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    local food

    I keep reading so much discussion about food issues from students!

    What do the locals eat? What is a typical day to day diet?

    Im not picky and it seems most economical.

    More importantly, why not eat local?


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    what basic food items should I ship to the island? Im really having a hard time gauging the food situation there

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    Coconut water is readily available, and if you are good with a machete, you can procure your own! It is sold by the side of the road or in town by local vendors. Same with mangoes in season, lots of mango trees by the road, and they just fall off. Don't pick the ones in peoples yards though.

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    Speaking of local food, how much is a meal for one person at any of the local restaurants (US $)?

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    Burgers can be about $6-8 USD (with fries included)
    Chinese food can be about $5 for fried rice to $15 for seafood
    Pemo's and Sophie's are cheap (and good) places to eat, in my opinion!
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    I guess I can't imagine having time for hacking cocunuts

    People talk alot about food, because there's not a lot of stores over by the school, and we dont' have much time ti prepare food, and the variety is a lot less overall on the whole Island. It is very common to order food in to the library (after the Cafeteria closes at 5pm) for abut 6-8$US. Also, the variety of snack foods, or healthy snack foods, is fairly limited, unless you take a little time to prepare things like healthy baked goods, etc.

    But the whole food thing, is in my opinion, the last thing to worry about. Unless you have some succesful history at creative ways of saving significant money on your food at home, it's not going to happen here. Eventually, you shop at the store, get accustomed to what's available, eat in the Cafeteria (Which is pretty good, and pretty much american prices), etc.

    It does cost more, and you do have less choice, so it's probably worth packing some special foods you like into your weight allowance on teh airline, but I would worry about paying extra shipping for it.

    I'd worry more abotu printers, print cartridge, household items.

    Any bath, beuty, households, tools, anything you use on a dialy or weekly basis, or hobbies would be a better use of weight, because almost any goods you buy down here are cheap and break within a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 50ishdoc View Post
    Tacky comment.

    There are lots of local dishes, some which are familiar, such as baked fish, rice with a small amount of beans added, and lots of chicken. In addition, there are tropical dishes such as breadfruit soup, oxtail soup, goatmeat soup (goatwater) local lobster, conch, and many big and small fishes, and local sardines............The local food is good, get out and try it!
    I definitely agree with you 50ishdoc. It was a tacky comment. I surely miss the "Goatwater" and "cook-up" at George's. Best of all it was cheaper! Have you also tried his seafood pizza!?

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    I find that I tend to cook most of my food myself. For myself it doesn't take much time and I find that I can make things healthier compared to ordering out or the cafe. I use to live on my own before and find that despite there being less selection compared to Canada or the US there are still plenty of options.

    Some of the lack of selection isn't a big deal; for example. in canada or the US do we really need 4 brands of ketchup in 7 different sizes and containers, as well as in different colors?

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