, but I LOVED hanging with the dolphins :)
I really, REALLY enjoyed my family vacation to The Bahamas! It was just the most gorgeous place. I have visions of winning the lottery now so I can go live in that paradise all year round. We stayed at the Atlantis Resort, which felt awfully fancy. We were a bit disappointed with how expensive everything was, considering how expensive it is to stay there, but with some good budgeting and lots of time just laying on the beach, we made it work with the budget we gave ourselves. Also, the nice thing about the heat is that it kind of curbs your appetite--we found we could get by just fine with a light breakfast, a few snacks, and a larger meal later in the day, plus gallons and gallons of water (so so necessary in the heat!). Not sure if this works for everyone, but it worked for us.
And, of course, because I consider myself a budding foodie, I took pictures of nearly every single thing I ate. We didn't get too much "authentic" Bahamian food, but everything was fantastic and as we all know, calories on vacation don't count!
Here's my little review of what was consumed over the 6 days we were there :)
|My younger brother, 20, was able to legally have a drink with me.|
(The drinking age in the Bahamas is 18!)
The Athena Cafe & Bar ended up being my second favorite place we ate at during the trip. The food was so fresh and delicious! I don't often have Greek food, and I never have even tried a gyro, but everything was just so fantastic. This gyro was my first experience sampling lamb. Though, ethically, I am not a fan of eating baby animals (the process for slaughter is way too heartbreaking...though it is for adult animals too... this is my dilemma that makes me try to go veg every two years or so, oy.) this lamb gyro was so so good. I probably won't make lamb a regular part of my diet, but I was glad I tried it so that I finally know what it's like. The yogurt sauce was the real star of the dish though, my stepdad was smart enough to get extra and slathered it on every bite. I felt wonderfully full and satisfied after the meal. We also got Conch fritters as an appetizer, and they were FANTASTIC. Conch is one of the staples of a Bahamian diet. The fritters tasted like a slightly fishy fried dough, and the sauce was like a creamy cocktail sauce. If you find yourself on Bay Street in Nassau (it's across the bridge from Atlantis) and you want a light and reasonable lunch, do yourself a favor and check out this place!
The most reasonably priced restaurant at the Atlantis resort, aside from the fast food options, is Murray's Deli. Don't let the name fool you--it's not a Deli, it's a diner. We all had a great time with this meal. The food is certainly not gourmet, but when you're paying $50 a plate at other restaurants on site, it's a welcome, budget-friendly dinner. I got the French Dip, a diner favorite of mine, and was pleased that the gravy they served it with was more like a traditional au jus. The pickles they served as an appetizer were fantastic too! Again, it's nothing fancy, but it's a good dinner if you're hungry.
|Pina Colada in a "yard cup"--half-yard is more accurate, but I'm not picky.|
My absolute favorite place we ate at was Senor Frogs. And no, it wasn't just because they served their drinks in these crazy souvenir cups!
These nachos probably had something to do with it...
Or these chimichangas...
Or these crazy-awesome fajitas that words cannot even describe how good they are. The flavors in the meat--woah. Juicy, marinated, amazing. I have never even made HOMEMADE fajitas with this kind of care, and when I took a bite I was expecting nothing more than a run-of-the-mill, chili's-esque experience. Hells to the no. These were legit, amazing fajitas.
Senior Frogs definitely has a reputation for being a college-kid party spot, and it certainly is. Mid-day on a Wednesday and the drinking was going strong. But the food was out of this world amazing. They are a chain restaurant that operates almost exclusively in the tropical vacation destinations. There is a full list on their website, check them out if your next vacation coincides with a Senor Frogs location!
I was craving conch fritters one evening when our lunch was our "big meal" of the day, so I ventured out and about in the resort and picked up these from Bimini Road, a casual-dining restaurant at the resort. I was also intrigued by the crab spring rolls, but I kind of wish I'd just gone with the fritters. The crab rolls were way too fishy, mushy, and the chili sauce was the only redeeming quality. I slathered those suckers with the stuff before deciding I'd had enough. The conch fritters were fantastic, like the ones I'd had at Athena's. And the pina coladas they served at every Atlantis bar, though pricey, were perfection. Bimini Road's prices were pretty steep for dinner, but for a quick snack it was perfect!
Anyways, it was a wonderful vacation, full of great food, and I will never forget it!