4 Trendy and Out of Town Restaurants in Dominica Where You Should Definitely Eat This Summer!

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4 Trendy and Out of Town Restaurants in Dominica Where You Should Definitely Eat This Summer!

“Eating is a necessity, but cooking is an art”. 

When it comes to food tasting and exhilarating culinary experiences, the Nature isle, Dominica, never disappoints! If you’re reading this blog post today and you’ve ever been to Dominica, then you and I can agree that some of the best flavors in the Caribbean are in Waitukubuli land. And it’s not even independence season yet.( (Don’t let me get started on Independence delicacies).

So here are 4 absolutely awesome restaurants that you should try out before the summer ends…

Keepin’ It Real, Toucari Beach Restaurant (Toucari, Dominica)

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Lobster Delight. This could totally be yours.                                                                Photo credits: Zaimis Olmos Visual Arts 

Anyone who is currently on the Nature Isle knows that Toucari Beach “is” the place to be this summer. Whether it’s for a casual Sunday afternoon with family at the beach or a public holiday vibes, it’s always a good time to go to Toucari (unless it’s raining). And while there, you owe it to yourself (and your tastebuds) to try their tasty lobster. In fact, the only acceptable reason you have for not having eaten at “Keepin’it Real” in Toucari, is, not being on the Nature Isle, Dominica. So just go there already. Summer is almost over. Don’t be the only one who didn’t have the Toucari Experience!

CocoYea! (Soufriere, Dominica)

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Cocoyea! Bar and Grill, Menu Display

On the southwest coast of the island, you have the beautiful village of Soufriere. Whether you’re going to Soufriere to have the “best snorkeling experience of your life”, to indulge in the legendary Soufriere Sulphur Springs or simply to visit friends, make it your duty (like, literally) to stop at CocoYeah restaurant there. They offer a delectable array of food options that would make you just want to stay. And you might never look at food the same way again. Ever.

Greenhouse Sports Bar and Grill (Mero, Dominica)

Quite a popular spot for a Friday (or Saturday) night out, the Greenhouse Sports Bar is located in Mero, a pretty convenient area since there is a beach nearby (I told you the Nature Isle never disappoints). This spot is pretty easy to spot, especially at night. It’s almost always crowded whenever I go there, and that says something. I usually go with the fish options, but you can pick pretty much anything on the menu. And the cocktails are pretty awesome too.

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Not just the food and drinks, it’s the great company too. Photo credits: Magnificent Marie (the gorgeous-looking lady in all the pics)

Le Flambeau Restaurant (Portsmouth, Dominica)

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Lion Fish Meal at Le Flambeau Restaurant.                                                       Photocredits: Zaimis Olmos Visual Arts

Le Flambeau restaurant is located in Picard Estate, Portsmouth. It’s a great option for breakfast, lunch and dinner when visiting Portsmouth during the week, on special occasions on the weekend, and if you’re staying at the Portsmouth beach hotel. They have a great assortment of local flavors for lunch and dinner, but for breakfast, make sure you try their Island Pancakes!

Have you tried any of these restaurants before? Are you currently on the Nature Isle, Dominica? Is there any restaurant that you we must absolutely try out this summer? Drop it in a comment below!

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“Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the ‘Titanic’ who waved off the dessert cart.”
― Erma Bombeck


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5 Awesome Events That Happen in Dominica in May!

It felt so good to be back on the island for this amazing month of May! From having lived here for a few years now, I can safely say that Dominica’s social calendar is always packed, and there is always something to do!

And if you were here in May, you’ll probably attest of the fact that these were certainly some of the 5 most awesome events that happened on the Nature Isle!

1. “Beats & Bites” Choral Cocktail, by the Sixth Form Sisserou Singers

The Sixth Form Sisserou Singers (commonly known as “SFSS” or “Sisserou Singers”) is a leading choral on the island, that aims at promoting personal and artistic development through music, while ensuring the maintenance of traditional music and folklore. The choir has been in existence for more than 20 years now, and annually hosts a production. This year, the concert was geared towards a specific purpose, and parts of the profits were donated to support the Lupus Foundation of Dominica.

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Photo credits: Zaimis Olmos Visual Arts

 

And yes I was there… I performed:)

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Photo credits: Zaimis Olmos Visual Arts

2. The Bagatelle Pork Festival 

A full weekend of groovy music, friendly ambiance and culinary delights of pork cooked in all possible and “thinkable” ways, the Bagatelle Pork Festival was a “must-attend”. Hosted in the vibrant community of Bagatelle, it featured popular local bands and artists.  The festival took place from Friday, May 26th to Sunday, May 28th. And yes: people danced all night away.

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3. International Fiesta 

Dominica has embraced multiple nationalities and cultures, and in honor of this, the Cultural Division presented an International Fiesta on May 27th, with a rich culinary experience as a celebration of Dominica’s cultural diversity, with drinks tasting, an art exhibition and a fashion show. The International Fiesta was a part of the DOMFESTA (Dominica Festival of the Arts) yearly event.

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4. Africa Week

Africa week was observed from May 19h – 25th and forms part of the observance of the 54th anniversary of the signing of the African Liberation Day Charter. The event, which is an annual occurrence, was organized by the House of Nyahbinghi in collaboration with Government of Dominica, the National Youth Council of Dominica, the Cultural Division, All Saints University- African Students Council and other partners. The purpose of this annual event is to reconnect with one’s African roots, and the week is made of several events such as fashion shows, information symposia and an Africa Day Rally. Africa week was also observed as part of the DOMFESTA (Dominica Festival of the Arts) yearly event.

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5. The French Quarter Street Jazz Festival 

While the city is waiting with enthusiasm for the coming of the Jazz and Creole festival set to take place this Sunday, several fringe events have been taking place in preparation and with anticipation for the “big day”.

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Tonight, the French Quarter Street Jazz Festival  was hosted at the Urban Garden Cafe, one of Roseau’s top night life spots. The event featured local bands (such as the 8th Note and the Smith Brothers), alongside with young musicians from the Nature Isle.

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With the Smith Brothers

Whether you were in (or rather, out) just to chill with friends or simply to have a drink after work, the Urban Garden Cafe was the place to be tonight! And we can all agree, there’s no such thing as “too much jazz”!

And you, which events did you think were the most awesome for the month of May? And which events did you attend? Let me know in the comments below!

Cheers,😊

Clem.


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The Freshwater Lake: A New Adventure awaits…

What an exhilarating weekend I had, playing the little tour guide!

A friend of mine (finally) came to Dominica to visit, and it was a great opportunity to show her the things I love about the Nature Isle. Even more so, I got the chance to go to places where I’ve never been before, and do a bit of sightseeing myself! One of these places was the Freshwater Lake. img_9895

The Freshwater Lake is the largest of Dominica’s four lakes (I’ll tell you more about the other 3 when I get the chance to explore them… Stay tuned!). It is located at just over 2,500 ft above sea level and is the original and natural source of the Roseau River. While you read more about the Freshwater lake here, let me go on as I describe our amazing adventure…

The road to the lake is paved with amazing landscape, scenery and “mention-worthy) touristic sites. One of them is the Roseau Valley, which is a point where (from my understanding), you can see the entire town alongside with the riverbed that runs under it.

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The Roseau Valley. The small roofs and houses represent different areas of the city and local neighborhoods. The Roseau river is not displayed in this shot.

We could also see the Morne Trois Pitons (“Mountain with three peaks”), which gave name to one of Dominica’s most iconic national parks, the Morne Trois Pitons National Park. 

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Morne Trois Pitons. View from Laudat.

The Morne Trois Pitons Mountain can be seen at different points on the island, however, I really wanted to get a good picture depicting the three pits of the mountain. And it was amazing. And totally worth the multiple shots.

Regarding the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, it is the first UNESCO World Heritage Site to be legally established on the Nature Isle (1997). The park is a significant area of volcanic activity and features key natural wonders such as the Valley of Desolation, the Boiling Lake first largest lake in Dominica), the Emerald Pool and Titou Gorge. I will tell you more about these other attractions in my upcoming series, “Morne Trois Pitons National Park: the adventure continues…

For now, let’s keep going.

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Here we are! We finally made it to the entrance, it was the beginning of the adventure.

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Before proceeding, I had to make sure I took a picture first… Holding a “Morne Trois Pitons” bottle of mineral water 🙂

Along the way, we stumbled upon a refreshing water fountain, and it felt like a moment that should be captured…

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When you enter the village of Laudat, a cool and refreshing breeze welcomes you right away. My local friends (and co-tourist guides) added that it’s always cool and chilly in Laudat, which, alongside with the touristic attractions of that community, is another aspect that makes it so unique.

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The road to the Fresh water Lake is accessible by walking and also driving. We had a long day ahead, so it seemed wise to save some time and drive.

And there we were, at crossroads: certain about where each path would lead, but uncertain about where we should go…

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Crossroads: where should we go?

We eventually agreed to save the Boeri Lake (another one of the largest lakes in Dominica) for another day.

We finally arrived at the Freshwater lake’s location within the Morne Trois Pitons National Park.

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There is a small fee to contribute to enter the area, which gives you access to the Freshwater lake and the principal activity that takes place there: kayaking. 

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Have you ever tasted Rosemary Rum? I didn’t even know that such a thing existed! In Dominica, you’ll discover everything. I did find however, that the way in which they use and reuse natural herbs and spices for different purposes (even seemingly uncanny ones) is fascinating. You should try it when you get the chance 🙂

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We finally got to the “F” part of fun! We were a total of 4, so we had to use 2 Kayaks as they only hold 2 persons each. We had to carry our own Kayaks to the lake (a 5-mns walk), which I didn’t particularly like. I would have appreciated it more if there was actually someone to help us carry them, given that they were quite heavy. I dreaded the moment where we would have to carry it back to the shore when done. Luckily I wasn’t alone, but still… 🙁

These picture features two of my special friends on the Nature Isle, who were also my co-tour guides on that day (actually they were the real tour guides, all I did was taking pictures… as you can see).

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And here we were! The experience was quite unique: the wind was refreshing, the water was “fresh” (yes, the lake lives up to its name), and the feeling of being in charge of and navigating tour own kayak was pretty cool:) Taking this further, I think this could also be a unique team building experience:

Tip: when on the lake, there’s a possibility that you’ll get wet. So if you want to take any pictures, I’d recommend doing so before you go ahead. Or take things that you’re willing to… let go off in the event that they get wet!

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It was epic, to be, once again, one with Nature. <3

Stay tuned (by following my blog and/connecting with me via social media to discover my upcoming series: Morne Trois Pitons National Park: the adventure continues…

 


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