Brasil SummerFest Hester Street Fair 2019

My family and I went to a Brazilian festival on Sunday at Hester Street Fair. We had an amazing time. There were delicious food and drinks, beautiful merchandise, talented Batala New York drummers and Samba dancer. Everyone at the fair was enjoying themselves. The environment was very welcoming. I always loved Brazilian culture due to its’ festivities, music and proud culture. My family is also from the Caribbean (Barbados and Panama) so attending Caribbean events were always a must. We ate amazing food from Beija Flor and had authentic Brazilian drinks such as Palma Louca and Guarana Antarctica soda. For pictures of the food and you can check my Instagram “Eats” stories and click right until you see the name of the restaurant.

There was a performance by Batala New York which is an all-women Afro-Brazilian drummer group. Everyone at the festival danced to the beat and even joined Batala New York’s performance. The Brasil Summerfest street fair was very engaging! We stayed at the festival till the end yet we didn’t want to leave. It was such an unforgettable moment. This year we plan on attending all Brazilian events, for more information follow my instagram: mostlikely_reese.

If you’re in the mood for spicy food or experiencing another culture read this recent article called, “Namaste or Namasgo? Indian Restaurant Review” or browse through my content.

What amazing events have you attended this summer?

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Top 5 Foods And Drinks From Barbados

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Barbados’ cuisines are very flavorful! It is influenced by African, Indian,
Creole, Irish, and British culture. A typical meal is made of either fish/meat also marinated in herbs and spices. There are many great cuisines from Barbados which makes it hard to narrow for this list. You can find additional foods and drinks such as rum/black cake, Bajan macaroni pie, pudding and souse, golden apple juice (June Plum), snow cones, sorrel or ginger juice by asking the locals. If you’re thinking about traveling to Barbados, read “Fly To Barbados For These Exciting Activities” article. It describes in great and vivid details as to why Barbados is favored by many. The best of Barbados awaits thee! Furthermore, here are my top 5 meals and beverages to try on this lovely island:

Foods

1. Roti

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Roti is a dish inspired by Indian food. It’s chicken/beef with vegetables and potatoes wrapped with a homemade round flatbread. A Chicken Potato Roti is a Barbadian’s favorite. You can buy this at the famous Cheffete restaurant or any roti eatery on the island. You should definitely try this meal! You’ll be satisfied and full in no time!

2. Bajan Fish Cakes

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“Bajan/Barbadian’s fish cakes” are absolutely my favorite side dish to eat! These are not your average fish cakes! Traditionally, the base of this meal is chopped onions, boneless salt cod, flour, baking powder, and hot pepper. They’re easy to make! You can add additional ingredients to spice or sweeten it. Also, don’t forget your dipping sauce!

3. Vegetable, Conch, Chicken, Beef or Halal Samosas

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This is a dough filled meal that includes a variety of meats or veggies paired with a traditional sweeten sauce and salad. Additionally, it’s best with an ice-cold Banks’ beer.

4. Conkies

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“Conkies” is a favorite Barbadian/Bajan treat! It is eaten around Barbados’ Independence Day. The basic ingredients of this dish consist of pumpkin, coconut, spices, raisins, and flour mixture wrapped then steamed in a fresh green banana leaf. It’s a treat that needs precision and patience but in the end, you’ll continue to make or buy more!

5. Cou Cou And Flying Fish

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Last but not least, is the national dish of Barbados. “Cou Cou and Flying Fish” is traditionally served on Fridays or Saturdays. This meal may take a long time to prepare but it’s worth the wait! Cou Cou is described as a polenta-like cornmeal and okra porridge. It’s topped with beautifully made garlic, herbs, peppers, and spiced gravy then seasoned fish.

Drinks

1. Cockspur Rum Punch

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This rum won the “International Wine and Spirit Competition’s” Gold Medal in 1981, 1984 and 1989. It’s a very popular rum with excellent quality.

2. Coconut Water

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Barbadians have been drinking coconut water for generations. Enjoy the Barbados sea even more with this refreshment. It’s great to pair with rum too! You can buy it from roadside vendors who offer fresh coconuts to both locals and tourists.

3. Banks Beer

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This beer was founded in 1961 in St. Michael, Barbados. There’s nothing better than to relax on white Barbadian sandy beach with a cold Banks beer in your hand! This beer is naturally filtered through Barbados’ limestone rock and a special strain of yeast.

4. Tiger Malt

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Tiger Malt is a popular non-alcoholic beverage made from barley. Like many Caribbean islands, malt is a good source for energy that is packed with vitamins, minerals, and protein. Tiger Malt gives you energy without the caffeine!

5. Mount Gay Rum

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Barbados is the birthplace for rum. Furthermore, Mount Gay Rum’s distillery is the world’s oldest commercial rum. The rum is used in many of Barbadian’s drinks such as rum punch, old fashioned, black/rum cake and cocktails. It delivers the kick to any beverage!

Fly To Barbados For These Exciting Activities.

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Barbados is a British West Indian island in the eastern part of the Caribbean. It’s also the birthplace of rum. Additionally, many famous singers such as Rihanna, Rupee, Alison Hinds, Cover Drive are from this island. To frequently travel to this region for relaxation is one of my proudest traditions. There are beautiful beaches, friendly people, botanical gardens, great food, music and culture festivals, surfing, snorkeling, hiking, a submarine tour and horse riding in Barbados!

Here are my top 10 vacation activities to do in Barbados:

1. Grand Kadooment also known as, Crop Over.

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This is rated as one of the best Carnivals in the Caribbean. Many people from all over the world, come to participate with the revelers as they parade in fascinating embellished costumes. It’s also a nice way to interact with the locals, listen and dance to soca/calypso music! You can attend this carnival on the 5th of August. If you love to party then this is the best month to go to Barbados.

2. Harrison’s Cave

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If you’re adventurous then you must visit Harrison’s Cave. Harrison’s Cave is located in the central uplands of the island. It’s a tourist attraction that allows you to access the subterranean environment on a tramway. This crystalized limestone cave displays flowing streams, deep pools of crystal clear water and towering columns.

3. Snorkeling

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Snorkeling is another great option if you want to do more than relaxing on the beach. Don’t get me wrong, Barbados’ beaches are breath-taking! It offers pale creamy white colored sand and crystal clear blue waters but it’s time to live it up! With snorkeling, you’ll see plenty of tropical fish, the famous hawksbill sea turtles, corals and more!

4. Andromeda Botanic Gardens

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Andromeda Botanic Gardens is located in St. Joseph, Barbados. It is one of the alluring, unique and historic attractions that Barbados offers. Furthermore, it’s 6-acres home for numerous flowering plants and tropical trees. Farmyard and green manures are constantly used in this garden.

5. Food And Rum Festival

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This festival is a series of occasions for both culinary and beverage experiences. Barbados Food & Rum, bring people together by offering a variety of flavorful and colorful food. You’ll watch top chefs from all over the world cook and share recipes for you to also use at home. Additionally, it’s a great event for families or those with a significant other.

7. Surfing

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Freights Bay is located in the South Coast of Barbados. It is where a lot of surfers go to catch waves. It is great for longboarders, novice, and intermediate surfers.

8. Visit George Washington’s Home

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It was told, that Barbados was the only country he visited outside of colonial America. The house is also a museum, that gives an insight into the lives of Barbadians/Bajans 250 + years ago. The ground floor of the house is furnished with the original items since 1751. The second-floor displays mid-eighteenth century items that are both visual and audio. It’s a great place to visit and learn all about Barbados.

9. Kite-Surfing

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The Silver Sands on the Eastern Coast of Barbados is the main kite-surfing zone. Due to the large shores, it isn’t recommended for novices.

10. Visit Mount Gay Rum Distillery.

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Mount Gay Rum is the world’s oldest commercial rum distillery. They offer full tasting rum, lunch, rum pairing, and cocktail tours.